The Vista Picas Apartments make a great holiday base, with a huge pool and a location that puts you in easy reach of the beach and town centre.
With whitewashed walls and terracotta roofs, these apartments have a quintessentially Menorcan look. They’re arranged in a crescent overlooking a big, figure-of-8-shaped pool. Loungers and thatched parasols are set out around a roomy sun terrace, and there’s a separate half-moon pool for little ones. At one end there’s a palm-dotted lawn, where you’ll find a shaded snack bar.
The apartments themselves are simply styled, with cool tiled floors and chunky pine furniture. Each one has a small kitchenette – there’s a supermarket over the road for picking up supplies – and a balcony or terrace.
As for the location, you’re in a great spot. The bars and restaurants in the centre of Cala’n Blanes are just a few minutes’ walk away, and you’re a 10-minute stroll from a couple of sandy coves. There’s also a bus stop nearby where you can catch regular services to Ciudadela – the journey takes about 20 minutes.
It seemed such a short hop from the UK to Menorca, with an equally short transfer to the Vista Picas Apartments in Calaân Forcat. The area is aimed predominantly for family friendly holidays with lots of places to eat (of varying quality and style). There are pleasant walks along part of the island encompassing coastal path and you can be away from the crowds within minutes. The coast comprises rugged cliffs, narrow inlets to secluded beaches and wide horizons, ideal for watching the sun go down.
The Vista Picas Apartments are on a loop road behind the main parade of shops and restaurants but are very close to two supermarkets. Prices are quite reasonable (except for breakfast cereal if youâre self catering) with enough of a range of basics, plus some local specialities (cheese and deli) to get you by but not much in the way of fruit and veg. There is a bus stop right outside the apartments and plenty of car and cycle hire shops scattered throughout the resort.
Our apartment (206) was on the first floor, up a short flight of external steps, with the balcony overlooking the pool. Although it canât be described as anything but basic, it was very clean with a maid service twice a week. There was more than adequate storage the bedroom, often lacking in hotel rooms. We arrived on 1st October for 10 days; the weather was warm but never so hot that we would have needed air con. I mention this as there is none in the apartments but fans can be rented for a couple of euros a day. Ladies â there is also no hairdryer, but an iron and ironing board was provided should you feel the urge! Kitchen wise, there was a hob, toaster, kettle, sink and mini grill/oven (donât be misled by the photos into thinking itâs a microwave). Cutlery, crockery and glasses were adequate for the size of apartment with a small selection of pots and pans. My only gripe was that the external light at the top of the steps worked on the same system as the internal lights. You put the key fob into a slot inside the apartment, so the external light wouldnât work independently, leaving the steps in the dark once youâd gone outside and locked the door.
The pool area was very well kept with plenty of sun loungers, although at peak season when the apartments are full, this may well be a different story. We were on a B&B tariff so only experienced the food on offer in the mornings. There were few guests at the time, so I donât know what the format is when busier, but we could choose from a few items off the main menu â various cooked items, baguettes or toasties. Coffee/juice from the machine wasnât great and individually wrapped buns or croissants (probably long life). There was no fruit or yogurt on offer and really nothing was worth writing home about. The reception staff were pleasant and helpful.
Our visit coincided with the end of their season, so I canât say how noisy the place could be when the resort was at its busiest. There are one or two bars just down the road which looked to have the potential of being quite noisy. Yes, it was nice not to be shoulder to shoulder with lots of other tourists, but just during the 10 days we were there the number of available restaurants and smaller supermarkets reduced considerably as many closed up.
Would I go again? Probably not to this location as the area really is for tourists with little Spanish flavour. We did walk into the old capital of Ciutadella, a pleasant 40 minute walk along the coast on a wide pavement overlooking the cliffs and sea. The island is not too big that you canât get out and about â Mahon, the present day capital and at the other end of the island along a main road, is very busy and cosmopolitan with a lovely range of shops, sights and harbour boat trips. But donât forget the Spanish siesta â most things close down between 1 and about 4 or 5.More
tracey010965, Norwich, United Kingdom
Vista picas is a beautiful clean and quiet place to come. I suppose coming at the end of the season doesn't help it being too quiet.... Location great and the caverns and lagoons are gorgeous. Love the little pods in Cala bruts where amazing. Jimmy hills 2 wasn't our scene, the Irish bar up the road was a laugh as it was my 30th while we was here and I got plenty of free shots. Our hotel was clean and pretty big considering. I managed change the Spanish voice over on the tv so got some English channels. It was cheaper to eat out than rather spending a fortune on food to cook in. Massive pool but freezing. Mahon is not so good but cituadella was beautiful and lots of shops. I got bored in Mahon after 15 minutes. Might come back. Good for first time stayers. More
Wheelchair friendly rooms.................
We have been going here for our fortnight rest and relaxation hols for the past 4 years. My hubby is disabled and wholly wheelchair dependant - they do have disabled rooms with wet room but we prefer the normal Apts and manage very well.Clean and tidy apartments and publice areas, lots of books in the library a lovely, lovely pool with separate shallow one for kiddies. Food at on site restaurant/bar very good and all the staff are very friendly from maids to waiters to reception. Lindsay on reception is especially helpful. Not a huge amount for the kids on site but there is an Aqua Park very nearby and nightly entertainment in "Jimmy's" Square 5mins up the road. Lovely and quiet for daytime R&R so if that's what you are after this is the place to go.More
Pippa H, Norwich, United Kingdom
Amazing holiday, fantastic apartments!
Recently came back from a holiday at the Vista Picas apartments and had an amazing time! The apartments were lovely and spacious and had everything we needed (my only moan is that I would have liked there to be air con as it got very hot, however we hired a fan for 1 euro a night which did the job). The pool is the highlight of these apartments; very big and it never seemed to get too busy so there were always sun loungers available at any time of the day - this was really good as I didn't need to get up too early in order to claim a sun lounger! The pool area and apartments are always spotlessly clean too! Food at the snack bar also very nice and very cheap too - waiters also very friendly and helpful! Reception staff very helpful and always able to answer any questions.
The local area is lovely too - only a few minutes walk down the road and there are loads of bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and supermarkets, all of which seemed reasonably priced! The local bar Jimmy Hills does lovely cocktails and puts on shows throughout the week which were also very good! The only thing that may annoy some people is that the music playing from Jimmy Hills is very loud and so an early night is out of the question, however, it always stopped by midnight latest and so wasn't a problem for us!
Also a bus stop right outside the apartments so travelling into the main city is easy enough where there is a lovely market!
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Vista Picas Apartments and would definitely recommend to anyone thinking of going!More
Ferne S, Waltham Cross, England, United Kingdom
We hadn't been to menorca for approx. 10 years. It was so nice to see things hadn't changed much. Food beautiful, people lovely. We stayed this time at the vista picas in cala n forcat/blanes everybody staying there felt they had found a little gold mine. So many restaurants so don't bother going all inclusive as these lovely restaurants will end up going! We went to frankies for fantastic breakfasts and salads! Buses are brilliant to get around and they are really reasonable.
Only downside if you want a beach your struggle this side as little coves which get very busy. But vista picas had a great pool so would 100 percent go back here.More
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