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.
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
I'm a bit deaf but it's still too loud!!!
Stayed there one night beginning Sept. and requested a move. The noise from the pool and bar area was intolerable and the big flat screens in the bar blared football continuously. No aircon so you have to choose between sweltering and being deafened. Great if that's what you like but not for us.
Similarly Cala N Forcat is not typical of Menorca - Lots of English/Irish pubs karaoke etc. Very noisy and no Spanish character at all. Nearest beach is scruffy and tiny.
May be okay for familes with young children but for couples or if you want to relax - Avoid.
Have been to Menorca 4 times and the majority of the island is lovely and unspoilt but not this part.More
Graham O, Suffolk, United Kingdom
This was our first visit to Menorca so the first visit to Vista Picas Apartments and I must say I was impressed!
First impressions was how spotlessly clean it was,even down to the small kitchen and fridge.the rooms were spacious ,there was only 2 of us in a one bedroom apartment but I can't see it being to bad if there was 4.
The grounds were well kept and the pool area is spotless,the pool guy was there every morning for at least 2 hours tending to the pool area!
The restaurant is pleasant and some package holidays contain free breakfast ours didn't but we could and did pay for the buffet breakfast at €5,I think they could advertise this better !
The only downside is no air con but we hired a fan at €1 per day which is more than adequate, there are also safes in the room at €3 per day! A lot of people have commented on the noise from The Square next door and it is loud if you are in one of the blocks next door, but it stops at midnight so it isn't too bad,we just went in to listen and had some great nights.
Cala n forcat/Cala n Blanes is a quiet resort with a few small extremely pretty beaches that at time are difficult to get too, but the pool at Vista Picas never gets busy so we spent the morning at one of the beaches, the closest being cala picas beach about 2 minutes away, then cala n forcat beach which is about 15 minutes away which is quite rocky but beautiful and finally Cala Blanes which is the largest more sandy beach and that is abouts 30 minute walk! The train no longer runs to this beach so you have to walk and it's hot! We then spent the afternoon around the pool.You also must pay a visit to the Aqua park, I wasn't to bothered at first but soon changed my mind it's €20 per adult and €10 for children over 3,it's amazingly clean,well kept and is so much fun,the slides are great and the pool area is large and spacious!
Overall Vista Picas is a lovely base to travel a beautiful island.
Oh and heads up to Leslie on reception who is really helpful and a font of knowledge about the island and area! More
Quensabob, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Good apartments....lovely pool
Stayed at vista picas apartments mid August 2014. Travelled as a family of four.
Apartments were clean and quite spacious with an adequate kitchen area.
The big bonus for us was the pool area which was large with plenty of sunbeds to go around. It never felt crowded and was quiet and relaxing.
The lady on reception was very helpful, giving us directions to different places.
We had a good holiday and were impressed with the apartments, however the resort of calan forcat looks a bit run down in places with a number of shops, bars and restaurants that have closed down. It was also very English orientated. The big bonus for families is the many play areas etc to keep the kids entertained. Waterpark is also worth a visit.
Would also recommend visiting cala galdana which has a beautiful beach. ( about 25 mins in a taxi, 35 euros each way).
Overall, great apartments and pool but in our opinion there are better resorts on the island.More
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