Spain Guide


Menorca Beaches

Menorca's beaches are undoubtedly its greatest attraction for the majority of visitors to the island. There are more than 100 to choose from long, sandy beaches with pedaloes for the kids and delightful hidden coves, fringed by virgin pinewoods and lapped by azure waters.

In the busier resort areas you'll find windsurfing, water ski ing, sailing and boat trips together with a good sprinkling of seafront bars and restaurants.

Nature lovers will appreciate the more inaccessible beaches, reached on foot, where the scenery is breathtaking.and not a tourist facility in sight.

Before you set off for the seafront it's worth checking the wind direction because the strong winds here can spoil your day at the beach if you pick the wrong location. A useful tip is to head for the southern beaches when a strong wind's blowing in from the north and vice versa.

The most popular beaches are concentrated on the island's southern coast. Cala Santandria and the nearby picturesque resort of Cala Blanca are on the south west side of the island and are both well served with sun beds and shades, water sports, leisure activities, bars and restaurants.

Son Saura, further south along the coast is a beautiful sheltered bay with a gently shelving shoreline of fine white sand (ideal for little ones). The beach is popular with the Spanish and tends to get busy in high season even though there are no tourist facilities here. Be warned that the local landowner will charge you to park your car down the seafront.

Cala Galdana, east along the coast from Son Saura, is known as the Queen of the Calas. Rightly so because this is an outstandingly beautiful pine clad bay. Here you can enjoy the wonderful scenery combined with the convenience of tourist facilities, water sports, hotels, bars and restaurants. The quieter far eastern end of the beach remains in the shade almost until midday.handy for lily white skins and toddlers.

Nearby Trebaluger is a gorgeous unspoilt cove, tucked between pine covered cliffs.

Cala en Porter is one of the liveliest beach resorts on the southern coast. It's packed with bars and tourist facilities but take note that you have to go down a lot of steps to reach the beach from the centre of the resort.

Nearby Cala Coves is reached by a track down a steep limestone gorge, the sides of which are peppered with numerous caves. Great for exploring.

In the south east corner there's a long sandy beach at Punta Prima, with plenty of bars and shops nearby, and a small sandy cove at Binibeca.

Es Grau, on the east coast, is part of a protected national park. It has a long, sandy beach backed by dunes, pinewoods and tamarisk trees which lead to a fresh water lake. From here you can take a boat ride out to the island of Colom.

On the northern coast there's the bustling family beach resort of Arenal d'en Castell and the beautiful beach of Son Parc. Both these resorts have plenty of sports and tourist facilities.

Arguably the most beautiful of all the islands beaches is to be found at Cala Pregonda, to the west of Fornells. It's a walk of about 20 minutes from Binimella but well worth the effort. You'll be rewarded with a totally unspoilt sandy beach tucked away among pinewoods, tamarisk trees and some weird and wonderful rock formations.