Out of all of the Balearic Islands, Menorca is said to be the most authentic and the least touristy of them all. On average, this sunny little island has approximately 300 sun-filled, clear days a year and it is also a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This means that it’s natural beauty is untouched and its beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. Here is a list of five of the best beaches to assist you in planning your next trip to this beautiful Spanish paradise.
Let’s start with the most famous of the island’s beaches, Cala Turqueta. Located on the South side of Menorca and on the South Coast of Ciutadella, there is good reason why this crystal clear, shallow beach is popular with the masses. It is one of the only beaches in the south of Menorca that offers toilet and life saving facilities, as well as a beach bar located in the car park. It is best to visit Cala Turqueta early in the morning to avoid the bulk of the crowds
Cala Binidali is located on the South Western coast of Menorca and is a narrow stretch of sand leading to crystal clear waters. Cala Binidali is a relatively quiet beach and is the perfect place to get some peace and quiet before exploring the restaurants and bar life of the urban town of Binidali. Before heading to this beach, make sure you check what the wind is doing as it is best visited when a north wind is blowing.
Cala Mitjana and Cala Mitjaneta
Cala Mitjana and Mitjaneta are two open, crystal clear coves again on the south of the island. They are both medium sized beaches boasting calm waters and are surrounded by high lime stone cliffs that offer breathtaking views. On the walk from the car park to the shoreline you can catch a glimpse of traditional Minorcan life as you pass ancient coal stores and lime stone ovens. It is a pretty popular spot in the summer so make sure that you get there early to snag a park and the perfect seaside spot.
Cala Tortuga and Cala Presili
Cala Tortuga is a beautiful cove of beach located towards the north of the island and can be found in the National Park of Grau Albufera. The landscape is unbelievably striking and the beach is characterised by its wild flowers, sculptured dunes and the grey and brown flat stones that surround the clear blue water. Cala Tortuga is a very silent and peaceful place, which is only disturbed by the sound of crashing waves and constant birdsong. Cala Presili is also located alongside Cala Tortuga and is famous for its reputation as a nudist beach.
Cala sa Mesquida
Finally, Cala sa Mesquida is a beach where you can mingle and share a day with the local people of Menorca. Located 10km North of the main port of the island is a beach most frequented and favoured by locals. This beach provides lifesaving facilities as well as a kiosk where you can cool off with a cold drink or an ice cream. The sand is fine and white and there is plenty of space and room to move, as the sand is so wide. It is the perfect beach for swimming, snorkelling and diving and is very easily accessible. It is an easy day trip if only visiting Menorca for a short time and will fulfil all the desires and the magic of the Spanish island’s beaches.
If you are planning on taking a trip to the lovely little island of Menorca, be sure to visit all of the beaches on this list and you will not be disappointed. The accommodation in Menorca is also great, so you can base yourself somewhere, and move on to a new beach each day. Remember, we must pick up all of our rubbish and dispose of it responsibly in an effort to assist in the maintenance of Menorca’s natural beauty.