Pregonda Beach, Es Mercadal, Menorca – Image courtesy of in2menorca.com
Menorca Beach Guide
Choose from more than 100 beaches scattered along 216km of coastline and discover long deserted strands of white sand that are perfect for a secluded romantic picnic.
Or relax with all the creature comforts on a golden-sand beach with water sports, bars and restaurants close to hand. Note: Nude bathing is commonplace in Menorca, although the practice is officially illegal. For some of the best beaches, consider the following:
Cala Santa Galdana – Unwind on this gorgeous white-sand beach that shelves gently into a calm horseshoe-shaped bay framed by soaring limestone cliffs and bush-clad hills.
Fringed by sweet-scented pine trees, the child-friendly 500m-long beach offers sheltered conditions for swimming with various accommodation options in a purpose-built, low key and (mainly) low rise resort. Beach facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, water sports and a selection of beachfront bars and restaurants.
Away from the beach, hike into the spectacular Algendar Gorge or sea kayak to adjacent beaches, readily found along this rugged and dramatic coastline. Cala de Santa Galdana is located on the south coast of Menorca, around 23km south of Ciudadela and 21km west of Mahón.
Playa Son Bou – Pick your own spot to sunbathe on the pale golden sands of this 2.5km-long beach framed by sand dunes and facing a turquoise bay perfect for swimming, wind surfing and kite surfing.
Behind the sand dunes of this 40m-wide beach lie freshwater reeds, home to butterflies and migrating birds. Wander to the eastern end to see the ruins of a 5th century church or perhaps bare-all on the less developed west end, an unofficial clothing-optional beach.
Facilities around the two main hotels include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards and a selection of beachfront bars and restaurants. Water sports activities include sailing catamarans, windsurfing, sea kayaks, pedalos (foot pedal boats), waterskiing, jet skiing and a sailing school.
The nearby resort also offers a children’s theme park with water chutes and a maze. Away from the beach, visit the nearby prehistoric (talayot) village of Torre d'en Gaumes. Son Bou is located on the south coast of Menorca, around 8km south of Alaior and 21km west of Mahón.
Cala en Turqueta – Escape some of the more crowded beaches for this idyllic turquoise cove, fringed by a 184m-long white-sand beach and framed by low forest-clad limestone cliffs. Sunbathe on the soft sand, relax and picnic in the shade of beachside pine trees, swim in the clean warm waters then take a scenic walk to the nearby headland for gorgeous sea views.
Except for toilets and lifeguards, there are no facilities on this beach – one reason why it’s less crowded than others. Cala en Turqueta is best reached by boat from nearby Cala Galdana.
Calas Macarella – Sunbathe on a choice of two small, idyllic white-sand beaches that lie between pine-clad limestone cliffs surrounding this fjord-like inlet near Cala Galdana. Enjoy a picnic in the shade of pine trees, sunbathe on the soft sand, enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the crystalline waters or enjoy hillside walks through the pinewoods.
Facilities include toilets and a restaurant that serves cold drinks and fresh seafood. Calas Macarella is easily reached by boat or by car from nearby Cala Galdana.
Cala Mitjana – Unwind on this curve of soft white-sand that nestles beneath tree-clad cliffs and shelves into the crystalline waters of a secluded cove. Except for toilets, there are no facilities on this quiet beach. Cala Mitjana is easily reached by boat or by car from nearby Cala Galdana.
Cala en Porter – Unwind on this wide, 200m-long golden-sand beach that sits at the end of a long inlet framed by towering cliffs and ancient caves. Stroll along the cliff face or take a boat tour from the resort of the same name to see more caves where people still live.
Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, showers, toilets, a selection of beachfront bars and restaurants and various water sports. Cala en Porter is located on the south coast, around 11km west of Mahón.
Cala Mesquida – Dig your toes into the pale golden sand of this 300m-long beach framed at one end by a massive 68m-high promontory and on the other by an impressive 18th century fortified tower.
This 50m-wide beach is backed by sand dunes and forest and offers facilities including parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets and a beach bar. Cala Mesquida is located on the east coast, around 6km from the capital of Mao.
Cala de Binibèquer – Relax on this broad white-sand beach surrounded by native bush and shelving into a sheltered turquoise cove. Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets and a beach café with a bar and restaurant. Cala de Binibèquer is located on the south coast, around 10km from Mao.