Our favourite beaches in Menorca
Menorca has more beaches than Mallorca and Ibiza put together - a paradise for sun worshippers. Many have been developed and are well served with facilities, whilst others remain almost untouched.
Arenal d'en Castell
This popular holiday destination features a semi-circular bay of fine sand and calm blue waters. Arenal d'en Castell is a classic beach for tourists, dominated by large hotels and offering plenty of services and refreshment. This is not a beach for those wanting solitude - but the perfect place for families seeking comfortable days of sun, sea and sand.
Just a few minutes walk from Binibeca Vell, Binibèquer is a small beach in a lovely cove. The beach is well serviced with sunloungers for hire and shallow waters ideal for children. There is also an interesting beach bar that famously claims to be the only place in Menorca where you can drink with your feet in the sea.
Worthy of note only for the fact that, as a beach, it has been completely dwarfed by the development around it! Cala Blanca is probably not a beach to visit by itself, the attraction is the development of restaurants and holiday facilities around it.
Cala en Porter
This is one of the oldest and most popular holiday resorts in Menorca, featuring a wide sandy beach framed by cliffs either side. Cala en Porter is well served with restaurants, sun loungers, watersports and is safe for children.
This is probably one of the best places for a natural balance of tourism with ecology. Santa Galdana is a large resort, with all the beach facilities, watersports and family fun you would expect. However its unique situation also makes this a great place for long, peaceful walks leading to other beaches up and down the coast. There is something for everyone here.
This is without doubt one of the jewels of Menorca, a beautiful bay with crisp light sand, crystal blue waters, backed by pine and tamarisk woods. A few villas dot the cove (built before tough restrictions were introduced) but this is an otherwise totally unspoilt bay. There is a downside: access to Cala Pregonda is limited, the best route being the road from Binimel-là. For those who make the effort, the reward is well deserved!
This is certainly a journey for the adventurous! Cales Coves features over 100 Bronze Age caves (some of which are still inhabited by latter day hippies) carved into the cliff looking out to a sheltered bay. Cave painting and carvings are all to be found in this fascinating area. The beach is pebbly, there are no services and with very limited access, this probably isn't a place for those seeking pure relaxation - although it is a chance to tap history and beauty in one breathtaking location. To get there, go to Son Vitamina then either walk (approx. 30 mins) or take a robust vehicle.
The beach of Es Grau is ideal for young children due to the shallow sandy shelf that stretches out to the small islet beyond, Illa d'en Colom. Behind the beach, through dunes and pine woods, is lake S'Albufera - the focal point of Menorca's biosphere reserve and an ideal spot for ramblers and birdwatchers.
Lying on the southeastern-most point of the island, Punta Prima is one of Menorca's largest beaches. Watersports are abundant here, with windsurfing and sailing equipment available for hire or pedaloes from the beach. Currents can be difficult at certain times so take note of the flags - swimming is advised only when a green flag flies. Food and refreshments are available and road access is good.
This is Menorca's longest beach - a welcoming 3km of golden sand and shallow waters. There is always space to find seclusion, whilst Son Bou beach is well served with bars and watersports. This is a must-see for sun worshippers and families!
Son Parc may be noted for its golf course and heavy development of holiday apartments but the real draw is the beautiful beach that never feels overcrowded, even at the height of summer.
Pedaloes and boats are available for hire, food and refreshment is readily available and the waters are ideal for families with young children. This is a classic holidaymakers beach, ideal for sun worship and swimming.