From the north to south of this dreamy Balearic island, Musement takes a look at ten of the most exquisite beaches in Menorca.
Once upon a time, there was a tranquil, captivating Balearic island called Menorca, splashed with hidden beaches that only the most adventurous dared to discover. Beyond Majorca and Ibiza, this little Mediterranean paradise invites you to hit the brakes, turn off your phone and immerse your senses in its natural essence. Here are ten beaches in Menorca, home to many gorgeous seaside towns, where you can live the slow life.
1. Cala Macarella
Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta, two of Menorca’s most renowned coves, are emblematic of this Balearic island. Why? When you see the blue tones of the water juxtaposed against the white sand and green pine trees, you will understand. The coves are next to each other about 9 miles from Ciutadella. You can get there easily by car and park in one of the two parking lots in the area. In addition, if you like nude beaches, Cala Macarellets, has you (un)covered.
2. Cala Pregonda
Also known as the “red cove” for its red-hued sand, Cala Pregonda is a little gem in the north of Menorca that is worth the effort—from the parking lot to the beach is a 30-minute walk. At the finish, you will find a practically uninhabited inlet without services or lodging. The completely clear water differs completely from Menorca’s other coves.
3. Cala Mitjana
Cala Mitjana sits in the southern part of the island, around five miles from Ferreries. Together with Cala Mitjaneta, Cala Mitjana creates a setting of incomparable beauty. With easy access since you can practically park on the shore, Cala Mitjana is the best backdrop for spending a memorable day at the beach nestled amongst pine trees and cliffs that deservingly catapults it to the third-best cove of Menorca.
4. Cala Turqueta
Very close to Cala Macarella lies Cala Turqueta, another fairy-tale cove that’s considered one of the best coves in Menorca. Since it gets very busy during the high season, arrive early or wait until midafternoon. The parking lot, complete with restrooms and a restaurant, is a ten-minute walk from the beach. Alternatively, during the summer months, you can reach it by bus from Ciutadella.
5. Cala Pilar
Located in the northern part of Menorca, Cala Pilar is ideal for those who love a challenge—it’s a 30-minute walk from the parking lot, which is actually quite scenic so keep your camera handy. When you arrive at the shore, reward yourself with a refreshing dip in the crystal clear water which contrasts exquisitely with the red sand. Two things to keep in mind: there are no services and avoid going on days when the wind is blowing from the north.
6. Cala Galdana
About five miles south of Ferreries, Cala Galdana has plenty of amenities that include restaurants, restrooms and shops. Since it’s large enough to spread out and relax, it’s optimal for a beach day with kids or a kayak excursion. Aside from driving, you can also reach Cala Galdana by public transportation—various bus lines stop at this cove. Tip: head up to the outlook for a panoramic view.
7. Cala’n Bosch
Cala’n Bosch, which sits about seven miles from Ciutadella on the south coast, is one of Menorca’s most beautiful and family-friendly coves. Although it’s developed (with parking just off the beach, public transportation, restaurants, and showers, among other things), it’s still lovely. Cala’n Bosch is great if you’re staying in Ciutadella and don’t want to travel far to go to the beach.
8. Cala Morell
From the north coast, Cala Morell also deserves a spot on the list. It stands out for being surrounded by peculiar cliffs on which there are platforms for sunbathing. It is great for those who like beaches without almost any sand or who want to combine a refreshing swim with some culture. A Talayotic necropolis is nearby.
9. Cala Escorxada
One of Menorca’s most hidden coves, Cala Escorxada requires a 50-minute walk to reach. Located in the south, leave the car in the Cala Mitjana, Es Migjorn or Santo Tomás parking lot. The beautiful walk, although quite long, will only be a prelude to the serenity that awaits you.
10. Cala Tortuga
Cala Tortuga is reachable via a 25-minute walk, a small price to pay for finding such tranquility the northern area in which to connect with the pure state of nature that Menorca offers. As of this year, the Cala Tortuga can only be accessed via bus from Maó.