The autumn is in full swing in the UK. Daily commutes seem to take place in complete darkness while some of us have finally accepted it’s time to dig out the big coat to brave the elements for the coming months. Summer seems a lifetime ago, even if it only appeared to last a week, so the best way to beat these blues is to plan your next holiday.
Menorca tends to get unfairly overlooked when it comes to the Balearic Islands, as neighbours Ibiza and Majorca grab all the attention. However, the island is a paradise for beach lovers. Miles of pristine white sand make it the ideal place to chill out with a cocktail in hand and soak up the sun for a couple of hours.
So as the weather back home gets chillier let’s take a look at some of the best beaches Menorca has to offer.
Playa de Son Bou
Starting in the south of the island, Playa de Son Bou is the longest strip of beach in the entirety of Menorca. Loved by tourists and locals alike this charming corner of the Balearics is blessed with sandy shores and waters prime for surfing. You’ll find numerous people enjoying a casual stroll along the beach as a light breeze drifts across.
Like many other beaches in the Balearics, Playa de Son Bou sits next to an extensive area of wetland which is a protected nature reserve. Here you will find various species of birds, amphibians and insects. It provides a tranquil tonic to the liveliness of the beach.
It is a great place for swimming, snorkelling and getting involved with water sports. You can hire pedalos or enjoy the exhilaration and unpredictability of a banana boat ride.
A short drive from Mahon Airport is one of the more unique beaches in Menorca. Tucked away close to Cala en Porter is Cala Coves. This secluded beach area is not your typical affair and the small coarse sands won’t strike you as being somewhere that would attract anyone to. However, Cala Coves is more about the surroundings.
It is all about exploration here and the kids will love discovering the small caves high up in the walls of the gorge. Cala Coves may not be geared towards tourists, there aren’t any beach facilities here whatsoever, but it is a great place for swimming and snorkelling. With blue waters and a world to discover underneath the surface it makes Cala Coves one of the best beaches to visit in Menorca.
Heading along the coast to the municipality of Ferreries is a beach described as the ‘Queen of the calas’. Cala Galdana is a popular resort with locals and tourists alike and at the heart of it all is the beautiful horseshoe shore. The pine clad bay sits in a wooded valley with a small river, the Algendar, running through the resort and into the sea.
Cala Galdana is a hugely charming part of Menorca and the beach only emphasises this. With bars and restaurants lining the ocean front, there is no shortage of things to do while staying here. Like with Playa de Son Bou, water sports are popular with pedalos and banana boats all available – or you could go exploring with a spot of snorkelling.
Cala Turqueta is one of, if not, the best beach in Menorca. Situated on the island’s south-west coast it is a hugely picturesque place to spend the afternoon. Unlike some of its counterparts, this is a much quieter place but it’s worth the journey to soak up the sun on its pristine white sands and blue waters.
Menorca takes care of its beaches and Cala Turqueta is no different. The shoreline is a protected strip of land allowing wildlife to thrive and the beach to remain unspoiled even if there are a large number of tourists visiting throughout the year. To keep it just as nature intended there are no facilities at Cala Turqueta. You won’t see any beach bars or banana boats but you will be able to enjoy a blissful corner of the Balearics.
Staying in the south of Menorca you’ll find the idyllic resort of Binibeca. It is much quieter than a lot of the other parts of the island making it a great place to escape the crowds. The beach itself is a beautifully tranquil place with white sands and shallow waters. It makes it perfect for sunbathing or having a paddle and, of course, snorkelling.
It’s not quite the wild affair of some of the other beaches but you can hire kayaks and electric fun boats for something a little different. There are also a number of bars and restaurants where you can have a bite to eat whilst gazing out upon the ocean.
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