Beaches In Menorca

With over 120 beaches in total, it is said that Menorca has more beaches than Mallorca and Ibiza together! In addition to the lovely stretches of sand in the urbanised areas, there are a wealth of beautiful sandy beaches all along the coastline.

Many of the beaches are still in their virgin state but most can be accessed fairly easily and all are accessible by car, albeit by rough country lanes at times and parking is often a little way from the beach.

The island of Menorca is very small, taking only an hour or so to get from one end to the other, therefore you can choose any of the below beaches to visit as all will have an easy journey time from your villa. Whatever your choice, there will be a restaurant or beach bar close by, often with a choice of shops also in close proximity and many of the larger beaches have a choice of watersports.

Los Delfines

Los Delfines beach is a small stretch of sand in a deep, rocky inlet of turquiose blue water. There are bathing platforms along the rocks and it's an ideal place for the snorkelling enthusiasts.

Sa Mesquida

Sa Mesquida, a small village on the east coast of Menorca close to Mahon, boasts one of the many fantastic beaches the island has to offer and is well worth a visit. The beach itself is 320 meters of golden sand surrounded by calm waters and rich countryside and is very popular with divers.

In 1781, Hispanic French troops arrived in Sa Mesquida to conquer Menorca but the attack was unsuccessful and the island remained in British hands. A defence tower was built on the cliff overlooking the beach which still stands today.

Parking is available a little way from the beach, and the nearby village has a small shop and a restaurant, considered to be one of the islands' finest seafood restaurants serving freshly caught fish, boasting wonderful views over the water as you dine.

Arenal Den Castell

Located on the northern coast of the island, Arenal Den Castell has a fantastic horse shoe shaped bay with fine, golden sand and shallow, crystal clear water making it a great choice for families with smaller children. There are a couple of restaurants and cafes overlooking the beach where you can sit and enjoy the view as you stop for a spot of lunch or a cool drink.

The bay is within easy walking distance of the resort centre and has free parking by the beachfront.

Calan Forcat

The impressive Calan Forcat bay has a small sandy cove with crystal clear waters, flanked either side by rocks and is overlooked by the Hotel Globales Almirante Farragut which has a huge exterior swimming pool and bar area where you can sit and enjoy a drink or bite to eat as you embrace the stunning panoramic views over the cliffhead to the open sea.

The bay itself splits into 2 sandy coves sandwiching a small rocky inlet in the middle with a bridge where you can stand and look over into the crystal clear waters in the rock pools below. Occassionally the waters attract purple jellyfish for a couple of days at a time which makes swimming impossible but are an incredible sight!

Cala Picas

Cala Picas bay is located on the very western tip of the island, on the outskirts of Calan Forcat and Calan Blanes. This beautiful cove beach is popular with families having calm and shallow crystal clear water.

The small narrow cove is easily accessible on foot with a descending track and steps down to the sand. Free parking is available on the streets above with a choice of shops and places to eat in the surrounding area.

Cala Tirant

On the way to Fornells turn left at Ses Salines. The beach is accessed by a wooden walkway or by road on the western side of the bay, but it is quite a long detour. The beach is sandy and backed by dunes and although well used rarely gets overly crowded. In the summer months there is a lifeguard service and there are eating places and supermarkets in nearby Playas de Fornells. The beach is popular for swimming and windsurfing and kitesurfing are also popular on windier days.

Cala Santandria

Sandwiched between Sa Caleta and Cala Blanca, on the far West coast of the island, is the pleasant beach of Cala Santandria.  With its beautiful white sand and shallow, clear water, its no surprise that the beach is popular with families.  There is a cafe and restaurant overlooking the sea with the resort centre within easy walking distance. There is also one very popular restaurant inside a cave! The beach also has parasols and sunbeds for hire and is easily accessed by either public transport or by car, with free parking by the beachfront.

Binisafuller Binisafuller - or Binisafua as it is sometimes known - is a small but beautiful beach on the South coast of Menorca, close to the authentic resort of Binibeca. Binisafuller village has a small but good bar/restaurant and the beach has white sand and shallow, clear water - ideal for families!
S'algar S'Algar is an attractive and well established holiday resort and whilst there is no beach as such, there are many rocky platforms on the headland where people can sunbathe.  The waters are clear and enticing and perfect for diving enthusiasts.  There is a fully-equipped diving centre where all equipment can be hired and tuition is given.  Relax with refreshment in the pool area by the waters edge where sunbeds and shades can be hired. Tennis courts, bowling green and diving  are all available in the resort.
Punta Prima

The picturesque resort of Punta Prima has a good expanse of soft, white sand with ample room for beach games. A second, narrower stretch of sand with rock pools is adjacent.
The beach is overlooked by 'Isla Del Aire' - an uninhabited island with a lighthouse where passing yachts often take shelter. 
The beach has good facilities making it very popular with families. The bars on either side of the beach are ideal for a spot of lunch, a main meal or a cool drink.
The beach is easily accessible either by car, with ample parking by the sand, or a short walk from the resort centre. There are toilets available in the beach bars, as well as tennis courts, hand ball and mini golf facilities nearby, sunloungers, parasols and pedaloes for hire and a diving school in the local hotel.

Lifeguards man the beach from June to September and swimmers should heed the flag-warning system and only swim if the GREEN flag is flying as there can be currents in the sea.

Cala Alcaufar Cala Alcaufar is less than one mile from the resort of S'Algar on the south coast of the island of Menorca. The resort is a picturesque, small sheltered inlet with a sandy beach that shelves gently into the sea. The beach is overlooked by the fishermen's cottages that reach down to the waters' edge and the resort is popular with families and children.

The resort also has scenic walks out to an old Martello type tower on a headland, where there are good views out to S'Algar and the Isle de L'Aire at Punta Prima.

Binibeca Located on the South-East coast, approximately 20 minutes drive from Mahon and a short walk from Binibeca centre, this resort has a small but picturesque golden, sandy beach, with rocky coastline on each side. The beach is accessed by a wooden boardwalk and has a large, shady area towards the rear - ideal for picnics!  This beach is sheltered when the North wind - or Tramontana - is blowing and there are often yachts at anchor a little way out to sea.

The wooden beach bar, perched on the rocks at the southern edge of the sands, claims to be the only place in Menorca where you can drink with your feet in the sea. The beach has lifeguards from May to October with good facilities including ample parking, public toilets and sun beds, shades and pedaloes for hire as well as a diving school in the cove at Cala Torret. There is also a beachwear shop within a 5 minute walk.
Calan Porter The beach is located below the resort centre, flanked on either side by spectacular limestone cliffs.  It's a beautifully sheltered, deep expanse of white sand which can be accessed either by lots of steps, a steep slope or by road. 

Sunloungers, parasols and pedaloes are available to hire and there is ample car parking space available in the shaded area adjacent to the beach. There is also a beachwear shop a few minutes walk from the beach and toilets can be found at any of the rustic beach bars. Tennis courts and mini golf are also available nearby.
Son Bou, Torri Soli & San Jaim

These 3 neighbouring resorts all overlook the beach of Son Bou, the longest beach on Menorca.  It has almost 2 miles of pale, golden sand shelving gently into the turquoise waters with beach bars serving anything from a light snack to a 3 course meal.  It's a holidaymakers paradise with facilities including windsurfing, water skiing, banana boats and agua-planing.
The beach is easily accessible with a large parking area providing ample space to park your car and a boardwalk leading down to the sand. Public toilets can be found close to both beach bars, with a beachwear shop within a few minutes walk.

At the Eastern end, twin hotels overlook the beach but the further along you venture, the more isolated you will become. It should be noted that at the western end of the beach, many sunbathers decide to abandon their clothing altogether!

The water gets deep very quickly and due to occasional underwater currents there is a flag warning system which must be heeded with GREEN meaning it's safe to swim. However, for extra peace of mind, lifeguards man the beach from June to September.

Santo Tomas A long, narrow beach of pale golden sand, Santo Tomas is virtually a continuation of the beach at Son Bou.  A path at the western end leads to the quieter beaches of San Adeodato and Binigaus.  A flag warning system is also in use here due to the occasional currents and one should only swim when the GREEN flag is displayed.

It is a great favourite for families as the beach, shops, bars and restaurants are all within easy reach.
Cala Galdana

'The Queen of the Coves,' Cala Galdana has a wide arc of golden sand bordered by wooded cliffs. Cala Galdana is one of the most ecologically important coves on the island, as well as being one of the most beautiful.
The deep, horseshoe bay with sloping sand and shallow water is great for families. You can also hire sunlougers and parasols, windsurfing and snorkelling equipment, pedaloes and motorboats, learn to sail and scuba dive or take a boat ride along the coast to picnic in a peaceful cove.

There is ample parking at the entrance to the resort, a few minutes walk from the beach, which is easily accessible by steps or a ramp. Facilities include a kiosk, cafe, bar and a restaurant with toilet facilities, as well as a tennis court, mini golf and shallow water slides for children.

Cala Blanca

The popular resort of Cala Blanca has a wonderful beach with white sand, easily accessible on foot from the resort centre, or by car or bus. The beach has shallow water and a waterchute - perfect for children!

There are good facilities including lifeguards in high season, pedaloes, parasols and sun lougers available for hire, public toilets and showers, a kiosk, bar and restaurant. You can also use the facilities of the 3 local hotels.

Sa Caleta

Sa Caleta, just to the South of Ciutadella, has a small but picturesque sandy beach with an old watch-tower, which used to stand guard against would be invaders. The white sandy beach and clear waters are ideal for families and swimmers, and you'll also find sun lounges, parasols and pedalos for hire.

Son Parc Set amongst pine-clad hills is the beautiful beach at Son Parc, wide enough never to get crowded.  The sea is shallow and the dunes and pine trees at the back of the beach provide some much welcome respite from the sun! There is ample parking by the restaurant at the Western tip of the beach, with sunloungers, parasols, pedaloes and canoes all available to hire. The water is shallower on the Eastern side of the beach - perfect for families with young children!
There is also tennis courts, the islands only golf course and a driving range nearby.
Calan Blanes

To the West of Cuitadella, the coastline enjoys a succession of small beaches and pretty coves including small stretches of sand at nearby Calan Blanes. There are no beach bars available but there is a small kiosk and the hotel overlooking the bay has its own restaurant and exterior pool terrace where you can sit and enjoy a drink and take in the view. A variety of shops, bars and restaurants can also be found within a few minutes walk.
The beach is easily accessible by car or bus, with steps and a ramp down onto the beach itself. There are public toilets and pedaloes, parasols and sunloungers available for hire.

Calan Bosch

With chic restaurants and shops lining the busy yachting marina, Calan Bosch is one of Menorca's most fashionable areas. 

The resort has 2 sandy beaches, one being a small bay by the marina with sunbeds available to hire. The second is known as Son Xoriguer which is a longer stretch of sand with watersports during the summer months and several bars and restaurants nearby. This beach is easily accessed by car or bus, or a few minutes walk from the resort centre, with steps and a ramp onto the sand. Lifeguards man the beach in high season only and pedaloes are also available for hire. There is a kiosk, cafe and bar on the beach with a greater choice of restaurants and eateries within a few minutes walk.

Arenal De Son Saura On the North coast, Arenal De Son Saura is one of the most attractive beaches on the island but can only be reached by crossing over farmland with much opening and closing of gates.  The farmer charges a toll for the adventure but the journey is definitely worth the effort.  Pine-covered cliffs look down onto clear blue water and a beach of soft white sand backs onto extensive pine woods.
Es Canutells Located between the larger resorts of Binibeca and Calan Porter is the deep inlet of Canutells with its small, sandy beach and few boat moorings. The beach is "virgin" in that it is left in its natural state and is not cluttered with sunbeds etc.
There is ample parking. For toilet facilities visit the rustic bar overlooking the beach and order a refreshing ice cream or drink.
Tennis courts.
Cavalleria A long sandy beach on the north coast which shelves down from the sand dunes to the sea. The surrounding countryside is open in character with low rolling and treeless hills. A beach with a quiet, peaceful atmosphere.
Cala Pregonda Located on the North coast this beach can only be reached by climbing the whitewashed steps leading over the wall just to the west of Binimel-la. Well worth the effort, you'll discover a spectacular sandy beach framed by a lush pine and tamarisk wood and sea stacks rising out of the perfectly blue water.
Cala Del Pilar On the North coast, this beautiful wild place with its sandy beach and jagged coastline can only be reached by a walk of around 30 minutes. Pick your way along the path lined with trees and fragrant bushes, wild honeysuckle and masses of wild flowers. The last stretch of the walk is down a steep sandy slope.
Cala Mitjana Best reached on foot from Cala Galdana. The walk takes around 30 minutes, passing the rocky cove of Mitjaneta before arriving at a deep sandy beach surrounded by cliffs riddled with caves.
Cala Macarella Many people consider this one of the most perfect spots on the Menorcan south coast.  You'll find you won't be alone here as others make the bumpy trip across farmland down the track leading to the gorge.  There is a small beach bar and one can hire parasols or enjoy the welcome shade of the pine trees.  The beach shelves gently into the sea giving ideal conditions for swimming.

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