Menorca, one of the Balearic islands, offers twelve different beaches for exploring and relaxing. Whether you’re on a sailing holiday, family vacation, honeymoon, or just need to get away, Menorca has the perfect beach for any vacation!
#1 Cala Galdana Beach
Located in South West Menorca, Cala Galdana is covered in white sand and filled with the scent of pine trees. The beach is protected by several lifeguards and offers a wide range of activities such as kayaking, paddle boats, and stand up paddleboards. There is also the option to snorkel along the south side of the cove.
Cala Galdana was awarded the Blue Flag beach award in 2016 for its high environmental and safety standards.
The beach is lined with beach shops, restaurants, and bars; perfect for spending a day at the beach without losing your perfect sitting spot. There is also toilet and shower facilities located near the shops. With the high ranking of safety and range of activities for everyone, Cala Galdana is perfect for families.
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#2 Cala Macarella Beach
Cala Macarella is a medium sized cove located on the South East coast of Menorca. Surrounding the cove is lines of pine trees and white sandy beaches. The turquoise waters of Cala Macarella are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. There is a lifeguard on duty and a large beach side restaurant, offering a range of hot and cold dishes.
You can purchase beach towels, sunscreen, umbrellas, sun beds, and flip flops at the beach shops. There is a car park along a country road, only a twenty-minute walk from the beach.
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#3 Binibeca Beach
On the South East side of Menorca lies Binibeca beach, another Blue Flag awarded beach. With white sandy beaches and warm water, Binibeca is an ideal beach for families with smaller children. Similar to Cala Galdana beach, Binibeca is guarded by several lifeguards. To the West of the beach lies a volcanic rock peninsula perfect for rock pooling.
There are various activities while you relax at Binibeca including pedal boats, volleyball, football, and frisbee throwing. You can also purchase parasols or sun loungers while at the beach. At Binibeca is the famous Los Bucaneros beach bar, with seating along the rocks and overlooking the bay. Los Bucaneros offers a range of dishes, ice cream, drinks, and light snacks.
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To the West of the beach lies a volcanic rock peninsula perfect for rock pooling.Towards the back end of the beach, there is a pine area with picnic tables. If you’re looking to escape the sun for a quick snack, the sweet smelling pine wood is a fantastic location. There are toilet facilities and a car park, making the beach easily accessible. Binebeca is a wheelchair friendly beach.
#4 Punta Prima Beach
Punta Prima is located near Binibeca on the South East side of Menorca. The white sand beach is a good-sized family beach that overlooks the Isla Del Aire, an island with a lighthouse and small harbour for yachts.
Facilities offered at Punta Prima include beach bars with a selection of food and drinks. The beach bars also offer the option to purchase umbrellas, sun beds, and paddle boats. Punta Prima is another Blue Flag rated beach in Menorca.
Be cautious at Punta Prima; the waters here have strong currents due to its location. The beach does use a flag system to advise swimmers on the conditions of the currents from day-to-day.
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#5 Cala en Porter Beach
Located in South Menorca, the beautiful Cala en Porter beach is a secluded, white sand paradise. The clear waters are shallow; ideal for children, swimming, and snorkelling. During the summer, Cala en Porter has a lifeguard on duty.
There is also a beach shop that offers food, drinks, toilet facilities, and rental services. You can purchase pedal boats, umbrellas, and sun beds.
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#6 Son Bou Beach
Arguably one of Menorca’s best beaches, Son Bou sits on the Southern coast. The beach stretches three kilometres long with its golden sand beaches, making Son Bou the largest Menorca beach. Son Bou is another Menorca beach awarded the Blue Flag in 2016 for its high quality and safety standards. Son Bou is another perfect beach for families.
There are plenty of things to do such as paddle boating or kayaking. For the adrenaline junkie travellers, you can give kite surfing a try. There’s also Son Bou’s giant inflatable aqua assault course with a climbing wall, trampoline, rollers, and sliders.
Son Bou offers several restaurants along the beach providing food and drinks through their take away service. Enjoy a drink or snack while sitting on the beach, and looking out at the clear Mediterranean Sea. For those that enjoy viewing wildlife, the rear of the beach is a protected wetlands area where there are many species of birds.
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#7 Cala Coves
In South East Menorca, the Cala Coves is a small pebble beach, the perfect spot for snorkelling and diving. The coves are more of a tourist attraction than a relaxing beach to sunbathe on.
Cala Coves are a historical site if you’re not a fan of diving. The steep, rugged cliffs contain over 100 burial caves cut into the limestone sides. These caves date back to around 2000 BC, and some can be explored on foot. Cala Coves was also used as the very first harbour in Menorca by the Romans.
It should be noted that there are no facilities or restaurants, make sure to pack plenty of food and water for the day.
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#8 Cala Mitjana Beach
Located on the South coast, Cala Mitjana has two beautiful coves. The main cove has a soft sand beach, and the smaller cove has a smaller sand beach perfect for sunbathing.
The water is crystal clear and turquoise, perfect for diving and snorkelling! While relaxing on the beach, you will smell the sweet pine trees that line the coast.
There are no public facilities available at Cala Mitjana. The beach is approximately thirty minutes from the East if you wish to explore the island more!
This beach is recommended for honeymooners or those travelling without kids. This secluded beach doesn’t have much for entertainment for families.
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#9 Cala Alcafaur Beach
On the Eastern coast of Menorca, you will find Cala Alcafaur beach, a small cove with shallow waters and white sand. On each side of the cove, you will find volcanic peninsulas with steps leading into the gorgeous waters.
There’s a hotel next to the beach with a large restaurant and outside patio, perfect for a dinner at sunset. The cove offers a view of the traditional fishing boats throughout the early mornings. It is worth visiting Cala Alcafaur for its quiet, small beach.
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#10 Es Grau Beach
One of the largest beaches on the North coast, Es Grau sits in a large horseshoe shaped bay. The water is shallow for over 100 feet with calm currents, making it the perfect beach for families with small children.
Towards the rear of the beach are small dunes that lead to a lake in the S’Albufera nature reserve.
The Isla d’en Colon, an offshore island that shelters the bay has two wonderful sandy beaches located to the West of Es Grau. The island is located 200 meters from the main shore, easily accessible by kayak or water taxi.
To the North of Es Grau, walking along an ancient foot path Cami de Cavalls, are more coves and beaches to explore.
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These ten beaches of Menorca are a must visit on your next holiday to the Balearic islands! Feeling the need to lay on a beach and listen to the ocean waves? Rent a sailing yacht in the Balearic Islands!