There are so many beautiful beaches on Menorca and they are without doubt one of the main reasons why so many people decide to take their holidays on the island. The beaches range from quiet and peaceful hidden coves where you can laze in the sun from morning until night to the busy beaches with loads of water sports and sand castles galore. Whilst quite a few of them are untouched by development except for the very basics of facilities, others offer all manner of choices for food and drink. One thing the beaches on the island of Menorca all have in common is the fine white sand.
Some of the best and most popular beaches are situated on the south of the island where the sand is soft and, with the cliffs making a contrasting backdrop and the crystal blue sea lapping at the sand, the sights are really quite magnificent.
Son Bou is the longest and probably the most beautiful of beaches. It stretches on for around two miles and is easily accessible by local public transport. Don’t forget to take your camera with you to take photos of the famous sand dunes and protected marshes which act as a filter and source of food and shelter for the great variety of marine life in the waters. The shallow waters make for safe family bathing and there is a range of water sports and refreshment facilities on offer.
Arenal d’en Castell
This is another popular beach but definitely not one for those wanting a quiet time of it. The semi circular bay of serene blue water and fine white sand where several types of refreshments and services are available is dominated by large accommodation blocks and hotels and is the perfect spot for a family holiday. If you fancy doing some wind surfing and water ski-ing this is the place to be.
Binibequer is a small beach set in a really pretty little cove. There are plenty of sun beds for hire and a beach bar where you can take a drink whilst bathing your feet in the sea. This is another great place for family bathing due to the shallow and safe waters.
This has to be the most built up of beaches on the island of Menorca. Sad to say it is not a place you would choose to visit for the beach only, but more for the huge development of shops, hotels and restaurants which totally dwarf the close by coastal area.
Cala En Porter
Cala En Porter is one of the oldest and most popular family beaches on the island. Wide and sandy and framed by steep cliffs on either side, there are sun loungers, water sports and safe bathing for children. The beach has many places for eating and drinking during the day and evening.
Cala Santa Galdana
This beach has a natural balance of ecology and tourism. There is something to keep everyone happy here. Water sports, beach facilities and all kinds of family fun are right at your fingertips, but if you want to take a walk to a more peaceful location this is a great point to set out from.
Known affectionately as the jewel beach of Menorca, this stunning bay with light coloured sand and super blue waters has a backdrop of pine and tamarisk woods. The bay is totally unspoilt as there are just a handful of villas dotted along but it is not very easily accessible. However, for those who make the effort, the rewards once you get there are great!
The beach here is definitely one for the adventurous! There are no services whatsoever and access is very limited by either foot or a strong vehicle. Nonetheless the location is completely and utterly breathtaking.
This is a perfect location for young children to bathe due to the shallow waters which go as far as the small islet, Illa d’en Colon. Behind the beach is a ramblers and bird watchers (the feathered variety!) paradise, the main point of Menorca’s biosphere reserve.
This beach is probably the largest on the island and many water sports such as wind surfing, sailing and pedalo rides are available. The currents can prove to be quite difficult at times and for this reason you should always take notice of the flags telling you whether or not it is safe to swim. Access is good to this beach by road and food and refreshments are available.
Son Parc and its surrounding area are well known for the golf course and huge accommodation development. However, even though the area is heavily populated, the beach here which offers food, drink and pedaloes never seems to be overcrowded even in the height of the season.