I’m going to preface this piece by saying, I’m keenly aware we can’t leave the country right now. It’s part of the reason I’ve been daydreaming of Menorca as of late, I MISS travel! So so much. I mean, I love my family and all but nothing (and I mean, NOTHING) beats leaving them for a foreign land now and then. If you’re down for a daydream and you’re currently compiling a list of places you want to go once the ‘rona pisses off, read on because I’m covering the best bloody beaches in Menorca.
Before we jump in, let’s get the geography right.
Where is Menorca?
Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. Despite being the most low-key among the group of islands, it is hands-down my favourite. The place is rich in natural resources, historical sites, and tourist attractions – one of which are the bloody beautiful beaches.
There are 46 sandy beaches on the island, while you can also see some rocky, deserted coves here and there. Its waters cater to different fun activities such as swimming, diving, snorkelling, fishing, and other water sport activities.
Cala Macarella/Cala Macarellata
One of the most famous coves in Menorca are Cala Macarella and Cala Macarellata. Both have stunning beaches, which are located just a few minute’s walk from each other. You can also take two different paths to reach the shore of either Cala Macarella and Cala Macarellata.
You can walk along the coast, which is a shorter walk, but the trail can get pretty tricky. But trust me, you’ll be rewarded with the beautiful scenery before you. The other way is taking the Cami de Cavalls trail. It’s a longer but more manageable path.
And once you arrive at the beach? You’ll be greeted by pristine white sand, which is clear blue and emerald waters surrounded by trees. Indeed, a refreshing sight after a walk. You can’t help but take a dip when you get there.
I honestly can’t explain the sheer joy it brought, seeing Cala Macarelleta in all her glory. Even now when I think about that beautiful beach I smile. The crystal clear aqua waters, the rock faces, the tiniest of beaches strewn with bodies all trying to get a little piece of mediterranean paradise. She was pure and unadulterated magic.
Cala Macarella above and Cala Macarellata below
If you love to witness beautiful sunsets, Cala Turqueta is your beach.
Cala Turqueta is made up of twin coves of white sand and clear, blue waters. The sea is wide enough to accommodate tourists and even boats if you want to go onboard. The headland of trees makes it feel protected and sheltered but, you still get to enjoy the wide open spaces and freedom.
The best thing about Cala Turqueta is the sunset view in the early evening. It’s like witnessing a beautiful painting come to life. Totally breathtaking.
Cala Mitjaneta/Cala Mitjana
Another pair of beaches alongside each other is Cala Mitjaneta and its little sister’ Cala Mitjana. Compared to Cala Macarella, a Cala Macarellata, the beach here is smaller and can only accommodate a few people.
However, its beauty is just as pure as the rest of the beaches. Its water is wide and gives enough space between people who go for a swim. The nearby corals are also great for snorkelling and diving. But if you just want to lay on the sand, get your beach towel or mat and enjoy a relaxing and tranquil stay.
Here’s a beach that truly has a unique landscape.
Cala Pregonda’s beauty speaks of boldness and strength. Jagged orange rocks and rock formations rise about its waters. Others see it as a sense of enclosure, while others prefer to see the beauty of this unique landscape as raw, daring, and bold. Unlike the usual sight of Menorcan beaches or cliffs of green, Cala Pregonda’s beauty lies in the colour contrast between the rocks, the slope of green trees above it, and the turquoise water surrounding the entire beach.
The entire beach looks golden when the sun is at its peak until late afternoon. True enough, the experience of swimming and exploring its waters and seeing the view around is as valuable as gold.
Cala Escorxada is the beach for the bold and adventurous. Getting here can be pretty challenging. You can take the trail in Santo Tomas, east of Cala Mitjana. There are markings along the route, but they can get confusing if you don’t pay attention. The other option is from Cala Mitjana itself and passing through Cala Fustam and Trebalúger. This is a more challenging route since there’s a bit of climbing involved, and the trail can get pretty steep, too.
But after all of that hard work, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning white beach and a few cliffs that jump from to take that refreshing plunge. The beach area is small and rightfully so since not many people want to go through all that hike to swim. However, for those who want the thrill and adventure, Cala Escorxada is waiting to reward you with a tranquil stay.
If Cala Escorxada is for the adventurous, Cala Trebalúger is for the determined.
Getting here takes quite a hike – a 40-minute walk from the closest beach, Cala Mitjana – and that’s why this beach is one of the most secluded...no one can be bothered walking all that way. But, I assure you, it’s worth all those steps and more. Cala Trebalúger will leave you in awe of its beauty.
The white sand beach stretches out to accommodate a handful of people, but its idyllic waters spread wider, giving ample space for swimmers for some quiet time. It is surrounded by a luscious green pine canopy giving a mix of cool breeze in the area and the sun's heat.
The beach is perfect for those who want some peace and tranquillity after a long walk. Plus, some extended downtime in the water. The place is just too inviting for you not to swim.
There are more beaches to explore in Menorca, depending on what you’re aiming for. Beaches Cala Macarella and Cala Mitjana are for families and groups, while the other smaller secluded coves are best for quality me-time.
Some beaches are also great for water and sports activities and have different views and attractions to offer.
Overall, Menorca is an island paradise with so much to offer. And if you’re here for the beaches, it will surely take you to a whole different experience as you’ve never had with other places you’ve been before.
Hike, relax, and dive – that’s Menorca in three words for beach lovers.
Oh and don’t forget to do it all wearing the traditional footwear of choice, Avarcas!
Yours in future travel plans,