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Things have been so chaotic around here lately that this post is a bit late coming! So apologies for that. It’s only been two weeks since we returned but it already feels like two months. Life has a habit of making us feel like that sometimes! But I digress…what we’re here to talk about is the best beaches in Menorca, one of the beautiful Balearic Islands of Spain.
This trip was as much about relaxing and unwinding with friends as it was about exploring a new destination. So it was with much delight that we booked a private villa in Cap d’Artrutx and indulged in mornings spent by the pool with long breakfasts and the odd mid-morning cocktail!
But then again, there is only so much relaxing you can do before you just need to get out and explore some of the best beaches Menorca has to offer.
I must say that Menorca and the rest of the Balearic Islands had definitely not cropped up on my bucket list before now. I had this preconceived notion that they had little more to offer than clubs, drunk tourists and commercial restaurants offering tourist food. However at this point, I will have to eat humble pie and say I was very much wrong!
Menorca is an under-rated gem! It is beautiful, lusciously green, fairly quiet and peaceful with a real chill-out vibe that you can’t help but succumb to. And the beaches…well, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
I recently read that Menorca has more beaches than Ibiza and Mallorca combined and it certainly feels that this could be true when trying to decide on the best beach to head to. The coastline is lined with one stunning beach after another, making it extremely difficult to decide which one to check out first.
But alas, we just about coped and managed to choose several stunning beaches which I will share with you throughout this post. A week really is not long enough to be able to see this island in all it’s glory, so we decided to stick to the one small area of the coastline on the south of the island with the aim of going back to explore more another time.
Read on for my recommendations on some of the best beaches in Menorca, Spain.
Our favourite beach, by far, was Cala Mitjana. This beach is framed by impressive cliffs which provide a great platform for theatrical dives into the sea below. The sea is as turquoise as turqoise gets and, coming from the UK, there is something special about being able to walk straight into the sea without dying of hypothermia in the process, and the sea here was as warm as a bath!
Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta
Other favourite beaches included the famous beaches of Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta, on the south western side of Menorca, belonging to the Àrea Natural d’Especial Interès. These beaches are so beautiful they are used as the backdrop for the majority of souvenirs such as postcards and fridge magnets.
A visit to Cala Macarella can be combined with a short walk to the smaller and more discreet Cala Macarelleta. To reach Cala Macarelleta, head to the far side of Cala Mararella and take the coastal path through the trees, bearing round to the right. You’ll soon come to a viewpoint over-looking the beautiful Cala Macarelleta.
Cala Galdana is a quaint seaside town with a beautiful harbour and stunning beach front surrounded by cliffs. There are plenty of restaurants and bars here so it’s a lovely place to head for lunch or dinner. This Menorca beach resort is quiet and a lovely place to catch the sunset in the evening.
On our last day we headed to Son Saura which I found to be not as picture perfect as the other beaches we had been to and actually in hindsight I wish we had checked out Cala Turqueta which comes with raves reviews online. That being said, if you’re nearby and just want a spacious white sandy beach to chill out on, you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re in need of a holiday purely to unwind and recharge your batteries, Menorca is ideal. I really felt that we had the best of both worlds, being able to relax but also not having to compromise on natural beauty and culture. It was the perfect balance of chilling and exploring that meant I could come home and get ready to take on the world again (even if it didn’t last for very long).