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Most amazing beaches in Menorca

Life’s a beach at Menorca, for this small idyllic island has some of the most spectacular beaches in the Med.

Menorca’s beautiful unspoiled beaches surrounded by crystal waters are one of the island’s main attractions. Despite a coastline of only 216 km, it claims more beaches than Ibiza and Mallorca put together. Apart from a few resorts, this is the most natural and authentic, least affected by the cementification that has compromised so much of the beauty of the other Balearic Islands.

 

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Popular versus remote

Some beaches have been developed, whilst others remain almost untouched. Most have similar characteristics offering fine white sands, pines wooded trees, holm oaks and calm turquoise waters. Most of the larger beaches will have life guards in attendance during the summer months with flags indicating safe areas for swimmers. The major resorts will have sun beds and umbrellas which can be hired by the day. 

 

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A short walk around the headland will take you to far more secluded stretches of sand where you can spread your towel in peace. These smaller and quieter beaches are far more difficult to access. They usually have limited parking areas and car parks which are a 10 or 20 minute walk from the sea, a wise move intended to decrease impact on the stunning coastline. These beaches are definitely worth the ride and the long walk for they provide an idyllic secluded setting in pretty rocky coves backed by woodlands or high cliffs. Be aware that some of these spots are popular amongst nudists.

 

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List of best beaches

With so many beaches to choose from the only problem may be deciding which ones suit your needs the most. These are our favorites: Cala Galdana , Cala Trebaluger, Cales Coves , Cala Algairens , Cala en Turqueta, Cala Macarella.


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Where to stay

Through Housetrip.com we found the magical home of Anna Maria and Biel Mercadal. The couple renovated an old stable and turned into a comfortable studio, which provides you all of the comfort you need. The rental is located on the countryside near the small village Es Mercadal and comes with a private pool and outdoor dining and lounge area. We absolutely loved staying at Anna & Biel and we strongly recommend it.  

 

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Travel essentials

Not everybody in Menorca is familiar with the concept of WIFI.
Rent a car. You can use the bus network, but we strongly recommend to hire a car, which will take you to the most remoted beaches. A lot of places are closed in the winter, from November to March.
Peak season is mid-July to mid-September, with a big drop in prices either side of these dates.
Try a dangerously refreshing pomada – Menorcan gin with lemonade and lots of ice.

 

 

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Text: Magali Elali
Photography: Bart Kiggen

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