5 Best Beaches In Menorca

MENORCA may not be as famous as its fellow Balearic Islands, Majorca and Ibiza, but the beaches are nonetheless incredible.

Around a million people visit the Spanish island every year to soak up the sun and relax by the coast – yet, which are the best beaches to head to in Menorca?

1. Cala Macarelleta

Cala Macarelleta sits within a cove that also features its bigger sister beach, Cala Macarella
Cala Macarelleta sits within a cove that also features its bigger sister beach, Cala Macarella

Deciding where to go to in Menorca can be as easy as going to the north or the south.

In the north, the beaches are far more wild and untamed, and the sand almost red in some places. 

But in the south, white sands cover the coast, making them more popular hotspots. 

So, it is no surprise that the jewel in Menorca’s crown of beaches is in the south. 

Cala Macarelletta sits in a cove off of the Balearic Sea and surrounded by rocky cliffs and green landscape. 

The waters leading off of the white, sandy beach are shallow and crystal clear, making it a perfect place for wonderful scenery and to go for a dip. 

The Cala Macarelleta beach is not big – it’s sister beach Cala Macarella is double the size – but it makes for a beautiful day by the seaside to relax, tan and swim. 

You can make use of the car park by the other beach, but you will need to walk around the cliffs – albeit on a safe nature trail – to get to Cala Macarelleta.

To the east sits the town of Cala Galdana, the best place to visit Cala Macarelleta from along with a whole host of other fantastic beaches along the Menorcan coast if you are driving. 

However, for those happy to use public transport, Ciutadella de Menorca has a widespread bus network – with the 69 bus going straight to Cala Macarelleta.

Beach rating: 9/10

Enjoy a holiday of luxury at the Melia Cala Galdana hotel, which boasts stunning views looking out to sea and with parking available to head out to Cala Macarelleta.

2. Cala Pregonda

Cala Pregonda is among a cluster of beaches in the north of Menorca
Cala Pregonda is among a cluster of beaches in the north of Menorca

From the south to the north, Cala Pregonda beach sits in a cove, surrounded by rock formations – even sticking out from the water.

The golden sandy beach stretches all around the cove, allowing plenty of room for families to relax, along with a variety of different views looking out to several little islets dotted around just before you reach the open waters of the Balearic Sea.

The rock formations mean the sea is quite shallow – as well so clear you can see to the bottom – allowing you to swim out and look back at Menorca. 

Like with many of Menorca’s best beaches, you will need a car to get there, with Ses Salines the nearest major town. 

The island’s capital of Mahon is about 40 minutes drive away, similar to Ciutadella de Menorca in the west.

However, if you are staying in the south at Cala Galdana, near to some of the other beaches on this list, it is just over 30 minutes.

Beach rating: 8/10

Why not book a cheap flight to Menorca with TUI and get ready to enjoy a glorious holiday by the beaches of the Balearic Island.

3. Cala Turqueta

Families descend on Cala en Turqueta in the south of Menorca (heatheronhertravels.com/Flickr)
Families descend on Cala en Turqueta in the south of Menorca (heatheronhertravels.com/Flickr)

Just down the road from Cala Macarelleta is another beautiful beach tucked away. 

The cove stretches some 400m inland away from the Balearic Sea with a white, sandy beach the pinnacle point of the area. 

Surrounded by vibrant green trees, woods and a rocky landscape, it is great place for a hike, before relaxing by the seaside. 

Due to the cove, the water is shallow enough to walk some distance out and still stand, while calm and clear enough to be a perfect spot for scuba diving. 

Like Macarelleta, you will most likely need a car to get to Cala Turqueta, but there is a free car park around 10 minutes walk away down a small road. 

If you are staying in Ciutadella de Menorca, you can get the 68 bus to the beach.

Beach rating: 8/10

4. Cala d’Algaiarens

Cala d'Algaiarens is just 18 minutes by car from Ciutadella de Menorca (Nemeth/Flickr)
Cala d’Algaiarens is just 18 minutes by car from Ciutadella de Menorca (Nemeth/Flickr)

Back in the north and much closer to Ciutadella de Menorca sits the expansive golden sands of Cala d’Algaiarens. 

Once again in a cove, the big difference to the other beaches on this list is its size and flat landscape. 

The sands stretch back much further than the main part of Cala d’Algaiarens, with patches of grassland weaved into it. 

But the beach itself is over 300m long, providing enough room for families, while the water is crystal clear and the seabed visible. 

The number 62 bus runs from Ciutadella de Menorca to the beach. 

There is also a car park nearby 

Beach rating: 7/10

Get a cracking deal on your holiday to Ciutadella de Menorca with easyJet and stay at the incredible Aparthotel Ferrer Skyline, where you can cast your eye along the coastline before heading out to Cala d’Algaiarens.

5. Platja de Cavalleria

Platja de Cavalleria is perfect for a family day out (Eladio Anxo Fernadez Manso/Flickr)
Platja de Cavalleria is perfect for a family day out (Eladio Anxo Fernadez Manso/Flickr)

Coming in at number five – and only narrowly – is Platja de Cavalleria, just down the road from Cala Pregonda.

The wide cove joins with Platja de Ferragut to make a 400m-long sandy paradise, perfect for families to relax or go snorkelling in the shallow waters.

If you are driving, there is a car park nearby – although you will have to walk on a dusty track to get to the coast. 

Yet, it is the perfect place to stop off for a dip on a day trip around the local area, including the northernmost part of Menorca at the Cape Cavalleria Lighthouse.

However, Platja de Cavalleria, like Cala Pregonda, is a difficult place to get to without a car – with no buses running to the beach.

Fornells is the nearest town, while Mahon and Ciutadella de Menorca are both around 30 minutes away by car. 

Difficult to get to, but a relative hidden gem for tourists on Menorca, encapsulating the beauty of the island. 

Beach rating: 7/10

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