Guide to Menorca's Virgin Beaches

Good to Know

The water quality around Menorca is exceptional with crystal clear, turquoise waters and many fine sandy Caribbean like natural beaches.

For serious and occasional walkers much of the accessible coastline of Menorca is ringed by the newly reopened Cami de Cavalls offering a new way to explore and to discover yet more hidden beaches and secluded bays.

Our interactive Beach Map will allow you to see all the island's virgin beaches and to locate any beach exactly as well as view them from the air in great detail. Remember the island is small so if you are mobile you can visit a new beach every (half) day!

There is no such thing as a private beach on Menorca . They are all owned by the state and can be used by the public. Actually the entire coast line up to 6 meters inland is public property. However some of the coast line and remote beaches are only accessible by going through private land. You should respect this and keep to the tracks. Some land owners charge a small fee and restrict the visitor numbers which helps keeps the beaches in their pristine state. Dress appropriately and shut gates behind you. Respectful visitors are never turned away.

Protecting the beaches for all

Particularly on virgin beaches, take a bag for your rubbish and take it away WITH YOU. DO NOT leave cigarette stubs!

Virgin Beaches

Getting to these beaches

Those that can be reached by car with a further walk from a parking area are marked with a The remotest and those accessible only by boat are shown on the map. You should ideally wear summer treking sandals for the ( sometimes )20-30 min. walks to reach them. Car parking is provided by local land owners where indicated,but will be away from the coast for preservation reasons.

a Virgin Beach will have no or minimal buildings and is in it's natural state - it is not maintained and often will have no services ( eg toilets,places to buy food or drink )

Tpical Virgin Beach

on Isla den Colom by Carles garcia-roca

The northern coast beaches are very varied, slightly larger than those in the south but are more exposed to the open sea on less calm days so will have more wind and waves. They typically have coarser sand of varying colours.

The south coastline is dominated by finegrained white sandy inlets and bays often with pine forest fringed cliffs and surroundings - as they are formed from river valleys carved from softer limestone plateaus. Very Carribean like.

Below is a good selection of Menorca's virgin beaches. More are listed on an interactive Beach Map to allow you to locate them and view them from air in great detail.

Water Taxi services

Taxi Mar - Virgin Beach Taxi

From Cala Galdana and Santo Tomas providing scheduled services to the virgin beaches ( Trebaluger, Fustram and Escorxada virgin beaches ) which are not easy to reach. An exciting way to see these amazing coastlines and beaches ( capacity 10 passengers ) . Taxis Services

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Algaiarens and Bus

On the north coast just east of Cala Morell is a robinson crusoe style set of beaches set in a grand double bay. A spectacular beach set in a beautiful valley backed with sand dunes and woodland. Easy to get to by car - signposted from Ciutadella. Entrance via private track is charged (but well worth it) and travels through some pretty woods to car park. 5 min walk to beach. Picnic area under woods next to car park. No services available. TIP The road to Algaiarens starts just outside the Poligno (commercial area ) of Ciutadella. Here there is a new supermarkets where you can stock up on picnic items very cheaply. Come early in high season as the number of cars is limited to 400 to preserve the area - No excuses get there!

New Bus 62 Ciutadella to Cala Morell now drops of at access road ( 15-20 walk to beach )

Location on map

Playa Binigaus

On the south coast just west of Sant Tomas. One of our favourites. Shallow waters and sandy bottom. A beautiful backdrop of the Binigaus Valley with walks up to the "cathedral" caves. Nudists use this beach but its huge so there is plenty of space to find a spot if you are easily offended and no you dont need to strip if you dont want to either. A must visit!

Park in the car park at the road entrance to Santo Tomas and walk west 15-20mins along the beach.

Location on map

Playa Binimel-la

On the northcoast reached through some beautiful countryside. 10 min walk from a dedicated car park. There is a Bar Restaurant at the head of this car parking area. Also the starting point to reach Cala Pregonda further along the coast.

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Playa Cavalleria

A popular unspoilt beach on the north coast, with typical north coast 'red sand'. A double horseshore beach west of Cap de Cavalleria. Two beaches with sun umberella and sun lounger hire in summer months. Car park close by, but still a relatively quiet location. A rural drive and a 15 minute walk to reach this beautiful beach.

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Playa Escorxada

On the south coast. Very remote and beautiful beach backed by pine woods but normally only reachable by Boat excursions from Cala Galdana or Cala en Bosch. But, you can reach it on foot with coastal paths from Santo Tomas ( 2hr trek with stops so not a trek for those who moan after 20minutes ) . Go early or later when the boat excursion passengers are gone for a memorable exquisite remote beach. No facilities. Cala Fustam is a further 20 minutes and even better!

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Cala Macarella and Cala Macaraletta

Stunning pair of virgin beaches on the south coast set in a grandiose horseshoe shaped bay with striking cliffs. Fringed with Pine forests for when you want to escape the sun or take a stroll. There is a car park set back from the beach. Also reachable via signposted path ( Cami de Cavall ) from Cala Galdana ( 50 Mins.) A small beach bar and toilet facility is available in season. Macraletta is a further 10 mins, quieter and will be frequented by nudists. Macarella can get busy during middle part of day in peak season from visiting boat excurions which drop off people. Space for 160 cars, 25 mn walk to beach.

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Cala Mesquida

Mesquida Beach
In Springtime
Mesquida Beach
This area is often textile free
Gerado Castro Triay

A favourite for the locals of Mahon and a great beach. No services ( toilet huts provided) available but the fishing village of Sa Mesquida which you must pass through has a bar restaurant and tiny supermarket 1 mile before the beach. There is a van on the beach selling homemade Italian ice cream. The prices are very reasonable given the captive audience and the ice cream is very good - also sells cold drinks and basic snacks. Free car parking and then a walk to the beach. The right hand side nearest the cliffs is often used by nudists. Used by the locals from Mahon at the weekends. Also visit excellent Cap Roig fish restaurant for lunch just before village.

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Cala Mitjana and Mitjanetta

On the south coast close to Santa Cala Galdana. One of the first of the virgin beaches to be made accessible via car. This is perhaps the ideal first experience (perfect for small children too) of Menorcas "Calas Virgenes".

There are two water caves to explore. A smaller one close to the beach with it's own little beach inside. Further around, about a 20 meter swim, is a very large cave perfect for snorkeling. Mitjanetta is a smaller cove, often frequented by naturists.

In the older days this used to be a 40 min. walk on unsigned paths through pine forests. You can still do this today from Cala Galdana. The Cala is 3 min drive from Cala Galdana with its own beautiful tourist beach and watersports centers, so you can combine the two. No excuses get there!

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A remote and beautiful beach on the North East coast near to Port Addaia.

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Cala Pilar

Secluded red sandy beach typical of the northern coast. Totally natural and in beautiful and dramatic scenery. There is a small car park from where you take a 35 minute walk over a wooded hillside with lovely views. You might find people smearing themselves with a red mud as a natural skin refreshner. Try it, because you're "worth it". No facilities. Getting there:

Turn off the main Ferreries-Ciutadella road about 5.5km after Ferreries (the turning is 1/3 of the way up the big hill after the central plane) and keep going for about 4km until you find the carpark (where the road ends). Access from here is up and then down a pleasant sandy track. The track starts in woodland and finishes with a steep descent to the beach, nearly 2km in total

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Cala Pregonda

Sand dunes and dramatic rock formations and Pine and Tamarisk covered backdrop make this a special beach with great swimming and views. Pine woods provide shade in this attractive remote bay. You can swim and enjoy terrific snorkelling around the small 'island' just offshore. No facilities. On the northcoast, west of Fornells and reachable on foot from Binimel-la beach car park (20 min. walk ) .

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Cala Pudent

There are three beaches here, the largest is fine sandy virgin beach. They can be reached on foot from Son Parc beach following paths starting at western end near Es Bruc Nord beach Bar ( free public car parking ). Note there is a fourth from which the name comes 'smelly' - which is a natural river mouth

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Son Saura and Bus 66

A double bay backed by pine forests. Reached either on foot from Son Xoriguer along coastal path ( 40mins ) by boat excursions from Cala en Bosch/Ciutadella marina or car (with parking charges-bicyles free) Also there is now a bus no. 66 from Ciutadella ( Placa Pins Mon-Sat ). Further along 20 mins walk is another virgin beach, Es Talaier. As this beach is now accessible best to go early or later pm when there will be less visitors. Space for 240 cars, 10 mn walk to beach.

Note there are electronic signs at the start of the roads so you can see if there are any parking spaces available.

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Cala des Talaier

See above for Son Saura. Es Talaier can be reached on foot and maybe less crowded due to the extra effort required to reach it. Note there are electronic signs at the start of the roads so you can see if there are any parking spaces available.

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Cala de Sa Toretta / Cala des Tamarells

Two remote coves reached from the beach at Es Grau (signposted). Park at free parking at entrance to Es Grau, get supplies at the little corner shop in the village. Tamarells has no shade, but Sa Torreta has a dense pine areas. A great dayout combined with Es Grau.

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Cala Trebaluger and Cala Fustam

Very natural beach and ba , set in pine woods at the mouth of the beautiful Trebaluger river valley which extends for more than a kilometre inland through lush wetlands and teems with wild life. Only reachable on foot from Cala Galdana/Cala Mitjana( along signposted Cami de Caval coastal trail ) or by boat excursions from Cala Galdana and Cala en Bosch. Again best visited early and later to avoid the 'boat tourists'. No facilities. Further along are yet more virgin beaches, Cala Excorxada and Cala Fustam.

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A very beautiful beach on the south coast. 20 min walk from dedicated car park and access is via a toll for motor vehicles. Signposted from the Ciutadella ring road Can sometimes get crowded due to the many visiting boat tours in high season from Cala en Bosch. Fabulous in the early morning and evening hours when the boat tourists are not there. No facilities.Parking for 120 Cars 15 min walk to beach.

Note there are electronic signs at the start of the roads so you can see if there are any parking spaces available.

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Naturist Beaches

There are no officially designated nudist beaches.

Remoter virgin beaches where you find textile free sun bathing are Algairens,Binimel-la,Cala Barril,Cala Calderer,Cala Coves,Cala Pilar,Cala des Tamarells,Cala Macarelleta, Cala Mitjanetta, Cala Mica,Cala Pilar,Cala Pregonda,Cala Presili,Cala Mesquida, Cala Trebaluger and Cala Es Bots.

Beaches with Nudism

Quieter spots of larger resort beaches will also be used eg Son Bou, Santo Thomas and Cala en Porter.

Interactive Map with Virgin Beach locations

See for yourself the beauty of these beaches, just click on the map below to open up a fully interactive map of the island.

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