Menorca is different, an unspoilt beach paradise yet so close to home.
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Good to know
Choices you can trust - we're not Travel bloggers on a one off flyin-flyout visit. We know Menorca. Experienced it as Teenagers, been Couples and parents with small children and seen a lot of sand! :-)
Our photo rich Beach Map and Directory will allow you to see all the island's beaches. Menorca 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 unless part of a holiday resort access maybe over private land with controlled acesses ( some car parking charges )
Best Beaches for Children
Nearly all of Menorca's beaches have shallow falls into the water so the waters are safe AND warm up from the sun quickly! - this makes them very suitable for Toddlers and Babies. Most beaches have good snorkelling due to the water quality and rocks along the bay side ( where the fish are ) , so in all any resort beach in Menorca is very good for children. Our children are all grown up now but they have tested them all many times - Best Choice we've picked picked out some winners.
Menorca's Best Resort Reaches?
That's really subjective, particularly as the standard is very high and the attached resort might not be your kind of place. However, the better beaches are considered to be along the south, north and eastern coasts. The western coast beaches are much smaller, with a larger amount of packaged tourism competing for their space so fuller in peak season. Thoughtful planning laws introduced in the mid 70's means there are virtually no 'hotel skylines' behind beaches and many beaches remain wonderfully natural and untouched.
Menorcan Beach Tour
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.
Protecting the beaches for all
Particularly on virgin beaches, take a bag for your rubbish and take it away WITH YOU. Please DO NOT leave cigarette stubs!
BEST Resort Beaches
Over the year's we've been to ALL Resorts, many times at different times of a year. Here's our Best choices.Each Beach has life-guards, first aid and a flag system for swimming safety.
Complete Beach Directory
Best Virgin Beaches
Menorca is famed for it's many secluded Beaches ( locally called Virgin Beaches ) with no or minimal buildings and in their natural beauty.
What to expect?
The northern coast beaches are very varied, generally wider/larger than those in the south but are more exposed to the open sea on less calm days so can have more wind and waves. They typically have coarser sand of varying colours and big 180 degree panoramas.
The south coastline is dominated by fine grained 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.
Many 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 ALL gates behind you. In our exeperience respectful visitors are rarely turned away.
Enjoy our photo guide to Menorca's Best virgin beaches below. More are listed on an interactive Beach Map to allow you to locate them and explore the ariel photographs in detail.
Our Tip a small childrens beach hand rake will allow you to make a nice sun bathing spot
Getting to the Beaches
Where there is a car park for environmental reasons it is usuall some distance from the beach. 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.
Complete Virgin Beach Directory
Naturist and Nudist 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,Cales 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.
Quieter spots of larger resort beaches will also be used eg Son Bou, Santo Thomas and Cala en Porter.
Map with Menorca's Beach locations
Photo Rich Map and Directory of all Menorca's beaches. Beach Map of the island.
Our Beach Tips
Staying in a resort does not mean you miss out on Menorca's jewels - the Virgin Beaches.
Menorca Best Beach Tips
'If the wind is blowing from the north visit the south coast beaches, and visit the north if the wind is from the south' Also it still amazes us but it can be cloudy at one end of the island and bright sunshine at the other. So get in the hire car and head out if the clouds have appeared.
These Virgin Beaches can be reached by Beach Bus Water Taxis or car and a short walk even with small children. Give yourself a beach experience to remember - just go! Take a picnic and visit these places after 17:00. Often any parking or access charges will not be collected as the attendant has gone home, the beach will be emptying even more and you will be able to enjoy a magnificent sunset - and we promise you if you have any children, afterwards they will love you too!
By taking one of the half or full day boat trips or Water Taxis, you can visit some of the bays and beaches that are only reachable from the sea. An unforgettable experience
Always ensure you have plenty of water with you when you visit the Virgin Beaches as often there are no bars or such facilities. Just pure nature. And don't forget a bag to take your rubbish away again.
Loungers and Umberellas. Two sun loungers and an umbrella are on average 17-21 Euros a day to hire! A sun umbrella in a supermarket will cost from 8(out of resort) -15(in resort) Euro. Buy one and leave it behind in the Holiday Home if there is not one to use there on the beaches. The lean-back beach seats ( photo below ) will cost no more than 6-9 Euros ( local resort shops ) for a good quality one and are more comfortable than always resting on your elbows! (sink legs into sand for stability)