Menorca is blessed with some of the best beaches in the Med (and the world, if we’re being honest). From swathes of white sand to rocky swimming spots, much of Menorca’s unspoilt coastline is given over to nature reserves and accessible only by hiking from the nearest road, although there are also many accessible swimming spots in and around the island’s family friendly resort towns. Here is Gusto Guides‘ pick of the best places to make camp – the majority are wild beaches and have no facilities unless specified (i.e. BYOB and don’t forget the suncream). We would also recommend investing in a parasol as there is little natural shade on many of Menorca’s beaches.
On the North coast, this unspoilt beach is ideal for families – the water is shallow and there is a car park just 10 minutes’ walk from the sea, as well as a much appreciated wooded area ideal for shaded picnics.
2. Platja Cavalleria
Another good choice for families, this large beach is a great place for snorkelling – Platja Cavalleria’s position on the edge of the marine bioreserve means that you are in with a good chance of spotting lots of interesting marine life. Car park a 10 minute walk away.
3. Cala Presili
White sand, stunning views out to the Favaritx lighthouse and access only by a 20-30 minute walk through volcanic landscapes make Cala Presili one of Menorca’s best beaches.
4. Cala Macarella
Cala Macarella benefits from easy access (large car park although a small entrance feel charged) and a decent beach bar serving snacks, cold drinks and light meals. There are also shower facilities.
5. Cala Macallereta
Macarella’s turquoise-blue baby sister, accessed by a steep but pleasant climb over the cliffs. From Macarella, head to the Western end of the beach and follow the sign that says ‘nudistas’. Ah, yes. There are also nudists.
6. Cala Turqueta
Increasingly popular in recent years following a certain advert from a certain beer company. But with white sand and blue waters, you can see why everyone wants in on the action.
7. Cala Mitjana
Beautiful wild beach with a sizeable cove for swimming and snorkelling, as well as a rock-diving spot popular with local kids. Be prepared for a completely justified half-hour woodland walk to reach Cala Mitjana.
8. Calas Coves
Not so much a beach as a rocky creek, Calas Coves has crystal-clear water ideal for snorkelling and numerous natural places to stretch out in the sun. Surrounded by ancient caves carved into the cliffs, this is a serene and slightly eerie place to spend the day.
9. Es Talaier
How boring. Another impossibly beautiful beach. Get to Es Talaier by walking from either Cala Turqueta (25 )min or Son Saura (15 min). If you aren’t fed up of all the stunning natural beauty already.
10. Son Bou
Menorca’s longest swathe of sand, Son Bou is easily accessible and big enough that it is usually possible to find a nice quiet patch of sand to call your own. Unlike many of Menorca’s rocky coves, Son Bou offers the visitor clear views of the sea, the sky and precious little else. There are a few hotels and restaurants at the Eastern end of the beach, head West if you want to do a Garbo and be alone.