If you’re of the opinion that bigger is better, Son Bou is the beach for you. It’s Menorca’s longest stretch of sand, measuring up at a hefty three kilometres. It’s a good thing it’s so roomy, too, as it’s one of the island’s most popular beaches. You’ll find it on the south coast, just 20 kilometres from Menorca’s capital city, Mahon. There are plenty of thirst-quenching beach bars on offer, as well as the likes of watersports facilities to keep you busy.
Stay in Son Bou
It’s a 15-minute walk from the closest car park to Cala Presili. What that means, is that you’re less likely to encounter crowds here than on the beaches that edge Menorca’s more popular resorts. Look to your left when you’re facing out to sea, and you’ll see the striped Favàritx lighthouse. The waters here are sapphire-blue, and its warm shallows are perfect for a paddle.
Cala Galdana’s earned itself a solid reputation on the Menorcan beach scene. So much so, in fact, that it’s become known as the ‘queen of beaches’. Pictures of this scoop of sand on the island’s south coast are often used to illustrate Menorca’s close-to-home Caribbean credentials. The sand here is linen-white, and it’s offset by turquoise waters. And, pine tree-capped cliffs form the backdrop. It’s not all about the natural sights, though – you’ve got plenty of restaurants and snack bars to keep you fed and watered.
Stay in Cala Galdana
If you’re a fan of getting away from the crowds – and don’t mind starting off your sunbathing session with a little hike – you’ll love Cala del Pilar. This wild beach is on Menorca’s north coast, well away from the beaten track. The closest facility is a little car park. From here, you can take a scenic stroll along a countryside track to get to the beach. It takes around 30 minutes, but the views along the way – not to mention the beach itself – make it worth your while. Once you get to the shore, you’ll find red-tinted cliffs and sand that’s almost bronze.
This beach – on Menorca’s north-east coast – is one of the island’s most laidback spots. Even during high season, it doesn’t tend to draw too many tourists, which is surprising when you take a look at what’s on offer. A sweep of lily-white sand lapped by calm waters, topped off with a smattering of restaurants and ice cream shops. We think it offers up the perfect balance between kitted-out beach and peaceful sunbathing retreat.
Stay in Cala Mesquida
The TUI BLUE Alcudia Pins has it all when it comes to family fun – two pools, a beachfront setting and a children’s splash park.
The TUI BLUE Rocador in Majorca is right on a golden stretch of sand and overlooks the pretty cove of Cala Gran.
There are plenty of reasons this family-friendly hotel is such a hit with customers – a great pool scene and packed activities line-up are just a couple of them.
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