Menorca’s beautiful unspoiled beaches surrounded by crystal waters are one of the island’s main attractions. Each with its own personality, they range from large stretches of fine white sand to tiny hidden coves, some of which can only be reached by sea.
Despite a coastline of only 216 km, Menorca claims more beaches than Ibiza and Majorca put together. Although some are inaccessible, there are still around 70 wonderful coves and beaches to be discovered, making for plenty of choice wherever you are staying on the island.
The island’s natural and geographical make-up has resulted in there being distinctive characteristics between the northern beaches and those along the south coast. On the north coast with its rugged cliffs, the beaches tend to be smaller with red sand and backed by woodland, while on the south coast, which is sheltered from the northerly prevailing wind called the Tramuntana, the beaches have fine white sand and are some of the longest on the island.
Although many beaches offer all the facilities you would expect from an established resort, including bars, shops and watersports, there are still many that are completely undeveloped. Being more difficult to access, they provide an idyllic, secluded setting in pretty rocky coves backed by woodlands or high cliffs to relax in the sun and enjoy a picnic. The only problem may be deciding which beaches best suit you and your family’s needs the most.
To help, Menorca-Live is currently putting together a brand new Beach Guide for 2012 to provide you with a comprehensive reference point with regularly updated information that is quick and simple to use. A member of our team will have visited each beach to ensure accuracy. With a detailed description, illustrated using pictures and icons, you will be able to plan your perfect beach outing with confidence, whether you seek family facilities or solitude.
While the Menorca-Live Beach Guide is being developed, we have listed the beaches to be included below, including a short description. For easy reference, we have divided the island into five regions, so you can find the beaches nearest to where you are staying and hopefully be tempted to explore new ones during your holiday. We shall also be adding more detailed articles about Menorca’s main beaches to this section. Please click here to read our report on the popular resort of Arenal d’en Castell.
The 5 regions are as follows:
- Menorca’s North Coast
- Menorca’s East Coast (north of Maó)
- Menorca’s South East coast (south of Maó)
- Menorca’s South Coast
- Menorca’s West Coast (Ciutadella region)