SANT THOMAS AND SANT ADEODAT: Located on a strip of very low coastline, the long, narrow beach of Sant Thomas stretches to the east between the stony terrain of Binicodrell and Punta d’Atàlitx. Although mainly sandy with hills behind, the beach is rocky in places and offers beach bars, water sports and parking facilities. The urbanisation also goes by this name and has several hotels and restaurants.
The adjacent beach is known as Sant Adeodat. Running parallel to this is a very pleasant and recently installed pedestrian walkway. Both beaches are often confused as being one because the natural separation, know as Punta Negra, is not obvious.
BINIGAUS: This is an unspoiled beach approx 1km from Sant Thomas. It is a beautiful sandy beach with red cliffs behind where it is possible to have a mud bath. The most popular part of the beach is at the outlet of the Binigaus ravine where there is a beach bar and sun beds. A short walk from this beach through the pine forest will take you to Cala Escorxada.
CALA TREBALUGER: Accessible only by foot and just 170m long by 140 m wide, this beach has a small stream to its right. The sand here is grey and coarse. There are no facilities.
CALA MITJANA: This is one of the most idyllic picturesque sandy beaches on the island. There is a car park followed by a short walk to the beach. Although the beach is quite small, there is plenty of shade to be found in the surrounding pine forest. It can get rather crowded in the height of the season so it’s a good idea is to get there either early or late for several hours. There are no facilities at this beach.
CALA GALDANA: This area is probably one of the best places for a natural balance of tourism with ecology. Shaped like a shell, the beautiful bay with its fine sandy beach and crystal waters is protected by high cliffs on both sides, offering spectacular views over the surroundings.
Cala Galdana is a large resort, with all the beach facilities, watersports and fun you would expect for a memorable family holiday. However, its unique situation also makes this a great place for long, peaceful walks leading to other beaches along the coast. At the western end of the beach is a hill known as Penval Vermell from where there is a wonderful view from Sa Punta of the beach, inland and out to the open sea.
CALA MACARELLA AND MACARELLETA: Macarella lies in an inlet off the coastline which water from the river, Barranc de Macarella, has slowly eroded on its way to the sea. On this pretty pine fringed beach there are caves used in prehistoric times as burial chambers. Macarelleta is hidden in another inlet to the right of Macarella, just a five minute walk around the cliff. From Cala Galdana it can also be reached on foot through woodland. There is a beach bar, sun beds and Red Cross here.
CALA MACARELLETA: This is one of the most popular nudist beaches in Menorca. Here there is 100metres of fine sand and being a hidden location it is difficult to access. Boats are able to moor here. No facilities.
CALA TURQUETA: Located a 5 minute walk from a dedicated car park, this really picturesque unspoiled beach with its fine white sand gets its name from the turquoise colour of its crystal waters. The beach can sometimes get crowded due to the many visiting boat tours. Red Cross facilities here.
CALA D’ES TALAIER: This is the nearest cove to Son Saura and can be reached on foot through a pine forest having turned off the same road that leads to Cala Turqueta. Although much smaller, it is a lovely beach with very white sand due to the decomposition of limestone common to the entire area. Its name comes from the nearby presence of a very old watchtower, Sa Talaia d’Artrutx, which sounded the warning whenever intruders were spotted. Today it offers breathtaking views over the coastline.
CALA DE SON SAURA: Son Saura is the largest cove in Menorca that has escaped mass development due to its inclusion as a Natural Reserve area. Its shoreline can be divided into two symmetrical sandy beaches – Banyul and Bellavista. Behind these stunning beaches there is a pine forest and this area can only be accessed by a dirt track. No facilities.