Minorca is the perfect holiday solution for anyone searching for a corner of coastal paradise that is not too far from home. Close to the most beautiful islands in Spain such as Mallorca and Ibiza, Minorca offers magical beaches, extraordinary landscapes and a more measured tourism than in its famous sisters. Which naturally translates into an island with a still traditional flavour, to be explored before all the others.
There are many reasons to visit Minorca as soon as possible. The first one, as we already said, are the beaches: uncontaminated corners of paradise made from sand and rocks. Spread out your towel and enjoy the peace and quiet of some of the best Spanish beaches, with the certainty of not having to share them with too many people! Minorca has almost 200 coves, all worth visiting, with white sands that plunge into the crystal-clear, turquoise water. Most of the beaches are not overly organised, therefore the island is perfect for all those who are searching for peace and quiet while on the beach.
In recent years, the island has developed as the undisputed centre of water sports in the Balearics. Thanks to the presence of strong winds that blow on these shores almost every day, people come here to surf, windsurf, sail and kitesurf. If you are not accustomed to this kind of activity, don’t worry: the numerous coves are small oases of quiet waters along the coast, allowing even the least adventurous swimmers to bathe, alongside the snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.
Minorca is great for swimming, but also for living. Its white rock dotted with luxurious vegetation makes tourists want to put on their walking boots and travel the stone paths amidst this natural wonder. Of the best things to see in Minorca, remember to explore the Cami de Cavalls, a road originally used in the fourteenth century for local defences. If history is your thing, Minorca is the place for you: walking along the country roads, you will continuously come across amazing megalithic constructions dating back to primitive times. One of these is the famous Torre d’en Galmes, in Alaior, but also Torre Trencada deserves your attention.
To make sure you have a real moment of relaxation and rest on Minorca, we have prepared a list for you of the best and most beautiful local beaches. This way, all you have to do is get off one of our large cruise ships and enjoy your stay here, in the certainty you have found the perfect destination for spending a day of unforgettable memories!
Arenal d'en Castell
One of the most important coastal attractions in Minorca to be mentioned is Arenal d’en Castell, a spectacular crescent-shaped stretch of coastline to satisfy the tastes of all types of tourists. As well as the strip of soft, golden sand, the coastline continues with a verdant area and then becomes cliffs that look down onto the crystal-clear waters. The flat, eastern part, is called Punta Grossa, and connects the green area with the sand dunes. This cove on the island provides a quiet area where you can swim and enjoy yourself without having to worry too much about the water's currents. It goes without saying that Arenal d’en Castell is the perfect location for families with children to welcome them with classic Balearic hospitality. Hire your parasol, lie down in the sun and sink into this climate of total relaxation. If the children get bored, that’s not a problem: nearby there is a great water park managed by a hotel that is perfect for distracting them during the long sunny days without having to give up your right to getting a nice tan.
The 650 metres of coastline offer organised facilities and free beaches where you can enjoy the peace and quiet. Arenal d’en Castell is a dedicated area for swimmers, therefore it is not possible to practise water sports that entail using noisy engines. After a day of diving into the water, don’t forget to visit Fornells, the fishing village just a short distance from here.
Welcome to Binibeca Beach, a paradise of white, soft sand where you will want to spend a large part of your stay on Minorca. Although it is one of the most crowded coastlines on the island - as it is close to the village of Binibèquer Vell – this location is worth every minute of your time. Binibeca Beach is relatively small and is considered to be an urban beach, but don’t be fooled by its title. It is, in fact, the best compromise you can find between organised beaches with facilities, and wild, unspoilt coasts in the south of Minorca.
Immaculate sand, calm, warm turquoise water and an amazing climate. The waters here have been awarded a blue flag for its cleanliness and purity. The volcanic rocky formations that emerge from the waters act as protection to the bay, making the sea calm and perfect for the less expert of swimmers - children included! The crescent-shaped beach is surrounded by a wonderful fragrant pine forest where it is possible to find shelter from the sun during the hottest hours and, above all, where you can enjoy some well-deserved rest while sitting round the picnic tables that have been placed along the whole area.
The beach has facilities: you can hire sunbeds and parasols and let your children have fun in the water under the careful eye of the lifeguards. You can also hire electrical boats, pedaloes or one of the many beach volley or football courts. Public toilets and changing rooms are available in Binibeca for the comfort of the entire family.
At siesta time, you have to go to “Los Bucaneros”, a famous fisherman’s hut that has been converted into a trendy bar. The place has been serving up amazing traditional dishes since the early 1970s.
Cala Galdana, an oasis of white rocks that emerge from the crystal-clear waters with hues ranging from light to deep blue, stands in the heart of the southern coast of Minorca. Its natural beauty makes it one of the most famous locations on the island, and it is no coincidence that each year it attracts thousands of tourists fascinated by the idea of being able to admire it close up.
Cala Galdana is formed in the shape of a half-moon and is surrounded at its far ends by huge cliffs dotted with lush nature. So if you come here, remember to bring your camera with you. It will be worth it!
The area surrounding Cala Galdana is dotted with organised beach facilities where you can hire sunbeds, sip a drink or buy a refreshing snack between your dips in the water. The water is warm and clear, suitable for the whole family.
Come here if you are looking for a relaxing place where you can enjoy a holiday with comforts while relaxing in an environment that is relatively quiet for the Balearics. The beach is wide and open to all kinds of tourists. It does tend to become quite crowded, especially in the high season. Cala Galdana is also close to one of the prettiest villages in Minorca: Ciutadella. Its beauty is reminiscent of its history: founded by the Carthaginians, it was the home of the bishop from the fourteenth century. After a period of domination by the Moors, during which time it took the name of Medina el Jezira, the Ciutadella was liberated during the “reconquista” by Alfondo III’s men, then automatically being placed under the Aragon crown. During the medieval era, it was an important trading point. The centuries of history that can be felt in the streets in this village will get under your skin: you really must take a trip here after going to the beach!
Cala Macarella and Macarelleta
You cannot say that you have truly tasted Minorca's seaside life unless you have been to Cala Macarella. This mid-sized cove is lapped by a turquoise, crystal-clear sea and is surrounded by white cliffs falling straight into the calm waters. The central area has beautiful, golden sand where you can spread out your towel and enjoy some true peace in the sunshine. The incredible sea bed and relatively calm currents make Cala Macarella a perfect place for swimming and snorkelling in total safety.
Located just over 3 kilometres from Cala Galdana, it is the perfect location for the whole family. The water is calm and suitable for children and elderly people who want to swim. The surrounding area is equipped with sunbed hire, lifeguards and many bars and restaurants where you can take a break in between dips in the water. Public toilets and showers are available on site.
The area tends to become crowded at peak hours; anyone wanting a bit of peace and quiet should go to the nearby cove, Macarelleta, which is about a 15-minute walk away. It is also possible to swim to Macarelleta, which is a small oasis of peace and natural beauty where you can enjoy a much-deserved break. This small beach is often a meeting place for nudists, so watch out if you have children!
North of Minorca, there is a wonderful beach called Cavalleria. While it is rather a long way from the comfort and beach facilities such as Binibeca, Cavalleria is undoubtedly considered to be one of the prettiest natural beaches on the island. Also and in spite of the lack of organised facilities, the beach tends to become very crowded - especially in the summer, during the high season. It is not just a coincidence!
With its 500 metres of coastline, this wonderful beach can hold hundreds of tourists a day without anyone feeling hemmed in. Cavalleria is rather wide, even though it is threatened by wave erosion each year.
The water is calm and clear, great for a nice dip. If it is a good day, you can choose to head in the direction of one of the micro islands in the centre of the bay. However, remember to watch where you put your feet: Cavalleria is full of sea urchins.
As it is a bay in the shape of a double horseshoe, the waves here tend to be calmer than out in the open sea. Although it is possible to go surfing here, there aren’t any huge waves that you may instead find on other parts of the island.
Tired of beach life? After a swim and a nap in the sun, you could always put on some comfortable shoes and go for a walk around the area. Minorca’s beautiful nature deserves a visit with a camera to hand. Cavalleria is on the famous Camì de Cavalls, the famous historical path that crosses the island. By travelling on it for about 10 minutes, you will come to Cala Mica, a beach that is almost always empty.
One of the beaches most frequented and well-liked by tourists that deserves a mention is Punta Prima, a wonderful stretch of rather crowded coastline where tourists dreaming of relaxation always get their wishes. The fine, white sand plunges into the clear, calm water.
Come here to relax in the company of several other tourists like you: Hire a parasol or a sunbed or just spread out your towel on a stretch of free beach. The area is surrounded by hotels and restaurants where you can sip great drinks, have aperitifs at sunset, a supermarket and even a pharmacy. Lifeguards supervise the coastline during the hours when it is possible to swim in the sea, to ensure maximum safety for swimmers. Punta Prima is also perfect for your children, who will love playing in the shallow waves.
Depending on the current, on some days the sea bed may have a certain amount of algae. The sea is still extremely clean, however!
You can reach Punta Prima by taking the number 92 bus.
25 metres wide and 400 metres long, Santo Tomás Beach stretches along the southern coast of Minorca and offers tourists a beautiful space where you can relax in the water. Located in Es Migjorn Gran, this Playa is a part (like many others) of a crescent-shaped bay that continues with San Adeodato and Binigaus beaches.
Surrounded by verdant pine forest, Santo Tomás Beach is usually mostly frequented by locals, who come here for a swim away from the more famous resorts. The sand here is perfect and descends gently towards crystal-clear, warm waters, where swimming is a true pleasure. Although it is one of the less spectacular coastlines in Minorca, it is worthy visiting, especially by tourists who love long walks with their feet in water.
The area is well equipped with beach facilities, where you’ can hire sunbeds and parasols, and when you are tired you can go and visit one of the many bars and restaurants along the coast. You won’t just fill up on food here, but you will be able to taste the best of local traditional cuisine!
Son Bou is known for being the longest beach in Minorca. With its 2 and a half kilometres of coastline, it starts in Cap de ses Penyes and goes as far as Punta Rodona, to the west. Its fine, soft, pale sand is frequented by hundreds of tourists each day, all wanting to find their slice of beach paradise. From the beach, you can also admire l’Escull de sa Galera, a spectacular rock that emerges from the turquoise water and provides opportunities to take fantastic photos.
As it is so large, the coastline supplies tourists with several spaces where you can sit and enjoy the spirit of the Balearics. While some parts of the beach has facilities, and you can hire parasols and sunbeds, in other parts it is possible to enjoy the peace and quiet of a little-frequented area.
Son Bou is one of the few beaches in Minorca that does not lie in a bay, and is exposed to the sea and its currents. It has been awarded the European Blue Flag and the water here is exceptional, preserved with the utmost care and attention by the authorities. The sea bed is a sandy one, and mostly flat at the start. Further out, there are wonderful banks of posidonia, a marine plant known for its ability to keep water perfectly clean and transparent.
If we continue travelling west, beyond a headland, we find the small bay called Atalis, where there are frequently nudists sunbathing without worrying about wearing swimwear.
Son Bou has facilities such as public toilets, showers, litter bins, sunbed and parasol hire and access for tourists with limited mobility. It is possible to hire equipment for water sports such as canoes, pedaloes and motorboats here.
It is easy to imagine the origin of the name given to this pretty Minorcan cove. The white sand plunges into a clear, turquoise sea that is protected from sea currents by a rocky cove that makes the water calm and swim-friendly for everyone - children included!
While being extremely small, just under 40 metres wide, Cala Blanca tends to be popular with tourists, who come here every year to hire their sunbed and enjoy the view. The area has several restaurants and bars, ensuring the wellbeing of their customers. If you need to fill up on culture after a day in the sun on the beach, you can always visit the archaeological site that is close by. Don’t miss it!
Cala Mitjana and Mitjaneta
Cala Mitjana and Mitjaneta are perhaps the most obvious example of why Minorca is one of the islands in the Balearics that shouldn’t be underestimated when searching for your perfect island. The beauty of this place lies in its crystal-clear waters, set in an amphitheatre of white rocks, dotted here and there with low-lying vegetation. Its fortunate position in the southern part of the island, close to Cala Galdana, makes it a perfect location for anyone who, like you, has done their homework and has clear ideas about the best, lesser-known beaches on the island.
Welcome, therefore, to Mitjana, with the adjacent beach called Mitjaneta, which may be smaller, but is no less attractive. Here you will find white sand which is perfect for laying down your towel and enjoying the breath-taking natural context. It is also simple to travel to using public transport. The area is also surrounded by a wonderful pine forest where you can find refuge during the hottest hours of the day.
If you are looking for a beach where you can enjoy unforgettable dives, this is the place for you. Welcome to Cala Morell, a splendid stretch of coastline in the north of Minorca. It is 80 metres long, and this area is particularly well-liked by tourists. It is surrounded by rocks that protect it from the rather unpredictable sea currents. Although small, Morell is perfect for underwater photography enthusiasts as it boasts a large number of underwater caves, all to be explored.
Cala Morell is a rocky bay that is not suitable for children. Go for a swim if you are an expert swimmer and you will enjoy one of the most amazing coastlines in Minorca. Just keep an eye on the weather forecast. The area is exposed to winds from the west and north.
The cliffs in this area are jaw-dropping sights for geology lovers, and contain a surprisingly precise natural history of the island.
One of the favourite islands in Minorca is most definitely Cala Pregonda, a wonderful stretch of coastline in the northern part of the island. The sand here is neither white or golden, but more of a reddish colour. The presence of a tiny island in the centre of the coastline makes the currents here milder, therefore swimming is possible without too much difficulty. Come and plant your parasol here, or just bring a towel and enjoy the sun in Cala Pregonda, the only beach of its kind in Minorca. Its beauty has been mentioned several times in albums by the musician Mike Oldfield, and when you come here, you will realise that it is worth every moment of your precious time.
Once you have reached the beach, remember that Cala Pregonda does not have any organised beach facilities or services. Bring a packed lunch and a lot of water with you if you are planning to stay the whole day. If you like snorkelling, this is a good place to try it, especially close to the rocks that are home to so many different species of fish.
From the coast, you can also sea the lighthouse at Cavalleria, another beach that deserves a visit.
Cala Turqueta owes its name to the extraordinary beauty of its crystal-clear waters. It is one of the best, unspoilt beaches in Minorca, so you must expect a certain amount of tourist crowds - especially in the high season.
Cala Turqueta stands at the far end of a beautiful pine forest. The calm waters and beach facilities make is the perfect location for children and the elderly too. Hire a parasol and sit and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of a location that will surely take your breath away! Whether you want to relax in the peace and quiet of the place or whether you have decide to just go for a swim, Cala Turqueta is the ideal location where you can relax during those hours before returning to one of our large cruise ships.
Son Saura is the wild wonder of Minorca. It stands on the western side of the island. It is 300 metres long and requires a bit of patience to get there. Once you have reached your destination, however, you will be rewarded with the view of white sand, clear waters and a spectacular pine forest which provides shelter during the hottest hours of the day.
The area does not have any organised beach facilities, so make sure you bring parasol, towel and plenty of water with you. And a packed lunch of course. You should bring your camera too, as the landscape here is breath-taking. The sea is calm and crystal clear, just perfect for a quiet swim in a context that is never overcrowded.
Come here to go snorkelling or to enjoy the silence with your partner. Son Saura is rarely frequented by families with children, in fact. The wood has benches dotted here and there, where you can enjoy your picnic in the shade.
Son Saura lies a few kilometres from the splendid Ciutadella, a village rich in history that is a must on your Balearics itinerary.
Set sail for Minorca with Costa Cruises
Set sail for Minorca today with Costa Cruises ! Whether you want to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of Cala Galdana or you have decided to enjoy the comfort of Binibeca, the island of Minorca will surprise you with its beauty. Sun, sea, white sand and majestic cliffs await you on one of your most unforgettable trips to the Balearics. Bring your camera: you will thank us once you are back on board our ship.