From long, sandy stretches dotted with boats to hidden, cliff-ringed bays, tiny Menorca offers seemingly endless options to swim, sail, and soak up the Mediterranean sun, all in a more relaxed setting than glitzy Ibiza. Here are some of the island’s best beaches to help you find your bliss.
Considered one of Menorca's most beautiful beaches, Macarella offers an undeveloped cove of turquoise water surrounded by pine trees and cliffs. Enjoy some of the best views on the island on a cliff-top walk between Macarella and the smaller, neighboring beach of Macarelleta, frequented by nude sunbathers.
Head to Menorca’s southeasternmost point for one of the island’s top water sports destinations. Fringed by resorts, this long sandy crescent is also one of the island’s largest beaches, with plenty of room to drop a towel and umbrella. It’s a great launch point for windsurfing and sailing, and calm waters attract flocks of swimmers. Just be wary of occasional strong currents, and look for a green flag signaling that it's safe to swim.
Found on the southern shore of Ciutadella, this secluded cove is just a short drive from one of Menorca’s main cities. A 15-minute hike down a rocky trail leads to a white sandy beach and clear, shallow waters. Try to arrive early, as the parking lot fills up in summer.
Beloved by locals and tourists alike, this gorgeous, clean beach on the island’s southern shore offers a slice of white sand leading into a pristine blue cove, all surrounded by dramatic cliffs. Get here via a short walk from the parking lot, or arrive in style on a boat, kayak, or jet ski.
Tucked into a protected nature reserve on Menorca’s sleepy north coast, this family-friendly beach abuts the fishing village of the same name. Rent a sea kayak or swim in shallow waters along the expansive shoreline. Make a day of it by exploring the nearby S’Albufera wetlands and getting a taste of Menorcan cuisine at a village tavern.