Everybody needs to escape to the sunshine every now and again in order to recharge their batteries. You may not think that you can afford a holiday, but a bit of careful planning will let you enjoy a relaxing break. One activity that is always a big hit with young and old is going to the beach. The added benefit of this is that spending the days lazing on the sand and taking a dip in the sea is a low cost option for holiday entertainment.
Choose an island as your destination, as this will mean you have plenty of different beaches to visit throughout your stay. Menorca is one option and here is your guide to the patches of sand and sea you can enjoy if you pick this gem in the Balearics.
To really get away from the stresses of everyday life head to Cala Pregonda on the north coast of the island. It is located to the west of Fornells and is within a protected area of natural beauty. This sandy stretch of beach has a craggy backdrop with pine and tamarisk trees going back as far as the eye can see.
Due to a lack of facilities and the necessity to undertake a 20-minute walk from Binimella to reach the beach, it is generally very quiet. Be sure to bring a picnic and a good supply of water and you will find no reason to leave all day. Laying in the shade of the pine woods at the rear of the beach or on the sand look out towards the sea and at the view of Cap de Cavelleria. This is the most northerly point on the island. Cala Pregonda is also a great spot for swimming, as the conditions are usually very safe.
Playa de Binigaus
In a central location on the south coast of Menorca you will find Playa de Binigaus with all its paradise-like qualities. It is located equidistant between Cala Escorxada and Sant Tomas. This unspoilt location will assail your senses with its vivid colours. The terracotta-orange cliffs provide a contrast to the green trees, which in turn stand out against the white sand, all of which are set off by the stunning turquoise of the sea. A lack of facilities has once again kept the hordes of tourists away, but does mean that you must come prepared. It is a favoured spot for a few well-heeled families who do not mind the 45-minute walk. This route along the Cami de Cavalls is picturesque in itself, but remember you will be carrying your supplies for the day. Alternatively hire a kayak and approach this haven of calm from the sea. Either way, the sound of water lapping on the shore as you catch up on holiday reading or build sandcastles with the kids will ease your stresses.
Cala Macarella and Macarelleta
If you want to enjoy the beauty of Menorca but need a few more amenities than those offered at the previous choices then the twin beaches of Cala Macarella and Macarelleta are the place for you. A short walk connects the two and some of the best views can be gained from this clifftop vantage point. You will be forgiven for thinking that you have seen this sight before as it is the one most oft-photographed to capture the delights of the island. This does mean it can get busier, but there are toilets and a good value restaurant called Susy’s Chiringuito.
Where to Stay in Menorca
Cala Galdana Beach
Hotel Artiem Carlos III
2-4 Es Castell
Valentín Son Bou Hotel
Urbanizacion Torresoli Nou Alayor