One of the island's treasures are definitely its beaches and coves. There are beaches for all tastes, from beaches with tourist services to hidden virgin coves. The natural and geographical characteristics of the island establish a great difference between the northern beaches to those along the south coast.
The southern coast is formed by white sand lines surrounded by pine tree woods, their calm waters are, in the major part, of a dazzling turquoise blue. The north is sharper due to the erosion caused by the tramontana wind against the coast. The sand is thicker and darker. The Menorcan north coast sceneries appear, as idyllic landscapes usually dyed by the ochre and red of the rocks. The presence of the posidonia, an endemic Mediterranean seagrass, along the Menorcan coast is the best sign that indicates the good health of the beaches.
Cala en Blanes - Beach
The first thing we will see on arriving at Cala en Blanes is the presence of palm trees on the sand. This is a peaceful cove, of about forty metres long, protected from the wind. The Cala en Blanes residential area also has a number of tourist lodgings, as well as a wide variety of leisure entertainments.
Cala en Blanes is half a mile to the west of Ciutadella; it is reached by taking the exterior road, which connects the residential area with Ciutadella
Cala en Bosch – Beach
The Cala en Bosch beach, with fine and white sand, is about eighty metres long and about the same width. This is one of the most visited during the summer months, nearby there are all type of services. Cala en Bosch also stands out for its harbour from where boat excursions depart to the coves in the Ciutadella area. The offer is completed with different water sports to practise along its coast.
Cala en Bosch is about 10 km. far from Ciutadella. To access to the beach we must turn left before reaching the Artrutx Lighthouse.
Son Xoriguer – Beach
The Son Xoriguer cove opens up at the east of the Punta de sa Guarda. It is a cove of 180 metres long and 45 metres wide. Its sandy beach attracts mainly family tourism. We can observe posidonia (marine plant) in its crystal waters, a sign of Minorca's healthy beaches.
We can reach Son Xoriguer, from Ciutadella, by the Cala'n Bosch road and travel about 11 kilometres.
Cala En Turqueta - Cove
This beach is a real natural treasure. Its name clearly refers to the turquoise blue of its crystal clear waters. It is one of the most beautiful virgin beaches of the island. Its sands are fine with white tones. On the surroundings we can visit the Talaya d'Artrutx; a watchtower enjoying a majestic view over the coastline.
This beach is quite visited due to the fact of its easy access by car, the parking is a few metres away from the coast. We can go to this turquoise paradise departing from the centre of Ciutadella towards the country road of Sant Joan de Missa.
Playa de Caballería – Beach
The Caballeria virgin beach is located at the west of Cape Caballería and the Ferragut end, forming two large sandy areas shaped like shells. Because of its seafloor it is highly recommended for diving. In its surroundings we can find smaller beaches, a special mention to Cala Mica.
It is also a suitable start point to visit the Cape Cavalleria and the Roman Senitja port.
Access by Es Mercadal along the Me-15 road towards Fornells. At the kilometre 5 we must turn left until the diversion to Cami de Cavalleria. Once there, follow another three kilometres to reach a parking.
Cala Macarella and Macarelleta - Coves
These southern coast coves are, thanks to their natural characteristics, the most highly appreciated by the beach visitors. The Macarella beach opens up at the end to a gorge surrounded by thick pine wood. Macarelleta is its neighbouring cove, slightly smaller but as beautiful as the other one with transparent turquoise toned waters. We can admire the cliffs with prehistoric caves, it is, undoubtedly, a paradise for Nature lovers.
We can reach these idyllic coves by following the country road which leads to Sant Joan de Missa from Ciutadella.