If you are looking to get away from your busy city life and spend some quality time with your partner, consider a romantic holiday in Menorca (search here for hotels and holiday apartments) – a romantic island in the Mediterranean Sea, only an hour away from Barcelona by plane.
Menorca consists of charming and cozy villages by the seaside – the main ones being Mahon and Ciutadella – but above all some of the most beautiful beaches (so-called calas) in Europe. Among our favorite beaches in Menorca, we recommend you the following:
Cala Turqueta is seen by many as the nicest beach in Menorca. The water is crystal clear and has blue colors out of this world, the sand is soft under your feet and the landscape similar to the one you can find in your ultimate Mediteranean dreams. Like most of the nicest beaches on the island, it is however not the easiest one to reach. The roads leading to the parking are small, there are very few parking spaces available and you will need to walk about 15mn in the heat to reach the beach from the parking. Come early in the morning or wait until 1:30 – 2:00 PM if you want to find a parking spot to see the beautiful Cala Turqueta.
Cala Macarella / Cala Macarelleta
Probably not as beautiful and picturesque as Cala Turqueta, Cala Macarella is still a very good alternative to have a good time and relax on the hot sand and by crystal clear water. If you find it a little too crowded – and it will be during the high season between July and August – do not hesitate to take a short hike (5 minutes) across the rocks and you will reach the smaller Cala Macaralleta. While the tourist guides and signs present Cala Macaralleta is a nudist beach, our experience told us pretty much the opposite. Let us know once you are back!
Cala Galdana / Mitjana
Cala Galdana is a much more commercial beach than the two previous ones mentioned in Menorca but in our opinion, it still kept some of its charm in spite of the hotel and residential developments surrounding the beach. If you are around during lunchtime, we recommend you El Mirador – the restaurant on the right side of the beach – to eat while admiring priceless views of the Mediterranean sea.
If you still have some energy left at the end of the day, we highly suggest you to hike to the neighboring beach, Cala Mitjana, for a memorable swim in between rocks, sand and pine trees.
Cala en Porter / Cova d’en Xoroi
To be fair, in comparison with the other beaches in Menorca, Cala en Porter has nothing really special. It has been a bit spoiled by tourism and the feel you get once you get there is clearly not as magical. Nevertheless, a few steps away from Cala en Porter lies a wonderful place to enjoy a late afternoon drink, watch the sunset or dance until the end of the night: Cova d’en Xoroi. This old cave, once the shelter of a Turkish pirate according to the legend, offers a unique atmosphere above the sea to find the inspiration to write your next poem for your loved one or… propose?