11 August, 2022 Pedro Suasi



The Green Island, name by which Menorca is also known, has 216 kilometers of coastline with more than 100 beaches and coves that will leave you speechless.

Menorca offers a wide variety of beaches and coves, from coves with white sands to beaches with reddish sands and lunar landscapes.

When we talk about the best beaches and coves to visit in Menorca, we can differentiate them according to where they are geographically located: in the north or in the south of the island.

The beaches in the south are usually closer to the urbanizations, while the beaches in the north present a more virgin landscape due to their difficult access.

Here is our selection of the 5 best beaches you have to visit if you plan to sail in Menorca.


Cala Turqueta

Located on the south coast, in the municipality of Ciutadella, is Cala Turqueta, considered by many the most beautiful beach in Menorca.

As its name suggests, this beach of turquoise waters is perfect to drop anchor and enjoy the incredible scenery as long as the south winds are not blowing.

The nearest port is Cala’n Bosch about 4.4 miles away.

Aerial view of Cala en Turqueta, Menorca islands, Spain


Cala Macarelleta

It is undoubtedly one of the most famous beaches on the island.

Located on the south coast, it is a clear example of the beaches of this region of the island: crystal clear waters and white sands.

Located in the municipality of Ciutadella, its nearest port is Cala’n Bosch at about 5.6 miles. It is sheltered from the north winds, and you can anchor without any problem at a depth of 6-9 meters on a sandy and seaweed bottom.

Just a few meters away is Cala Macarella, much larger than Cala Macarelleta and unlike its little sister, has restaurant service and bathrooms.

If you visit Cala Macarelleta we recommend, either by sea or by land, that you also visit Cala Macarella.

View of the turquoise water and surroundings of Cala Macarelleta, a beach in Menorca, Spain


Playa de Cavallería

Located in the municipality of Es Mercadal, it is one of the largest beaches of the north coast of Menorca.

Playa de Cavallería is known for the reddish tones of its rocks and unlike the beaches of the south, its sand is coarse and of a more toasted color.

Although it is an idyllic place to drop anchor, the beach is very exposed to the tramontana winds, so we recommend you check the weather forecast before you go.

View of Cala Cavalleria beach in Menorca, Balearic islands, Spain


Cala Pregonda

Or also known as the Red Cove of Menorca, it is as its name indicates a cove of reddish sand.

Cala Pregonda is perfect for diving lovers, as its crystal clear waters and the fauna that inhabits the islets that protect it from the waves, make snorkelling on this beach an unforgettable experience.

The nearest port is the Port of Fornells about 8 miles away and it is perfect for anchoring on the sandy bottom when the north winds are not blowing.

Cala Pregonda in Menorca at Balearic islands es Mercadal


Cala Presili

Cala Presili or Playa Capifort is located in the protected area of S’Albufera des Grau. Its difficult access by land makes it one of the least frequented beaches on the island.

The nearest port is Puerto d’Addaia at about 6.9 miles.

This cove is sheltered from the westerly winds and from its coast there are spectacular views of the Favàritx Lighthouse.

Main view of "Presili" beach, one of the most beautiful spots in Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain.


Anchor carefully

If you are going to sail around Mallorca this summer, anchor carefully.

The preservation of Posidonia oceanica is a task for everyone and when anchoring you must be careful not to do so over the Posidonia meadows.

Anchor carefully with our posidonia map

Our recommendation is that before anchoring you find out which areas are protected and where these meadows are located.

Balearic Marine Hub, offers all the necessary information on how and where to anchor in more than 150 beaches and coves of the Balearic Islands, and includes a map of the areas where posidonia is found.


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