Spolit for choice? The Guardian's favourite beaches in Menorca
Jen Needham of The Guardian highlights where to go for the best sand, sports and scenery.
1. Es Grau, Menorca
Best for: nature
Sitting in front of sand dunes and pine woods that lead to Parque Natural de s'Albufera des Grau, Es Grau is a good spot for wildlife lovers. Bring binoculars to spot over 100 species of birds and other animals in the nature reserve – which you have to stroll through to get to the quiet beach. The shallow waters are ideal for snorkelling, and the village of Es Grau on the island's undeveloped west coast is small but characterful.
2.Cala Del Pilar, Menorca
Best for: scenery
This beach on Menorca's north coast isn't the easiest to get to, and there are no facilities, so a trip requires planning, but the tranquil waters and red-tinged scenery make Cala del Pilar worth it. Follow a sheltered trail from the car park for 30 minutes until you arrive at a quiet, uncrowded beach surrounded by caramel-coloured rock formations.
3.Cala Macarella, Menorca
Best for: swimming
Water doesn't come much more turquoise than at this cove, widely regarded as one of the most picturesque on the island – though this spot near the resort of Cala Galdana can get very busy in high season. Paddle among the fish and weave in between the sailing boats dotted around the bay, or swim round to the nearby cove of Cala Macarelleta, then enjoy a no-frills lunch at Susy's Chiringuito, a beachside seafood restaurant.
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