I must confess to there being no pre-planning on my behalf of where to visit. My friend who is currently living on the island made the choices for me based on my admitting to being a ‘beach snob’. Requirements are clear water, shallow on entering and not too many waves that my holiday may come to a drastic end!
Arenal D’en Castell
My first beach day was spent here, I approached via the Aquamarina Hotel http://www.clubhotelaguamarina.com/en/. The view took my breath away and instantly relaxed me as I walked towards the sea. There is also a walkway from the resort centre. The beach is set in an almost circular cove so the sea was incredibly calm, shallow for a fair way out and crystal clear. I don’t swim and am wary of entering the sea when alone but I managed to relax enough to float, a clear indication of how calm the waters are here. There are sunbeds for hire and a lovely restaurant where you can eat lunch with an incredible view. The only downside for me of this beach is how busy it was, but with three large hotels around, it is to be expected. There are quieter sections at either end if you wish to escape the crowds.
Arenal is located approx 30mins from the capital of Mahon and the airport. This is very much a package tourist resort with all the amenities you would expect with the bonus of an incredible beach.
A fishing village surrounded by small beaches, a couple of restaurants/bars and a supermarket. Es Grau is mainly popular with locals. It is an escape from the beach resorts and a nice place to explore the back streets and traditional Menorca homes. The beaches here are simple, no sunbeds but tranquil and real. I came here early evening and sat in a bar people watching and gossiping with my friend. We both agreed it was reminiscent of many a Greek Island.
Overexposed from the previous day, I did not spend too much time sunning it whilst here. I walked the full route around the beach, considered the many hiking routes but unfortunately my impractical flip-flops stopped me. The area would also be great for cycling. As expected there are ample restaurants and shops (I got my obligatory tacky souvenirs) which gives you plenty of scope if you were here for the week. There is an anchor at the end of the beach and you can see the very nautical looking lighthouse just off the coast. I found an unoccupied apartment and sat on the porch for a while reading and contemplating living there, think I tricked a few passers-by too 😉 if only! I did go for a dip and the beach had all my requirements plus the bonus of toilets, changing rooms and foot washers. Punta Prima is an unspoilt resort which has maintained its charm.
Any Holiday Rep readers will know, the tourism trade allows you one day off a week so my friend was keen to make the most of it by relaxing. Unfortunately that meant paying for extortionately overpriced sunbeds here! If planning to visit regularly I would recommend buying an umbrella and beach mats. This beach is set in a horseshoe cove with an incredible mountain backdrop. Behind the beach there is a river and multiple sail boats parked up, like a Mediterranean Amsterdam. The area is great for walks and water-sports but being a budget traveller I was determined to make the most of my sunbed by reading my book. I did get up for the odd dip in the sea and managed to drag myself away to sample one of the beachside cafes. The area is known to be one of the most beautiful on the island, and has hidden beaches for those who want to explore.
Menorca you had me at hello,
Turquoise waters lapping at my toe,
Golden sand like sinking in dough,
Beaches of heaven you do bestow,
You took me to Greece then Amsterdam I know,
So much of you to show,
Sunshine, exploring, wine and flamenco,
All together; as a combo,
‘I love it here’, I did crow,
Your beauty is in overflow,
Then I had to leave for Glasgow
Happy with my golden glow.
(I blame Robert Burns for Lisa’s first attempt at a poem)
Any beaches on the island you would recommend? What are your must have items for a day on the beach?