Es Mercadal


Playa de Cavalleria

The sandy areas of Cavalleria and Farragut are usually thought of as one single beach, taking the name of the former. They are very busy spots, despite their relative isolation, and the nearest seabed is of great interest to divers. The coppery tones that dominate the landscape here break with the insistence of greys and black, so common on the north coast. Its closeness is the best excuse for combining a day on the beach with a visit to Cap de Cavalleria, the Port de Sanitja - one of the enclaves colonised by the Romans - and the Eco-museum. The peninsula ends in a rocky outcrop and its lighthouse crowns the most northerly part of the island. From here you can see an islet, Illa dels Porros, which disappears beneath the swell when the sea is rough.

Ses Salines

We find this beach on the inland side of the bay of Fornells, it is about a kilometre long and divided into various zones of different water sports. Still there are 250 m of toasted sand to relax on.
Services: Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Lifeguards, Water Sports.

Playa de Binimellà

A turning from the old Tramuntana path leads to this large and comfortable beach, today a metalled road until the final part. It is, however, quite manageable. The entire route from Es Mercadal may be considered to be of scenic interest, as is the beach, despite some past attempts to develop which still spoil some views. Today it is protected by being included in the Natural Area of Special Interest that goes from Els Alocs to Fornells. If you have time, you can walk to the Farragut and Cavalleria beaches, or only as far as the intermediary Cala Mica. You could also walk inland to the lands of Pla Vermell (vermell, red, due to the colour of the soil), where the presence of fresh water provides a glimpse of fertility amidst the dry stony ground.

Cala Tirant

On the other side of the peninsula to that where Fornells continues to grow, turning our back on it, this beach has always been linked to the population of the bay. The developed space has also been increasing, a reflection of the interest that the area has aroused and the good positioning of the nucleus of more crowded constructions on one of the rocky hillsides. This part is reached by a road that starts close to Ses Salines de Fornells, but the beach is easier to reach by an unmetalled road that leaves the road to Cavalleria. The beach maintains the interesting aspects of yesteryear thanks to its extension and to the concentration of houses alongside the sandy area. Behind, a marshy land is still maintained where tamarinds grow.

Cala Pregonda

To reach Pregonda, it is best to start in the neighbouring Binimel·là and walk north east along the path running a few metres from the coastline. One can feel the surprise coming up even before going over the last hillock, after which appears a magnificent setting of transparent seas, fine sands and a pine forest in the background. Its beauty has the mark of the small coves in the south, highlighted even further amidst this particularly rough coastline, and the reefs protecting it from the open sea contribute to creating a setting befitting other latitudes. The sandy part is divided into two small beaches, the first one, when arriving by the route described takes the name of Pregondó.

Arenal de Son Saura

This beach has become better known for the name of the main development in the area (Son Parc) than for its traditional name. In part, this double name means that it is not confused with the other Arenals de son Saura on the south coast (Arenal means sandy area). Before arriving by road, in a privileged wooded setting, you pass alongside the installations of the only golf course on the whole of Menorca. A spacious beach, with all kinds of facilities and boat hire, behind it lies one of the most interesting dune formations on the north coast. A lovely walk can be had by following the coastline until the tiny Cala Pudent, hidden in the eastern slope of La Mola de Fornells, to the left of the beach when facing the sea.
Arenal d' en Castell

Arenal d'en Castell

Two rocky promontories frame the great sandy arch of this beach. The biggest, the Punta Grossa, extends out to the sea providing protection from the easterly winds for an even bigger bay where Macar de sa Llosa can also be found (this smaller beach can be reached walking from the Son Parc area, further to the west). With bars and restaurants and a great deal of sports facilities on offer to fully enjoy the water sports, Arenal is a beach shared between the very young and family tourism. The hotels and surrounding buildings show that its adaptation to tourist needs is not a recent addition.
Services: Hotels, Bars, Restaurants, Shops, Toilets, Lifeguards, Watersports, Umbrellas, Hammocks, Showers.

Beaches (Playas) and Bays (Calas) in Alaior and Mahón.

Playas de Son Bou, Cala en Porter and Cala Mesquida, Playa Es Canutells, Playa Presili and Tortuga and Playa Es Grau.

Beaches and Bays in Ciudadela

Playa de Son Xoriguer, Playas de Son Saura, Cala en Turqueta, Cala d'es Talaier, Cala Santandria, Cala Morell, Calas Macarella and Macarelleta, Cala en Forcat, Cala en Bosc, Cala en Blanes, Cala Pilar, La Vall d'Algaiarens and Cala Blanca.

Beaches and Bays in Migjorn and Ferreiras.

Playas de Minigaus and Sant Tomàs and Sant Adeodat. Els Alocs, Cala Trebalúger, Calas Mitjana and Mitjaneta and Cala Galdana

Beaches and Bays in San Luís and Es Castell.

S'Algar, Playa de Punta Prima, Cala de Binisafúller, Cala de Binibèquer, Aldalfar and Cala Sant Esteve.