Playa de Punta Prima
Years ago, Punta Prima was one of the favourite spots for the local population to spend their holidays. The small huts remain from those days, some of them with a small garden. Later with the rise in tourism, the hotels appeared, new streets were opened and the number of chalets increased. In its most recent phase of growth a macro-complex has appeared which has resulted in the seasonal population being doubled. The beach and the waters that lap it seem to be the same, but seeing the setting of this delightful Sandy Bay (the name given to it by the English) full to overflowing with people, many Menorcans ask themselves whether, in the third millennium, any aspect of the Menorcan landscape hardly disturbed by man will remain.
Located over a point along the coast that drops down to the sea, this old urbanisation is often cited as an example of sensible and restrained tourist development. It is made up of privately owned houses, rented apartments and two hotels, the lack of a beach being compensated for by all kinds of leisure and sports facilities. The sand there is of a purely testimonial nature, but the platforms built over the stony ground make swimming possible. Furthermore, anyone daring to go beyond the limits of "civilisation" has the chance to discover a small jewel of "unspoilt" nature behind them: the last section of the Rafalet ravine, occupied by the oak grove and with an incredibly beautiful view of the cliffs that protect the outlet.
Cala de Binisaf˙ller
The palm trees that close off the ravine and the old huts alongside the small jetty bring to mind the character of a private oasis that this cove must have had before the urbanisations besieged it. On either side of the enclave, spots such as the tiny Caló Blanc or Caló Fondo are also great for refreshing yourself by way of a large natural pool.
The first hotel on the island specifically focused on tourism was built in this small cove, although some residents of Sant Lluís already spent their holidays here. You can notice this family atmosphere and the limited space from the style of the huts that are grouped around the cliff and between the cliff and the road. Only one shore is urbanised and on the other a watchtower stands out, adding a lively note to the picturesque setting. Between the tower of Alcalfar and the one overlooking the neighbouring Punta Prima, called Son Ganxo, you can walk by following the ancient Camí de Cavalls footpath, easily passable here. If you try the route the other way, you must set off from the old saltworks alongside the beach, separated now from the tower by the urbanisation.
Services: Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Hammocks, Umbrellas.
Cala de BinibŔquer
With fine sand and clear water, protected by a stony piece of ground that projects into the sea, it is the most frequented beach in the Sant Lluís district. This is partly due to the supply of services, including the age-old beach café with bar and restaurant. The tourist complex of Binibeca Vell is not next to this beach but in fact surrounds the nearby Caló d'en Fust. Given the name of "fishermen's village", it is much visited for its unique architecture, reproducing the irregular forms and anarchic layout of many old small villages on the shores of the Mediterranean. Also nearby, but to the west of BinibŔquer, is Cala Torret, an urbanisation without a beach but with harbour installations and terraces from where it is possible to jump into the water.
Services: Restaurants, Bars, Hammocks, Umbrellas.
Cala Sant Esteve
As in other small coves close to town centres, the residents who own a cottage in the area are the main users of Cala Sant Esteve. More than its leisure facilities, what makes this cove special is the strategic role it has played at specific moments throughout the island's history. Its name comes from the fact that it was here where the relics of St. Stephen were landed in the times of Bishop Severo, resulting in a great many conversions from within the Jewish community. On its south side is Fort Marlborough and further on, the Stuart tower or d'en Penjat, fortifications erected by the British in the 18th century. On the other side, on the Punta de Sant Carles and opposite La Mola, stood the legendary Sant Felip Castle, demolished on the recovery of Spanish sovereignty.
Playas de Son Bou, Cala en Porter and Cala Mesquida, Playa Es Canutells, Playa Presili and Tortuga and Playa Es Grau.
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.
Playas de Minigaus and Sant TomÓs and Sant Adeodat. Els Alocs, Cala Trebal˙ger, Calas Mitjana and Mitjaneta and Cala Galdana
Ses Salines, Playa de Cavalleria, Playa de BinimellÓ, Cala Tirant, Cala Pregonda, Arenal de Son Saura and Arenal d'en Castell.