There are many beautiful beaches on the island with each coast having a slightly different character.
Some of the more well-known beaches are clearly marked on all the island maps (Punta Prima, Son Bou, Aranel d’en Castell, Cala en Porter, Cala Galdana, Santa Thomas, etc.); these are easily accessible and have plenty of facilities such as cafes, restaurants and shops close by.
If you want to see some prettier and less well known beaches that are still within easy reach and safe with young children, we would recommend the following:
Small family-friendly beach within walking distance of the villa (20-30 minutes around the headland from S’Algar) or 5 minute drive (turn left towards Alcalfar at the resort entrance).
Pretty narrow cove with sand, shallow water with no waves and Menorcan fishing boats; also a hotel on the side of the beach serving drinks, snacks etc. Perfect for young children.
Attractive beach about 15 minute drive on south coast with a good beach bar; popular with locals and can get busy.
One of our favourites on the east coast; turn off to the right on the road from Mahon to Fornells; a large, shallow beach (can wade out 50-100 metres and still stand), very good for kids. Set in a small fishing village with mainly Spanish visitors. A couple of nice beach-side restaurants-Bar Es Grau on the beach and Tamarindos with a terrace over the water.
A bit of a trek, but worth it – one of the nicest beaches on the north side of the island, but like most on the north side, relatively inaccessible. Take the day, drive up to Fornells for coffee, then round to Binimel-La for lunch (on the unpaved road, see restaurant recommendations). From there walk along the coast to Cala Pregonda (about 30 minutes) and enjoy this beautiful beach.
One of the beaches that defines the south coast of the island: crystal clear water, intense turquoise sea and white limestone cliffs – stunning! You will need to take food and drink with you because there are no facilities on the beach itself other than basic toilets. Allow 45 mins to drive there-take the main road across the island towards Cuitadella and follow signposts to Cala Galdana. The car park is on the left just before the roundabout as you enter Galdana and then follow the path directing you to “Playa” Mitjana (about 20 minutes through the pine forest).