11 of the most beautiful beaches in the Balearics
Beautiful, secret beaches in Ibiza
Including Cala Xarraca, Cala Llentrisca and Agua Blanca
Ibiza may be more renowned as one of the top Mediterranean party destinations but it has far more to offer than just the best bars and nightlife in the Balearics. Cala Xarraca is a snorkelling enthusiast’s paradise; with its picturesque bay boasting crystal clear azure waters, flanked by green forestry and rocky pathways, you’ll almost feel you’ve stumbled onto your very own private beach.
If you need to recover after a hard day’s partying head to Ibiza’s most stylish beach, the crescent shaped Cala Llentrisca. With a timber jetty protruding out into the bay, making a perfect diving platform, and boats bobbing far out at sea this secluded spot that is all but deserted come the afternoon.
Agua Blanca is** **one of the most isolated Ibiza beaches and is ideal for escaping the island at peak season because it is difficult for most tourists to access. Wade through the water to soak up the tranquillity as the sun-dappled waves drum into the caves dotted around the beach.
Picture-perfect beaches in Mallorca
Including Cala Murta and Cala Varques
Mallorca is home to dramatic scenery and some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean. Head south to picture postcard perfect Cala Murta, with its pebbly ground and shallow azure waters. Flanked by Cap de Formentor’s razor-edge cliffs offering breath-taking scenery of the Mediterranean, with views stretching out as far as Menorca, this is no ordinary sunbathing spot.
Alternatively head to Cala Varques which is a boater’s paradise. Only reachable by boat (or foot), surrounded by dramatic cliffs, rocky coves and white sand stretching to an almost fluorescent turquoise ocean, this secluded spot offers a welcome relief from the nearby overcrowded resorts. If you’re feeling adventurous venture out to the secret underground caves (the entrance is carved into one of the nearby cliffs)…
Beautiful, unspoilt and secret beaches in Menorca
Including Cala Algaiarens, Es Grau beach and Cala Pregonda
While private beaches are not a mainstay of Menorca, this Balearic gem is home to some stunning — and secluded — beaches. Cala Algaiarens, surrounded by golden stretches of sand and crystal clear waters, is only accessible by boat or kayak. It is ideal for pretending you’re on your own private beach or and is one of the most romantic beaches in the world.
If you fancy escaping your pristine yacht, venture out to the wild Es Grau beach in the secluded nature reserve. Towel off and try your hand at kayaking or windsurfing or simply enjoy the countryside, with plenty of walking and cycling trails.
One of Menorca's most beautiful beaches is Cala Pregonda. Surrounded by reddish gold sand and green fields, this unspoilt beach is the perfect setting for a seaside lunch. There are no facilities, so ask the crew to set up a lunch on the sand.