Binibequer Bay © Claire Allison
Minorca is blessed with a beautiful coastline and offers visitors a variety of beaches and resorts. Fornells, an attractive fishing village on the north coast, is on a spectacular bay ideal for windsurfing and watersports. Close by is the beach Cala Tirant. Cala Galdana is one of the most popular beaches, set in a horseshoe bay, and complete with all desired amenities; while Santo Tomas, with its stretch of golden sand, is a small resort favoured by families and honeymoon couples. Son Bou is one of the longest beaches on the island, with a few shops, bars, restaurants, and a club. Binebeca and Binisafua were Minorca's first resort centres, but are now mainly residential areas filled with villas fronting numerous sandy bays. There are some interesting caves and rugged little coves between Mahon and picturesque Calan Porter, making the area fun for nature walks and snorkelling along the rocky shore. Those looking for something a little less commercialised may enjoy Cala Mitjana, south of Ferreries. It's a small, idyllic cove surrounded by pine forests, offering no facilities but beautifully situated and usually not crowded.