Alaior’s district comprises two very different types of beaches: the long open sandy beach of Son Bou with clear turquoise water and the enclosed bays that have outlets from the ravines at the back, making their beaches smaller and hedged in by soaring cliffs.The two outstanding and most frequented beaches of Alaior are of each type: Son Bou y Cala en Porter.
Sand, cliffs and crystal-clear water
Son Bou Beach
2.4 kilometres of white sand lapped by crystal-clear turquoise water
This beach is the longest section of coastline in Menorca, measuring 2.4 kilometres. With beautiful pale sand and shimmering water, it is very popular with both locals and tourists.
It also boasts the largest dune system and one of the most important wetlands on the island. The maritime conditions allow for safe mooring of boats in good weather. Access by road from Alaior is simple, just follow the road signs and the turnings that are marked. The car park is free of charge and there is also a regular bus service during the summer months.
Cala en Porter Beach
Sheltered from the winds and maintaining all its natural beauty
Cala en Porter is eleven kilometres from Alaior. To the west of Cala en Porter is the vantage point of Ses Penyes, built over cliffs that are 68 metres high. The wide entrance follows the curve of the cliffs into the bay, with a shell-shaped beach separating it from the outlet of the Cala en Porter stream and the marshes at the back. This strip of coast is of medium size, with a gentle incline that attracts many local and visiting swimmers. The famous discotheque Cova d’en Xoroi sits high above on the eastern headland, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views over the sea.
The beach with the most caves in Menorca
Calescoves is ten kilometres from Alaior, close to the urbanizations of Cala en Porter and Son Vitamina. It has a winding forked entrance leading to two beautiful and small unspoiled beaches. Above them soar the tall cliffs that are famous for their 90 excavated caves that were used as burial sites by Menorca’s first settlers.
Sant Llorenç Cove
When the sea cuts off the cliffs
Sant Llorenç Cove is eight kilometres from Alaior. This beach is the result of the convergence between a sea inlet and the outlet from the stream Torrent de Torre Vella. It is small, being only 30 m long and 20 m wide, with a steep gravel and sand slope. It is enclosed by tall,rugged cliffs that are topped with sparse vegetation. The coastline that joins the bay Cala Llucalari with Cala Sant Llorenç has an average height of 80 metres, with this considerable height featuring for the next 1.8 miles separating it from Cala en Porter.
A little bit of lost paradise
Cala Llucalari is eight kilometres from Alaior, and this beach emerged through the convergence of a sea inlet and the outlet of one of a stream between ravines. It is a tiny spot of just 50 metres long by 30 wide with slope of gravel and sand and very sparse bushes on the right. The vegetation is a bit more abundant at the back, tucked deep into the cliffside. To get here, leave your car at Son Bou and walk to east along the beach for about a kilometre.