At 358m.Mount Toro is the highest point on the island.This gorgeous spot is situated in the heart of the island and is Menorca's highest point,with its 17th-century Sanctuary of the Mare de Deu del Toro at its peak, commands incredible 360 degree views of the countryside and coastline, and on a clear day you will be able to see Majorca. At the summit, there is a simple, tapestry-hung Renaissance church, a large statue of Christ and a convent. All have become sites of pilgrimage following the strange legend that a local bull discovered a statue of the Virgin here hidden in the rock.
Now I don't want to slag off my fellow British tourists, but those who tend to stay in Cala en Forcat don't really get about that much. Anywhere that involves walking for ten minutes or more could be considered 'off the beaten path'.
That said, there's not a huge amount to explore on Menorca's west coast - it's pretty barren and there's no shade from trees.
The main draw to Menorca's west is the pretty little coves that dot its coastline. They're usually long and thin, and if you're prepared to put in the effort, you could just discover one all to yourself. Sadly, the best ones have had big ugly resorts built around them.
We walked along the coastal path north from Cala en Forcat, until we found our own tiny little cove.
All around the coast of Menorca are small bays and coves, away from main resorts. Some are well known, such as Mitjana, Macarella, Turqueta and Pregonda, to name but a few. But there are literally hundreds of others, some that are even difficult to find on the map. This is one that we stumbled across; it has an absolutely minute beach, so only the first few arrivals can get a spot there. The rocks around it are flat and comfortable enough to sit on for a while and the sea is lovely for swimming in.
As usual with this sort of place, there were naked guys around!
In my opinion its a british spot,...in fact chiefly the main tourist ther are british ...so better dont stay if you arnt ... last time i visited was in an apartment resort were except my girlfriends and friends everybody was from UK ... bad experience !!
Although (its the best part) they are all families or mainly
its a huge beach surrounded by high walls and nothing to see at the bottom
A few miles walk to get to this (less if you've a four wheel drive) but it a fantastic place once your there - a perfect beach. Guess this is why so many people make the effort to get there (which is the main drawback).
CALA SANTA GALDANA
You arrive to this beach from the road that coming from Ferreries and leave back this town to take a road to the south
if you like resorts you will enjoy there because there are a lot, although its a special and beautifull place.
It shape is a half moon with white sand and mediterranean pines
There are many places on the island that seem to be 'off the beaten track', but even places that are only reached on long bumpy dirt tracks are usually discovered and well-known to locals and tourists alike. The 'unknown cala' is one exception. I call it unknown because it was the only cove on my map which didn't have a name. It certainly deserves the designation 'off the beaten track' for when we visited on a beautiful sunny day in May there were no more than a handful of people on the beach.
The only way to get there is on foot. It is a fifteen minute walk from the second parking lot of Son Saura. Getting to the parking is already quite adventurous. It involves a long drive on a bumpy dirt track. The whole area is private property so you have to pay an entrance fee.
You could also walk to the cala from the parking of Cala Turqueta, it is a bit longer, but there is no entrance fee.
Cala Pregonda is on Menorca's North coast where the landscape is rougher, more barren and the beaches tend to be golden rather than white.
The north coast beaches are therefore less crowded than their south coast counterparts.
For those wanting to get away from the crowds, Cala Pregonda is the perfect retreat, but impossible to reach without private vehicle.
The pretty beaches of Cala d'Algaiarens in the North-West are on private property and you have to pay a hefty 4€ entrance fee if you go there by car (bicycles are free). The bay is good for swimming and not crowded. For a great view walk uphill from the parking lot to the view point, signposted "mirador".
Taking a boat or even a peddlo, you can explore the nooks and cranies of Menorca's Coastal line.
Hidden well are small and large caves, untouched over the thousands of years, its hard to believe you can find such beauty right off the sea front.
Xoriguer Gin from the Mahon Distillery is not made in the same manner as many other. Xoriguer follows very closely an 18th century ‘Celtic’ recipe that was introduced to the island during the British conquests in and around the Mediterranean.
Only 10 min by car from Mahon, Sa Mesquida has managed to retain the charm of a remote fishing village on a windswept, rocky coastline. There's also a pretty good beach here.