There are many quieter areas in and around Menorca with fabulous private villas. Last year found us taking a week in the beautiful Binibeca Resort on the south coast just 10 km from the airport (25 mins travelling time).
We stayed at ‘Villa Paradise’ just across the road from the Binibeca beach which is hidden away in its own sandy cove with a secluded bar on the shoreline. Well known by the locals and seasoned holidaymakers and just a quick ride from the next town of Punta Prima.
Binibeca is split up into different areas. You have the main town area ‘Binibeca Vell’ with a few shops and restaurants in the distinctive whitewashed housing area built in the 1970’s. It is so unique with its tight paths winding there way through the flats and accommodation to a small boat launching ramp and mooring. Houses and villas looking down to the sea make it a spectacular setting and well-photographed area.
Walking to Binibeca Beach & its many bars and restaurant
Down the main road and a 10-minute walk is Binibeca Beach (Binibequer Beach). On the way, you will pass a few restaurants and maybe catch a viewing of the ‘Road Train’ on its way from Punta Prima. The road train runs from Binibeca Vell to Punta Prima throughout the day and brings into the resort daytrippers.
Binibeca beach has its own small sandy bay with golden sands and a shoreline restaurant/bar called Los Bucaneros. After a paddle or swim, you can walk up to the bar and take some lunch and a delightful cooling drink. There are pathways from the beach leading to the car park and road parking on Carrer de Platja de Llevant. The road train also stops here on the road. The car park is where you will find the unique mobile Pizza Takeaway called Pizza al Vuelo. This is usually seasonal from May until October.
To the north and northeast of Binibeca Beach is Binibeca Nou where you find the majority of the private villas looking out towards the sea. This area is very quiet and ideal for that quiet ‘getaway’ environment. Some stunning villas will beautiful gardens and palms are dotted about. We loved the relaxed undisturbed evenings watching the odd yacht moor up for the night at Binibeca Beach. This is one of our favourite parts of the island for a truly refreshing break and a nice wander down to the supermarket or restaurants at Binibeca Vell.
Discovering Cala Torret village
Further down the main road to the south-east is the next village of Cala Torret. There is a big dip in the road between Binibeca Beach and Cala Torret which is not too big to walk, but maybe a struggle with a wheelchair. We soon got used to it and the tempting ice cream kiosk sat on the edge of the Binibeca Beach Car Park made an ideal reward for the upward walk.
Cala Torret has another traffic-free town centre (like Binibeca Vell) with a handful of restaurants perched on the rocky tops of the shoreline with spectacular views across the Meditteranean Sea. Perfect for an evening meal. Cala Torret has its own bakery and cafe in the towns square which is an absolute delight. Freshly baked pastries and breakfast and light lunches served. A refreshing beer or two before a walk back to the villa, what more could you want in the midday Menorcan sun.
There is a small inlet from the sea at Cala Torret which is high on both sides. One side is the restaurants and on the other side are perch many seaward looking villas. Winding roads lead up to the villas or down to the supermarket and bars. Sunsets in Menorca are never to be forgotten, and the villas on the top of the rocks get a perfect view.
Both Binibeca and Cala Torret are low key in the evenings and not too busy in the daytime. No wonder they are popular with the Spanish and reclusive villa owners wanting to get away from the mass.
This is one of our favourite areas in Menorca along with Cala Galdana which is another special resort to us.
More about that another time.
Nigel Clarkson, Let’s go Menorca
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