The Port of Mahon and its secrets

The Port of Mahon is the second largest natural harbour in the world only behind Pearl Harbor, with an extension of 6 kilometres, it contains a total of five islets, several coves, colonial houses, fortifications, old cemeteries, English cannons, contemporary art museums and a history of English and French colonisations among other Mediterranean cultures. We highlight the King’s Island, named after King Alfonso XIII who colonised Menorca and built a military hospital on it. Today, it has been restored and houses a museum of contemporary art by the firm Hauser & Wirthwhich can be visited by boat.

San Esteban Cove, Rafalet Cove and its natural cave

The first, San Esteban, is a typical Menorcan cove where the locals live, have their little boats moored a few metres from their houses in front of the sea and in the whole cove a unique peace and quiet reigns, families, children and adults congregate to swim, fish and spend the summer days in a pleasant way in front of the sea.

The second, Cala Rafalet, is a privilege for the senses. It is a small cove with turquoise green bottoms with rocks, Posidonia algae and a great variety of marine fauna. The first obligatory stop is here, where we snorkel and you can visit the surroundings while swimming. It is common to see people psicobloc on its cliffs. Access is only by sea or with a long walk through an inner forest.
 
Just a few metres from the entrance to Cala Rafalet, there is a natural cave which we enter with the boat inside and we usually take some marvellous photos, at the bottom of the cave there is sand and you can swim.

Alcaufar Cove and Roig Cove

The second stop is Cala Alcaufar and Cala Roig, tourist places of residence for both Menorcans and foreigners, but which maintain their charm and natural beauty. Cala Roig is one of the smallest beaches on the island; in fact, at high tide the beach disappears, leaving a sandy bottom between rocks covered by water. Here we usually stop, swim and visit the surroundings. On leaving by boat, we can see the defence tower of Alcaufar with its impressive cliff.

Isla del Aire and Punta Prima, where sea and sky come together

The next stop is between Isla del Aire and Punta Prima, which is located in front of the island, it is a stop to swim and enjoy the white sandy seabed and crystal clear water, a true paradise of blue sky that gives the feeling that sea and sky are one. We also go around the Isla del Aire to see its majestic lighthouse and stop in an area for snorkelling, which is very rich in marine fauna. The island has many curiosities and is considered a unique place.

 

Cala Binibeca and es Caló Blanc, impressive natural pools

We visit Cala Binibeca, which is next to Cala Torret, both are places of great affluence of tourists and local visitors, its waters follow the blue and crystalline dynamics of the whole south coast of Menorca, in this beach we usually stop and visit it. At the exit we sail past the village of Binibeca and we can see the little houses all with white roofs, it is an obligatory visit for anyone who is in the area.

After a few minutes sailing through these waters crossing rocky coves, lighthouses in the sea and beautiful landscapes, we stop at one of the most impressive places in this area. Es Caló Blanc is an authentic paradise, its light blue, almost white backgrounds, its waters that look like liquid crystal and its natural enclave are unique, you cannot miss this place.

Biniparratx and Binisafuller coves

Finally, both coves are part of the southern part of Menorca that we visit if we do the four-hour excursion, following the dynamics of the previous places, they are very beautiful and very interesting coves for swimming, snorkelling and enjoying with the family. Their waters and natural environment is very unique, without a doubt, going by boat to these places is totally different from going by land.

All these places that we have shown you are part of the four-hour boat trip with skipper, but, if you choose the eight-hour trip, not only can we enjoy more time in each of the places described, but we will also visit Binigaus and Llucalari, two authentic paradises that are difficult to access by land and whose seabed and environment will delight you, without a doubt, it is worth it. With this we would have visited more than half of the south coast in eight hours by boat with skipper. Can you imagine trying to make all this journey and stops by land in one day? It would be crazy, therefore, going by boat offers us a safety, effectiveness and efficiency that is not comparable to doing it in any other way. If you really want to make the most of your visit to the island and its coastline, turn to specialists in Menorca and its coasts such as Nautic Charter Menorca.

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