Formerly a traditional village, the small resort of Binibeca has maintained much of its charm, with picturesque whitewashed villas dotted around the resort. There are two parts to the resort – Binibeca Vell being to the west of the beach, and Cala Torret to the east. The resort is located just 15 minutes drive from Mahon airport and 20 minutes drive from the town.
Although the coastline from Binibequer Vell to Cala Torret has a number of small sheltered coves that are suitable for swimming, the beach at Cala de Binibeca is by far the best and most popular in the area, having shallow, calm crystal clear water and fine white sand. It is renowned for its excellent beach bar perched on the edge of the ‘horseshoe’ sandy beach.
The possibilities for eating out in this area are varied, with a small selection of bars and restaurants to cater for every taste and budget at both Binibequer Vell and Cala Torret. For an excellent fish meal, head off to the Harbour at nearby Mahon, or for a more traditional choice, the small inland town of St Lluis offers a number of local restaurants.
The beach at Binibeca caters for all members of the family, offering sun beds and parasols for hire, beach bar and pedaloes for the children. A mini-train runs from Binibeca Vell, passing by Cala Torret to the nearby resort of Punta Prima throughout the day and into the evening. Weekly evening Trotting Races are held at the circuit in St Lluis, and it is possible to take boat trips or even indulge in big game fishing trips from Mahon Harbour. Mahon is a shopper’s paradise, with an excellent choice of designer and local craft shops, and a traditional market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Places to Visit
Whilst the beauty of Menorca lies in its stupendous choice of natural, unspoilt beaches, there are also many places of interest to visit. Aside from the attractions of nearby Mahon, it is also worth making a visit to the old Capital of the Island, Ciutadella, a most attractive historic city with Cathedral, timeless squares and a delightful harbour. The three other main towns of Ferreries, Es Mercadal and Alaior, are also worthy of a visit, and from Es Mercadal, you can drive up to the highest point on the Island, Monte Toro, with its Augustin Monastery and restored Renaissance Church. Menorca is steeped in history and dotted all around the Island are over a thousand prehistoric monuments, making the Island an unbelievable open-air museum.