Cala del Pilar

Cala del Pilar - Spain
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The orange-red sands of Cala del Pilar can be found on the north of the Menorca, near Ferreries. Facing out into the near endless blue of the Mediterranean from a small cove, it is surrounded by low-slung hills which drift between the rich colours of paprika and chocolate depending on the time of day.

Its location means Cala del Pilar can seem something of a secret known only to you. Parking is a two kilometre (20-30 minute) walk away, with the path leading through an attractive glade of native shrubs and trees and down a stepped boardwalk, along which you’ll need to bring any supplies for the day.

You will find no sunbeds or umbrellas to rent here, and no refreshments to buy. The upside is that Cala del Pilar sits within a zone protected from fishing. Because of this, the waters off the beach teem with marine life, which can be discovered with a snorkel, mask, and flippers.

The beach’s northerly location means that it is affected by the tramuntana winds, which create large waves. You’ll generally see locals avoiding the beach on days when the tramuntana is active.

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Kite surfing

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