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Best guide to sailing in Menorca : hire a boat or kayak

Sailing in Menorca is a fabulous way to get to appreciate this island variety, from white sandy beaches, to coves and creeks, to terracotta sands and crystal waters. Hire a boat in Menorca or a kayak in Es Grau, over the years we have tested various  areas and it’s so difficult to decide which ones we are more fond of, best to decide on the day or the day before, depending on the wind. This boomerang-shaped island has a charming port at each end: to the east, postcard capital Mahón sits high above one of the greatest natural harbours in the Mediterranean; to the North west, the cobbled streets and palaces of Ciutadella hug a narrow channel lined with yachts. Unesco Biosphere Reserve since 1993, Menorca’s charm is easily seized by boat or kayak with its white and golden beaches, forested coves, Megalithic ruins and turquoise silent bays.


Sailing in Menorca

We started the kiddies young in here in Spanish style : sailing and swimming with toddlers or even babies barely few months old is the week-end norm in here! So a certain 3 years old got to the privilege of indulging early into Balearics like a local. Sailing in MenorcaBreakfasts at leisure and then mid morning we’ve been picked by our skipper friend. What better way to see the gorgeous south and explore electric blue waters and coves than sailing in Menorca?


1. South sailing route: Canal de Sant Jordi, Biniancolla, Binibeca, Cala de Biniparratx. We left the quiet beautiful Passeig de Mariners around 11am and sailed smoothly into Canal de Sant Jordi. The first 30 minutes of our ride were incredibly smooth and picturesque : Fortalesa de la Mola on one side, Castell de Sant Filip the other.


The fortress and the castle look glorious from the sea, my hair less so!

weekend in Menorca

Menorca sailing

The sea looks deceivingly calm from the shore, but once out of the port, the wind and currents made a very fun bumpy and wobbly fast ride. R was incredibly keen on speed at the beginning, but after few showers, he concluded he is better off either under a towel or in the inside cabin.


We stopped for our first swim by a gorgeous golf, crystal clear water and lots of other boats with families – Cala de Biniparratx, a little paradise for Menorca with toddlers.

Sailing in MenorcaKids with ages ranging from as little as below 1, splashed and swam around boats alongside Mediterranean good looking parents. Sailing with babies even, hats off to the Balearics!

Sailing in Menorca with toddlers

We picked my Menorcan friend from an exquisite little harbour called Biniancolla.


The locals swimming made some space for our boat – fun casual talking in my broken Spanish. We should be back in here for lunch – I’ve been instantly swept off my feet by the water and this charming spot. I’m also told the pizzeria in here – Baia is great.

Sailing in Menorca with kids and babies

We stopped for lunch on the boat in another magic golf by Binibeca – first another dip, thereafter lots of beer, delicious Spanish cheeses and jamons. Snorkelling in great in here, a certain young man loved exploring and observing the fish: a spotted eel by the caves, baby fish nurseries, funny silvery and black bigger fish.

Biniancolla harbour: sailing with babies

Snorkeling in Menorca

For R it’s been his first snorkelling in the sea – 6 months ago in Nevis he was not quite ready and in Procida he preferred to splash and jump in the big waves. London swim classes certainly helping, as he manages even 15secs under the water. What a difference 6 months make with the kids – I have been truly fortunate to have a partner in crime for sailing in Menorca, dinners and snorkelling!

Balearics like a local

We concluded our sailing back to where we started – passed Punta Prima and back to Passeig de Mariners.

Balearics like a local: sailing in Menorca with kids and babiesMy friend and I had a fantastic wobbly ride in the front, R snoozed in the back and dreamed about fish – Luca is one fabulous captain and Menorca with toddlers by sea is so feasible and gorgeous.

2. Kayaking Es Grau or sailing in here if the wind is too strong in the South makes a fantastic day, we tested on few occasions, adults only or with kids (ideally above 6 years old).

8 km away from Mahon or 15 minutes taxi ride, Es Grau has great chiringuitos by the beach but it is also the starting point for exploring virgin beaches of Albufera stunning nature reserve : small caves, natural tunnels, snorkelling, defence towers from 1802, small pinewoods by the beach are all part of a 2.5 hours exciting journey.

3. Sailing from Ciutadella and Menorca’s gems: Cala Macarella, Cala Mitjana, Cala Trebaluger. 

Cala Macarella has a chiringuito with fish and roasted Menorcan lamb; but if you’re after unspoilt desert-island vibes, drop anchor in the luminous waters off Cala Macarelleta. Hugged by pine-scented woodland and cliffs, its only man-made features are the stone steps leading down to the sugar-fine sands.

Cala Mitjana is another favourite of ours and one of Menorca’s most emblematic and frequented coves. Boat is definitely best to enjoy as well as savour own refreshments (no beach facilities in sight or nearby), otherwise accessed from a busy car park; its shallow, translucent waters also wash the sands of neighbouring Cala Mitjaneta, a smaller enclave flanked by the remains of stone bunkers from Spain’s 1936-39 Civil War.

Cala Trebaluger is only accessible on foot and is located around 45 minutes from the nearest car park; so hardly busy even in the busy weekends of the summer. The lucky fellow boaters will love it: an idyllic bay and top swimming spot, with flat waters ebbing the white sands; there is also a river on the west side of the beach as well as an unusual feature: a Civil War bunker hidden in the forest on its eastern flank.

For a lively party scene, head for Cala en Porter and stay in the bright blue waters of its cove: Cova d’en Xoroi with several cliffside terraces high above the water make a top spot for drinks and dancing!

​Travelling during the pandemic (July 2021).  Being fully vaccinated and travelling from UK to Spain was easy, just a couple of extra forms. Coming back to London we booked our private tests at a Mahon clinic 3 days ahead of our travels and thereafter, Day 2 tests once back in London. Luckily the travelling guidance is all greenlighted now ( UK Foreign travel advice in here just in case).

For short getaways in Menorca, head to our Long weekends in Mahon; for Menorca with kids, head here; for Es Castell and charming Sant Joan de Binissaida here, for more rural Menorca family holiday by Llucmacanes head here and the latest in Binibeca in here. And for the best and hottest restaurants in Menorca, head here!

32 comments on “Best guide to sailing in Menorca : hire a boat or kayak

  1. yourfriendkate
    August 16, 2017

    Very jealous, the sea looked absolutely gorgeous!! I get so sea-sick and being disabled would make the boat difficult but the places themselves would be fantastic!!

    • Zen Babytravel
      August 16, 2017

      Thanks Kate, I get seasick myself but after many diving trips with choppy seas, I learnt few tricks.Looking at the land and the horizon line work for me as well as pills! A ferry would be great for you to enjoy the blue Mediterranean!

      • yourfriendkate
        August 16, 2017

        Yes tried a number of things too!!! But a ferry isn’t as bad!! Thank you x

  2. Helen
    August 16, 2017

    Such beautiful photos – you’ve made me want to book a holiday now 🙂

  3. This looks amazing! What a lovely way to spend a day. Love snorkelling too 🙂 x

    • Zen Babytravel
      August 16, 2017

      Thank you, indeed lovely day and not sure we have enough of those ! Snorkelling is great and having a little partner in crime just wonderful ! X

  4. Jono
    August 16, 2017

    Wow. In love with Menorca. In laws have a place in Es Castell so know the island well. Went on 3 kayak excursions last year and one day hope to kayak all the way round. Looks like yoy had a great time.

    • Zen Babytravel
      August 16, 2017

      Lucky you and lucky in laws! Kayaking all the way round Menorca to me it seems quite challenging, keep me posted!

  5. Dean B
    August 16, 2017

    Oh my goodness, that looks so much fun! Lovely weather and I bet it was warm too. Sighs dreamily 🙂

    • Zen Babytravel
      August 16, 2017

      Thank you! Yes I am also sighing dreamily now 😉 thanks for stopping by!

  6. Miranda (Anosa)
    August 17, 2017

    What a lovely adventure and glad you guys had fun, you look awesome in your swim suit, love the colour of it

    • Zen Babytravel
      August 20, 2017

      Thanks a lot Miranda! I love Mykonos blue as colour – brings me so many happy memories of Mediterranean, holidays and friends! And thank you for stopping by!

  7. Emma
    August 17, 2017

    Oh my goodness, what a wonderful day out! It looks like it was lovely and warm as well! I don’t think I’ve ever been sailing, but it looks so much fun!

    • Zen Babytravel
      August 20, 2017

      Thank you Emma, warmly recommending a couple of hours of sailing on smooth seas, so much fun! Indeed lovely and warm – it is Spain afterall, so there were over 30 degrees – perfect for sailing. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Jayne (@SMABLblog)
    August 18, 2017

    I would love to try a day on a boat. The sea looks amazing and the areas you visited looked really picturesque.
    (hubby helping out)

    • Zen Babytravel
      August 20, 2017

      Hey Jayne, hubby helping comes always handy, experienced captain as well! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Cathy Glynn
    August 18, 2017

    This sounds just perfect, the views look amazing. What a fabulous holiday x

  10. fashionandstylepolice
    August 18, 2017

    I would love to do this with the fam. Sounds like an amazing experience.

  11. Carrie - Flying With A Baby
    August 19, 2017

    I’ve not taken my two properly sailing yet- but this looks wonderful. Such happy, carefree photos and of course also of Menorca.
    Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

    • Zen Babytravel
      August 20, 2017

      Thank you Carrie! Pleasure! Indeed holidays with a 4 years old are almost carefree compared to holidays with the 2 cheeky monkeys, 16 months brother included !

  12. Wow, this looks like a wonderful day out. I would love to take my children sailing, we’re taking them canoeing today actually. Brilliant that your little one will go snorkelling with you, what a wonderful activity for you to do together. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips.

    • Zen Babytravel
      August 20, 2017

      I love canoeing as well, waiting for the 16 months old to get a bit more reasonable (hope dies last!) to take them as well! Thanks so much for stopping by and keep us posted on the canoeing adventures & fun!

  13. Clair
    August 24, 2017

    Wow how blue is the sea. What an experience to do together, very jealous!

    • Zen Babytravel
      August 26, 2017

      Thanks Claire! Amazing blue indeed! Greetings from London!

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