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Cala Barril, the neighbor of Cala'n Calderer...


Continuing along the path we started, we continue north to east, now we find Cala Barril, a virgin cove, quiet, very lonely and without any kind of services. Its location to the northwest and the fact that, opposite Cala Barril, we find a series of islets known as ses illes Bledes i ses illes des Colom, means that this rocky cove is protected from all winds and the onslaught of the sea, except from the northwest, known in Minorca as Mestral. A cove that forms part of the marine reserve of northern Minorca and an ANEI or special protection area for birds.

It is a cove with reddish sand (typical of this area), also made up of pebbles that, with the onslaught of the sea, continually wear away and form sand. The marine conditions and the rocky bottom make it inadvisable for boats to anchor there. It is also recommended that you avoid sailing between these islets and the coast of Menorca, because there are countless shallows and reefs dominating this sea bed. This fact means that Cala Barril is not the ideal place to anchor. If it is for snorkelling and if you want to be in a haven of peace, this could be the ideal cove to forget about the world. This northern area between Ets Alocs and Cala Barril is very much appreciated for being a very wild and lonely area. Only for hikers who love the Camí de Cavalls (already mentioned above and which we will talk about in the next blog). After Cala Barril we will reach the bay of Pregonda (no more tranquility in the northwest of Menorca).

How to get to Cala Barril; we have two options and both are along the Camí de Cavalls. The first option (more recommendable) is arriving from (parking) beach, we will go west towards Pregonda, we will pass through Cales Morts, Pregondó and arrive at Pregonda, after Pregonda we will pass through a small forest until we find a paved road, when we cross it we will find Cala Barril on our right it is approximately three kilometers from the parking. The second option is longer and more complex, following the instructions of my previous blog until cala'n Calderer, on the right side of this cove there is a path of a little more than one km that leads to Cala Barril.

Cheer up and come on holiday to Ca s'Arader - - we'll be happy to tell you more about this place and if you decide to go, you'll be able to savour the solitude and tranquillity of a natural reserve, enjoying the transparent and clean waters as usual in this whole area of northern Menorca.


Pedro Pons Casasnovas


Ca s’Arader is named after Menorca’s artisan carpenters that used the wood from the indigenous wild olive tree to make all kinds of farming tools. In the olden days it was an essential role for the islands economy that was passed on from fathers to sons. Today, the few artisan carpenters or araders that are left, mostly make gates, tables, benches or stalls amongst other items.