Let's start with the North!
Menorca, an island in the western Mediterranean where the virgin beaches are paradisiacal and the clean and transparent waters allow you to see the sandy bottom. Its sands have different tones depending on its geological location.
Today we will start with a natural reserve located in the north of the island and where we can find 2 beautiful beaches whose sand has a beige - light grey tone. The area, popularly known as "ses platges d'Algaiarens" or "La Vall" by the local people, are two idyllic beaches surrounded by extensive pine forests (something rare in the north of Menorca), being a wetland area of great natural and ecological richness with a stream that reaches (during the winter) to the sea.
As you will see when you are in Minorca, it is an island where there is a breeze or some wind every day, as it has no mountains and is in the middle of the sea it has no protection whatsoever. This makes the climate generally warm but very mild and humid. These beaches are very protected from all winds except from the Northwest (Mestral) and the North (Tramontana).
How to get to ses platges d'Algaiarens / La Vall:
To get to this natural paradise you have to go around the Ciutadella de Menorca ring road, heading towards Cala Morell, until you find a crossroads (it is indicated) where you have to turn right and go to the end of the road crossing different pine forests on both sides of the road. You will reach a first parking lot about 800 meters from the first beach (Es Tancats). If the guards in charge of the area allow you, you can access the second parking lot which is located about 300 meters from the beach. All this will depend on the availability of parking at the time of your arrival. In Menorca the virgin beaches have a limited capacity, it is important to take this into account. To get to the second beach (Es Bot) you have to cross the first beach and at the end, entering a few meters inland, you will find an access on the left hand side through the pine forest that, following the path you will access to the second beach finding the stream on the right hand side. You can also go inland without crossing the first beach, by a path, something that in the middle of summer we do not recommend because of the heat.
At Ca s'Arader (www.casarader.com) we will be happy to provide you with all the information you need to reach this paradise!
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.