Pregonda Bay, one of the northern stars!
We will talk about Pregonda bay because inside it there are 3 coves, the biggest one is Pregonda, the middle one is Pregundó and the little sister, which we recommend to go swimming, is called s'Escull de Pregonda or also called popularly, Pregundí. An almost virgin bay, with the exception of some houses in the Pregonda cove itself, are some of the most popular coves (which everyone who comes to Menorca wants to visit) at all levels for both locals and visitors. The whole area is known as PREGONDA. Unserviced coves with a lot of traffic by land and sea, spectacular anchorage for many sailors (until full). Its orange sand bottoms give an emerald green tone to its transparent waters that make this a spectacular place. Its islets, reefs and transparent waters make the surroundings of this bay an ideal place for snorkeling. The bay, which also forms part of the marine reserve of northern Minorca, is protected from all winds except the tramontana, although it is surrounded by islets and reefs.
This is an area of great geological richness, just like the Pilar cove and the Cavalleria beach (the latter we will talk about later), its orange or reddish sand of clay origin gives the area such peculiar colours. I mention this detail because lately it's very fashionable the clay baths, these "fashions" what they cause is an artificial erosion caused by the human being that generates an instability of the superior layer of its small cliffs and to part of having a danger for the human being by detachments, we force a geologic change of the place. From Ca s'Arader we ask the maximum respect for the natural environment to be able to enjoy this wonderful island of Menorca for many years.
Before finishing with this blog, we want to tell you an anecdote that happened in Pregonda. Who has not heard of Mike Olfield, the musician known worldwide for his work Tubular Bells. Well, this musician, for the cover photo of his fourth album (Incantations edited in 1978), chose a photo where he was with the Pregonda reefs in the background on a stormy day, this was taken by the photographer, Trevor Key. In 2011 the album was re-released and Pregonda became the only protagonist on the cover, in this case, there was a night image of the island and the surrounding reefs, a photo taken by the local photographer Sús Camps.
How to get to Pregonda:
To get to Pregonda, we will go directly to the parking lot at Binimel.la beach (a beach we will also talk about in a blog soon). To get to this car park, go to the village of Fornells, either from Ciutadella or Maô. You will reach a roundabout with some metal sculptures and from this roundabout, go towards Playa or Faro de Cavalleria, instead of going to this destination, continue towards Binimel.la following the signs. Once in the car park we will go down to Binimel.la beach and looking towards the sea we will take the camí de cavalleria towards the west, a road without any shade and about 2 km and approximately 30 minutes long. We will cross the Cala Es Morts (which we will talk about in the next blog) and we will arrive first at Pregondó seeing Pregonda at the bottom of the bay.
A special and very popular place, if you come to Ca s'Arader - www.casarader.com - we will guide you in the best way so you can reach this special place that inspired Mike Olfield himself.
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.