The Cala del Pilar, from the north to the east...
Known in Menorca as "El Pilar", it is one of the wildest and most beautiful accessible beaches in the north of Menorca. It has a parking lot with very limited places that to arrive you need to walk between 35 and 40 minutes, it is a totally wild beach, without any type of service and the day that one decides to go to this wonderful place, you have to take into account these things to go prepared with water, shoes to walk and recommendable to take some type of "shade" (small awning or umbrella).
A very special place both for its access and its position. Once you reach Pilar, if you want to walk a little further to the left, you will find a pebble area called "es macar d'Alfurinet" - it is like a beach of large round stones. This place is best visited in winter. On the right, following the "camí de cavalls" you arrive at ets Alocs, which we will talk about in the next blog.
Returning to the Pilar, it is a beach of golden-reddish sand in a geological environment of clayey soil. The path from the car park (approx. 2 km) with a constant rise and a sandy path crosses a pine forest in which you will find some shade. At the end of the path comes the direct descent to the beach by very comfortable wooden stairs. It is a beach very protected from all winds except the north (Tramuntana), northeast (Gregal) and northwest (Mestral) winds. On days with these winds it is not advisable to go.
How to get to the car park in Cala del Pilar:
On the ME-1 road (here called the main road) at about km 34 (between Ferreries and Ciutadella) you will find a detour. Direction Ferreries to Ciutadella, in the double lane of up-front you turn right and after about 4 km you find the parking where to leave the car. Coming from Ciutadella to Ferreries, when you start to descend the "cuesta des Castell" or "Costa Nova" (these are the popular names given to this section of the road and you will recognise the place because on the left hand side, just before starting the descent you will find a small shopping centre that appears to be a "castle"), you will find a turn-off indicated on the right that goes under the road and after about 4 km you will find the beach car park. Remember, from the parking lot you have approximately 2 km to walk.
Anyway, if you come to Ca s'Arader - www.casarader.com - we will be happy to give you the necessary explanations to be able to reach this incredible Cala del Pilar.
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.