Exploring the Southern Coast of Menorca - Travel

Exploring the Southern Coast of Menorca   by Brenda Jaaback

in Travel    (submitted 2013-02-14)

Menorca was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993, and since then the island has set policies in place to help preserve the natural beauty and ecological diversity that gave it its reputation. The island is ringed by stunning blue seas that lap inviting beaches, and tourists and locals come together to appreciate the temperate conditions.

If you're thinking about taking a trip to this lovely Balearic island, you might want to consider the south western side - like Sant Tomas or Cala Galdana. Villas here are in close proximity to the spectacular coastline, and also to the diverse natural inland habitats that have made the island famous. Whether its the barrancs - deep organically formed ravines that are carved from the central region down to the southern coast - or the three kilometre white sand beach off Son Bou, the region holds many natural sites to be experienced by the traveller who appreciates beautiful scenery.

Cala Galdana: Villas for beach goers and birdwatchers

The coastline is nothing short of stunning around Cala Galdana. Villas and apartments here have excellent access to the soft, sandy beaches as well as the dune systems that had such positive influence on the decision to make this island a wildlife reserve. A lot of the area between Cala Galdana and Sant Tomas is protected, making it an amazing place to spend time and experience the natural beauty of the area, as well as spot some of the island's most interesting species of bird.

To the east of Sant Tomas is Son Bou, which has become a major spot for birdwatching due to its large reed bed - comparable in size to the famous reed bed birdwatching sites at England's Minsmere and and Leighton Moss. From here you can catch sight of birds such as the Egyptian Vulture and the large raven.

Back towards Cala Gadana, villas inland from the beaches offer great access to the river that leads to the Algendar Gorge. In the park here you will find similar birds to the beaches at Son Bou, with the added bonus of seeing plentiful Cetti Warblers and nightingales.

Boat trips for seabird sightings

Further up the coast, you come to Mahon harbour - a natural inlet, six miles long. The only real way to see this inlet properly is by water, and you can take a tour in a glass bottom boat that will give you a good opportunity to see the island's Audouins Gulls. A good tour guide will also give you an interesting lesson in Menorcan naval history as well.