A secluded creek on a secluded island
La Cala Macarella is a creek located on Menorca. I was there for two weeks during the summer of 2019. It was such a great experience.
Menorca is one of the Baleares Islands, hundreds of kilometers away from the Spanish coast. Unlike her bigger sister Mallorca, Menorca is much calmer. The villas replace the nightclubs and the hotels. That makes the cities more authentic. Efforts are also made to preserve nature. Indeed, a lot of rules prevent building and accessing beaches easily. This helps to protect nature and makes the landscape wilder. However, this also means that you have to hike a little bit to enjoy the sand of the beaches. Hence, if you prefer natural beaches over seaside resorts, you should choose Menorca over Mallorca. Macarella beach is the best point to start your Menorcan trip: let me tell you why through my experience.
What I loved about this place
Getting to La Cala Macarella is not that easy. Parkings are full very early in the morning. If you are lucky, you will be able to park in the closest one and head straight to the beach. If you are not -like I was-, you will have to walk for 30 minutes before being able to lay down on the sand. However, this makes the experience even better! Walking through the forest is lovely and gives a breath of fresh air (it can be a bit warm in Menorca during summer). Once you arrived, you can enjoy the clear water, the white sand, and the peacefulness of the creek.
Don’t stop at la Cala Macarella
There is a secret hidden behind Macarella, it’s her baby, La Cala Macarelleta. With even clearer water -I don’t know how it is possible-, this second creek is tighter, surrounded by big cliffs of white stones. Colored by trees and bushes, the cocktail of colors is the dream for photographs -watch the picture down below-. Bringing a diving kit is something I did and did not regret! I was able to see nice shoals of fish around the rocks. You should do the same for sure.
To access this little Cala, you simply have to follow the signs and keep walking for another twenty minutes after arriving at La Macarella. It would be a shame to miss it. I really enjoyed the fact that two beautiful creeks could be so close. On the route between them, you can see some cave houses on the cliff. I don’t know why they were here but I would like to know it. Feel free to comment on it if you know.
Follow my steps and go to la Cala Macarella
I would love to come back to this place once in my life when I need to clear my thoughts and relax. If you are interested in going here too, I recommend that you watch this video I found on YouTube which features both La Cala Macarella and la Cala Macarelleta.
A normal day in Menorca
Menorca is such a great island. If you want to see clear water and white sand, simply go to the South Coast. It really feels like people protect the island. By doing so, you feel protected too. Every tourist respects each other.
Sun can hit hard during the afternoon. However, considering almost every hotel and house own a swimming pool, this is not an issue. The best is to go to the beach in the morning, head home for lunch, rest next to the swimming pool during the afternoon and go back to the town for the evening. You can eat in a restaurant. The seafood is really tasty.
This lifestyle is relaxing and helps to preserve Menorca’s resources. You protect nature, you go to cafes and restaurants in the evening, so you give some money to the locals to make sure the island still earns money to preserve nature. This virtuous circle is incredible. Usually, investments in restaurants are used to build more restaurants, to attract more tourists, and so on. Here, it seems like Menorca knows it has limits and does its best to respect them.
I enjoy finishing my articles with eco-tourism advice. I did it for Antelope Canyon, the Uluru History, the Death Valley Travel Guide, La Salar de Uyuni Tour, and the Cathedrals Beach. Indeed, such places must be preserved. We have the chance that Menorca realizes the importance of staying the same and not developing too much. Please be responsible and follow the restrictions, especially on the beaches.
See you somewhere in the world.