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Cala Pilar Beach

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

4 min read

Cala Pilar Beach

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Cala Pilar is one of the jewels that the north coast of Menorca has prepared for you. With golden and reddish sands and even clay to repair your skin giving you a mud bath, you can enjoy its crystalline waters if you go when the Tramontana wind is not blowing.

How to get to Cala Pilar

Cala Macarella | © Alejandro Muñoz Cabrisas
Cala Macarella | © Alejandro Muñoz Cabrisas

Like some of the island's best paradises, this unspoiled and paradisiacal beach is not accessible by car. You will have to walk to it, but the hike will be worth it. I'll tell you everything you need to know to get there in the most comfortable way possible. See in Google maps:.

By car

The nearest parking lot for you to park on your way to Cala Pilar is just over a kilometer from the sandy beach, which is about a half hour walk. Consult here the :location of the car park: to be able to access comfortably by car from your hotel or apartment.

Walking

Walking will take you about 30 minutes if you walk from the parking lot: you will cross a stretch of the popular Camí de Cavalls along which you will also see a shady pine forest that you may find useful because there is an area to sit and have a picnic. The hike is not usually very long, especially if you decide to do it early in the morning, before the sun is too high and presses hard.

By bus

Nowadays it is not possible to get to Cala Pilar by bus, so you will have to have a vehicle (you can rent one at the airport) to get there by car and then walk to the beach.

Visit Cala Pilar on a boat tour

Boat trip | ©Patrick Lalonde
Boat trip | ©Patrick Lalonde

Cala Pilar is one of the best beaches in the north and because its access is not too easy, a great option to visit the north coast of the island is by doing a boat trip:. To visit the northern coves you will have to embark on one of the tours that depart from Bahía de Fornells.

By catamaran or sailing boat, you will sail the turquoise waters of the north coast following the direction of the wind and throughout the morning or afternoon (you can choose to do a half day tour or spend the whole day on the boat) you will have the opportunity to snorkel, take a dip and get to know the rugged coasts and caves of the north.

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What to do in Cala Pilar

Snorkeling | ©Ishan Seefromthesky
Snorkeling | ©Ishan Seefromthesky

If you go on a day where it is not too windy (which I recommend 100% to enjoy this beach to the fullest) you can snorkel and enjoy its crystal clear waters with a nice refreshing swim. On the way to the beach there is a picnic area, so you can eat in the shade under the pine trees and take a break from the heat.

Along its extensive sandy surface, you will find muddy areas where you can smear clay on your skin to experience the benefits of these muddy baths. Afterwards, a good dip and that's it!

The best time to visit Cala Pilar

Sunset in Menorca | ©Johannes Plenio
Sunset in Menorca | ©Johannes Plenio

Taking into account that the cove is not very easy to access and requires a 30 minutes walk, it would be best to arrive early in the morning (before 10 am if possible) to be able to park without problems in the parking lot and start the 30 minutes walk without being too hot.

If you are thinking of going outside the high season, you can arrive at any time of the day: keep in mind that the north coast is less demanded by tourists than the south coast, so outside the months of July and August you should have no problem visiting Cala Pilar at almost any time of the day.

What services does Cala Pilar have?

Playa Virgen | ©Matthew Valentino
Playa Virgen | ©Matthew Valentino

None. Cala Pilar is totally virgin, so you won't find bars, beach bars, restaurants or sun lounger and umbrella rental services. That is why it is important that you bring with you an umbrella and food and drink for the day. Remember to bring sunscreen and comfortable shoes so that the walk to the beach is not too complicated.

Visit Cala Pilar with children

Children playing on the beach
Children playing on the beach
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Cala Pilar with children is always a good idea, especially if you avoid days with a lot of swell or Tramontana wind. So you can enjoy a calm sea and a stay on the beach where the wind does not tarnish the experience. The little ones can play in the sand, swim without any risk and stroll along the long coastline enjoying the scenery.

So if you are thinking of visiting Cala Pilar with your family, you can rest assured that it is a success. Just remember to bring enough food and drinks for everyone, as you won't find any bar or cafeteria service there to buy refreshments or food.

Snorkeling in Cala Pilar

Snorkeling | ©Nicontents .
Snorkeling | ©Nicontents .

In general, snorkeling in Menorca snorkeling in Menorca: is amazing. Its crystal clear waters and calm sea allow you to have a very good view of the underwater panorama and you will be able to discover some of the protected species that inhabit the stuff of Menorca. For this you will only need to bring glasses and a snorkel and you won't even have to go far from the shore to see colorful fish, so it doesn't require a special physical shape.

On the other hand, as you already know, avoid visiting Cala Pilar with Tramontana wind to be able to snorkel without many waves or currents that hinder the experience.