The Balearic Islands vs. the Greek Islands… Which do you prefer?

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The beaches of the popular Greek Islands have nothing on those of the Balearic Islands. White sand coves and crystal-clear turquoise waters hide in the little nooks and crannies of Mallorca, Menorca, Formentera, Ibiza and the islet of Cabrera. In this post we’ll try to match some of the best Balearic beaches to their Greek counterparts. Because both share an essential element: the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Mallorca’s Cala del Moro is one of the most beautiful coves in the area, though perhaps a bit too transited lately. And though getting there is no easy feat, as it requires crossing pretty rugged terrain, once there, the trip is worth it. The moment you set foot on it, you’ll be dazzled by its white sands and crystalline waters. It is hidden in the area of Santanyí. We would pair Cala del Moro with Santorini’s Kamari Beach because even though the way is steep and tricky, increasing numbers of people venture down every day. And once there, you have to stay and spend the day.

 

Playa de Es Trenc in Mallorca, is another one of the Island’s must-sees. This long stretch of beach measuring close to 3 kilometers in length is almost fully wild. It is definitely one of those beaches where you’ll want to stay forever. It is a virgin beach, quiet as no other, and very natural, with no buildings nearby. And we are grateful for that. It is the perfect place if you like long walks. And if nudism is your thing, you are in luck; towards one end of the beach, near Colonia de Sant Jordi, you’ll find a steep rocky area shrouding a small cove where you are welcome to bare all. We could compare this beach to Sarakiniko Beach in Milos Island. The whiteness of their sands is reminiscent of moonscapes.

 

 

Cala Turqueta in Menorca is hands down one of our favorites. With its fine sand and turquoise waters, this beach is paradise on Earth. It is sheltered behind a large pine forest that surrounds it, making it even more special. Because of its geographical location, the shade engulfs the cove early on in the day, and by mid-afternoon people start to leave. Our advice is that you stay to watch the sunset. You’ll be all alone in a unique spot, experiencing one of the wonders of nature. But remember to take a flashlight with you for the way back. The adventure alone is worth it. Cala Turqueta could be likened to Hivadolimni Beach in Milos Island, surrounded in this case by a eucalypt forest.

Ibiza’s Playa de Aigües Blanques is very popular among the naturist community. It is no larger than a 300 meter stretch of golden sand that shimmers beautifully in the afternoon sun. It is bordered by high cliffs and crystal-clear waters that make it the perfect place for snorkeling. And we can compare Playa de Aigües Blanques to Paros Island’s Golden Beach, especially when it comes to the color of its sand, which turns a reddish hue with the sunset.

They say that arriving in Formentera is akin to reaching heaven itself. This last paragraph is dedicated to Caló des Mort, a unique setting (more like the backdrop of The Blue Lagoon) that won’t leave you cold. With white shimmering sands and enveloped in the cliffs of La Mola. And it is such a treat because you’ll very likely be alone. We could find no match for this beach anywhere in the world. It’s just one of a kind.

Caló des Mort

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