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The picturesque town of Binibeca on the south coast of Menorca is one of those rarest of tourist resorts in the Balearic Islands. An undiscovered gem, Binibeca is a place as yet unfound by the major tour operators, where you can truly relax and unwind. If pumping club music, British theme pubs and high-rise hotel blocks aren¿t your idea of a good time - this is the place for you. Couples looking for a relaxing break will love this resort as will families, who will appreciate the fine white sands and warm shallow waters of the beach. The resort is most famous for Binibeca Vell, a small fishing village at one end of town which has been built in the style of a traditional fishing village, complete with its own harbour and stunning clusters of whitewashed buildings. Whether you're looking for a last minute holiday or want to plan the perfect escape from it all, Binibeca is crammed full of authentic Menorcan charm.
Built by Antoni Sintes and designed in the style of a Mediterranean fishing village, Binebeca centres around a collection of Arabic-influenced whitewashed dwellings and Moorish arches, which you access via twisting flights of steps leading off pretty cobbled streets.
The town has a small scenic cove but a larger, sandy beach can be found at Binibeca Nou, about one kilometre away. At Binisafau, in the next bay along you'll find a good choice of watersports as well as a relaxing ambience and at Binibeca Playa, which is situated between Binibeca and Cala Torret. Here you'll find a bar claiming to be the only place in Menorca where you can sit and have a drink with your feet in the sea!
This pedestrian village of low rise, fisherman-style apartments sits about 500 meters from Binibeca beach. Behind it and stretching up the gentle hill side is Binibeca Nou, an area of privately owned villas with public tennis courts in the middle so you can practice being the next Andy Murray! There are several restaurants here as well as a good-size supermarket.
Binibeca is home to its own diving school if you fancy discovering what the crystal clear waters have to offer from below the surface. Surprisingly clear and colourful, the waters of Binibeca provide excellent opportunities for scuba diving and are arguably the finest in the Balearics. The area is also very good for swimming and snorkelling and there is a jetty with steps making access to the water easy.
A curious sight for visiting tourists and a colourful reminder of a traditional English summer, the Menorca Cricket Club at nearby Biniparrel plays host to a series of Iberian-style cricket matches each summer.
There are plenty of countryside and coastal trails for horsey types or those who just want to try their hand at jumping in the saddle. Challenge yourself on the many cliff top routes, which descend onto wide sandy beaches and crashing waves or venture through shaded forests, orchards and meadows.
A trip to the aerodrome at San Luis offers visitors a unique opportunity to see the stunning natural attractions of Menorca from the air. Pleasure flights give a thrilling bird's eye view of the island and those feeling fearless enough can take it one step further with a course of piloting lessons.
There are a number of self-catering apartments in Binibeca, so you can make the most of the idyllic surroundings at your own pace. And when you book with Direct Holidays, you can be sure of the best value Menorca holidays around.