There is, perhaps, no more satisfying a holiday victory than making it to the perfect beach and finding you've got it almost all to yourself. Cala Escorxada on the island of Menorca is just such a stretch of sand.

In general a mellower place to escape to than its larger Balearic counterparts, Menorca is a small, hilly island dotted with pretty whitewashed villages, and boasting some of the most beautiful sandy bays in the Mediterranean. Hiking its coastal trails, or hopping from cove to cove via boat, are both perfect ways to explore. And pristine, deserted beaches will reward intrepid sand-seekers who venture further afield.

Sand between the toes

Menorca's Cala Escorxada can only be reached by boat or on foot / Image: Getty

Among these treasures, Cala Escorxada is a particular hidden gem. Found on the south coast of the island, it’s a stretch of pure white sand lapped at by invitingly shallow water and shielded by rocky outcrops.

To get there requires a two-hour hike through pine forests – or a gentler boat trip, which is how most people arrive. Rest assured, you won’t be bothered by any booming house beats, or the engine roar of wayward speedboats.

It's just going to be you, a good book and your well-earned sense of achievement. 


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