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Binibeca Menorca

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Welcome To Our Guide To Binibeca

The resort destination of Binibeca is generally recognised by most tour operators as being the 3km stretch of the south coast of Menorca running from Cala Torret in the east through Binibequer Nou and onto Binibequer Vell in the west, all of which are then part of the municipal district of Sant Lluis some 8km south of Mahon and the international Aeropuerto de Menorca.

With the notable exception of a couple of 3 star hotels, Binibeca is primarily a residential area of the island that has so far remained relatively "undiscovered" by many of the major tour operators.

As a result most visitors here will be independent travellers who either own holiday homes in the resort or are renting such properties from the owners.

Making the short transfer from the airport into the resort should normally take no more than around 15 minutes from the time of leaving the airport grounds, however the most direct route into Binibeca is for the most part, along secondary unclassified roads.

A further unnecessary complication is that in recent years the local Government has re-numbered most of the roads on Menorca, so make sure that you have an up to date road map before setting out!

As with the other resorts on the island, we have put together the basic route for this journey, complete with links to maps where appropriate, and this is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page. If for whatever reason you choose not to drive, there's always a large number of taxis available for hire outside the arrivals hall.

Although in theory at least, these taxi all operate on a fixed price basis, the total cost of the journey is known to vary slightly, however as a very rough guide the transfer to Binibeca should cost around 25€ for a taxi carrying 4 people plus luggage.

It's also worthwhile mentioning that as a rule, taxis do not normally carry child seats, so very small children will have to sit on their parent's knees for the journey.

If this is a cause for concern, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you, and clearly specify at the time of booking that a child seat is needed for the journey. Pre-booked taxis are often a little more expensive, although as with all things in life, you only get what you pay for.

Once you are in the resort, and have settled into your accommodation, moving around the town, or back into Mahon for shopping and sightseeing, is unfortunately then not particularly easy by public transport. During the summer months a leisurely mini train does runs into the nearby resort of Punta Prima several times a day, costing approximately 7€ a head for the round trip.

However, the Transportes Menorca sa, who are the local bus operators, unfortunately only run 3 buses a day into the capital, although the 20 minute journey does represent good value at just over 1€ each way.

On a number of occasions throughout the year, visitors to Binibeca ask us for details of bus timetables, however bitter experience has shown us that the term "timetable" is sometimes too generous a term to best describe the time the buses actually run, although these are published each year on the bus stop in town, and on the Transportes Menorca web site, however, in all cases clearly no responsibility can be accepted as to either the content or accuracy of information provided on these links.

Even by Menorcan standards Binibeca has to be described as being quiet, and for many perhaps a little too quiet. However, if all you are looking for is a beach and somewhere to relax this may be the very place for you.

In its defence, and in recognition of the high numbers of visitors on self catering breaks, the resort does have a number of very well stocked supermarkets selling the everyday holiday essentials along with a good selection of UK recognisable branded goods, albeit at slightly higher prices than you would normally expect to pay back home in the UK. Although for a wider selection of both designer labels and locally made craft goods you should seriously consider hiring a car and making the journey into Mahon.

In recent years there has been fair amount of residential building works being carried out around the south east corner of Menorca, and this has seen Binibeca grow quite steadily in size. For the most part this has been carried out in a fairly controlled manner in an area of coastline between Cala Torret and Biniancola known as S'Atalaya.

As we mentioned at the beginning of this guide the resort of Binibeca, actually now stretches from Cala Torret through Binibequer Nou and onto Binibequer Vell. The most easterly of these developments Cala Torret, is essentially a pedestrianised development of low rise fisherman's style apartments, that has a small commercial centre with a handful of restaurants, supermarket and souvenir shops, situated approximately 500 metres from the main Binibeca beach.

On the outskirts of the village is the property management centre for a number of the villas and apartments in the resort, and in the absence of an official tourist information office in the area, is a very useful contact point for advice and information about the island.

From this office you can also arrange for the hire of cars, rent scooters and cycles, and for a small cost check the times on your return flights.

Moving west from Cala Torret, the area of Binibequer Nou is however, a slightly more exclusive development of privately owned villas that stretch inland up a slight hill from the main Binibeca beach. A public amenity here that many visitors are unaware of are the tennis courts that form a central feature of the development.

Although the coastline from Cala Torret to Binibequer Vell has a number of small sheltered coves that are suitable for swimming, the beach at Cala de Binibeca is undoubtedly the best and most popular in the area. Its shallow calm waters and fine white sands make this beach especially popular with families and as an added attraction expected now at most tourist beaches, both pedaloes and sunbeds are available for hire.

The final development of Binibeca is that of Binibequer Vell which has been carefully designed to recreate a traditional Mediterranean style fishing village. A visit to Binibeca Vell, with its narrow cobbled streets and picturesque harbour, is often included as part of the major tour operators "see Menorca in a day" type island tours, and is something that we will endeavour to cover in greater detail on our Attractions pages.

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