Menorca is found in the Mediterranean and is the perfect place for getting out on the water, crystal clear, oh so warm and 160 km of coastline; perfect for saltwater adventures. One of the Balearic Islands, Menorca is a Biosphere Reserve, the balance between tourism and nature is very clear to see. This small, calm and charming island is the place to visit not just for a beach holiday but for an active one too.
Water sports are my thing so while in Menorca kayaking sounded like a lot of fun. Leaving from Cala Galdana I clambered into my double kayak for the morning with my paddle buddy and we were off. Following the rocky cliff edges and gullies, we passed some beautiful hidden coves, views of towering cliff tops covered in dense pine forests and sparkling turquoise waters. This wasn’t just any old kayaking trip though, no, no, this was a very adventurous one! As we followed the other kayakers in our group we headed towards Dragons Cave, when you are inside the noise of the water pushing in and out of the entrance sounds like a dragon breathing. Our guide handed out head torches and we paddled in through a narrow opening. The further we paddled in, the darker it got and once in the belly of the cave we turned our lights off. It was pitch black, very eerie and like nothing I have experienced before. The next cave was a bit of a challenge; we paddled through an extremely narrow opening. In fact it was so tight we had to rest our paddles in the kayak and use our hands to pull us through into the next cave. Potentially nerve-wracking but ultimately a lot of fun! Continuing back out in the ocean we paddled further east and through Pont de n’Ali, an incredible tunnel in the cliffs. We ‘parked up’ our kayaks in the final cave and snorkelled out. The water was clear and so refreshing, a beer and crisps perched on a rock was a fabulous pit stop and felt like such a novelty, it’s not everyday you get to cheers on a rock! It was such an awesome experience, if you are looking for something a bit adventurous to do on your trip to Menorca I would definitely recommend kayaking. It’s a completely different way to see the coastline and kayaking into the darkness of a cave or stepping on a secret beach are unique adventures. I’d recommend going with a kayaking company if you don’t have much kayaking experience, especially for exploring the caves. An instructor can teach you the basic techniques and keep you safe on the water. Sea kayaking in Menorca is perfect for all abilities from beginners to pros and families too, so take a break from the pool and go have an adventure!
I visited Menorca on a press trip as part of the #MustSeeMenorca campaign, thanks to Visit Spain and Traverse Events for having me!