On the northwest coast, a solitary bit of beachy heaven

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Cales Piques Beach

Away from it all

As we've noted elsewhere, the choice of marvelous coves and beaches on Minorca is tremendous, and the right ones for you depends on your own tastes, but there are several you particularly need to know about. If you're into laid-back solitude, head up to Cala en Blanes on the northwest coast. Up here, Platja de Cales Piques is a somewhat isolated beach lapped by azure waters amid rocky cliffs - the perfect spot for disconnecting and luxuriating in some languid swimming and sunbathing. It's usually pretty sparsely populated, but there is a chiringuito (beach bar) to buy drinks and light bites.

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