A southeast-coast beauty with turquoise waters backed up by lovely pine forest

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Turqueta Cove

Pining for perfection

On the southwest coast, Minorca's best known beach cove is surrounded not by crass development but hectares of lovely pine trees, giving it an especially pristine feel. Turqueta means "turquoise", and that aptly describes the calm, shallow, limpid waters that bathe its white sands, bookended by rocky cliffs. They're perfect for water sports such as snorkelling and diving, that don't require more active surf. One downside of its forested environs: the sunlight dwindles a bit earlier in the afternoon compared to other island beaches. A quibble though - just get here on the earlier side, and soak up the splendour.

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