1. The beaches in Menorca

Menorca has an area of approximately 700 km2. Its 200-km-long coastline is dotted with as many as 119 beaches and coves, which cover 9% of the island's shore.

These beaches are the basis of tourist activity, which has become the main economic resource of the island. However, besides being a platform for the development of tourism, beaches are also a living part of Menorca, a dynamic and changing feature that is likewise extremely fragile.

Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO on 8th October 1993. What was taken into consideration was the positive balance achieved between the development of economic activities, the use of resources and the conservation of heritage and landscape. Menorcan beaches are a good example of this.