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A Water Sports Guide to Menorca

Posted by on September 11, 2013 0 Comments Category : Fishing Blog

Every year, thousands of people travel to Menorca to enjoy one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. With over 120 beaches for visitors to choose from, there is no shortage of people stretching out on the sands relaxing under the sun. However, if you are looking for something a little more active, Menorca also has some great locations for some brilliant water sports. Here is a guide to what kind of water sports you can expect to enjoy and where the best conditions for them are

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Kayaking and Canoeing

There are some parts of Menorca’s coastline that is inaccessible by car or by foot, so exploring the island by kayak or canoe can be a great way to find some hidden gems. If you are looking for a truly secluded beach to relax on after a hard morning of paddling, then this is the perfect way to accomplish that as inlets and inaccessible beaches will be opened up to you.

There are plenty of rental shops that offer you the chance to hire your own canoes and kayaks, but Fornells is widely regarded as the unofficial water sports capital on the island so heading there is your best bet. If you have no experience in kayaking or canoeing, then you can book yourself onto a guided tour which will take about four hours.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving gives you the opportunity to explore a whole new world underwater and if you have not done it before, is one of the most thrilling activities you can do. Inexperienced people should start off with a two hour taster session before moving onto the more advanced classes. If you have dived before then consider trying one of the more complex courses or harder dives.

Menorca has plenty of great dive sites, approximately 45 in total, meaning spending your entire holiday diving is a possibility. The sites have different conditions, such as caves and wrecks, but you are certain to see a wide range of attractive tropical fish swimming among the coral reefs. So if you fancy getting up close and personal with the sea life, why aren’t you booking your flights to Menorca already?

Sailing

If you have always wanted to be the boss of your own boat, then learning to sail is the activity for you. You can choose from two different courses on the island, with a crewed or single handed boat being the options. Fornells Bay is a great spot for beginnings as the surrounding hills shelter the sea so it is calm and relatively flat. Once you have mastered the basics of running your boat, then you can start to move further into the ocean and become more adventurous.

Windsurfing

Invented back in Hawaii during the 1930’s, windsurfing is increasingly becoming popular even though it is considered to be a hard sport to master. Once you have started to get the hang of it, windsurfing can be an incredibly fun activity to enjoy, especially if you are learning in a group as you will be able to join in on the successes and mishaps of your fellow students.




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