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Balearic Islands, Menorca


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Notable Species

This is an exceptionally good area for raptors and is famous for breeding European Bee-eater. The colony is situated in an old sand quarry and the birds are present in spring and early-summer.

Other species found in the sandy areas include Greater Short-toed Lark and Thekla Lark, Tawny Pipit and Woodchat Shrike.

Regular raptors over the surrounding wooded hills include Egyptian Vulture, Booted Eagle and Red Kite, and Red-footed Falcon has been recorded on passage.


Birds you can see here include:

Red Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Booted Eagle, Common Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Yellow-legged Gull, European Bee-eater, Common Kingfisher, Greater Short-toed Lark, Thekla Lark, Tawny Pipit, Black Redstart, Whinchat, European Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Zitting Cisticola, Spectacled Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Woodchat Shrike, Northern Raven, Corn Bunting

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

This scenically very attractive valley is no longer privately owned and car-parking and entry is now free. This has lead to the inevitable increase in the number of beach-goers using the area.

Algaiarens is situated on the north coast and reached on the Cala Morell road north-east out of Ciutadella following signs for Cala Morell and Cala Algaiarens. Pass the turn-off for Cala Morell and go straight on following signs for La Vall through the pinewoods to reach a large car parking area. Take care on the approach roads as there is a large amount of traffic now.

Contact Details

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External Links

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Content and images originally posted by Steve


Keith Dickinson's Review (edit in 2010 by K Dickinson)

Found this place when we went to Menorca in 1999, then it was a very quiet little place with no facilities. The whole estate was open to you, however the estate workers got a little annoyed if you strayed off the paths. I managed to get close up views of Egyptian Vultures on the ground, Yellow-legged Gulls were there every time we went. I also saw Peregrine Falcon and Common Cuckoo. For anyone with a family then it is worth visiting as the beach was quiet and relatively safe for kids.

2010: As the area is no longer private then it does get busy. The beach is still great for kids but the birding has dropped off. No longer will you find land birds from the beach, you'll need to walk inland a ways to find anything. In 2009 I had to walk inland for about 1/2 kilometre to get any decent birding ( not so in 1999)


Great birding on mostly level ground

Good beach for kids

2010: there are now decent toilets but no other facilities.


It's busy with beach goers