Playa de Son Xoriguer
This beach is double the width of the neighbouring Cala´n Bosch, from which it is separated by Punta de sa Guarda, but its strip of sand is comparatively thin. Behind both beaches, the developed area is continuous, just like that described between Santandria and Cala Blanca.
Playas de Son Saura
Son Saura is divided into two almost symmetrical sandy areas, the Banyul and Bellavista beaches, with a pine forest that enables to escape from the heat of the sun. You get here taking the same road that leads to the archaeological site of Son Catlar.
Cala en Turqueta
You can reach this little paradise best by boat. The beach ist separated by a rocky outcrop crowned by a watchtower, seen from both beaches. An open view of the landscape free of humans is only possible on a few days out of season, but it is still well worth the visit. The forrest reaches right down to the sea, the sand is soft and white and the waters are transparent and turquoise. It's just a little paradise.
Services: Toilets, Lifeguards.
Cala d'es Talaier
Cala d'es Talaier is situated next to the cove of Son Saura - appearing after Punta des Governador - from where it can be reached easily by foot crossing the pine forest. It is reached by car from the same turn off that leads to Cala Turqueta. Although it is much smaller, it is an unforgettable beautiful corner. Due to the decomposition of limestone we find an extremely white sand.
The short distance separating Santandria from Ciutadella seems to get less and less as the route is gradually absorbed by the city, since the continuous addition of new chalets is turning the road into a street. The beach, with so much development around, has also become small in the eyes of the local people, though it maintains its character as the scenario for local leisure. A projection of coastline protects the estuary and shelters the tiny beach of Sa Caleta.
Services: Bars, Hotels, Restaurants, Toilets, Umbrellas, Hammocks, Shops.
A road leaves Ciutadella towards the north to reach this cove. Around Cala Morell and within the same development, the variety of soils and rocky formations suggests us that we are at the end of a geological fault separating the two geological origins of the Menorcan territory, with siliceous rocks in the north and calcareous rock in the south. Man's presence in this area goes back to prehistoric times, but his greater influence today reduces the beach even further, already small, and many swimmers share the jetties and platforms that can be made out from the cliffs to sunbathe on.
Services: Bars, Hotels, Restaurants, Lifeguards.
Macarella is situated in the gap of a cliff that water from the ravine has slowly enlarged on its way to the sea. Macarelleta is hidden behind another cliff. The two beaches are close to eachother, but the path in between them is not very direct. The caves by the Macarella beach had been used in prehistoric times as burial chambers. In more recent times those chambers were used as summer homes of the local people or the first one that gets there. There is a restaurant and the beach dailly cleaned. From Ciutadella follow the road towards Sant Joan de Missa, turning off towards the Torralbet estate, where the last stretch is taken before reaching the car park.
Services: Bars, Restaurants, Toilets, Water Sports, Showers.
Cala en Forcat
The area between Pont d'en Gil, a spectacular natural arch cut back into the cliff, and the estuary of the port of Ciutadella, is the most densely urbanised part of the district. Its border to the north is the Torre del Ram hyppodrome. Their use for tourism dates back to the early days of the boom in the sector and includes different centres, among which some small coves remain almost hidden. The narrowness of these inlets is exaggerated by the height of the cliff, on which platforms have been built, which aim to make up for the lack of real beach space.
Services: Bars, Hotels, Restaurants, Toilets, Umbrellas, Hammocks, Showers.
Cala en Blanes
Follow the path along the shoreline of Port de Ciutadella until reaching Sa Farola, the lighthouse. This cove offers a small sandy area with palm trees in the back. It is a perfect spot to take some fresh air. Unfortunately in summer time these small coves, due to their closeness to Ciutadella, often hang up the "full" sign.
Cala en Bosc
The land drops gently down until submerging into the sea at Cap d'Artrutx, on the south-east side of the island. There is no interruption between the sector surrounding the lighthouse and the nearby development. The hotels surround Cala en Bosc beach and the nearby sports harbour that was built on marshy land. Boats are leaving this port for excursions to visit the coves in the southern part of the Ciutadella district. The growth of tourism has brought with it the appearance of all kinds of complementary services, with special emphasis on water sports. Visitors can choose in between sailing, diving or Parascending.
Services: Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Toilets, Shops, Umbrellas, Hammocks, Water Sports.
This beach can be reached following the Sant Felip road until a turn off past the km 34 mark. You must leave your vehicle in the car park from here you have to walk for about 30 min until you reach the cove. This route crosses a dense oak grove; a typical northern coastal area that is still reasonably unspoilt. The difficulties in reaching this spot do not stop the common presence of bathers who prefer its isolation to the crowds. It also has the advantage of a freshwater spring, guarded by a small figure of Our Lady of the Pilar. After the outcrop that closes off the sandy area towards the west, you will experience one of the strangest landscapes on the island. Crossing this small barrier will enable us to see the enormous macs, "pebbles", of Macar d'Alfurinet, a beach that seems to had been made for the giants who, according to legends, inhabited Menorca.
La Vall d'Algaiarens
La Vall d'Algaiarens forms part of a Natural Area of Special Interest. The alluvium lands are sheltered amidst the lightly mountainous land, covered by a leafy pine forest and oak groves and in the outlet of the old river appears the magnificent Cala de Algaiarens. The two beaches Es Tancats and Es Bot, with dune formations and an outline of marshy land behind them. There is, in fact, another beach, Ses Fontanelles, rather hidden and more towards the open sea. Clean sands and clear waters are a lure that is difficult to avoid, but the owners of this paradise restrict its use to the occupants of a maximum of two hundred cars per day and a toll payment to be made beforehand, justified by the use of the car park.
This cove open to the west along with the urbanisation are spread along the whole stretch facing the sea. It is not surprising, that there are enough tourists to monopolise the use of the beach, or nearly enough. Despite the competition, it is a good idea to keep this cove in mind due to its closeness to Ciutadella, for the usual quality of the water and sand, and for all the services available. There are interesting archaeological spots around too: several caves and remains of a naveta.
Services: Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Hammocks, Umbrellas, Water Sports.
Playas de Son Bou, Cala en Porter and Cala Mesquida, Playa Es Canutells, Playa Presili and Tortuga and Playa Es Grau.
Playas de Minigaus and Sant Tomàs and Sant Adeodat. Els Alocs, Cala Trebalúger, Calas Mitjana and Mitjaneta and Cala Galdana
Ses Salines, Playa de Cavalleria, Playa de Binimellà, Cala Tirant, Cala Pregonda, Arenal de Son Saura and Arenal d'en Castell.
S'Algar, Playa de Punta Prima, Cala de Binisafúller, Cala de Binibèquer, Aldalfar and Cala Sant Esteve.