The beauty of such a small island is that, when you have had your fill of lazy days spent soaking up the sun on the beach, there are a number of bustling towns and cities which you can reach in minutes by car.
All of our holiday homes in Cala Galdana on the south coast are perfect bases from which to explore the gorgeous western beaches and the island’s second city, Ciutadella.
Loving the Beach Life
If you’ve brought your walking shoes with you, just a 30-minute walk away from Cala Galdana, along the wooded cliffs, are two of the island’s most famous beaches: Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta.
These pristine white sand beaches are each sheltered by the tall limestone cliffs of a bay, making them the perfect secluded spot for relaxation. Make sure you bring your camera to capture your incredible surroundings – your friends and family won’t believe that you saw water so blue!
Mahón was not always the capital of Menorca – before the British took over the island in 1708, Ciutadella was the capital city of the island, a fact that is reflected in its architecture and history. Located in the middle of the western coast, today this picturesque city is still a fishing port where you can watch the local fisherman bring in their daily catch.
The journey to Ciutadella from Cala Galdana takes around 40 minutes by car, which makes it the perfect place for a day trip. Make sure that you visit the Placa d’es Born, an imposing square that was once an Arab marching ground. Now it is home to a number of elegant cafes and an impressive commemorative obelisk, watched over by the Governor’s Palace.
Other unmissable Ciutadellan sites include its thirteenth-century Gothic Cathedral and its covered market at the Placa Libertat. One thing’s for sure – you’ll arrive back at your comfortable villa in Cala Galdana with a head full of Menorcan history and a smile on your face.