Cala Blanca Beach & Holiday Guide
Cala Blanca in photographs with resort maps
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Cala Blanca - Location
Cala Blanca is located on the west coast 5km south of Ciutadella. Approximately 40-50 mins., from the Airport. Cala Blanca resort lies between the southern side of a long a turquoise inlet which ends in the beach at Cala Santandria and a smaller inlet to the south which ends in the beach, known as Playa Cala Blanca . Depending on your accommodation location your nearest beach will be at Cala / Playa Santandria or Playa Cala Blanca - see interactive maps.
Public buses are not practical for transfer from Airport ( you must always change at Mahon bus station ) so you will need either a shared or private transfer, Taxi or Hire Car. West coast resorts are often best via a transfer rather than Taxi due to costs - taxi circa 60-70 Eur one way. We recommend shuttle menorca.
Menorca tips - note despite the apparent many offers in Internet there are only three licensed companies who actually provide the service on Menorca, so ensure you know who you are booking with before paying.
A more recently established resort it comprises a couple of hotels at it's sourthen end (many more in the mid and northern area ) ,but further from the larger Playa Cala Blanca beach ) along with many private villas apartments and residental homes. Both beaches are of fine sand gently shelving into the shallow waters that are protected by rocky sides of long attractive inlets so typical of the west coast. Close to the charming former capital of the island, Ciutadella. This can be a confusing area based on tour operators descriptions and the fact that Sa Caleta,Cala Santandria and Cala Blanca with their respective beaches have now merged into each other ( particularly in some guide descriptions! ). Be sure to check your accommodation location on a good map, to know which beach and facilities are nearest to you.
The beach at Cala Blanca has several large (for Menorca standard) beachside Cafe Bar Restaurants and childrens water chutes . A few minutes walk south of the Cala Banca beach is a small shopping area. Both beaches ( Cala Blanca and Cala Santandria) offers basic water sports facilities and equipment for hire. The other beach ( Cala Santandria ) at the northern end is smaller and a lot less developed ( dive centre ) and often visited by locals. Both offer delightful snorkelling on the inlet sides.
Beach Loungers - Cala Blanca
Typical price to hire 2 loungers + umbrella is between 15-17 Euro for all day , with a reduction later in the day (after 15:00). Facility closes at 19:00
Cala Blanca - Local Resort Beaches
Cala Blanca - Local Virgin Beaches
Shopping in Cala Blanca
Maribel is a west coast chain and they dominate the area here. There are also some smal supermarkets which also have beach and summer wear.
There is a pleasant centralised tourist area with souvenir shops and supermarkets and others located closerto the two beaches. So depending on your location you need to head north or south. Larger Supermarkets ( eg Diskont ) are on bus route to Ciutadella. Better shopping is in nearby Ciutadella. See Maps for Supermarket locations.
Cala Blanca - Must See and Do
As part of the more touristically developed west coast resorts Cala Blanca offers a range of attractions either in resort or nearby. Ciutadella is a must see especially for historical and culture fans looking for authentic Menorca. Pointing almost directly west this is a sunset watching spot!
Majorca within touching distance. On clear days ( especially springtime ) The mountains of north Majorca are very clear.
Tip A fast ferry from Ciutadella will get you there BUT you will need to stay overnight due to return times.
A taste of former elegant times with fine old spanish palaces, moorish influences, a wonderful old centre and a charming little harbour. Ciutadella was the original capital of the island lying at the western edge of the island looking out to its bigger neighbour Mallorca. A superb contrast to the beach and holiday resort. Great atmosphere and shopping and a place to wander the pedestrianised old city and its many narrow streets with hidden shops and Cafe treats. Also competes with Mahon for the title of the best music bars and venues on the island. The scene for the spectacular Sant Joan festival in June, when stunning native black horses parade through the streets and the brave try to "touch the horses' heart" as it rears in front of them.
Las Cuevas de Cala Blanca - Underground Caves
Not open yet to public but hidden away under your feet in heart of Cala Blanca there are some maginificent large underground caves - there is a long running project to open them to public ( hopefully 2015 )
Sizewise in the photos are people!. Cave of Na Megaro is 480 meters with several areas off the main area and the Cave of S'Aigo with 420 meters
...more details to come
Bus, Taxi and Hire Car - detailed getting about infos.
Menorca Holiday Tip
Mahon will mostly be written on timetables, front of busus and signposts as Mao, it's correct local name. Also posted in the local papers eg Ultima Hora Menorca, Menorca towards the back pages are most of the island's bus timetables. You will nearly always find a copy of this in a cafe bar ( any day in season will do ) - make notes, please don't take paper as its there for all to read. If you are staying longer than a week take a trip on this good network and see some of the other resorts/towns first hand.
Cala Blanca - Nightlife
Cala Blanca has a range of Cafes, Bars, Clubs and Restaurants to suite all tastes. Quiter, relaxing places at the beach areas and buzzier in main pedestrian area at Passatge Baladre and along Avenuida de Platja. For better evening entertainment visit Ciutadella where the chill out and dance clubs are located together down in the harbour area ( Pla de Sant Joan ) and some have open air terrace areas where you can relax under the stars.
Favourite Clubs Space ( The Ibizan Club ) , Asere ( Cuban bar with live Music ) , Jazzbah ( can you guess?, with impromtu sessions ) , Lateral. See also Under Madison ( Sant Joan Baptista 8 ) Bistro bar cuban salsa and Spanish guitar.
TIP Want to visit a Club or Music bar? Don't forget you are on Menorcan time, nothing starts to happen until after 11 pm as people will have eaten 'late'. Go much later and then it will be buzzing.
Wi-Fi and Internet
Many Cala Blanca Bars will offer free WiFi ( passwords on request ) Sim cards and dongles for Spanish networks( Vodafone es /Movistar ) can be bought in nearby towns and topped up via supermarket cashiers. More and more towns have free WiFi in their squares. WiFi on Menorca
Bus Timetable - Cala Blanca
Mahon will mostly be written on timetables, front of buses and signposts as Maó, it's local name. If you are staying longer than a week take a trip on this good network and see some of the other sights, resorts/towns and attractions.
Bus, Taxi and Hire Car - Detailed getting about info.
There is a regular bus that pendles between Ciutadella and Cala en Bosch stoping off at Cala Blanca in a couple of locations ( Cala Santandria, Sa Caleta etc ). 1.60 Eur. Ciutadella is the hub for the western end of island enabling you to reach most parts of the island with changes and is also a good way to see something of the other sights of the island along the way.Bus Timetable - Cala Blanca
Things to See and Do
There is a diverse set of things to see and in an around the resort from sport to culture.Things to See and Do in and around Cala Blanca
What is the Weather like in Cala Blanca
Cala Blanca has a mediterranean climate characterised by warm to hot, dry summers with a pleasant cooling breeze and milder winters. The sea in Cala Blanca will be around 22-26 degrees in summer. In October the sea is still warm. Spring time ( early March to April ) will have sunny days and air temperatures around 20 and above , ideal for sightseeing, walking, cycling and horseriding activities.Weather & forecast through the year
Restaurants and Bars in Cala Blanca
Cala Blanca stretches down a length of coastline area,but Bars and Restaurants are clustered in three basic areas. Northern end around Playa Santandria beach, in the middle in the commercial area ( 'Maribel centre') and south along both sides of Playa Cala Blanca's inlet.Bars and Restaurants in and around Cala Blanca
Interactive Maps - Cala Blanca
Hotels in Cala Blanca
Quite a few package and independant hotels in the area.Hotels in and around Cala Blanca