Cala en Porter Beach & Holiday Guide
Cala en Porter in photographs with resort maps
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Cala'n Porter is located on the South East Coast. Approximately 15 mins., from the Airport in mostly unbuilt , pristine coastline. There is no aircraft noise.
Cala en Porter is set on the cliffs overlooking a stunning bay in a protected nature area offering fabulous views of countryside, white sands and turquoise waters. The resort attracts couples ( young and old ,Spanish and French ) as well as english and german families, particularly for self catering holidays. Cala en Porter is a mixture of residential homes, Villas and Apartments with just a few hotels.
As one of the first tourist resorts on Menorca, Cala en Porter benefits from mature villa gardens making it full of flowers in summer- it has undergone improvements in recent years and is now enjoying an increasing reputation as a place for beach and nature lovers as well as having one of the most atmospheric dance floors in the Med. A lot of activity companies now offer excursions from the bay as well at MTB and walking activities along the coast making it also more popular in summer as well as in spring and autumn seasons.
new 2014 There is a Doctors open 9-13:00 and from 16:00 located adjacent to centre roundabout.
Airport Transfers: Unless there are more than 5 of you or you need to order a child seat your best option is a Taxi from outside.( children must be in seat by law,but airlines carry them FOC )
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Use the Interactive Maps to take a detailed visual tour, with ariel views complete with additional photos and useful holiday information.
Cala'n Porter Beach
Rated as one of, if not the best resort beaches on Menorca, especially for smaller children due it's perfect sands, gently sloping shallows, falling into crystal clear turquoise waters. And while this makes it very popular for children the beach is big enough for those who prefer to avoid the little ones to find their ideal spots too!
The beach can be reached on foot via steps, by car with free car parking under shade or you can walk down beach road from the centre on pavement (suitable for buggies) At the beach front their are public toilets and a red cross/lifeguards post. There is a few beachside Cafe bars and basic restaurants along the beachside promenade.
Yes many (unfit, rarely walk anywhere types) will complain about the steps to get back up from the beach, but they like everyone else adore the views from below and above. Some things in life are worth a little effort! Plenty of pausing areas.
Wheel chair users have their own toilet and wheelcair access to the sea with assistance.
Beach Loungers - Cala en Porter
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 en Porter - Local Resort Beaches
Cala en Porter - Local Virgin Beaches
Cala en Porter Shopping and Supermarkets
There are 4 good sized supermarkets in the centre of Cala en Porter offering a good selection of fresh fruits,veg, meats and branded food and drink including international press, fresh bread and pasteries - also have souvenirs, beach and summer wear. Most stay open till 22:00. The Hong Se is open all year (midnight closure).
Free delivery for larger orders to your accommodation from all the Supermarkets.
There are five souvenir/clothing shops,several sell magazines and Newpapers. In addition Sant Climent (Butchers,Patisserie,Menorca produce -Can Bernat Delicatessen ) and Mahon are within easy reach on bus/taxi . Approaching Mahon (Poligno) are several larger Supermarkets and in the city centre you will be spoilt with individual shops in pedestrian areas.
TABAC - Cigarettes
There is Tabac in Cala en Porter - see resort map below.note they are only open during main season June-September
Cala en Porter's Evening Market
There is mid June - mid September a visiting clothes and handicrafts market on mondays and thursdays 19:00-23:00 in the resort centre.
Must See and Do
What distinguishes Cala en Porter is its location and surrounding countryside. Set on the plateau over a fabulous bay with terrific views of the untouched bay on the other side and the valley that extends miles inland from behind the beach and can be walked or cycled as part of the Cami de Cavalls. As the light fades the frogs in the nature reserve begin their soothing nightly chorus. The coast has two delights, Covas Xoroi and Cales Coves ( three majestic bays for snorkelling,swimming and a hidden sandy beach )
The resort also has a good selection of bars and nightspots for a young and older crowd.
Cala en Porter Fiesta
Takes place each year on the 3rd weekend in September noon Fri to midnight Sun. Evenings there will usually be live music entertainment in the main square (Plaza Gran) or the area next to Bar Pons. Saturday evening around 19:00 will be the 'Jaleo' (rearing horses ) on the beach another is around midday on Sunday. Riders and horses will parade through the town (see locally for times ) The event climaxes with an impressive fireworks display at midnight on the last evening.
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.
Taxi from the airport should be around 18 Euros (2014) to centre of Cala'n Porter one way and take 15 minutes. Fares to Mahon are about 20-25 Euro. The Taxi stand in Cala'n Porter is in the centre and the drivers speak english where you can also book directly with them. Taxis can be called on +34 971 36 71 11 for pick ups at Villas and Apartments or from beach.
Tip use Taxis to get to/from the beach - most trips in Cala en Porter are about 7 Euros
Cala en Porter - Nightlife
Out on the edge of the bay entrance is Cova d'en Xoroi (see below) one the island's most spectacular dance locations ( no noise intrusion). In Cala en Porter centre there are a variety of Bars with differing clientel both toursist & non tourist, young and old. Ayashe offers early evening cocktails and chill out with music and DJs late into the night.
Live tribute acts tour the island and are on stage at Sa Paisa- Free to watch if you buy a drink and some can be very entertaining. Other bars have music offerings - see Bars & Restauramts details link below.
You can walk the cliff side promenade ( Passeig Maritim ) or enjoy a walk down to the beach where the frogs perform their nightly chorus is a very relaxing change.
As with most resorts in Menorca, organised evening entertainment here is generally to be found in the resort hotels and some bars. Mahon, Ciutadella and Es Castell however offer alot more with something for everyone, but with none of the "bing drink clubbing" to be found on Ibizia and Majorca. Menorca is not Majorca but that is why many people come here!
Menorca Holiday Tips
Mahon is an easy trip early evenings on the bus with a return taxi fare should you return late ( taxi fares to Mahon around 25 Eur ). Last bus to Mahon at 20:00 ( at Bar Pons stop ). Last bus to Cala en Porter from Mahon 22:15 ( buses run mon-sat) BUS 31 from TMSA.
Cova d'en Xoroi - Cova d'en Xoroi
Located in spectacular natural caves some 25m above the sea at the entrance to Cala en Porter bay. Take a look at our video below for a feel of this magical place.
Cova d'en Xoroi
A double bonus. Undoubtedly the most dramatic nightspot on the island. Set high, literally in the rocks, above the sea it's an atmospheric Cafe-bar with fantastic sea views by day. From 19:00 the music is soothing ambient sounds to watch the sunsets by and after 23:00-dawn a disco with one of the most original locations and atmospheres with famous guest DJs. During July and August they have themed nights - more on this and other Clubs on Menorca.
Opening times: 11:30 'til dawn. Daily May to October and weekends outside of these months. There is a entrance charge during the day which includes a voucher for a drink-It's well worth it.
Just 200 meters from Xoroi is a great Spanish Restaurant La Palette ( Leg of lamb recommended )
Night bus transport by Cova Bus. Arrival at Cova d'en Xoroi aprox. 11:45 pm and departure from Cova d'en Xoroi at 05:00 am
Wi-Fi and Internet
Many Cala en Porter 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
New 2014 There is free WiFi at the beach area look for IBRED-CALAN-PORTER
Bus Timetable - Cala en Porter
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.
Cala en Porter has a more frequent service than most beach resort due to residents and it also operates in winter. Single is 1.65 Eur. In Summer ( mid June - mid Sept ) there is service to north coast (Arenal den Castell, Port Addaia ) via Alaior ( lovely old town ) .Bus Timetable - Cala en Porter
Things to See and Do
The beach and water is the mainstay of the leisurely day time activities and there is usually a volley ball net/ footbal posts set up on the beach to use. Pedalos with slides (14 Euro/hour) and simple Kayaks ( 12 Euro/hour ) can be hired from the beach. A summer based excursion company offers moreadventurous trips and better sea kayaks ( under Aquarium hotel ) . There are childrens play areas at the beach and in the resort centre.Sailing is available in the nearby watersports centres of S'Algar or Fornells and golf in Son Parc is just 25 mins away. There is a childrens play centre in the centre with a variety of charged entertainments and small bar so the children can loose their energy on bouncy castles while mums and dads look on while enjoing a drink or coffee.Things to See and Do in and around Cala en Porter
What is the Weather like in Cala en Porter
Cala en Porter has a mediterranean climate characterised by warm to hot, dry summers with a pleasant cooling breeze and milder winters. The sea in Cala en Porter 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 en Porter
Due to the larger number of residential villas, self catering villas and apartments here there is a surprisingly wide range of eating choices for the size of the Cala en Porter. Nearby Sant Climent also offers a few more including the very popular Es Casino and high quality dining at Moli de Foc and Torralbenc Vineyard.
Good value food can be eaten at Pitos, Bar Pons, Castillo Sancho Panza, Bar Samoa and Sa Paissa.
The bars along the beach promenade should not be forgotten for early evening tapas,drinks enjoying the sunsets and views as well as daytime on the beach. Good Tapas is offered around the resort.
Can Bernat restaurant just outside Cala'n Porter offers great food ( open fire grilled meats & vegetables a speciality ) and an attractive rear terrace looking out onto the local countryside. La Vela ( good midday Tapas ) , Los Pablos, Can Dialy , La Palette and Il Pulpo Restaurants are also recommended. Italian at Sa Barrera hotel terrace.
Interactive Maps - Cala en Porter
Hotels in Cala en Porter
A few smaller hotels and a luxury country hotel.Hotels in and around Cala en Porter