Cala Galdana Things to see and do
Attractions and activities Guide rich in photographs and useful maps
Things to See and Do in Cala Galdana
Our photo tour will show many of these attractions and their locations.
Every coastal resort is part of an attractive around Menorca coastal walk - Cami de Cavalls. You will often discover swimming coves and virgin beaches. The distinctive vermillion signs will guide you.
6 to visit from Cala Galdana.
Activity Excursions and Landscapes
Cala Galdana offers Nature pure and Watersports.
Bad Weather days
On cloudier or rainy days you could consider the following or visit places nearby.
If you have a hire car there is much more.
There are basic summer clothes / souvenir shops in Cala Galdana. Ciutadella is a must especially combines with a market day(fri,sat am ). Window shopping in Ciutadella is excellent ( no awful clonesville chain stores! )
In nearby Ferreries there are factory shops for one of the island's most famous upmarket leather shoes and goods manufactuer Jaime Mascaro of Pretty Ballerinas fame. Many of these shoes and goods you will find in more exclusive shops back home for considerably more than you will pay here.
Kids - see photo tour and maps
For Teenagers there is a skate ramp and floodlit football area, plus cycling,scooter and kayak hire. Adventure activities through Menorca en Kayak - see below.
For young Children there are four public play areas ( climbing frames, slides ). The Fun House is an all season indoor/outdoor play for younger children. In summer there is a play centre in the centre with a varierty of charged entertainments ( trampolines,bouncy castles,mini go karts ) and small bar so the children can loose their energy on bouncy castles while mums and dads look on while enjoying a drink or coffee.
The attractions are small scale Mini Golf, Small water slides. In peak season there are some Pony rides.
For Teenagers there is snorkeling ( with sea scooter ) Archery, mountain biking and kayak hire. For teenage Horse lovers riding and shows nearby.
For young Children there are public play areas ( climbing frames, slides ). Basic
Tobogan is a popular snack Bar Restaurant in the resort centre which a has a small "Water park" (Nothing too exciting though.), play area for small children and a mini golf course in their grounds. Ideal for younger children where adults can ( also eat ) can keep on eye on them while relaxing. The water slides operate on a "pay as you go" basis. (Prices as of 2013 ) 3 slides 1 Euro, 14 slides 3 Euros and 28 slide 5 Euros. Mini Golf is 3 Euros.
Nearest Waterpark is 30 min., by car or ( Bus to Ciutadella, then Bus 61 to Los Delfines)
Water Park - Aquapark Los Delfines
Is a collection of wet and dry fun. Water slides and pools for big and small with trampolines and bouncy castles for smaller ones. On site basic food restaurant and entertainsments for older children. Open See web site for current opening times and prices. Reduced prices after 13:00
Open daily May - August from 10:30 to 18:30 ( september/october see websites ) children under 3 free, 2-11 10 euros and over 11's 19 Euro unlimted time. Sun loungers 2.80 Sunshades 2.80 Euro
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Afterwards you can visit Los Delfines commercial area with its wide variery of shops, Bars and Restaurants.You can get a hand stamp to return later.
Must See and Do
Spa & Wellness
If you feel like being pampered there is a Spa facility open to non residents at the Hotel Audax Spa & Wellness Centre. Located at the Audax Hotel at the western edge of the beach. There is a beauty and 700 square metres relaxation centre with great views over the beach. The spa circuit lasts around one and a half hours.
There are several delightful virgin beaches for the more adventurous to enjoy and can be reached on foot , boat trip or beach Taxi or DIY daily boat hire.
Cala Mitjana and Mitjaneta
Reachable by car (~10 mins.) from resort is Cala Mitjana und Mitjaneta. Reached on foot from the resort (~45 mins.)
There is also a wonderful coastal /inland walk to Cala Macarelleta and Cala Macarella duration approx. 50 Minutes. And then beyond to Cala en Turqueta, an exquisite beach ( 1 1/2 h).
These can be seen on the Resort Map.
There are now Water beach Taxis ( reservations required ) that can take you with a group or your party to these beaches.
Taxi Mar - Virgin Beach Taxi
From Cala Galdana and Santo Tomas providing scheduled services to the virgin beaches ( Trebaluger, Fustram and Escorxada virgin beaches ) which are not easy to reach. An exciting way to see these amazing coastlines and beaches ( capacity 10 passengers ) . Taxis Services
The island of Menorca is famous throughout all of Spain for its displays of horsemanship. The Menorcan horse was officially recognised as an indigenous breed back in 1989, and should be completely black in colour, muscular, powerful, with an elegant and 'rustic' appearance.
Located in Ferreries on the road to Sant Cala Galdana. Equestrian centre with horse shows.
Crta. Cala Galdana, km 0.5, 07750 Ferreries 971 373 497.
Open June to September:
Wednesdays and Sundays at 20.30
Culture and History
Historical Sites Island WEST
For mini downloadable guides, current opening times and entrance prices visit www.menorcamonumental.org
In the west of the island near to Ciutadella you will find more of the islands early historical sites.
Naveta des Tudons - Ancient monument, Son Catlar - prehistoric village, Cala Morells - extensive cave dwelling and burial chambers
Naveta dels Tudons
Naveta dels Tudons is a pre-talayotic burial monument (constructed around 1,500 B.C ) and considered as one of the greatest treasures of all the prehistoric monuments the island has. One of a number of 'Naveta' it is built from huge stone blocks which resemble an upturned boat. Navetas feature a doorway into a burial chamber where along with the bodies of the dead offerings such as bronze or china figures were left. Naveta del Tudeons is 13.6 m long with a maximum width of 6.40 m and height of 4.5 m - so not small!
Mao-Ciutadella road, km. 40. Open Tues. to Sat. 0915-2030 hrs., Sun. and Mon. 0930-1500 hrs. Entrance 2 euros, free on Sun.
There is kayak and pedalo hire ( 12 Eur / hour ) from the western end of the beach and at the eastern end there is water ski-ing ( takes you further out into the bay )
Kayaking - great way to see Cala Galdana's coast with sea caves and other sites. Basic kayaks can be hired from beach but generally they will not have good enough back support for trips of more than an hour. Hired Kayaks from excursion companies will be much better.
A good family activity diy or with a professional tour around your resort or along Menorca's unspoilt coastline.
The bay is excellent for snorkelling as the water is very clear and calmed by the bay-There are substantial fish around the rocks that line the bay and the island in it.
There are good dive sites within short boat rides from Cala Galdana. Available at blue islands diving centre located at the, beach side of hotel Sol Galvines hotel. Dives to various sites on the south coast. www.blueislandsdiving.com
The Audax Hotel Sports & Nature Centre offers a variety of activities such as hiking, rod fishing, mountain bike excursions, canoeing, diving and tennis. The 3 hour kayak trip sea caves is recommended.
Sea Scooter Hire and excursions.
Available from Audax Sports.
Are a great way to see fish and marine life in Menorca's waters and a help for for not so strong swimmers to see more ( Seniors ). You are pulled along by a safe propellor. Wear a life jacket to stay on the surface or not to explore! ( safety cut-outs ) .
Seascooters can be hired in Son Xoriguer ( Big Foot ) ,Cala Galdana ( Audax Sports ) and from Snorkelling trip companies.
There is riding from Menorca Cavall ( taxi from Ferreries ) . Riding Stables
On the road to Ciutadella
Costa Nova Karting
Largest track on Menorca with 'faster' karts available. Singles and Doubles (to take as passenger)
Open May - October. Open 10.00am-7.00pm. ME-1 Km point 35 - 7 km from Ciutadella.
This part of island has wonderful examples of what makes Menorcas southern coast beaches so beautiful and dreamy. Starting from the inner of the island, ancient rivers have cut deep gorges ('Barrancs') though the soft southern stone to emerge in fine sandy pine clad cliffed bays at the sea. This characterises many of the beautiful beaches on the south coast. Santa Cala Galdana is just one example of this, it being situated at the end of the Algendar Gorge - Algendar is the now little river that cuts the resort in half.
Algendar Gorge is a beautiful valley which can be safely explored by respectful visitors. It will be very humid though so take plenty of water.
See resort maps for routes to virgin beaches.
At locations around Cala Galdana you can hire mountain ( MTB ) bikes or join organised excursions ( Audax Hotel Sports & Nature Centre ). There are lots of country lanes to explore around Ferreries. Cycle to the remote beaches along Cami de Cavalls signed routes.
Cycling around Cala Galdana
Nearby to Cala Galdana
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.
( 7.2 km bus 53 )
Is a traditional island town occupying a beautiful location and providing a dramatic moment for all drivers as the main island road ME-1 meanders through a very picturesque and narrow gap in the hills. Ferreries is surrounded by beautiful hills and countryside and spectacular valleys ( Barranc d'Algendar ) and history. A great start point for scenic walks,cycling and horse riding. Two Horse shows just outside town.
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Every Saturday 9-1 pm there is a small farmers and craft market in Placa Espanya ( main town square ) with fresh farm produce, fruit and handicrafts including ceramics and basket crafts. At the Poligno there is a Jaime Mascaro factory outlet offering high quality leathers goods at reduced prices which are sold mostly in French, Italian and German boutiques.
Is an out if town childrens entertainment area set in extensive attractive grassed gardens combined with an outlet store with lots of parking. Ideal place for the children to loose their energy and mums to well, do what mums do best at outlet stores. The outdoor entertainment has lots to climb on,swim in,bounce on and swing from. Bordering the outside area is a for menorca large Snack Bar with internet access.
In the main building there is a large outlet shop with branded goods plus local 'souvenir' items. Next door is the Costa Nova Karting track , with decent sized track.
Open May - October. Open 10.00am-7.00pm. ME-1 Km point 35 - 7 km from Ciutadella.
( 9 km )
San Agueda Castle
Due to its political symbolism the castle was destroyed and abandoned by the re-occupying Kings of Aragon, but it remains one of the island most attractive walks with great views at the summit.
Built circa 1230 a castle contructed by the Moorish occupiers (the name is based on the Arabic name "Sen Agaiz") for defence sitting on top of the island's better vantage points on the island. Reached by a 45 min. climb up an ancient path which is in places was an old Roman road ( over two thousand years old ) - the views from the top are superb.
Like many ancient sites Santa Agueda has sprung many rich legends and myths including buried biblical treasures.
Travel the ME-1 between Ferrerias and Ciutadella. Take the turn for Els Alocs and continue 1.5 km until you reach an abandoned building on right ( see photo ). This marks the start of the path to the top of the hill.
Excursions from Cala Galdana
There are a few companies in Cala Galdana that will pick up and arrange private or group excursions.
There are adventure excursions from Audax Sports within Cala Galadana.
17 Adults Children 8 every day at 14:45 Holiday lines
At the eastern end of the beach you can hire a small boat ( max 4 persons ) to explore the coast line from Son Saura bay upto Binigaus bay ( Galdana is the midpoint) . Fitted with outboard - prices ( as of 2010 ) 1 hour 40 , 2 hours 65 and 4 hours 100 Euros + deposit.
2hour,1/2 day and full day skippered trips along the surrounding coast. Join a group or hire exclusively. Also sunset trips Menorca en Barco www.menorcaenbarco.com
Glass bottom boats 2 hour trips on Fri,Sat and Sundays visiting the virgin beach bays along the coast upto Playa Binigaus. Departing 14:45. Departure point is over footbridge at western end of resort opposite Hotel Audax. Prices ( as of 2010 ) Adults 15 children 7 Euros.
Boat Excursions from Cala'n Bosch
Subject to weather there are 2 glass bottom boats making trips along the southern coast line and bays with it's virgin beaches. Usually with swimming stops ( at Cala Galdana ,Cala Trebaluger,Playa Binigaus ) and an extended stay ( circa 1-2hr mins ) at one of the bays ( Son Saura or Cala 'n Turqueta ) on route. Trips last circa 3.5 hours. First trip mornings is:10:00-13:30, second trip afternoons is: 14-17:40 note p.m.
Booking in advance will usually secure 10% discount. Both boat companies travel the same route at roughly the same time for safety reasons-so pick the boat/itinery you like the best!
See local Information boards at Marina for current itineries, times and prices as they change
- Amigos ( www.holidaylines-menorca.com ) 2013 prices Adults (12+) 17-20 Eur ,Children (4-12) 10-10 Eur, Under 4's are Free. A trip to Cala Galdana beach ( 2hr stop ) or continue along for more beaches. With water slide.
- Don Pancho
Our tips for Cala Galdana
Ferreries Fiesta 23rd, 24th and 25th of August