Cala en Bosch Beach & Holiday Guide
Cala en Bosch in photographs with resort maps
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Cala en Bosch - Location
The joint resort of Cala en Bosch ( Cap d'Artrutx ) and Son Xoriguer is located on the South West tip of the island. Approximately 50-60 mins., from the Airport. With views over to neighbouring Majorca and just 10km south of the beautiful old city of Ciutadella, which is reachable via a regular bus service. Also known by all these names: Cala D'en Bosch, Cala n Bosch or Cala en Bosc and Cap d'Artrutx.
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 livelier resort ( by Menorca standards ) , the commercial area of which is centred around a marina. There is a wide variety of Bars and Restaurants surrounding the Marina, also a handful in Cap D'artrutx and directly behind Son Xoriguer beach.
Built in the 1980s, Cala en Bosch / Son Xoriguer is one of a handful of resorts on the island purpose built for tourism. As such it has the most hotels and larger amounts of visitors making it livelier than most resorts. Conversely it is not 'authentic Menorca' and also purely seasonal. There is a definite and quieter area for Villas and Apartments at the area locally called Cap D'artrux which is 10-20m slow walk to/from the marina and Son Xoriguer.
Being a purpose built holiday resort it contains all you need from a holiday resort while still retaining charm because of the popular Marina area. Neighbouring Son Xoriguer has perhaps become too dominated by hotels while Cala en Bosch ( Cap D' Artrutx ) still offers private villa accommodation away from the "buzz"/ noise giving you the best of both worlds.
Menorca Holiday Tips
It is quite common for the prices of the childrens entertainment to seem quite high at first sight, but often the charge is for a day ticket or a large number of hours, so you can always return later in the evening before or after a drink/meal or snack at the Marina. Make sure you get a hand stamp to allow them back in later.
Cala en Bosch and Son Xoriguer each have their own beach. Cala en Bosch beach is next to the Marina and around the headland is the neighbouring beach of Son Xoriguer. Cala en Bosch is much the bigger of the two, has fine white sandy and is part of inlet which calms the waters for the smaller children and provides good snorkelling with it's rocks along the bay sides. The beach at Son Xoriguer is where the watersports can be found.
Beach Loungers - Cala en Bosch
In general 2 loungers + umbrella are between 15-17 Euro, with a price reduction later in the day.
Cala en Bosch - Local Resort Beaches
Cala'n Bosch - Local Virgin Beaches
Son Saura beach can be reached via bus to Ciutadella ( L65 ) then (L66) or a 40 min coastal walk from eastern edge of Son Xoriguer.
Shopping around Cala en Bosch
There is a Maribel shopping centre ( mini chain on west coast ) at the Marina and just behind Son Xoriguer beach. Supermarkets are located in the maps below and are quite numerous. All have some uk goods with usual imported goods price levels.
There are a few summer clothing and footwear boutiques and a summer evening market. Very good shopping in more individual shops can be enjoyed in Ciutadella.
Cala'n Bosch - Marina
An artificial marina provides the hub of Cala en Bosch with the majority of Bars and Restaurants around it's three sides-This creates a buzy atmosphere evenings but similarly hotels next to the Marina will have to accept this noise - see under see and do for more
Boat Excursions and hire
There are popular larger boats trips along coast to visit beaches and bays, Saliboats and windsurfers to hire was well as Motor boats with and with out skipper for hire for hours or full day. Details under See and do
There is a regular bus run by TORRES ( No. 65 ) with stops around Cala en Bosch and Son Xoriguer to Ciutadella. Single is around 1.50 Eur. Can also get to Cala Blanca beach just up the road (10mns ) if you fancy a change of beach scene or the wind is coming from the south/ sea rough at Cala en Bosch,then Cala Blanca (bus 65/67) should be more sheltered in its westerly facing long inlet ) see Bus Timetables for details.
A good way to get a quick overview of Cala en Bosch without walking and fun for children. Departs from main square at top of Marina ( see photo ) every 30 mins., with 8 pick/drop off points. Full tour is Cala en Bosch ( coast and marina ) with Son Xoriguer ( see photo ) . Operates 10 - 13:00 and 16:30 - 21:30
2013 Full Tour 7 Half Tour 4 Eur
Cala en Bosch to Ciutadella is about 10-12 Euro one way with returns after 9pm costing slightly more .
Cala en Bosch is completely flat making it easy for infrequent cyclists to explore. You can hire fun cycles for two and and more, electric bikes and Mountain (with child seats ) to explore the resort or surrounding areas.
Calan Bosch - Nightlife
As with most resorts in Menorca, evening entertainment here is generally to be found in the resort Bars but nothing that would ever compare to the neon jungle of the resorts along the south coast of Majorca. Mahon and Ciutadella however offer something for everyone, but with none of the "binge drink clubbing" to be found on Ibizia and Majorca. Menorca is NOT Majorca but that is why many people come here!
The Bars and Restaurants around the marina come alive at night providing a choice of entertainment for all ages and tastes. In high season you can find a street artists and traders offering their handicrafts and jewellry. The children's play parks stay open late so mums and dads can also have some time to themselves. See below for Bars, music etc.
Wi-Fi and Internet
Many Cala en Bosch Bars will offer free WiFi ( passwords on request ) or coin operated Internet terminals. Sim cards and dongles for Spanish networks can be bought locally . WiFi on Menorca
Bus Timetable - Cala en Bosch
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 run by TORRES ( No. 65 ) with stops around Cala en Bosch and Son Xoriguer to Ciutadella. Single is around 1.50 Eur. Can also get to Cala Blanca beach just up the road (10mns ) if you fancy a change of beach scene or the wind is coming from the south/ sea rough at Cala en Bosch ( Cala Blanca Bus 65/67 should be more sheltered in its westerly facing long inlet ).
Regular bus to other resorts along the western coastline and to Ciutadella where you can change to connect to any other part of Menorca.
Son Saura beach can be reached via bus to Ciutadella (L65) then (L66).Bus Timetable - Cala en Bosch
Things to See and Do
Watersports, Cycling, Go Karting, Waterpark , Culture and Shopping in Ciutadella.Things to See and Do in and around Cala en Bosch
What is the Weather like in Cala en Bosch
Cala en Bosch has a mediterranean climate characterised by warm to hot, dry summers with a pleasant cooling breeze and milder winters. The sea in Cala en Bosch 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 Bosch
A wide variety of Bars and Restaurants grouped together ( Marina, Cap D'artrutx and Son Xoriguer beach ) making it easy to browse and choose what you fancy.Bars and Restaurants in and around Cala en Bosch
Interactive Maps - Cala en Bosch
Hotels in Cala en Bosch
Wide range of Hotels, Apartments. Adults only and smaller complexes.Hotels in and around Cala en Bosch