Sant Lluis Beach & Holiday Guide
Sant Lluis in photographs with resort maps
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Close to Menorca's southern sandy beaches and cosmopolitan capital Mao (Mahon) Sant Lluis an excellent place for people who want a great base to explore the island Approximately 2 km south of the capital Mahon and 15 km from the Airport. Use the Interactive Maps to take a tour from your PC!
Suited to those wanting an authentic atmosphere set in attractive surrounding countryside Sant Lluis is a residential town at the heart of one of the top, if not the best, tourist areas on the island. The south east corner of the island the "golden triangle".
Sant Lluis is a traditional menorcan town (though architecturally its grid based - heritage from it french military occupying founders). Suround by picture postcard countryside and villages Sant lluis is a great base to explore the island being equidistant from many attractions in the surrounding area and near to the popular south coast beaches.
A people friendly and walking scale town. The main shopping street have quaint little shops, inviting pastry shops, bakers and Bar Restaurants. Accommodation here is limited to small hostels and private holiday homes.
The town is dominated by the main church ( Eglesia de Sant Lluis ) and being grid based its easy to find streets. Populated by locals and ex pats from various countries Sant Lluis has a thriving community with a relaxed friendly pace. The capital Mahon is just a few minutes north by car, tax or regular bus service.
Sant Lluis has a number of banks, together with assorted local shops, newsagents, banks, chemists, doctors, dentists and some great ice cream cafes and a petrol station.
Nearby S'Algar is a haven for watersport enthusiasts. Club S'Algar Diving, provides water skiing, windsurfing and jet skiing. Divers can be hired too to help you explore the underwater caves and coral reefs along this favourite part of the coastline for divers.
Local Serviced Beaches
Local Virgin Beaches
See and Do
Founded by the French in 1761 during their occupation of Menorca, Count l'Annion, then Governor of Menorca, ordered the village to be built around a church - dedicated to Louis IX. Around the town are some lovely villages ( Torret,Trebaluger,S'Ullstrar,Pou Nou & Llucmacanes) , all well worth a wander through and there are some beautiful converted farmhouses to rent in the surrounding area. A number of island's mostly highly regarded restaurants are just a few minutes drive away from Sant Lluis as well as the popular 'La Rueda' tapas Bar restaurant in the town centre.
There are walks along the coastline, many miles of attractive Camis ( single track country roads ) plus a number of pre-historic and historical sites all within 10km . The idylic and very attractive villages of S'Ullastrar and Torret are also close by hiding some of the islands' most highly regarded restaurants. Seeking a virgin beach? The closest (Cala de Biniparratx) is along the southern coast just after Cap d'en Font - at the end of an attractive limestone gorge.
Moli de Dalt , the oldest working windmill on the island, and skyline landmark of Sant Lluis contains a small museum with working machinery, utensils and exhibition items with insights into former times. Completely restored in 1987 On the ground floor of the mill are the ethnological museum rooms along with a small tourist information point.
Sant Lluis Open Mon. to Fri. 1000-1400 hrs., Sat. 1000-1300 hrs.
Petanc and Cricket
San Lluis has several "petanc pistes" similar to french boules. A delight to sit and watch locals 'doing battle' alongside the main church in the town centre. Yes you read correctly, cricket! The Oh so english Menorca Cricket Club is located in country lanes just a couple of Kms away and welcomes visitors to watch.
Sports club in Mahon. Near the San Luis Hotel ( S'Algar ) are tennis courts for hire , outdoor bowls, football piches and other smaller activities.
Diving & watersports
S'Algar Diving located at the waters edge in S'Algar offer a wide choice: All varieties under the water and on and above the water with fast boats, parascending and jetskis. This part of the coast offers some excellent diving areas including Menorcas renowned spectacular underwater caves. The watersports centre is located at S'Algar Diving. Some of the caves reach backinland quite a way!
The sailing schools (yacht and windsurfing) based in Fornells are about 25 min drive away.
Cycling and Walking
The locals area is criss crossed with "Camis" ( original rustic bridleways ) ideal for cycling in scenic countryside. These countryside single track roads offer several trekking excursions or bike rides. With some beautiful villages nearby to explore. ( Trebaluger,Torret,S'Ullastrar ). You can walk the Cami de Cavall ( old costal pathway ) either north towards Es Castell or south to Punta Prima passing the old coastal watchtowers long the way. Take the Cami de Cavall ( over the mini viaduct behind the beach ) south where you will arrive 20min.s max at the picturesque inlet with Watchtower-take your swim things for the inviting inlet there!
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The countryside around S'Algar is ideal for people who enjoy walking and exploring, a favourite of ours being the walk down the densely wooded path through the gorge to the tiny beach at Cala Rafalet - take your snorkelling gear! Just north of S'Algar is a very pretty ravine for trekkers, Cala des Rafalet with a rewarding sea dip at the end.
S' Albufera Nature Reserve
S'Albufera Parc Natural - is a wonderful place for an early morning or evening walk (avoiding the summer heat) . Footpaths lead, through pleasant lakelandscapes and woodlands to the sand dunes behind the beautiful beach at Es Grau. Walk on further to the fishing village of Es Grau to enjoy beachside sunsets at the waterside Cafe Bars.
If you enjoy karting then you will find a track by the old aerodrome just outside Sant Lluis, on the Mahon -Sant Lluis road ( turn in at the Hippodrome.) There are karts for young children as well as double karts( two passengers side by side )
Just outside Sant Lluis towards Mahon is a trotting track (Hippodrome)- Simple surroundings, but provides a relaxing diversion to the beach.
Bus, Taxi and Hire Car - detailed getting about infos.
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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.
There is a regular buses No. 3 to Mahon ( Mao on front of bus ) bus station ( where you can change for any other destinations on the island ) single 1.75 Euro ( 2011 ). Also to the coast at S'Algar and South East Coastlines
A village straight out of the picture books, traditional menorcan architecture, with lots of bougainvillea draped over the old white washed houses. Best to leave the car at the entrance roads and just wander respectfully or as part of a cycle tour. Home to highly regarded restaurants for food lovers (Sa Pedrera des Pujol, Sa Parereta d'en Doro, Pan y Vino ). From behind the unmissable watchtower you can wander down to the coast at Cala Torret.
If you are mobile, this little village ( 2km from west Mahon ) is a stop off point along attractive, stone walled country lanes to and from the coast. A residential village, many of the former farmhouses have been turned into homes and holiday homes. A little supermarket, plus two tiny atmospheric (open evenings only) restaurants. Es Nit in 300 year old farmhouse (international) and Sa Vinya (Menorcan) . A third larger restaurant, Halliseys has recently opened up here relocating fom the Son Parc Golf Club. All offer a very different experience to any beach resort restaurants for something more special. There are walks into the nearby attractive countryside.
Open Air history: Trepuco is a pre-historic settlement between Mahon and Sant Lluis ( also via pretty country roads from Es Castell ). Has the island's tallest Taula ( circa 4m high!)
Cami de Gracia, Trepuco, Between Mahon and Sant Lluis. Open Tues. to Sat. 1000-1315 hrs. and 1800-2000 hrs., Sun. 0930-1500 hrs., Mon. no information service. Entrance 1.80 euros, Sun. free.
Talti de Dalt
Open Air history: Talti de Dalt is a pre-historic settlement between Mahon and Sant Lluis ( also via pretty roads from Es Castell ) . Has the islands tallest Taula ( circa 4m high!)
Cami de Gràcia, Trepucò, Between Mahon and Sant Lluis. Open Tues. to Sat. 1000-1315 hrs. and 1800-2000 hrs., Sun. 0930-1500 hrs., Mon. no information service. Entrance 1.80 euros, Sun. free.
There are regular bus services to Mahon ,S'Algar with onward connections to all other parts of the island.
S'Algar is one of the main centres on Menorca for scuba diving and snorkelling and the local diving company offers some of the most spectacular cave diving experiences in the Mediterranean. Plus there is all sorts of other watersports on offer. It is also the location of a popular bowling club-visitors welcome.
Is a delightful traditional town with a great location. Combining stunning views with a great mix of little shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, price ranges and styles. In the two harbours many of the old fishermans caves have been adapted by various Bars and Restaurants giving them interesting interiors aswell as great people watching seating outside overlooking the water . A very popular eating place for lunchtime Menu del Dias and a great place to while away the summer evenings.
Mahon ( Mao Maó )
Mahon has a great mediterranean charm around the centre and harbour. Busy pavement Cafes and Bars, superb fruit and fish markets and all enclosed in a maze of narrow streets with architecture and many reminders of its Georgian past. In addition to the traditional the town offers a myriad of stylish shops and bars. Along the whole length of the harbour quayside (Moll de Llevant) there is an electic collection of Cafes, Bars and Restaurants for all pockets and styles. A spectacular setting above the huge natural harbour with ships and boats of every shape and sizes.
Cova d'en Xoroi - Cova d'en Xoroi
Located in huge 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
Island history: Fort Malborough is an unusual 7 sided defence fort located in Cala de Sant Esteve on the south east edge of the island. An early 18th century fort built by the British and named after Sir John Churchhill - Duke of Malborough. The fort has survived many attacks and is now open as a museum and features visual media guides to the islands and europe's history during these times. Guided tours of 1 hour duration in various languages - plus audio guides.
Open Tues. to Sat. 0930-2015 hrs., Sun. and Mon. 0930-1430 hrs. Entrance 4 euros, Sun. free.
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Lots of tunnels for the children to delight in.
Wi-Fi and Internet
Many Sant Lluis 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 - Sant Lluis
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.
BUS....Bus Timetable - Sant Lluis
Things to See and Do
Things to do ....Things to See and Do in and around Sant Lluis
What is the Weather like in Sant Lluis
Sant Lluis has a mediterranean climate characterised by warm to hot, dry summers with a pleasant cooling breeze and milder winters. The sea in Sant Lluis 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 Sant Lluis
Popular RestaurantsBars and Restaurants in and around Sant Lluis
Interactive Maps - Sant Lluis
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