Cala Santandria Beach & Holiday Guide
Santandria in photographs with resort maps
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Cala Santandria - Location
Santandria is located on the west coast just south ( approx. 3km ) of Ciutadella. Approximately 40-50 mins., from the Airport.
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.
The correct local location name is Cala Santandria. This area can be a little confusing as described by tour operators and the names used. This area was originally villages but the pretty inlet of Sa Caleta with it's sandy beach attracted the attentions of the hotel trade and so in addition to a lot of residential homes there are now several hotels ,apartments and a larger tourist development further south - Cala Blanca. The proximity to the Ciutadella means many locals will visit the beach at the weekends and evenings after work. The area is quiet , not commercially developed but with a larger collection of tourist bars in walking distance, south in the Cala blanca area. If booking a hotel or apartment you are strongly advised to double-check out it's location on a visual map.
The Playa Santandria Hotel is recommend as small, personable and friendly, right on the beach with above average restaurant.
Cala Santandria shopping is limited to essential provisions, beach supplies as well as basic gifts and souvenirs. More is available in Cala Blanca's main centre. Nearby Ciutadella has a market on Friday and Saturday mornings. Remember markets open early in the morning and close around one o’clock in order to avoid the hottest part of the day
A pretty natural inlet ending in a sandy beach ( not over developed ). There is a beach bar and a couple of small friendly hotels offering bar and restaurants also.
Beach Loungers - Santandria
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 Santandria - Local Serviced Beaches
Santandria - Local Virgin Beaches
Ciutadella has a wide variety of simple through to very stylish boutique shops. Plus there are lots of Cafes for those little stops. Dont forget that Siesta applies here so from 13:00 to 17:00 nothing will be open. Evenings are the prefered time for shopping, taking in some Tapas aswell.
Just before the city begins entering from the ME-1 are a range of factory outlets for leather and ceramic goods. There is also a Lidl on the Poligno offering very competitive prices.
Cala Santandria - Must See and Do
The inlet is ideal for snorkelling and there is a high regarded diving centre just on the beach fringe at Sa Caleta(The
Ciutadella Pedestrian Historical Centre
Ciutadella gets its name from 'Citadel' -a fortified city. Allthough most the defensive walls were knocked down to expand the city you can still see remnents of them today- most notabley the walls above the harbour under Placa des Born. Walk up the Carrer Major from Place Born , through Placa de Catedral and into the city's famous Ses Voltes arcades.
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.
Close to the charming former capital of the island, Ciutadella 3km further north and reachable with regular bus services.
Best way to discover the old centre is to put away your map and just wander. The center is bordered on thee sides by a tree line dual lane road ( Avinguada des Constitucio-Capita Negrete), so whenever you reach this just turn around. On the Calle de Call Bisbe there is a baker with a traditional wood fired oven right behind the counter.
The Cala Santandria area just south of Ciutadella is mostly layed back and entertainment provided in the Hotels there. Nearby Ciutadella has a much wider range of Cafes, Bars, Clubs and Restaurants to suite all tastes. The chill out and dance clubs are located together down in the harbour area ( Pla de Sant Joan )
Wi-Fi and Internet
Many Santandria 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 - Santandria
There is a regular bus that pendles between Ciutadella and Cala en Bosch stoping off at Cala Santandria and Sa Caleta .
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. You will be suprised how different the landscape is to the area around Cala Blanca/Ciutadella. Direct buses to Mahon ( 45 min ) and also with stops ( 80mn ) at Ferreries, Es Mercadal and Alaior. There is a local city bus linea 60 ( line 60 ) that travels the circuit from ferry terminal, through city out to Poligno ( industrial/commercial area for leather outlet shops etc ) and to Placa del Pins ( city centre )
Destinations along the western coast are run by Torres and arrive / depart from Placa del Pins ( city centre ) .
Taxis to Mahon Airport are about 55-60 Euro one way. Taxi to Ciutadella should be under 10.
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.
Lying on the more frequent west coast line, means you can go north to Ciutadella or south to the larger beachesBus Timetable - Santandria
Things to See and Do
Cave Museum ( Sa Nacra Cova) , enjoy the sunsets , plus all that Ciutadella has to offer.Things to See and Do in and around Santandria
What is the Weather like in Santandria
Santandria has a mediterranean climate characterised by warm to hot, dry summers with a pleasant cooling breeze and milder winters. The sea in Santandria 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 Santandria
Smaller, authentic restaurants can be found along the inlet. Ciutadella offers a wide choice just a short bus ride away ( even long walk )Bars and Restaurants in and around Santandria
Interactive Maps - Santandria
Hotels in Santandria
There are low rise package holiday complexes as well as smaller individual hotels.Hotels in and around Santandria