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Santo Tomas - Location
is located and the centre point of the South Coast. Approximately 35-40 mns. from the Airport.
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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.
Santo Tomas is a quieter self contained holiday resort of mixed private/commercial holiday villas at the resort entrance, and up the hill along with around 7 hotels catering to packaged holidays for families and couples. Ideal for those wanting relaxed, scenic surroundings either in a villa or packaged hotel room/apartment accommodation. The resort has several spellings including Sant Tomo.
There is a natural pine covered hillside backdrop and the resort has pristine countryisde either side of it. Private villas occupy the area around the entrance to Santo Tomas above the beach (western end of resort ) offering great sea views for the independent traveller. There is only one road in and out of Santo Tomas and generally this means the resort will only be occupied by holidaymakers or the tiny handful of residents, rather than daytrippers. Outside of the season it will be quiet and relaxing with accommodation in private villas only.
Around Santo Tomas in the area known as Es Migjorn lies very picturesque, hilly countryside ideal for walking or off track cycling.
Advisable to rent a car for a few days if staying 2 weeks or more as it can be a little isolated. Santo Tomas was established before they adopted stricter coastal building controls so there are some older larger hotels built right behind the beach (rare for Menorca), but generally they do not 'spoil' the skyline of the area due to the natural backfrop of the dunes and hills.Note that due to the location of Santo Tomas mobile network signals ( for internet ) might be quite weak.
Effectively the resort has two beaches separated by a headland ( Hotel Sol Menorca lies ontop of headland ). The eastern beach ( Playa Santo Tomas ) is deeper with extensive dune systems and lies in front of the mainly hotels area which occupy the front line positions in the eastern part of the resort. The western beach ( Playa San Adeodato ) is a longer ( extending towards Binigaus ) less deep with lifeguard, beach bar ( Es Bruc ) plus water sports including wind surfing, pedaloes and Motor boats & water jet skis for hire. Here Villas occupy the front line - See Photo map below.
Beach Loungers Santo Tomas
2017 - Typical price to hire 2 loungers + Umbrella is between 16-19 Euro all day. Reductions usually (after 15:00). Facility closes circa 19:00
Further westwards is the large virgin beach of Playa de Binigaus which is extremely beautiful, natural and less frequented. Its also a favourite location for nudists but everyone is welcome ( no need to strip and plenty of space if you are shy).
Santo Tomas can suffer from quite strong water currents, so care should be taken ( keep within 40 meters of shore, make sure you are not drifting ) and keep an eye on the red and green safety flags.
Santo Tomas - Local Resort Beaches
Sant Tomas - Local Virgin Beaches
Santo Tomas - Supermarkets and Shopping
Santo Tomas has 2 supermarkets and a variety of small tourist shops, cash machine and a chemist.
TABAC - Cigarettes
There is Tabac in - see resort map below.note they are only open during main season June-September
Must See and Do
Santo Tomas is close to some amazing virgin beaches, coastline and valleys which can be explored on foot,horseback or Sea Kayak- see things to do below.
Es Migjorn Fiesta ( 5th WE in July or 1st WE in August ) - see things to See and Do
Santo Tomas Nightlife
There is a disco pub ( victory ) at the Lord Nelson Hotel , plus Halley Bar in the eastern commercial centre towards the Victoria Hotel. There are 4 Hotels within the resort which all provide some form of evening entertainment. There are much livelier / wider entertainment choices at neighbouring Son Bou ( walk there along the coast early evening while still light and get Taxi back )
Take a sunset stroll along the beach and the long beach promenade for guests still in buggies and prams.
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!
Wi-Fi and Internet
Many Santo Tomas 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 - Santo Tomas
A regular service to Es Migjorn where you can connect via Ferries/Alaior stop to the extended bus network.Bus Timetable - Santo Tomas Taxi from the airport should be around 35 Euro one way and take 30-45 minutes
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.
Things to See and DoThings to See and Do in and around Santo Tomas
What is the Weather like in Santo Tomas
Santo Tomas has a mediterranean climate characterised by warm to hot, dry summers with a pleasant cooling breeze and milder winters. The sea in Santo Tomas 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