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There are two main cities, Ciutadella (the old capital) on the West of the island and the island’s capital Mahon on the East of the island perched high above one of the world’s natural harbour and close to where the airport is located. The main holiday resorts are dotted around the coastline of this island, where as the centre is home to its many dairy farms, olive groves and leather industries.
Fiestas take place throughout the summer months in different towns and villages each week, many tourists travel to see the flamboyant and exciting charge of the Minorca horses (locally bred black horses), these are the star of the show. The riders, or caixers, ride the horses through the streets, with the crowds surrounding them, and the horses rearing onto their hind legs.
Menorca has a short holiday season from late April / May until the first week of October offering average temperatures between 20-28 throughout.
Most of its sandy beaches have beach wheelchair access with wooden cladding, accessible toilet / changing facilities and beach wheelchairs available for your use.
Time Difference (from UK) +1 hour
Flight Time (from UK) 2 hours 15 minutes
Voltage: 220V, 50 Hz AC
Shop Opening Time: 09.00 - 13.30 & 16.30 - 20.30.(Mon – Sat) Big supermarkets open Mon. - Sat. 09.00 - 21.00,
Bank Opening Times: 0900 -1400 Mon – Fri, 0900 – 1300 Sat
Cala Blanca is one of Menorca's newest resort destinations with most of the town only being built in the early 1990's to accommodate an increasing demand of holiday accommodation on the island. It is a small, relaxed town and sits on the west coast of Menorca, where the sunsets are magical. It has a good mix of shops, bars and restaurants scattered around the place with more at neighbouring Cala Santandria. And between the two, there are some great little coves to relax in.
Cala Blanca is located on the West Coast just south of Ciutadella. Approximately 40-50 minutes from the Airport. Cala Blanca resort is located 4km south of Ciutadella, between the southern side of a long a turquoise inlet which ends in the beach at Cala Santandria and a smaller inlet to the south which ends in the beach, known as Playa Cala Blanca .
The shopping centre in Cala Blanca supplies everything from beach mats to dinghies and from sun cream to groceries. There is a variety of gift and souvenir shops where the usual supply of leather goods, jewellery, pottery and embroidered linens can be purchased. Nearby Ciutadella has a craft market on Fridays and Saturdays, which opens early in the morning and closes around one o’clock in order to avoid the hottest part of the day.
Cala Blanca has many small bars and restaurants providing a wide variety of food to accommodate most tastes. There is great competition for diners from the many waterfront hotels and restaurants which means good value for customers. The Spanish affection for children is well known and they are warmly welcomed even in the more exclusive restaurants. The restaurant Los Toboganes on the sea front has a large waterslide to entertain children while their parents enjoy a meal in peace. Fish, locally caught, is a major part of the island’s cuisine. There is an abundance of prawns, mussels, red mullet and sea bass. Tapas bars are available to fill the gap between lunch and dinner which, in Minorca, can be fairly long. Local wines are pleasant and inexpensive.
For the less mobile traveller:
From the hotel to the local commercial centre and also to the promenade the access is fairly good with drop kerbs and flat easy wheeling. There is a lovely coastal promenade you can easily access to enjoy a gentle stroll or evening sunset! The beach is a smalll cove and not accessible by wheelchair unfortunately, but for views of the sea the local beach bar is accessible and perfect to use to enjoy the lovely sea air.
Pure white sand and crystal clear waters, together with all the amenities you could wish for and an upbeat atmosphere. This is Cala’n Bosch. It’s an easy-going place with whitewashed villas and a small, golden beach ideal for smaller swimmers. The real focal point is the beautiful marina, which is the place to head in the evenings to soak up the lively atmosphere and enjoy a wonderful seafood meal.
Activity-wise, there’s a small waterpark here as well as paintballing locally. At the marina there’s 'Goody Goody Park', where children can let off steam on trampolines, bumper cars and a bouncy castle whilst the parents sit and relax at teh bar / restaurant area.
The modern resort of Cala’n Bosch can be found on the extreme south west coast of Menorca, approximately 10km south of Ciutadella, and some 56km west from Mahon and Menorca’s International airport.
At the harbour you will find stalls selling wonderful local artisan arts and crafts, the town itself offers all the amenities and facilities you need to enjoy your holiday, including supermarkets, banks and chemists. For a more substantial shop you should visit the nearby town of Ciutadella.
Head to the marina where the majority of bars and restaurants can be found. Anything from wonderful seafood restaurants to quick take away meals.
For the Less Mobile:
The area around the marina is ramped and has drop kerbs, but the further out of town kerbs tend to be high. The beach at the far end of the marina is accessible and the beach has cladding all across the back of it towards the far end and a small cladded ramp on to the sand half way down next to the life guards.
If you want to capture the history of Menorca a holiday in Ciutadella will take you back in time. It is famous for its Fiestas and its Minorcan horse shows and here in the city of Ciutadella is a perfect place to experience this at the right time of the year. Being the island's old capital it is crammed full of medieval architecture and Moorish-style buildings just waiting to be discovered. The City also boasts a Town Hall in the main square, Palace Torre Saura, from here you can easily venture into the old town to the Cathedral, or simply look down into the Marina, one of the smallest in the Med.
Spend your day exploring the enchanted cobbled streets, popping your head into hidden palaces, Gothic churches and unusual shops. Take your time over a leisurely meal at one of the specialty seafood restaurants. And then end your day down at the harbour watching the twinkling light reflections in the water. Ciutadella holidays will have you stepping to the slow-pace of the locals in no time.
On the southwest coast, the original capital of Menorca and approximately an hour from the airport which is located in the new capital Mahon 1 hour away.
"Artesanias" (handicraft shops) sell tourist bric-a-brac and there are some unremarkable boutiques, leather and jewellery shops. Local market days are Ciutadella Friday, Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Various cuisine is available in the City from typical Menorcan dishes and tapas to a variety of European and worldwide cuisines to suite all tastes.
For the less mobile traveller:
The surrounding area to the hotel is accessible with a long flat coastal promenade and good drop kerbs within this area. Once heading into the city the streets and pavements become narrower with some drop kerbs, but are limited, however once into the old City Square, the accessibility is resumed with large pedestrianised areas and open spaces. This city is a must for anyone visiting Menorca. The accessible beach close to the hotel has a long ramped access down to the beach area with cladding along the beach. The lifeguard is able to assist and they are also able to offer the floating beach wheelchairs here.
Es Castell is a charming historic town on Menorca’s southeast coast. It was founded in Georgian times as a military town and this influence can be seen reflected in the town’s architecture. The town is trendy and popular for locals to live and has a traditional atmosphere making this a great place to stay. Its two harbours, Calas Fons and Calas Corb offer sweeping views across the bay and provide a relaxed and peaceful area and a haven of quiet restaurants and bars.
This seaside town is the first place in Spain to see the sun rise, due to it being the most easterly point on the island. It is approximately 3km east of the capital Mahon, and is 10km from the airport and the nearest beach is situated in the resort of Punta Prima, 10km away.
With the 2 harbours, Calas Fons and Calas Corb on the doorstep, you will find a selection of souvenir shops selling ornate ceramics and practical shops such as supermarkets, banks and chemist. For a more substantial shop you should explore Mahon which is 15 minutes away by bus or car.
Head to the harbours where you will find laid-back bars, rustic eateries, offering anything from wonderful seafood restaurants to quick take away meals and the views are to die for sweeping out over the bay.
For the Less Mobile:
The areas around the harbours and hotel are ramped and have drop kerbs and the accessibility is good around the area and also in Mahon.
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