Blue Flag beaches
Known for being one of the best beaches in Menorca, Cala Galdana’s coastline is a Blue Flag award-winning favourite. This beach is surrounded by pine clad hills and sheltered by large cliffs, meaning the Mediterranean Sea here has gentle waves and shallow water.
The promenade is full of hotels, restaurants and bars. Sunbeds and parasols are available to rent for a small fee, or if you’re looking to save your pennies, this beach has plenty of picnic tables where you can enjoy a packed lunch on the coast.
Out on the water
Cala Galdana’s beach is horseshoe-shaped and its calm waters are an ideal spot for an array of watersports. This is the perfect place to join in with scuba diving and snorkelling as well as banana boat rides.
There’s a harbour next to the beach where boat trips are available daily in high season that explore the water and surrounding beaches. These memorable trips head out to the coves where you can lounge around, stop for a swim in the shallows and enjoy a bite to eat on the boat before heading back to land.
If you’re looking for that perfect trinket to remind you of your trip to Menorca look no further. Cala Galdana’s Serpentona Shopping Centre sells plenty of souvenirs and handmade Menorcan items like leather belts and sandals.
There are also several supermarkets in Cala Galdana which will be handy for if you’re living in self-catering accommodation, or you just fancy some snacks for the room.
The nearby town of Ferreries is just 10 minutes away, and there you’ll find lots of bargain shops as well as a Saturday morning craft market, which is popular with the locals.
Endless restaurant options
For a small resort Cala Galdana is packed with restaurants. You’ll find a variety of international eateries including Chinese, Italian, Indian, British and American restaurants as well as authentic Spanish and Mediterranean. Restaurants, cafes and bars line the seaside so you’ll be able to try some of the tasty local seafood as you look out over the Mediterranean Sea.
Many of the restaurants are child friendly – at Tobogan restaurant kids can play in the adjoining waterpark with slides and a pool, or at the mini golf course while you sip on sangria and try the popular gazpacho. In the evening you can unwind at one of the laid-back bars or clubs and listen to live bands, Spanish guitar music or dance tracks from resident DJs. Cheap holidays to Menorca are as much about enjoying delicious cuisine as they are about sunbathing, so make sure you don’t miss out.
Neighbouring festival and castle
A 10-minute drive from Cala Galdana is the town of Ferreries. During the last week of August the residents of Ferreries celebrate their patron saint Bartholomew in an amazing three-day festival. Bunting gets strewn from the balconies and streets are covered in sand for the horse shows.
Horses are part of a rich tradition here and during the festival they are groomed and then paraded through the streets. You’ll also see jousting, races and riders encouraging their horses to rear up so spectators can touch their hearts, which is said to bring good luck.
In the evenings there are fireworks and street parties that go on until the early hours of the morning. Be sure to try a glass of pomada, a popular festival drink made from gin and lemon.
Ferreries is also known for its famous castle of Santa Agueda. It’s the third highest point on the island and can be accessed by a magnificent Roman road. The castle is open to visitors who get the chance to walk through the ruins and take in the spectacular views from its plateau.