Cales Coves

A place with a lot of history

Even if it is not one of the beaches with the easiest access, Cales Coves is one of the most famous in Menorca. The reason? Its history. And it hides the largest prehistoric necropolis of the island. Its cliffs are home to the remains of numerous civilizations at different stages of its history. A hundred burial caves with nearly three centuries of history.

The cove itself is narrow and deep, formed by an inlet between the cliffs of Santo Domingo and Biniadrís that meet at its end and give it a “Y” shape that protects it from inclement weather.

To reach it from land, it is necessary to make a small excursion (because the passage of vehicles is prohibited during the busiest times), however, if we come by sea, access occurs through a spectacular gorge that runs between ravines.

Everything about it makes it very special: its background, its environment and its caves, make it a magical place where you can breathe history.

Name: Cales Coves

Location:South Zone II (39°51’44.9 “N 4°08’40.4 “E)

Distance from Mahón: 14’1 MN ; 11 km

Time from Mahón: 57min by boat (average speed: 15 knots); 18min by car

Type of beach: Rock

Anchoring with boat: Sand, algae and rocks. Sandy areas should be sought. Open SW. Buoy mooring area and land.

Dangerous access by boat: Medium. Numerous boats and rocks on the sides. Narrow cove

Posidonia: Yes

Nearest gas station for boats: 13 MN; Port of Mahón




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Cales Coves in Menorca, how to get there?

On the Me-12 road, in the section between Sant Climent and Cala En Porter, we will find a traffic circle where a sign indicates the detour to leave the main road towards Cales Coves.

Then, we must take the first exit on the right and follow the road as far as we are allowed. We will leave the vehicle in the parking lot provided for this purpose and, from there, we will walk 900 meters to reach the beach.

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What to see and do near Cales Coves

The visit to Cales Coves, whether we get there by sea, as if we have to walk a little by land, will be worth it. Not only for taking a dip in its waters, where you can also practice scuba diving, but also for the excursion you can do in the area.

From the beach, we will find a path that runs parallel to the cliff on the left, if we follow it we can go through its caves, seeing the remains of these ancient sarcophagi, which are currently walled up in many places (to avoid their occupation).

If we continue ascending we will reach the final part of the cliff, from where we will obtain a spectacular view that will be engraved in our memory. For shows like this, it’s worth the walk.

How to get to Cales Coves by boat?

To reach Cales Coves in our boat, we must leave the port of Mahón heading SE. We will sail along the coast, leaving Illa del Rei to port.

We will continue out to the open sea, leaving the Punta de Sant Carles lighthouse to starboard.

Following the coastline in a southerly direction we will pass the outcrops of Na Girada and Punta Rafalet. We will continue skirting the island, which will take us in a SW direction and leave Punta Prima and Punta dels Marbres to starboard. At this point we will have the Illa de l’Aire on our port side.

Following the coastline, we will head NW and ascend passing Cabo Binibeca and Cap d’en Font. Continuing the ascent to the NW, we will leave Binidalí and Es Canutells to starboard.

Next, we will find Morro de Ponent, with a marine sleeve in the shape of a fish tail (a deep inlet that branches in two at the end), this is the place where Cales Coves is located.

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