Macarelleta Cove

A Macarella in “mini” format

Macarella’s little sister, a smaller, more private, less touristy and more nudists. Even so, it is still one of the most crowded beaches of Menorca because of its turquoise and crystalline waters, and its fine white sand.

There are many caves in the cliffs among which is Macarelleta and, not so long ago, some people came to “squat” these caves, establishing communes that spent the whole summer living there. But all that changed and these practices were restricted to avoid the accumulation of waste and inappropriate behavior that was damaging and deteriorating the landscape of the area.

This practice is now closely controlled by SECOM (the police in charge of the security and good image of the beaches) and, little by little, it is managing to restore the original natural, clean and virginal image.

Name: Cala Macarelleta

Location: South Zone III (39°56’11.5 “N 3°56’13.6 “E)

Distance from Mahón: 24’4 MN ; 51 km

Time from Mahón: 1h 52 min by boat (average speed: 15 knots); 1h by car

Type of beach: Sand

Anchoring with boat: Sand

Danger access by boat: Low

Posidonia: Yes

Nearest gas station for boats: 5’3 MN; Cala’n Bosch




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Cala Macarelleta in Menorca, how to get there?

The access to Cala Macarelleta has to be done walking from Cala Macarella, in this case there are no alternatives but don’t worry, it is only a 5/10 min walk (depending on how loaded you are).

If you want to arrive by car, you should know that since 2018 there are restrictions on access to Cala Macarella and in high season access is only allowed to shuttle buses, in order to preserve the conditions of the beach. However, please check the accesses before your trip, as access restrictions may have changed by then. Outside the high season, from November to May, you can access by car without any problem.

To come from Ciudadela, take the southern ring road (RC-2) and follow the signs to Camí de Sant Joan de Missa. You will pass Son Saura del sur, a sandy area with two very nice beaches to spend the day, along a road of 8 km. Upon arrival you will see that there are two parking lots, one closer than the other. The one closest to the beach is paid and the other, a 15-minute walk away, is free.

To get there from Mahón, leave the city and take the Me-1 road towards Ciutadella, until you can join the RC-2, which is the road of the southern ring road. Then follow the same indications that we have offered you to arrive from Ciutadella.

Another option is to walk from Cala Galdana along the Camí de Cavalls. A route of 1.8 km in the 13th stage of a path that surrounds the entire island of Menorca, and allows you to see almost all of its spectacular coves.

When you have reached Cala Macarella, walk to the right along a path at the edge of the cliffs. If you go with children, take them well, as there are areas that can be somewhat dangerous for them.

Another very good option is to reach the cove by boat. Menorca in summer is a party of people everywhere. Arriving at a beach and finding a spot is not easy and it is even less so in cases such as Cala Macarella or Macarelleta, which are always overcrowded.

In these cases the best alternative, and one of the most demanded activities in Menorca during the summer, is to rent a boat to reach Cala Macarelleta. This way, you will be able to enjoy exceptional views, more privacy, lots of fun and the possibility of swimming in deeper waters.

Services near Cala Macarelleta


*We consider them “close” if they are within a radius of 250-300 m approx.

What to see and what to do in Cala Macarelleta

Scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, photography… etc. Cala Macarelleta lends itself to various activities that will help you enjoy a pleasant day with family or friends. For example, if you go with children, you will see them amazed when they discover the marine life in the aquatic plants and near the cliffs that surround this cove.

If you are a diving expert, come to see the underwater cave that hides Cala Macarella and take the opportunity to have a drink there because, although there are no restaurants or beach bars in Macarelleta, there is one in Cala Macarella. It is about 5-10 minutes from La Plata and, for the last forty years, has been dedicated to frying the typical products of the area, mainly meat and fish. His years of experience and service in this area of the island, have allowed him to hang numerous photos on his walls with some of the celebrities who, throughout all this time, have passed through there and have left their stamp.

If you want to get to know the place, don’t be confident and book in advance. It is a classic on a beach of white sand and turquoise water that tends to get crowded in high season, so no one can find a spot without a reservation.

How to get to Cala Macarelleta by boat?

To reach Cala Macarelleta by 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 orient ourselves in a NW direction and ascend passing Cape Binibeca, Illot d’en Marçal, Cap d’en Font, Cap de ses Penyes, Illot de Binicodrell… We will have to continue advancing until we pass Mitjana and Morro de Llevant. After them, we will begin to make out the tip of Macarella on the horizon.

Just before reaching it, we will find the inlet where Cala Macarella and Macarelleta are located.

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