Santandria Cove

A beach for everyone

Next to Sa Caleta is Cala Santandria, an urban cove very close to the center of Ciudadela in Menorca. It enjoys a pleasant family atmosphere due to the tranquility of its waters, where there are usually no waves.

The landscape of this beach is beautiful, can not be considered virgin beach, by the amount of buildings that are up to the beachfront, however, these are well integrated into the environment and do not detract from the final stamp.

In addition, this beach is adapted for people with reduced mobility since 2005, when the City Council of Ciudadela de Menorca and the Balearic Government signed an agreement where it is established that, in the summer months, the beach must be equipped to facilitate access to those who need it (they must have elements such as wheelchairs for showers, two amphibious chairs and amphibious crutches, among other services).

Name: Santandria Cove

Location: Ciutadella Area (39º58.764’E 3º49.926’E)

Distance from Mahón: 33 MN ; 41’4 km

Time from Mahón: 2h 45 min by boat (average speed: 15 knots); 43 min by car

Type of beach: Sand

Anchoring with boat: Sand and rocks. Exposed to W

Danger access by boat: Low

Posidonia: Protected site

Nearest gas station for boats: 1’5 MN; Port of Ciutadella













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Cala Santandria in Menorca, how to get there?

If there is a cove in Menorca to which you will arrive without loss, that is Cala Santandria. The road is very well signposted and you can get there by car, motorcycle, bike or bus. To arrive in your own vehicle (motorcycle, car or bicycle), first of all, you have to arrive in Ciudadela if you are leaving from another town. Take the RC-2 road towards Faro de Artrutx or Sa Caleta (everything is signposted). Upon arrival you will find several free parking areas, but remember to go in good time so as not to find it crowded, especially in summer.

To go walking, the Camí de Cavalls stops at Sa Caleta, a small cove located next to Cala Santandria.

If you want to go by bus, take line 65. Check the schedules the same day you are going to use their service, as departure times may vary from season to season and from year to year. The tour allows you to make a sightseeing tour of Ciudadela, you can stop in Ciudadela and visit the old town, take a swim in one of the coves along the way and finish with a beautiful sunset from the lighthouse of Artrutx. A beautiful path in warm seasons where the days are longer to make the most of the daylight hours.

If you have a boat, or you are going to rent a boat in Menorca and you go with your family, you must go to Cala Santandria. Its calm and transparent waters in the deepest area make it perfect for a family plan. In addition, both this cove and Sa Caleta, also known as Sa Caleta d’en Gorries, have a sandy sea floor, without danger of shallows, perfect for anchoring small and medium-sized boats, allowed in areas close to the shore. A beach seven hectometers long, two hectometers wide and 3.5 nautical miles in the direction of Cabo d’Artrutx, at the mercy of the wind currents from the west, but protected from the rest of the currents.

Services near Cala Santandria

In this cove you will find the beach bar Cova Sa Nacra. A wonderful restaurant located in a privileged environment, with the best views of Cala Santandria where you will enjoy the best local cuisine and the best fish of the Mediterranean coast. In the restaurant itself there are stairs directly to the sea, either for children to enjoy swimming under the watchful eye of parents, or for those who want to return to the beach after a good lobster stew. Gastronomic critics praise this place, highlighting the quality of its food and the magical atmosphere of a dinner in this place.

Being a beach located near the town center, within a radius of 2 km there are different options to go to lunch or dinner near Cala Santandria. In Sa Caleta there is a small beach bar where they serve drinks, soft drinks and snacks, it can be very useful if you do not want to leave the beach and eat right there, without going loaded with a large cooler with the drink, plus food. If you go in high season, the best thing to do is to book in advance so as not to miss your reservation, in summer the reservations in restaurants near Cala Santandria fly!

RESTAURANT. Sa Quadra 971 48 09 59
RESTAURANT. Picco Sushi and Italian Restaurant 971 38 09 60
RESTAURANT. Sa Nacra Cave 971 38 62 06


This restaurant, specialized in Mediterranean cuisine, stands out for its delicious rice and seafood dishes. Located in an old cave, its renovation has resulted in a cozy restaurant, with a terrace with stunning views, and a curious decoration with figures carved into the rocky walls of the cave in which it is housed.

What to see near Cala Santandria

The urbanization next to the beach is named “Urbanización Santandria. Being located very close to the center, you will find many services that can be very useful on a day at the beach, such as a supermarket, toilets, a beach bar, a pharmacy or free parking.

This cove, as with Sa Caleta, has several meters from the shore to the sea where the water does not cover too much, so children can play quietly in the water, even learn to swim, as it has the right conditions for it.

This beach is usually visited by people who live in the area or stay at nearby resorts. If you like to enjoy a quiet day at the beach, Cala Santandria is a perfect option, but if you are looking for a beach where you can live the adrenaline, there are other options such as Cala en Brut and its daring jumps from the cliffs, which will make you feel alive. Whichever option you choose, we are certain that Menorca will steal your heart.

The waters of this area are usually calm, a flat and transparent sea that invites you to practice a little swimming. If you feel like a bit of cardio in the Mediterranean, you can swim to Sa Caleta, just 700 meters there and back, you will cover 1.5 km with practically no boats on the way. If you dare to swim, watch where the boats are and where they usually pass to avoid any scares, be cautious!

On this beach you can usually see rays, spider fish, or Xoriguer fish in the area where the water is more transparent, which is a little further away from the shore and swimmers, about 200 meters. Discovering the marine fauna can be very educational for children who know how to swim or young people interested in discovering the seabed.

You can discover in the surroundings some monuments like the Faro d’Artrutx, or do the stages of the Camí de Cavalls. Or if you prefer to stay on the beach, you can also rent a jet ski, sun loungers with umbrella or a jet ski to discover the area from the sea.

How to get to Cala Santandria by boat?

To reach Cala Santandria 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. Moving in a southerly direction, we will pass the Na Girada and Punta Rafalet ledges. 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 in a NW direction and ascend passing Cabo Binibeca, Illot d’en Marçal, Cap d’en Font, Cap de ses Penyes, Illot de Binicodrell, Punta de Macarella, Punta des Tambors… until we reach Cap d’Artrutx (at the SW end of the island).

From here we will ascend in a NE direction towards Punta des Pegre but, before reaching it, as soon as we pass Punta Quintana, we must begin to make the approach to the coast because, from here, we will soon find Sa Caleta to starboard (we will identify it because it is sheltered by a ledge that we will see from the bow of the boat when we pass Punta Quintana and that we will identify by the lighthouse that is located on that land).

In this inlet we will see several arms that go into the coast: one in a shorter and narrower N direction, one that ascends in a slightly larger NE direction, and one that is on the starboard side, which descends in a much wider and deeper SE direction than the previous ones. It is in the latter where we will find Cala Santandria.

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