Located on the South Coast of the island, Cala Galdana is home to one of the most photographed spots on the island overlooking the entire bay, open sea and pine forest! Menorca’s only river, the Algendar, flows into the sea at Cala Galdana and has carved a ravine that bisects the little town. There are plenty of fun activities to keep everyone entertained here, from kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling to the beautiful sandy beach sheltered by the cliffs. The charming old capital, Ciutadella, is also within easy reach for a day trip.
Local Markets and Shopping
There are several mini markets spread over the resort, as well as shops selling clothes, beachwear and souvenirs. The road out of the resort leads straight into Ferreries, which has a few large factory outlets, including the well-known Jaime Mascaro shoe shop selling the traditional Menorcan shoes.
Serious shoppers will need to venture 30 minutes into Ciutadella, where you’ll find a lively weekly market and many chic boutiques to browse.
Bars and Restaurants
The majority of dining venues within the resort offer traditional Spanish paella, tapas dishes and fresh seafood. But you’ll also find restaurants serving burgers and pizza, as well as a handful of cafes with more basic, simple dishes for a light lunch or snack. Plus, there are a few beach bars – or chiringuitos – right by the seafront. Nearby Ferreries also has a selection of traditional eateries, including a popular farmhouse-style restaurant along the main road joining the town to Cala Galdana, only 5 minutes’ drive away – perfect for a special occasion!
From the resort centre a wooden bridge leads across the river to the spectacular sandy bay, one of the best on the island. Sheltered by picturesque cliffs, Cala Galdana beach is ideal for children with soft white sand and clear shallow waters. Sunbeds and parasols can be hired in the high season and a selection of water sports are on offer during the summer.
There are also various small beaches located along the coast on either side of Cala Galdana. Cala Mitjana and Cala Mitjaneta are less than 10 minutes’ drive away, whilst keen walkers might like to venture along the coast through the pine trees to Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta. You can also hire a boat or canoe from the resort to explore several alternative small sandy coves which are harder to reach by car or on foot.
The Taboggan Cafe, in the centre of the resort, has a pool with waterslides and a mini golf course (for a small extra charge) – perfect for keeping children entertained whilst adults relax and have something to eat.
Cala Galdana is also known for its horse-riding facilities, with good stables located 5 minutes’ drive away, along the road out of the resort. Riding sessions for all ages can be arranged, as well as guided excursions around the pine forests and along the Cami de Cavalls – the bridle path which encircles the entire Menorcan coast. The centre also puts on a fantastic horse riding display using the traditional black Menorcan horses, which is well worth seeing.
Places of Interest
Cala Galdana is a real scenery, beach and nature lovers resort. The viewpoint on the far side of the bay, 5 minutes’ drive from the centre, is well worth visiting. The views across the beach and surrounding hillside are simply stunning!
A little further afield, 15 minutes’ drive away, on the far side of Ferreries is the popular Binissues Museum and restaurant. The museum itself is much like a stately home, which you can explore and learn about rural farming methods, watch the folk dancing displays and browse the exhibits.
The old capital, Ciutadella, is just 30 minutes’ drive away. Here you can wander the cobbled streets, admire the architecture or enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking the harbour.