Costa del Sol
Es Canutells is tucked along the edge of a pretty inlet on the southern east coast of Menorca. It’s a small, charming resort where life is centered around the sheltered beach that lies in a cove. The soft, golden sand shelves gently into the clean, crystal clear sea, making it a great place for children to paddle and play and will keep them absorbed for hours. If you want to try another beach, the neighbouring resort of Calan Porter is close by and has plenty of facilities. When you are ready to see a little more of Menorca, you can easily reach the capital, Mahon where foodies will love trying a selection of local specialties at the Mercado des Pescatores and the restaurants around the harbour. For nature lovers, Menorca has plenty of walking and cycling routes including the Cami de Cavalls which is well marked and has wonderful sea views.
Es Canutells has a mini market that sells a small selection of groceries. For a larger choice, visit the nearby village of San Clemente, 10 minutes away by car, or you can catch the local bus which passes through on its way to Mahon. The capital of Mahon has a bi-weekly market selling fruit, vegetables, meat and fish in the cloisters of the hilltop church, overlooking the harbour. It also has plenty of places to buy gifts and souvenirs.
There are a couple of restaurants in Es Canutells including one with lovely sea views. If you fancy lunch or a night out, visit Mahon where you’ll find a choice of restaurants situated around the pretty harbour. For a unique and unmissable night out, don’t miss the famous Caves of Xoroi in Calan Porter. Tourist attraction by day, the caves transform at night into a lively disco with a bar on the cliffside where you can sit and enjoy a drink or two as the sun sets over the sea.
The cliffs surrounding the cove at Es Canutells mean that the sandy beach is sheltered, and the sea is calm. The dramatic rocky coastline with its caves, coves and inlets is ideal for snorkelling and you might spot exotic polka dot cardinal fish and neon damselfish. Beach lovers can venture to Calan Porter, 20 minutes' drive away for bigger beaches. Along the promenade by the beach there are several cafes where you can take a break from the sun and enjoy a cool drink or a spot of lunch.
You can hire sea kayaks and explore the inlet or perhaps venture out to the sea. For a fun family day out, try the Splash waterpark, only 20 minutes from Es Canutells, it has plenty of slides and rides to keep everyone happy. From Mahon, you can book a glass bottomed boat ride. The popular Lloc de Menorca Zoo in Alaior is a 20 minute drive away.
Es Canutells is only 15 minutes from Mahon, the island’s impressive capital with plenty to see and do. Explore the beautiful harbour, visit the museum, or enjoy a day of shopping and dining and taking in the lively ambience.
For walkers and history enthusiasts, between Es Canutells and Calan Porter on the cliff tops, you can find a strange and magical Necropolis with almost a hundred Bronze-age caves looking out onto a sheltered bay. These burial caves, dating back to the 9th century BC, have been cut into the soft limestone cliffs and some are decorated with wall paintings and carvings.
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