The beauty of Santo Tomas is that the resort and beach run parallel to each other, making everything easily accessible. There’s a lovely promenade plus a great selection of restaurants – mostly overlooking the beachfront with great sea views. The resort also has a few hotels which offer nightly entertainment, as well as a small commercial centre with local shops. With a central location on the south coast, Santo Tomas is the ideal base to explore everything Menorca has to offer.
Local Markets and Shopping
At the far end of the main street is a small commercial centre with a mini market and a few local shops selling souvenirs and beach accessories. A 10 minute drive inland from Santo Tomas is the traditional Spanish town, Es Migjorn Gran, which has a handful of local shops, plus a weekly night market throughout July and August selling jewellery, art, speciality food, drinks and more!
Santo Tomas is also ideally positioned midway along the South Coast of the island, around 35 minutes’ drive from both the capital, Mahon, and the former historic capital, Ciutadella, on either side of the island. Both towns have a lively market selling fresh food, jewellery, souvenirs and clothes.
Bars and Restaurants
The majority of Santo Tomas’ restaurants sit along the main street overlooking the beachfront, serving tasty local dishes as well as international cuisine such as Italian and American. Many of the hotels welcome outside holidaymakers, where you can relax and enjoy their evening entertainment over dinner.
You can drive or catch the local bus from Santo Tomas into Es Migjorn Gran which has several friendly tapas restaurants and cafes serving authentic Menorcan cuisine. The town is relatively untouched by tourism, meaning the restaurant prices are generally lower, and gives you the perfect opportunity to mix with the locals!
Narrow lanes between the hotels and restaurants, as well as direct access at either end of the promenade and main street, lead down onto the long, beautiful stretch of sand. The beach is split into 2 halves – Playa Santo Tomas and Playa San Adeodato – which are separated by the hotel on the headland. Sunbeds and parasols can be hired in the high season, and there is also a choice of water sports on offer during the summer, including wind surfing, pedalos and jet skis.
The beach is perfect for family fun, with shallow clear water for paddling and fine golden sand for building sandcastles. Older children might like to join in with the water sports which are on offer during the summer months too. You’ll also find a crazy golf course and play area in the centre as well.
Further afield, but easily reached by car in around 20 minutes, is the popular Lloc de Menorca Zoo, where you can see native species of animals as well as more exotic creatures – a great family day out!
Places of Interest
The Cova des Coloms Caves are reached via a track up the hillside, around 25 minutes’ walk. The caves – also known as the Cathedral Caves due to their look and dimensions – are separated into 2 rooms and can be very dark so it’s best to take a torch. The cavern is believed to have originally been used for ritual purposes, and you may even catch a glimpse of the bats which live there!
Venturing past Es Migjorn Gran and through Es Mercadal is one of the island’s most well-known attractions, Monte Toro, the highest point in Menorca. The journey by car up to the peak is an adventure in itself, and once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with the most incredible panoramic views. There’s also a great gift shop and a cafe where you can enjoy the scenery over a spot of lunch.