Sa Caleta Holidays
Sa Caleta Holidays – A quiet, laid-back resort
Quiet and laid-back, Sa Caleta is ideal for families with young children or older couples looking for a relaxing break away. No loud music, no lurid neon lighting… just blissful peace and tranquillity. The town is a small former fishing village on the island’s west coast, close to the resorts of Cala Santandria and Cala Blanca. You’ll find a handful of restaurants and a small shopping centre. A stunning, gently sloping cove with white sand provides a safe place for young children to paddle, with clean, clear water ideal for snorkelling. Nightlife here is primarily hotel-based, with a couple of bars and no nightclubs. For a livelier night out, the beautiful historic town of Ciutadella is a short drive away, where there are plenty of tavernas, bars, restaurants and clubs to explore. There is a good bus service from Sa Caleta that runs to the nearby towns.
When to go
Sa Caleta is one of the quieter resorts on Menorca, so even well into May the town and its beach will be uncrowded. The peak months of June-August will see an increase in visitors, but you will never see the hoarded of tourists synonymous with other Balearic Island resorts such as Magaluf here.The peak season will be the hottest but the most expensive. Spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October) are still pleasantly warm and generally see lower prices.
If you want to get out an explore the area, there is a coastal path that makes a lovely walk all the way down to Cap D'Artrutx/Cala en Bosch in the south, approximately 5 miles away. Similarly you can cycle to Cala en Bosch, north to Ciutadella or to the stunning virgin beaches of Turqueta, Talaier, Macarella or Son Saura. These activities are far more enjoyable in the spring, when the countryside is in full bloom and the weather is not uncomfortably hot.
The weather in Sa Caleta
Holidays to Sa Caleta in spring will see agreeably warm temperatures of 18-21C. The spring air is lovely and fresh from the winter. The summer months of June-August heat up to an average maximum temperature of 25-28C, before dropping off in the autumn to a pleasant 22-26C. November marks the beginning of winter, with an increase in rain and the arrival of the buffeting tramontane wind from the north. Average high temperatures over the winter period of November-March range from around 14-18C. If you’re planning on a cycling holiday here, be aware that the end of winter and very start of spring can also see strong tramontane winds, making cycling a challenge.
Getting the best deal
Sa Caleta holidays will be cheaper the earlier you book. All the best priced accommodation sells out fast – especially for popular hotels over the summer. School holiday periods such as Easter, July and half term will always be more expensive, so if you have the flexibility it’s wise to avoid these dates.Consider a holiday in spring or autumn, when the weather in Menorca is far better than the UK, and prices are much cheaper than in June-August. Take a look at our best deals on package holidays to Sa Caleta below or check out our late offers here.
Airport and transport need to know
Your holiday in Menorca begins when you land at the island’s sole international airport, the Menorca Mahon (MAH) – also known as the International Aeropuerto de Menorca. Located in the south-east corner of Menorca around 2.5 miles from the capital Mahon, this airport is small but busy, with one terminal set across 2 floors and a modest selection of shops.
Sa Caleta is located over the other side of the island in the west, so transfer times take around an hour. Taxis wait outside the Arrivals hall and operate on a ‘fixed price' basis. You should expect to pay around €55 for a taxi for 4 plus luggage. Taxis accommodate up to 4 people and do not generally have a child seat, unless you ring up in advance and request one.
Alternatively you can book a shared shuttle bus from the airport using one of the coach companies that operate from here. This is a cheaper option, with a return fare costing around €25 from Menorca Airport Transfers.
For the cheapest transfer option, you can take a public bus. The Airport-Mahon bus waits outside the Arrivals hall and leaves for the main bus depot in Mahon at 25 past and five to the hour. It should cost around €1.50 for a single fare. Once at the bus depot, you can catch a bus to Ciutadella – take the Nr.1 or Nr.14 service. This will drop you in Ciutadella Town Hall Square, where you can pick up a connecting bus from the bus stop there to Sa Caleta. This can be a lengthy process however. You can download the bus timetable from Mahon here.
The best beaches in Sa Caleta
There are a number of lovely beaches in the Sa Caleta area. The beaches on this western coast tend to be smaller than those found on the south. Most are sandy coves, protected from the rough open seas by almost-encircling rocks that form a sheltered bay area. The calm, shallow waters make them great for those with young children, and an ideal spot for snorkelling. Both Cala Blanca and Cala Santandria are within easy walking distance of Sa Caleta.
Sa Caleta Beach
The beach at Sa Caleta is a small, beautiful cove, with clean white sand that shelves gently into the sea for many metres, creating shallow, warm waters. The beach does not get overly crowded even in the height of summer. There are sun loungers and parasols for hire, and a lifeguard in attendance here. A small beach café sells refreshing drinks and ice-creams. The water is crystal clear – you can see the small fish darting around your feet – and ideal for snorkelling. The rocks to the side are a good place to try your hand at fishing, or you can go on a fishing expedition just off the coast on one of the local fishing boats.
Cala Blanca Beach
A picturesque half-moon bay, Cala Blanca is one of the most popular beaches in the area. You’ll find a small but perfectly formed cove with soft, clean sand and crystal clear water. The beach is well serviced by a handful of beach cafes and restaurants; please note that these are more expensive than those found a few minutes’ walk away in Cala Blanca resort. Sun loungers and parasols are available for hire. There is a shady picnic area with children’s playground to the rear of the bay, and a dive school. You can also try your hand at sailing and snorkelling.
Cala Santandria Beach
Awarded the EU Blue Flag for cleanliness, Cala Santandria is another beautiful beach close to Sa Caleta. There is plenty to do for water sports enthusiasts, with a sailing and diving school. The water is warm and crystal clear, and the sand a fine, soft white. Snorkelling is excellent here. You can hire out sunbeds and parasols, as well as pedaloes and kayaks. The beach is well equipped with restaurants, beach bars, a lifeguard post and public toilets.