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 How to reach Cala Galdana

Arriving to Menorca


Arriving by plane:

Menorca is serviced by the international airport located in Mahón, the capital of the island. Despite some companies fly directly to Menorca from several cities in Europe, your best option will probably be to fly to Barcelona, then to Menorca. Consider also the possibility of staying for a bit longer (arriving before May 26th, leaving after June 1st), for the prices of flights can dramatically lower if you spend one night Saturday-Sunday in Menorca.

Once in the airport, there are many options to reach the Hotel Cala Galdana: by shuttle, by taxi or by car (prices of car rental are quite competitive).

  • BUS: The hotel provides shuttle services from/to the airport. You can check here or here some of the many different available options.
  • TAXI: A taxi from the airport to the Hotel should cost around 60-70 euro.


Arriving by boat:

A glamorous way to travel. First step is to get to Barcelona (extremely easy nowadays), then take any of several options to cross the three hundred some kilometers of Mediterranean sea that separate Barcelona from Menorca. You can book your tickets on-line, for instance, here or here. However, there are less available options to travel by boat, and you should probably leave from Barcelona on May 24th to arrive to Menorca on Saturday May 25th.

Once you arrive to one of Menorca's main harbours (Port Mahon or Port Ciutadella), there are several ways to get from there to Cala Galdana, check, for instance here. Port Ciutadella is closer to Cala Galdana than Port Mahon, but the later is better serviced than Port Ciutadella.

The Hotel Cala Galdana

The meeting will take place in the Hotel Cala Galdana.

Culture and Tourism in Menorca and the Balearic Islands

Biosphere Reserve

With 216 km of coastline, the island is divided into two very different regions. In the north, the wildest part with red sand beaches and beautiful landscapes. In the south, a smoother relief and a coastline with cliffs, ravines covered with pines and golden sandy beaches.

UNESCO declared Menorca Biosphere Reserve on l8 October 1993, in response to the high level of consistency achieved between the development of their economic activities, resource consumption and conservation of the heritage and landscape that has remained, and remains, of exceptional quality. Menorca is an intensely humanized territory with a rich traditional rural landscape. It holds a remarkable diversity of Mediterranean habitats, with species of animals and plants unique to the island, some of them endangered.

More information here.

Culture

Festivals. Do not miss the expressive culture of Menorca holidays. The most traditional festivals, the de Sant Joan, each year attracts thousands of visitors. The horse is the protagonist of all festivals held throughout the summer in Menorca. From June to September, you can see the horses and their riders, dressed in black and white first, and adorned with ribbons, embroidery and multi-colored carnations, reviving an annual ritual that was born in the early fourteenth century.

Monuments. In Menorca you will find more than 2,000 prehistoric, Roman, early Christian and Arab remnants. So numerous are the archaeological sites that they are part of the landscape of the island and undoubtedly represent a cultural and historical attraction. A true open-air museum. The Taules, a name locals give to the stone monuments in the form of a T and characteristic of the island are among the most impressive monuments.

Crafts. The development of handicrafts in Menorca was the product of isolation and need. The jewelry of Menorca stands among the other handicrafts, today one of the main island industries, internationally recognized in the group and the fair Sebime Eurobijoux which gathers in Menorca major European companies. Also the footwear manufactured in Menorca is internationally recognized for its quality and design. The avarca, the old shoes used by country people, is a very traditional and remarkable craft The pottery, painted fabrics and manufacturing and furniture restoration are other important craft activities.

Gastronomy

Minorca's cuisine is famous for its traditional recipes, which collect together the legacy of medieval cuisine, both Islamic and Catalan, and French inspired. The baked goods, making Menorca a paradise for sweet lovers, combines elements of Muslim tradition with contributions of Catalan cuisine and influences of the British.

Dishes. Choose from the many specialties offered on the island of the Biosphere Reserve. Some examples: Caragols (boiled snails with herbs), lobster stew, baked Perol cuttlefish, squid stuffed with potato and sweet potato or baked fish in the Menorca style, baker or asparagus soup of the Island, oliaigua with tomatoes, red peppers stuffed or filled courgettes in the Menorca style, lamb braids or offal in the Menorca style.

Cheese. From craft tradition is also the Mahon cheese with denomination of origin, which is among the most valued in Europe.

Drinks. Another characteristic native product is the gin, made from wine alcohol instead of grain and flavored with juniper berries. Mixed with lemonade, it is popularly known as ointment (pomada).

Sweet. Delicious and varied pastry, sumptuous, with meringues, cream, strudel, almond cakes, sticks, congrets, coconut, eggs, chocolate and chantilly. There is a A sweet for every holiday: greixeres during Carnival, formatjades on Easter, chocolate buns in the major festivities, donuts with honey syrup for Halloween (All Saints), Tortades, nougat and cuscussó during Christmas. Now, they are enjoyed throughout the year. The best products of the island are the delicious ice creams (influenced by the Italian) and the exquisite honey.