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Holidays in Cala Galdana

If you're looking for beauty, relaxation and leisure, it really doesn't get any better than Cala Galdana holidays. That's all thanks to this resort's clean white sandy beach, gleaming turquoise waters, and great mix of accommodation and restaurants to suit different tastes and budgets.

The shell-shaped cove is overlooked by several bars, restaurants and shops so you can always take a break from the beach if you fancy a beer, a bite to eat, or a new snorkelling kit. Speaking of snorkelling, the water here is also remarkably clear, so when it gets too hot, just pop on your goggles and take a look at the wonderful aquatic life just beneath the surface.

26-30 °C

The climate here, like the rest of the island is characterised by long, hot, dry summers and mild, wetter winters. From around mid-June to mid-September, you can expect daytime temperatures to hover around 26°C to 30°C during the day, and night-time temperatures around 20°C during your holidays to Cala Galdana.

2 hours 30 minutes

You can fly from multiple UK airports to Menorca International Airport, although many routes are only in operation during the main holiday season.

Recommended offers in Cala Galdana

Melia Cala Galdana

4 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Stunning beachfront location
  • Great cuisine options
  • Ideal base to explore the island

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What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

Artiem Audax

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Adults only (17yrs+)
  • Close to the beach
  • Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

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Based on 2279 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

From May to September, the Son Martorellet Estate near the main road between Cala Galdana and Ferreries holds excellent equestrian shows twice a week, which are a must-see if you happen to be a horse fan.

If you're interested in exploring some of Menorca's historic sights during your Cala Galdana holidays, then take a day trip to the capital, Mahón, about a 30-35-minute drive away. Here, you can visit the Museo de Menorca (museum) to learn about the island's history. Explore the town's superb markets like the fish market (Mercat del Peix) at Plaça Espanya on Tuesday to Saturday, or the Mercat Artesa de Mahón arts & crafts and food market at Plaça de s'Esplanada on Wednesdays between June and August.

Another place that's definitely worth putting on your holiday itinerary is Faro de Favaritx, an impressive lighthouse with breath-taking coastal views and walking routes. Then there's the Catamaran Sunset Trip, a 2-hour and 45-minute cruise departing from Fornells harbour. Cruise on the dazzling Menorcan coast, stop for a swim and snorkelling session, then enjoy a free drink on the deck as you watch the sunset. 

When it comes to stunning coves and white sandy beaches, you'll be spoilt for choice during your holidays to Cala Galdana. Other than its own beach, the resort is also within easy reach of many other wonderful beaches such as the sheltered coves of Cala Macarella to the west and Cala Mitjana and Cala Trebaluger to the east. Some beaches can get rather busy by midday, so if you're travelling by car, it's a good idea to arrive early to make sure you get a parking space and a good spot on the sand.

Visit the Parc Natural S'Albufera d'es Gra near Mahón, which is Menorca's largest wetland, teeming with bird life and marine life. Or go to the Cova des Coloms caves, about 25 minutes from Cala Galdana, where you can see an amazing 100-metre-deep natural cave.

In many ways, Menorcan cuisine is typically Mediterranean, both in its use of local produce and ingredients like aubergines, peppers, garlic, olive oil, and herbs. As you might expect, seafood is very popular on the island, and many restaurants served stuffed calamari, a fried squid rings dish, and lobster stew. Despite its small size, Menorca produces also many superb wines, which are flavoured by fragrant herbs and already produce tens of thousands of bottles each year. Try a glass or two during your Cala Galdana holiday.

Cala Galdana is best for…

Families with young children: Because the beach at Cala Galdana is very sheltered, it's perfect for young children and timid toe dippers.


Fast facts

Language: The official languages of Menorca are Spanish and a dialect of the Catalan language known as Menorquí. However, you'll find the vast majority of hotels and tourist attractions in Cala Galdana and throughout Menorca will have at least a basic understanding of English. Nevertheless, feel free to practice your Spanish by downloading an app or buying a phrasebook before your holiday to Cala Galdana.

Currency: Use the Euro in Menorca.

Local time: Cala Galdana is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Mahon Airport. The transfer to Cala Galdana takes 1 hour.

Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Cala Galdana takes 2.5 hours.

Tourist Information: For the more tourist information on Menorca, click here.

Visa and Health: Find out about visa and health requirements for holidays to Cala Galdana by clicking here.


Weather and climate

Holidays to Cala Galdana are perfect if you're looking for long, lazy days on the beach and plenty of water action, visit from mid-June to mid-September. During this time, the sea temperature is warm enough for swimming, peaking in the mid 20°Cs around August. Even in October, the water temperature often remains in the early 20s°C, which is still a lot better than the UK at the height of summer.


Getting around

By Bus: The resort is served by three bus routes with direct services to destinations such as Mahón, Alaior, Ciutadella, Es Mercadel, and Ferreries. It's a good idea to check bus times in advance during your holiday, as online timetables may not always be up to date.

By Taxi Hiring a taxi can be a convenient and comfortable way to get around, particularly if you're travelling with lots of luggage from the airport. Always remember to agree the fare before you board.

By car Hiring a car can be a great way to explore Menorca independently and at your own pace. Probably the best place to rent one is at the airport, where you'll find a wide choice of vehicles for your holiday to Cala Galdana.


Events

The Fiestas de Sant Bartomeu in Ferreries: This is a huge fiesta. From brass bands to horse parades, the event draws in massive crowds, and takes place each year on a weekend in late August.

The El Caramelero: Otherwise known as the Tree of Sweets, the kids will love this fun event. This is when children plant branches of trees into a pot and add a mixture of water and sugar into the soil, only to find sweets on the branch the next morning, which they carry across the town.


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