The blissful Balearic Islands play host to the beautiful Cala'n Porter resort, which can be found on the south coast of Menorca. The fact that the resort is so small entices many of its visitors. Walking from end to end in less than half an hour is not a difficult task and will expose you to Balearic beauty in all its glory.
A wide range of accommodation options are available for anyone who is considering a holiday to Cala'n Porter and this sun-drenched destination is suitable for most budgets.
Popular among British holidaymakers, the resort has a fairly upbeat nightlife scene and a golden coastline that will have you digging out the camera.
After landing safely on Spanish soil, your journey from the airport to this established resort will take no longer than 15 minutes. Boasting a cliff-concealed beach, ocean-facing villas, and access to Menorca's highest point, Cala'n Porter is a jewel of a resort that lures in couples, families, and groups of sun-seekers, so why not do the same for your 2017 holiday?
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What you do with your time in Cala'n Porter is completely up to you since there is no shortage of attractions. Considered one of the most established of all the resorts around Menorca, Cala'n Porter captures the attention of hikers, with Monte Toro standing 358 metres high nearby. Also known as El Toro, this hill is Menorca's highest, and claiming an elevated position at its peak is the Sanctuary of the Verge del Toro.
Discover a unique natural cave system at Cova d'en Xoroi and drink cocktails at sunset. Considered one of the best bars in the world, this disco club faces the ocean and is camouflaged, with its built-in cliff design. Alternatively, watch the sun transform the surface of the ocean into a coral-like colour by embarking on a boat adventure tour around the island. You could even explore the island on a scooter and venture to different resorts, like El Castell or Ciutadella.
Wine and Dine
As a well-known resort in Menorca's southwest segment with heaps of fine dining options, it is not surprising that Cala'n Porter holidays appeal to food and wine connoisseurs from all corners. The Spanish are proud of their heritage, which is reflected in their cooking styles and assortment of wines. Some wines are produced using grapes grown in nearby vineyards and regions, whereas others are imported.
Make a toast to being in good health whilst looking out onto the ocean from a cliff-front restaurant. You can sip, swirl, and taste a variety of white and red wines, with wines produced in nearby Binifadet, Binitord, and Sa Forana being the most palatable options.
Food-wise, you won't have trouble finding a restaurant that serves Paella as a specialty. Cala'n Porter eateries are sprinkled around the small resort. For casual dining, eat at Sa Paissa or La Vela. Restaurante Lorengo is perfect for groups, whereas Cá'n Bernat has more of an intimate setting.
It might be considered quite low-key, but there are plenty of things to keep all ages satisfied in Menorca. Join the kids as they get their faces painted and learn about Spain's pirate past on a half-day Pirates of Menorca excursion. A family-focused cruise, the swashbuckling voyage will take you around the island's rim and to a cove where smugglers once concealed their treasure!
Cala'n Porter boasts a prime position, making it easy to visit other resorts and see the top sights with family members. Cala Mitjana beach, Cala Galdana beach, and Macarelleta beach are all worth visiting for water sports and relaxation.
The island is home to three water parks, including Los Delgines AquaPark. Get in touch with one of the riding centres for equestrian activities or take advantage of the terrain and set off on a group trek. Families also spend their time kayaking to coves and caves, while uncovering the wilderness on a Jeep safari adventure is also a popular choice.
Action and Adventure
This part of Menorca is astonishingly beautiful, with much of the surrounding countryside remaining untouched. Rent a bike and cycle from one side of the bay to the other via a scenic route. Swimming and snorkelling can be enjoyed at bays like Cales Coves and Covas Xoroi.
Gain a sense of freedom and rent a scooter to uncover secret sections of terrain. Aqua Rock is the biggest water park on the island and can be visited as part of an excursion. Even the aqua taxi that operates on a daily basis will give you a thrill!
A full day of sightseeing, socialising, eating, and drinking awaits anyone who steps on board a glass bottomed boat. See the underwater world without getting wet or try your hand at rock fishing with a local angler. Deep sea fishing trips will excite keen anglers, whereas a catamaran tour will appeal to anyone who wants to visit as many beaches as possible during their holiday in Cala'n Porter.
Life's a Beach
A beach holiday in Cala'n Porter will leave you feeling satisfied, with the added bonus of sun-kissed skin. With such an aesthetically pleasing bay to swim, sunbathe, and lounge around on, you will find it hard to resist immersing yourself in the Spanish atmosphere at the crescent-shaped bay.
Protected from the wind, this beach offers sun lounger hire for a small fee. Jet-ski rental is available and although some areas of the beach are quite rocky, the transparent waters are ideal for catching a glimpse of the underwater world, courtesy of a pair of goggles and snorkel, of course.
Why not go a little deeper into the underwater world and sign up for a scuba diving experience? At a dive school near the beach, beginners, intermediate, and advanced divers can rent gear and set off on a day filled with boat trips, marine life-spotting, and diving training.
Menorca is known for being a lot quieter than its larger neighbour, Majorca. Nonetheless, you can still let your hair down on Cala'n Porter holidays. The self-contained resort has its fair share of bars and clubs that tend to close their doors at midnight. English-style pubs usually have beer and cider on draught for those missing tipples of home. Take the short journey to El Castell for more of a Mediterranean nightlife experience or if you would rather stay closer to your hotel, stroll to the one of the best disco clubs on the planet - Cova d'en Xoroi.
Cova d'en Xoroi attracts a diverse crowd and is the to-go place for sunset drinks. It is tucked away into the cliff face. Close-by is Ayashe, where a DJ spins the decks until late throughout the week. If your idea of entertainment involves watching a tribute act, you might consider buying a drink at Sa Paisa. With so many bars and businesses sprinkled around the cliff side promenade, you are guaranteed to find a nightlife scene to suit you.
If you and your partner enjoy knocking back a few glasses of merlot or cabernet sauvignon with a vineyard view, why not arrange a day trip to the Hort de Sant Patrici vineyard? Positioned 100 metres above sea level, it is a romantic spot for sampling the many varieties of Menorca's wine. Finca Sa Marjaleta is a vineyard as picturesque as you’re ever likely to find, and it’s based just 9 kilometres from Ciutadella.
Following an afternoon of sipping fine wines, watch the dancing horses, better known as 'omni'. You could even watch the sunset from El Toro Mountain, which stands at 358 metres, making it the tallest point in Menorca. Beach days will not disappoint and neither will the facilities at Cala'n Porter holiday hotels. Put your feet up poolside, visit architectural and historic sites, or leave the island feeling wiser after visiting a local museum with your other half.
Just like any other part of the Balearic Islands, Menorca has a rich culture that is heavily influenced by Spanish traditions. English, German, and French are spoken at most places around Cala'n Porter, as well as the official language of Spanish, of course. History has influenced the culture, which is a mishmash of European, Iberian, and pre-Roman Celtic customs. Flamenco music and dance originated in Spain, so you can anticipate seeing a lot of street entertainment.
Don't be shocked if a few of the businesses close their doors for an hour during the middle of the day. This is known as a siesta, which grants the local people time to rest from the heat. Do you really want to immerse yourself in the Spanish way of life during holidays to Cala'n Porter? Folkloristic traditions are a huge part of the island's art and culture scene. Attend a live show and watch as a group performs a dance wearing 20th-century style clothing.