The charming, whitewashed resort of S’Algar sits on a gorgeous stretch of coastline on the southeastern tip of Menorca. It’s a fantastic place for water sports, particularly snorkelling and scuba diving, thanks to the pristine waters and rugged coastline. The main beach is a series of stepped, shallow rocks, dotted with sun beds and parasols, but you’ll find several other beaches in the area, including picturesque little Cala Alcaufar. The resort is only 20 minutes from Mahon (Maó in Menorquí), the vibrant island capital, which is set around a stunning harbour and boasts a host of attractions, from historic buildings to lively nightlife.
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S’Algar is a peaceful little resort, spread out along a beautiful stretch of rugged coast. You can bag a sun lounger and laze by the impossibly blue sea, or pick up a snorkel and explore the tiny coves that dot the coastline. There are plenty of water sports here – the scuba diving is excellent – and you’ll also find a string of well-marked hiking and biking trails. You could head inland to the attractive market town of Sant Lluís, or go wine-tasting at one of the local bodegas. If you’re in the mood for some shopping and sightseeing, the handsome island capital of Mahon is just 20 minutes away by car.
S’Algar is a compact little resort, but offers a decent choice of bars, cafés and restaurants offering a range of cuisines. You could tuck into some wonderfully fresh seafood, or other Menorcan specialities such as the famous caldereta de llagosta, a fishermen’s stew made with the local spiny lobster, or platters of ultra-fresh shellfish. You could also try some of the country stews, many featuring pork and lamb, or go for some freshly grilled chops, straight off the barbecue. Pick up some bread, some local cheese and embutits (cured sausages), and you’ve got yourself the makings of a fantastic picnic.
S’Algar is a fabulous destination for a quiet family holiday in the sunshine. The sea is calm and shallow, although it’s better for slightly older kids because of the ladders leading off the rocks and into the sea. If you’re travelling with young children, most local hotels and apartment complexes have swimming pools that will keep toddlers happy, or you could head to the sandy coves at Cala Alcaufar and Caló Roig. Older kids will love scrambling over the rocks and looking for crabs in the rock pools, as well as snorkelling or kayaking around the coast. The larger resort of Punta Prima, a short drive away, has a larger sandy beach and a water park with slides.
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S’Algar may be small, but it offers water sports galore to keep you happily occupied in the water. The incredibly clear waters and rocky coastline make it ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving, and several local suppliers offer equipment rental and arrange courses and diving excursions. You could also have a go at wind-surfing, paddle-boarding or even water-skiing in the area. Menorca is a fantastic destination for hiking and the whole island is criss-crossed with superb, well-marked trails that are suitable for people of all abilities. The most famous is the Camí dels Cavallers, a medieval bridle-path that has been restored and now makes a loop around the island. The section around S’Algar is particularly scenic.
The main beach in S’Algar is arranged in a series of terraces around smooth flat rocks, which overlook a breathtaking bay and the turquoise sea. It’s a great place for water sports, with facilities for everything from water-skiing to scuba diving – this is one of the island’s top diving destinations. There’s a tiny sandy beach at nearby Cala Alcaufar, another at Caló Roig, and a fabulous curve of sand in the centre of the lively resort of Punta Prima. If you’re not in the mood to drive, all of these beaches can be reached along a wonderful seafront walking path, or you could rent a kayak and explore them from the water.
S’Algar is a quiet, chilled-out resort, which attracts a lot of families and couples. You’ll find a decent selection of laid-back places for an evening drink as the sun sets, including several right on the gorgeous seafront promenade. Some may host special events in the summer, such as karaoke nights or quizzes, and many of the hotels put on a good programme of entertainment for all the family. There are more options in Punta Prima, a larger resort located a 10-minute drive east, but if you’re looking for serious nightlife, then head to Mahón. The island capital is packed with bars and clubs, including some with stunning cliff-top settings.
A blissful bay with a turquoise sea, tiny coves, and a gorgeous rugged coastline to explore on foot or with a kayak make S’Algar a perennially popular destination for a romantic holiday. You can laze next to the water’s edge on one of the sun loungers, slip into the azure sea for a swim, and rent a kayak to find your own private cove. In the evenings, there are plenty of places to enjoy a romantic dinner, whether you want to stay in the resort, or head inland to one of the many charming country restaurants in the area. You might also fancy a day out in Mahón, the lively island capital, which overlooks a beautiful harbour.
You could soak up some of the island’s traditional culture in the little town of Sant Lluís, set just inland from S’Algar. This whitewashed town has a handsome church and an old windmill which is now an ethnological museum, as well as a cultural centre which hosts all kinds of cultural events. The island capital of Mahón, a 20-minute drive away, is packed with historic buildings, notably the enormous fortress which guards the harbour entrance. The Menorca Museum, which is set in an 18th-century monastery and has displays on the island’s history, is also worth a visit. If you are interested in archaeology, you won’t want to miss Talatí de Dalt, a Talaiotic settlement on the outskirts of Mahón, which was established around 1000 BC.