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Es Grau
Maó
Vigilance medium
Type of beach sand
Es Grau

Es Grau is a coastal stretch located next to the coastal village with the same name and Parc Natural de s'Albufera des Grau (70 hectares of free water area –from Cala des Grau until Cap de Favàritx-, a lake which is two kilometres long, 1,5 metres deep, and the most important wetland in Menorca, so that the Unesco declared it Reserve of the Biosphere in 1993), located between Punta de sa Cudia and de Fra Bernat, and in front of its coast you can see the big Illa d'en Colom. This beach is situated at 9,5 kilometres from Maó.

This sea inlet is the origin of a shell shaped coast that includes Platja and Cala des Grau. It is characterized by having a big size, a sandy beach with an orientation toward northeast, gentle wind and calm water, thanks to the protection of s'Illa d'en Colom (44 metres above the sea level), and it is surrounded by thick scrubland.

The marine and underwater conditions for anchoring boats are only good in Cala es Grau if the draught is less than 3,5 metres. In the southern area there is a rocky platform, at 60 metres from the coast there is a depth of 1,5 metres. S'Illa d'en Colom and the strait between this and Menorca can only be navigated with small boats and if you want to pass it you have to do it at four hectometres to avoid the flagstone des Cap de Mestral.

Information about this beach may change. To confirm the data or consult changes or new features, please contact the municipal tourism office below:
Tourist Information - Menorca

  • Rescue service
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Water sports area
Municipality information Maó

The municipality of Maó is situated in the south-eastern area of Menorca, and the municipalities of Sant Climent and Llucmaçanes belong to it.

The first population centres were settled in a small space, surrounded by the cliffs of Port de Maó (a spectacular and beautiful sea inlet which is more than three miles deep and one of the most important ports of the Mediterranean Sea) and the canyons of Baixamar, Freginal and Clota.

The Greek, Phoenicians, Carthaginians and the Romans used the port for commerce and searched the skill of the honderos for their troops.

The history of the actual Maó begins after the conquest of Menorca to the Muslims by the Christian king Alfons III in 1287, when a new fortress was begun (Castell Sant Felip, walls, defence tower) and the construction of Església de Santa Maria.

During the Middle Ages, the town was closed in the several walled areas, although in the centuries after it grew behind these walls, as can be seen from the current aspect.

The 18th century is characterized by the British domination (administrative and commercial capital of Menorca) and also the French one (creation and worldwide spreading of the mayonnaise). During the 19th century it returned to the Spanish crown (1802, Treaty of Amiens). In the last third of the 20th century the touristy activity starts and the industries of jewellery and mahones cheese production get stronger.

The cultural variety includes Albufera des Grau, Far de Favàritx, el Llatzeret, la Mola, Trepucó, Camí de Torrelló, Illa del Rei.
The municipality has 10 beaches.
Main technical data
  • Length of the beach: 
    590 meters
  • Type of access: 
    For pedestrians
    For vehicles
    For boats
  • Average width: 
    35 meters
  • Access for disabled people: 
    Yes
    No
  • Degree of occupancy: 
    High
    Medium
    Low
  • Anchoring zone: 
    Yes
    No
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