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Sa Mesquida
Maó
Vigilance medium
Type of beach sand
Sa Mesquida

Sa Mesquida is a coastal stretch located next to the coastal village with the same name, situated at 6,5 kilometres from Maó, and it includes Cala Mesquida (rocky area) and Arenal de sa Mesquida (a beach which is normally frequented by the residents of Maó), separated by Punta de sa Torre.

This shell-shaped quite big sea inlet is located between Punta de sa Creueta and es Pas Gros (“the big pass”; 45 metres above the sea level), and in front of its coast you can see Illots d'en Mesquida.

Arenal de sa Mesquida is characterized by a sandy surface, the orientation is toward southeast, it is surrounded by vegetation, and it has calm crystal clear water with a rocky ground. This coastal area is very popular amongst the divers, especially the small islands located in the west of the cove. The area between sa Mesquida and s'Esperó has a depth that ranges between 21 and 43 metres.

The marine and underwater conditions for anchoring boats are not good. In the east of sa Punta de sa Creueta there are several dangerous sandbanks and a strait. You can only navigate here with small boats.

In 1781 the Hispanic French troops disembarked in sa Mesquida to conquer Menorca. This attack failed and the island continued in British hands, who built a defence tower (Punta de sa Torre) in this place. In total they built 11 towers in Menorca between 1798 and 1802.
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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: 
    300 meters
  • Type of access: 
    For pedestrians
    For vehicles
    For boats
  • Average width: 
    50 meters
  • Access for disabled people: 
    Yes
    No
  • Degree of occupancy: 
    High
    Medium
    Low
  • Anchoring zone: 
    Yes
    No

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