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Cales Coves
Calescoves
Alaior
Type of beach gravel
Cales Coves also known as Calescoves

Cales Coves, Calescoves or Calacoves
is situated at 10 kilometres from Alaior, located between morros de Ponent and de Llevant, as well as next to the villages Cala en Porter and Son Vitamina, and to the village Lloc Nou. A sinuous sea inlet has formed these two spectacular bays, which are isolated, virgin, quiet and quite small as well, one has an orientation toward northeast and the other one toward northwest. This coastal corner is characterized by being located between high and steep vertical cliffs, which were used by the first inhabitants of Menorca as necropolis (9th-7th century BC), as you can see in the 90 excavated coves in these rocks, which gave the name to this place. Another characteristic of this beach is the rocky surface and the low influx of visitors, because it is quite narrow and therefore uncomfortable.

The marine and underwater conditions for anchoring boats are excellent, and it is one of the best shelters in the summer for the boats that navigate around the south coast of Menorca, if there is no wind blowing from south-southwest. The ground is sandy in the centre and rocky on the sides, deep and clean, although there is not much place. If the navigator wants to anchor, he is recommended to do so in the north-eastern cove.

The accessibility by car is easy following the signs and the deviations. The last part has to be done on a track in bad conditions. The private car can be left on a free parking area in the surroundings.
When the beach has a lifeguard service, you must follow the lifeguards? instructions and the warnings on flags. A red flag indicates dangerous swimming conditions and means that swimming is not permitted. A yellow flag indicates that precaution must be taken, but that swimming is permitted. A green flag indicates that swimming is permitted. An orange flag is used to indicate that the lifeguard is absent. Act cautiously when no lifeguard is present or the service is not available and enjoy the beach without taking any unnecessary risks.

For health and safety reasons, the municipal ordinances ban pets on beaches.

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

Municipality information Alaior

The municipality of Alaior (107,20 square kilometres in area) is situated in the south of Menorca, and it is the third population by historic tradition, demographic importance (about 8.000 people) and economic volume.

King Jaime II of Mallorca ordered to buy the alquería Ihalor in 1304, which gave the name of preroman origin, for the Real Heritage, and this was the date of the foundation of the town.

The municipality has an industrial and service society. It is an important menorcan shoe centre and it is also very popular for the milk products (traditional cheese), with the cooperative Coinga. There are also still some industry and handcraft of the metallurgic sector (hinge), furniture, marès quarries and implement masters (a carpenter who makes the wooden accessories for farming).

Nevertheless, the touristy activity is now leading the economy of Alaior, although it has only access to the sea on the southern stretch, where you can find the beaches of Son Bou, the longest sandy area of the whole coastline of this island. This coastal stretch is very important for the touristy development of the area.

Its cultural variety includes Taula de Torralba d'en Salort, Calescoves (necropolis), sa Torre d'en Gaumés and so Na Cassana (prehistoric settlements), Son Bou (paleochristian basilica), Església de Santa Eulàlia (built on a hill around which this village developed, Patí de sa Lluna (Església de Sant Diego), Cases Consistorials, Can Salort or s’Ull de Sol.
The municipality has 5 beaches.
Main technical data
  • Length of the beach: 
    50 meters
  • Type of access: 
    For pedestrians
    For vehicles
    For boats
  • Average width: 
    30 meters
  • Access for disabled people: 
    Yes
    No
  • Degree of occupancy: 
    High
    Medium
    Low
  • Anchoring zone: 
    Yes
    No
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