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Platja d'es Banyuls
Ciutadella
Type of beach sand
Platja d'es Banyuls

Platja d'es Banyuls or Platja de Ponent de l'Arenal de Son Maura is situated at 11 kilometres from Ciutadella, located between Punta de sa Barraqueta and Arenal de Son Saura, as well as below the Talaia d'Artrutx (62 metres high and at three and a half hectometres from the Mediterranean Sea).

This coastal corner is the result of a sea inlet which is the origin of two beaches, one toward west, Platja d'es Banyuls, the other toward east, Arenal de Son Maura. Both beaches are separated from each other by a rocky headland.

This isolated and virgin coastal stretch is characterized by the quite big size, a beach with fine-grained white sand, it is exposed to the winds from the southeast-south-southwest-west, a gentle breeze, the water is quiet, it has a sandy ground with seaweed, with more seaweed than in the adjacent beach, the slope is gentle and it is not very crowded by local visitors and tourists.

The marine and underwater conditions for anchoring boats are not safe because the bay is very open to the sea.

The accessibility by car is easy following the signs and the deviations at the end of the route. It is easy to get lost on the narrow rural tracks that lead to this beautiful sandy area. The private car can be left on a free parking area in the surroundings of Platja d'es Banyuls.

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 municipal tourism office below:
Tourist Information - Ciutadella
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Tourist Information - Menorca

Municipality information Ciutadella

The municipality of Ciutadella de Menorca is situated at the westernmost end of this island, and it is very important for its population, for the picturesque port and for being the bishop see. The name is given by the Christian king Alfons III d'Aragó with the conquest of Menorca. Ciutadella comes from the Latin word civitatella, from the diminutive of civitas. The former inhabitants used to call it Jamma, Iamo, Iamona, Municipium Flavium Iamontarum or medina Minurka. The organizer of the most important aspects of the menorcan life was king Jaume II de Mallorca. In 1301 he started to establish a defence system (cavalry) and parish (union) or the money. The 16th and 17th centuries were characterized by the violent Turkish pirate attacks. It used to be the capital until the English occupation (1708) which moved to Maó in 1722. The 19th century was a demographic, economic and cultural wake up, whereas since the 20th century until nowadays, the tourism is leading the economy, although the traditional handcraft of shoes and jewellery are still important.

Its cultural variety includes the festival of the patron saint, Sant Joan (on the 23rd and 24th o June), internationally known for the show with the riders and horses, and you should visit the old town, with narrow streets and particular buildings that preserve the presence of different civilizations that populated Ciutadella, the prehistoric vestiges, as well as the defence tower and other interesting places.
The municipality has 24 beaches.
Main technical data
  • Length of the beach: 
    200 meters
  • Type of access: 
    For pedestrians
    For vehicles
    For boats
  • Average width: 
    40 meters
  • Access for disabled people: 
    Yes
    No
  • Degree of occupancy: 
    High
    Medium
    Low
  • Anchoring zone: 
    Yes
    No
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