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Platja de Santandria
Cala Santandria
Ciutadella
Vigilance medium
Access disabled people
Type of beach sand
Platja de Santandria also known as Cala Santandria

Platja de Santandria or Cala Santandria is situated at four kilometres from Ciutadella, located between Caleta d'en Gorries and Cala Blanca, as well as next to the village with the same name. There are some prehistoric caves in the surroundings.

A legend tells that the name is given by a Christian prisoner. He was wound after the christening of the daughter of a Moor captain, he called this coastal corner Sancte Andrea. This sea inlet (which is two hectometres large at the entrance and seven hectometres long, and at 3,5 nautical miles there is Cap –“cape”- d'Artrutx) is characterized by being not very big, it is very crowded by local visitors and tourists, the beach is sandy and exposed to the winds from the west-northwest, a gentle breeze, quiet and clean water, the slope is gentle and with no barriers. The marine and underwater conditions for anchoring boats are good. This sea inlet is not sheltered from the winds from the west, but from the rest, the ground is sandy, there are no dangerous sandbanks and you can anchor near the coast. The southern coast of Menorca is very irregular, and in the sea inlet and the headlands you can find a big variety of underwater fauna and flora, so that there are also lots of fishing boats around.
The accessibility by car is easy following the signs and the deviations. The private car can be left on a free parking area in the surroundings. You can also reach this beach with the public transport.
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.
This beach has received the 14001 environmental certification.
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
General information on the island:
Tourist Information - Menorca

  • Ramp for disabled
  • Phones
  • Showers
  • Toilet
  • Anchorage
  • Rescue service
  • Litter bin
  • Restaurant
  • Water sports area
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: 
    110 meters
  • Type of access: 
    For pedestrians
    For vehicles
    For boats
  • Average width: 
    25 meters
  • Access for disabled people: 
    Yes
    No
  • Degree of occupancy: 
    High
    Medium
    Low
  • Anchoring zone: 
    Yes
    No
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