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Cala des Degollador
Ciutadella
Vigilance low
Type of beach sand
Cala des Degollador

Cala des Degollador or sa Platja Gran belongs to the urban coast of Ciutadella, at a 10 minutes walk from the square del Ajuntament, located between Port de Ciutadella (the second most important port in Menorca, after the infrastructure of Port de Maó) and Punta des Gegant, as well as surrounded by Castell de Sant Nicolau and the village of Son Oleo, and the town of Ciutadella, some metres south, as background. This sea inlet is characterized by its length (half a kilometre toward the interior), and by being very narrow, as well as by being quite small. The beach is sandy, it has a sea promenade, it is exposed to the winds from the southwest-west, a gentle breeze, calm water, a gentle slope and it is not too crowded by local visitors and tourists (families). The marine and underwater conditions for anchoring boats are good. The entrance of this sea inlet is between 50 and 80 metres large and it has a sandy ground, located at about seven metres of depth, which gets lower until the coast. In the central area there is the small island of Illot de sa Galera (30 metres long and 10 metres large). On the right side there is a small inlet, with some sandy metres, known as sa Platja Petita.

The accessibility by car is easy following the signs. The private car can be left on a free parking area in the surroundings. You can also reach this beach from the plaza Europa of Ciutadella, which is a wonderful walk though the streets.

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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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: 
    30 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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