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Platja de ses Fontanelles
Cala Fontanelles
Ciutadella
Type of beach sand
Platja de ses Fontanelles also known as Cala Fontanelles

Cala Fontanelles (it is a shelter) or Cala Fontanelles is situated at 11 kilometres from Ciutadella, located between Punta de s'Après or Blanca and de ses Fontanelles. From the coast you can see Escull de ses Vinyoles.

This isolated sea inlet belongs to the bay with the same name, surrounded by the Punta Roja and de Fra Bernat. This bay includes also Cala Algaiarens (beaches es Bot and es Tancats), Codolar de Biniatram and Cova d'en Guàrdia. The marine and underwater conditions for anchoring boats are good because it is a good shelter from the strength of the sea on the menorcan north coast.

This virgin sea inlet is characterized by being u-shaped, it has a small size, the beach has pebbles and sand, it is exposed to the winds from the northwest-north-northeast, a gentle breeze, the water is calm, the slope is gentle, it is not very crowded by local visitors and it is surrounded by vegetation.

This coastal area belongs to the impressive mountainous landscape of la Vall (3125 hectares), including la Falconera (207 metres high hill), thick pine trees, scrubland, agricultural land, lakes, system of dunes, spectacular cliffs and virgin beaches.
This coastal stretch and the interior of Tramuntana de Menorca belongs to the Zona de Especial Protección para las Aves by the European Union and Àrea Natural d'Especial Interès by the Parlament de les Illes Balears.

The accessibility by car is easy following the signs until Cala Algaiarens. The last part has to be done on foot on a trail.
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

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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: 
    60 meters
  • Type of access: 
    For pedestrians
    For vehicles
    For boats
  • Average width: 
    12 meters
  • Access for disabled people: 
    Yes
    No
  • Degree of occupancy: 
    High
    Medium
    Low
  • Anchoring zone: 
    Yes
    No
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