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Cala Blanca is one of Menorca's newest resort destinations with most of the town only being built in the early 1990's to accommodate an increasing demand for holiday accommodation on the island, and it has to be said this is not my favourite resort.
With the exception of a couple of fair sized hotels, accommodation here is mainly self catering apartments and privately owned villas, and as a generalisation is best suited for those looking for a simple no-frills type holiday.
Although the transfer into resort is only around 50km, it has to be said that the journey across the island is not particularly easy, and may take a lengthy 40 - 50 minutes from the time of leaving the airport grounds before arriving in the town.
The main ME-1 road takes you most of the way, passing the towns of Alaior, es Mercadel and Ferreries enroute, and with the opening of the new RC-2 Ronda Sud Ciutadella southern bypass, it now means that drivers can avoid the centre of Ciutadella completely.
However, a further complication is that in recent years the local Government has re-numbered most of the roads on Menorca, so make sure that you have an up to date map of the island before setting out.
For those visitors on traditional tour operators package holidays, and who have paid for the optional extra resort transfer, this journey will be totally inconsequential, however, for the ever growing numbers of independent travellers, if the prospect of this journey seems a little daunting you should seriously consider making the transfer by taxi, and then possibly hiring a car once in the resort.
During the summer, taxis are always plentiful outside of the arrivals hall of the airport, and although in theory at least, they all operate on a fixed price basis, the total cost of a journey is known to vary slightly, however, as a very rough guide the transfer to Cala Blanca should normally cost around 55€ for a taxi carrying 4 people plus luggage.
It's also worthwhile mentioning that as a rule, taxis do not normally carry child seats, so very small children may have to sit on their parent's knee for the journey. If this is a cause for concern, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you, and clearly specify at the time of booking that a child seat is needed for the journey. Pre-booked taxis are often a little more expensive, although as with all things in life, you only get what you pay for.
Once you have settled in to your accommodation, public transport both around the resort and beyond is surprisingly good for Menorca. For local journeys, a leisurely mini train runs around the resort during the day and well into the early evening, and for journeys further afield the west coast bus service operated by Torres Alles Autocares sa runs north towards Ciutadella, approximately every 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Once in Ciutadella further journeys on the Transportes Menorca sa network can then be made east towards Mahon. The timetables for these routes are published each year on the bus stops throughout the town, and also on their respective web sites, although, in all cases clearly no responsibility can be accepted as to either the content or accuracy of information provided on these external links.
Since the early 1990's the town has continued to grow steadily from a small number of houses around the original beach at Cala Blanca, and now stretches through a confusing one way system, north towards Ciutadella, until it finally merges with the neighbouring resort of Cala Santandria.
The resort has two small beaches, both of which are very clean with fine gently shelving sands that are protected by rocky sides, but be aware that due to the close proximity of Ciutadella, they can become very busy in high season. Both beaches also offer a fair variety of water sports facilities and equipment for hire.
The resort does have a good pedestrianised shopping area in the centre of the town around the Maribel area (see resort map), that offers visitors a good range of souvenir shops, restaurants, and SPAR type supermarkets that also carry many UK branded goods, although in many cases the prices charged may be considerably higher than those you would expect to pay at home.
The underlying principle of consumer choice was once explained to me by a local shopkeeper as "if you don't like the price, you don't have to buy". However, the reality is that unless you have access to your own transport, and are prepared to travel out of the resort, "you do have to buy", a fact of which many of the shopkeepers are only too fully aware of.
As with most resorts in Menorca, evening entertainment here is mainly hotel based, however, the resort does have a lively few music bars and even a disco at nearby Cala Santandria. But don't expect all night foam parties, Menorca just isn't like that.
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