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S'Algar Menorca

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Welcome To Our Guide To S'Algar

The secluded resort of S'Algar and its nearest neighbour Punta Prima are both part of the municipal district of Sant Lluís, on the extreme south east corner of Menorca.

At a little over 10km, or 6 miles, the transfer into the resort from the international Aeropuerto de Menorca is possibly one of the shortest on the island, and should usually take no more than 15 minutes from the time you leave the airport grounds.

However, from first hand experience I can testify that despite the relatively short distance, it is very easy to miss a turning and very quickly end up driving around the southern residential suburbs of Mahon.

If however, you are one of those brave souls who prefer to hire a car at the airport and make your own way into the resort, one thing that you should also be aware of, 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 before setting out!

As with the other resorts on the island, we have put together the basic route for this journey, complete with links to maps where appropriate, and this is available from the Route Map link on the left hand frame of this page.

For the growing number of independent travellers who don't have the option of a tour operators coach transfer into resort, and for whatever reason choose not to drive, there's always a large number of taxis available outside the arrivals hall. Although in theory at least, these taxi all operate on a fixed price basis, the total cost of the journey is known to vary slightly, however as a very rough guide the transfer to S'Algar should cost around 25€ 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 will have to sit on their parent's knees 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 are in the resort, and have settled in to your accommodation, moving around the town, or back into Mahon for shopping and sightseeing, is then fairly easy by public transport.

During the summer months there's usually around 6 buses a day running into the capital, and the 20 minute trip costs just over 1€ each way. For the more adventurous, connections are then available to the rest of the island.

On a number of occasions throughout the year, visitors to Menorca ask us for details of bus timetables, however bitter experience has shown us that the term "timetable" is sometimes too generous a term to best describe the time the buses actually run, although these are published each year on the bus stop in town, and on the Transportes Menorca sa web site, however, in all cases clearly no responsibility can be accepted as to either the content or accuracy of information provided on these links.

S'Algar is a small purpose built resort that consists of little more than a couple of fairly large hotels, a handful of self catering apartments, and a somewhat larger number of privately owned villas and holiday homes, which even by Menorcan standards can only be described as being quiet.

However, where the resort has made a name for itself is for its sports facilities, which are widely regarded as being possibly the best on the island.

Quite unusual for a family holiday destination, S'Algar actually lacks a proper beach. The nearest thing here is a narrow strip of imported sand in front of the Hotel S'Algar, other than that it's a 15 minute stroll to the cove at Cala Alcaufar, and although very picturesque, it has to be said that this is not one of the best beaches on Menorca.

Cala Alcaufar is really a long narrow inlet, around which there are a number of traditional fishermen's cottages, and more recently a handful of luxury villas. However, in all fairness it is an ideal place if you have small children as they can play quite safely.

Other than a couple of small supermarkets selling the everyday basics of life, there are surprisingly few shops in S'Algar, with most visitors appearing to prefer to make the short trip into either nearby Sant Lluís, or for designer label shopping into the capital Mahon.

S'Algar is always spotlessly clean, and there seems to be an army of gardeners and cleaners who maintain the resort on an almost daily basis. Although Menorca is certainly not the crime capital of Europe, with the resort being so small, it does give you a feeling a "safety" and isolation from the rest of the world.

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