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Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta, yet another beautiful bay, simply spectacular!

The coves of Macarella and Macarelleta are probably considered the most famous unspoilt beaches in the south of Menorca. This could be the most negative part as during the summer they are very crowded.

Both beaches are the most photographed and used as advertising. The exception to all the other unspoilt beaches of Menorca is the existence of a historic beach bar, which has been there for many years.

Coves of fine white sand, crystal clear waters (especially in winter) are very similar to all the coves in the south of the island, with a beautiful pine forest that reaches the beach itself and provides good shade in many cases, it is not necessary to stock up on food and drink to spend a summer day there (this can be found in the chiringuito).
About 20 minutes by car or an hour by bicycle from Ciutadella, currently, due to the overcrowding that occurs in high season, the local authorities have decided to restrict access and limit it to a bus service that leaves from the Plaza des Pins located in the historic centre of the city.

This transport service is usually in operation from the 1st of June until the end of September, a service that I suppose will be extended in time due to the continuous demand to reach this beach. When we talk about Macarella, we must always include Macarelleta, as its access is from Macarella itself, to the right in the lower part of the cliff we find a path that runs below the pre-historic caves (currently walled up thanks to human pressure) and which will take about 5/10 minutes to reach.

The other way to reach these coves (not recommended in the middle of summer because it is a long walk and because of the heat) is by the Camí de Cavalls. From Cala Galdana it takes about 30/35 minutes to reach Macarella, along a clear and well-maintained path, from which, if we approach the cliff, we have beautiful views of the open sea and the small Macarelleta. On the other hand, from the west, we can leave from the car park of the beaches of Son Saura (es Banyul and Bellavista), passing through es Talaier and Cala'n Turqueta (beaches that we will talk about in the next blogs) or also from the car park of Cala'n Turqueta (which is rather difficult to find a parking space due to its small size). This route is much heavier and longer, it can take well over an hour to get to Macarelleta. This route is recommended until May.

Coves (especially Macarella) very suitable to go with children because of its shallow depth and easy access, but it is a place to take into account because of its overcrowding. In this blog about these coves, we are not going to go into too much detail, not because we don't like them as beaches, but because our aim is to avoid our clients and friends being disappointed to see that so much overcrowding can even make it uncomfortable to spend a nice day at the beach.

If you decide to visit these coves and come to Ca s'Arader, we will of course be happy to show you how to get to them, although we will always be aware of the situation.

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Ca s’Arader is named after Menorca’s artisan carpenters that used the wood from the indigenous wild olive tree to make all kinds of farming tools. In the olden days it was an essential role for the islands economy that was passed on from fathers to sons. Today, the few artisan carpenters or araders that are left, mostly make gates, tables, benches or stalls amongst other items.