Located on the north shore of the port of Mahón, Cala Llonga is the most exclusive neighbourhood in Menorca. It is home to some of the island’s most spectacular properties. Many international celebrities including Richard Branson, Elton John and Ian Gillian have wonderful properties in this area.
Its splendid views over the port and the city of Mahón, its southwest orientation (guaranteeing sun all day) and its quiet and exclusive atmosphere, are just some of its many attractions. Several pontoons distributed along the coast allow boat owners to enjoy an exceptionally secure mooring, with easy access to the harbour entrance. Spending time while witnessing the daily spectacle of the entrance and exit of recreational boats, fishing boats and small “llauts” or large cruisers, is one of the many relaxing activities that our clients can enjoy from the impressive watchtower provided by the terraces of their holiday villa.
There is much to see and enjoy around Cala Llonga. The beautiful Sa Mesquida Beach is only 6 minutes away by car and is one of the island’s least crowded beaches during summer. Here, you can enjoy its 18th century defence tower, the great Italian ice creams sold by Signore Soldati, and the wonderful restaurants located on the cliffs. Another must-see is the impressive La Mola Fortress. This defensive fortress was built in the 19th century at the entrance to the harbour, giving you incredible views of itself, as well as the Menorcan coastline.
We also recommend that you take a guided tour of the Isla del Rey (also known as Bloody Island for its hospital activities during British rule). This island is located just in front of Cala Llonga. Towards the north, you can visit another very special place; the Predio Sant Antoni, also known as The Golden Farm. Many important figures have come to this property throughout history including Admiral Lord Nelson, who took up residence there in the summer of 1800, while his fleet remained in Mahón’s harbour. There, he enjoyed the impressive views of the harbour, and according to the legend, he may have received visits from his mistress, Lady Hamilton.
Cala Llonga is also a great point from which to explore some of the island’s most beautiful nooks. In the wild north you will be able to explore areas such as Bahía de Fornells, Cala Pregonda, Son Park Golf Club and Cap de Cavallería. In the docile south, you may explore the beautiful beaches and coves on offer at Binibeca, Binisafua, Binidalí, Canutells, etc. All of these areas are less than half an hour away by car.
Amenities in the area
The privacy and exclusivity of this area are reflected in the almost total absence of public amenities: there is one well-stocked supermarket next to a children’s playground, in front of the harbour. You may also have a quick meal or cocktail in the terrace of the HG Cala Llonga apartment complex, from where a daily bus service is provided to central Mahón and the beach. The rental of pontoons or water taxies that connect you in a few minutes with Cala Llonga and the other side of the harbour, or the charming harbour of Cales Fonts with its romantic terraces and excellent restaurants, complete the amenities available.
For everything else, you will need to go to Mahón, with an obligatory stop in a magical place: Casa Venecia. This is a very unique and semi-submerged “Caseta Vorera” which is a traditional Menorcan building, built by the sea, and which forms part of the harbour’s historical heritage. It has recently been restored and converted into an exclusive chill out bar. This is the place to see and be seen, while enjoying a cocktail at sunset.
A STROLL BY MAHÓN
Mahón is the ideal place for those of you who would like to combine the peace and serenity of the island with a bit more atmosphere. It is only 10 minutes away from Cala Llonga by car. This beautiful walled city is full of charm and history. Its harbour, with its vibrant scene, is the longest in the Mediterranean. Its varied and exquisite cuisine is just one of the surprises available here.
Other sights here include: the bustling Costa de Ses Voltes, with its steps descending towards the harbour, the Mercat del Peix with its tapas bars, the Church of Santa Maria, the Claustro del Carme, which has been turned into a lively market and the Convent of Sant Francesc where the exciting Museum of Menorca is located. There is much to visit and many squares and alleys to lose yourself in this charming city. Overlooking the cliff, the viewing points in Maó allow you to see the entire harbour; small English-style guillotine windows provide a peek into its liberal and enlightened past. From here, you may also see decadent neoclassical palaces and traditional markets, which provide a contrast to the yachts that are anchored in front of the Maritime Club.
At night, the harbour teems with activity, which is spread out over dozens of terraces, restaurants, clothes and craft shops as well as exclusive bars and lounges, providing a contrast to the island’s tranquillity.