Area Alcaufar and Salgar
It is a small beach near the village of Alcaufar, where residents mostly silting, inhabit their summer houses, a hotel, not very big at the foot of the same small beach of fine sand, is the Hotel Xoroy, the first establishment hotel beach in Menorca.
Cala Alaufar, has undercurrents of water from the ravine that when colder produce strange sensations to detect sudden changes in temperature during the bath.
Its main attraction are the small houses of residents, and the booths of fishermen on the coast of Cala Alcaufar, with their groins, which like Channel or rails lead till the gangway of the booths where in winter shelter the boats of fishermen .
At the mouth of Cala Alcaufar there is a tower of defense, which you can visit with a tour of walking distance, and no difficulty, so it is appropriate to make a walking tour with the whole family.
There is a defense tower, visible from anywhere in Alcaufar, and even more far as S'Algar, is a more of these towers bunker built to defend the island and prevent landings, with a short walk can visit and view the islets the entry of the creek and some caves in the face of the cliff leading to the open sea.
You can also go walking along the coast in the opposite direction to the tower to reach S'Algar very close, this urbanization, has an impressive cliff, more or less straight from nearly a km. With a view to La Mola Mao, the most important military base in Menorca, situated at the entrance to the Puerto de Maó, and the Tower of Alcaufar and the lighthouse on the Island Air, off the beach at Punta Prima
It is a holiday village and residential, which grew based on hard work and some of the biggest promoters of tourism in Menorca The pioneering entrepreneur Gabino Sintes, who with tenacity and great vision do the bulk of development to which today account veteran nationalization.
It currently operates under a family, the beach is, when the sea brings a tiny Calita, a few meters of sand, the sea swallows, at least temporarily over, but that those responsible for urbanization are responsible each year with a larger sandbox artificial, built just behind and filled with sand every year, right at the start of the season and replenished if the waves are wearing, something that happens at the end of the season, year after year.
But bathing areas or to lie down to sunbathe no shortage in S `Algar, both in the area of the pool near the sea, like next to the pier and marina dry, there are some broad areas of platforms and designed to ensure that Tourists and visitors can comfortably sunbathe or swim in the sea, providing the outlets with many stairs, with a large swimming pool if it were.
The platforms are well equipped and bathers to have services typical of a beach, areas of services and wharf area and a dry dock, also has a club for diving and deep-rooted Salgar Divin Club and conducts courses and diving departures of immersion for all ages, providing rental equipment and other aquatic activities lucid, highlighting the paraglider from a powerful boat. Urbanization has a wide range of sports complex, hotels and apartment complexes for all tastes, catering and entertainment, as well as a vehicle imitating a train to travel the urbanization whose service is free.
Tour of S`Alagar:
Seria unforgivable, and not be in S'Algar do a walk through the cliff, both for his height as it straight in that stretch gives it great and spectacular beauty, has a big sidewalk next to a wall of containment for Winter days with time, the view of the Mediterranean sea, sitting on walls ete dwarfs the soul and gives a sense of peace that although the mind and body.
If the sea is agitated much, Porco very likely in the summer, has a "Bufadora", and the water comes up handing jumps across the road and even chalets and in more than one occasion out of the sea large stones to leave them in sight.
Also, we can make a exursion, walking along the coastline from S'Alar till Cala Alcaufar and visit the beach and the tower defense S'Algar, along the beach can visit the area around the tower defense, and appreciate the great caves of the cliff.
Another walk, this slightly longer, and with a bit of difficulty is it is closer to a distant cove Rafalet about 30 minutes of walking, if ba walk from S'Algar or from Alcaufar 'Way Rafaelet, but is recommended start the trail, taking it just stuck to the parking of vehicles in front of the tourist complex "Las Palmeras apartments at the end of` S Algar and just where you start your tour of the cliff on this site, there are some stone steps on their own "wall Dry "(typical walls silting) spent on the other side of the wall and take the path
You can also go by car up the road Rafaelet and then walk the last loan, for which we must take the road out of urbanization going on the roundabout at the entrance of `S Algar the first dirt road on the right, some 800 meters and we must stop our vehicle.
Cala Rafalet :
It is a cove with a tiny beach that is not always retains sand, curious as to say that you can see an image of a face on the side of the cliff, watching the sea from the beach itself.
Uncommon, is a very placid place to rest, with a lush forest that reaches the edge of the water, the creek that has a slightly curved sharply narrows the end and the walls are high, is located near one of the few eucalypt forests of the island. This area is very interesting for tours through high cliffs overlooking the coast of S'Algar, Illa Air, off Punta Prima or the military fortress of La Mola in the mouth of entry to the post of Mao
Access: From the people going through M8 Mao Sant Lluís, at the exit from the roundabout, take the path to the left to Alcaufar / S'Algar, next to the cemetery and not leave the track, was passed by two detours to the right we should ignore them, the road ends in Alcaufar and a half Km. just before the last curve to the left that we will see the entry marked the entrance to S'Algar and Cala Rafalet
Now only remains for a 1 Km Salgar
Alcaufar to continue along the path, instead of going to S 'Algar since that ends in Alcaufar, be vigilant because only 600 meters next to a hermitage we will see a sign indicating the descent to the beach and the hotel and just Xoroy 200 meters left, the parking is on the right behind the hotel.
If we spend we will go to the area to more commercial Alcaufar and we can go back through the main street of the population
Cala Rafaelet for the best is going to S `Alagoas and just get to urbanization, there is a roundabout, we all turned around and returned on the same path of S'Algar and two hundred meters on the right, there is a dirt road, takes longer than 1 Km must stop the car,
near the creek, where until just a few chains impede the passage, must walk 5 minutes for a road that runs through the woods.
Another possibility is to go to the urbanization of S `Alagoas and consult a map or ask for help travel across flagpole for the final urbanization, to leave the car in the area of Las Palmeras Apartments, just behind is a trail that leads to cala Rafaelet
Map of Salgar and Cala Alcaufar
Line of blue arrows, road Alcaufar leads to the public on the beach and the Hotel Xoroy
The line of red arrows indicate the road that leads to the urbanization of S'Alagar, San Luis Hotel, Las Palmeras Apartments, Apartments Los Naranjos, Vista Apartments lighthouse, and the Hotel Apartments Rafalet S'Algar
Points and paths that are described below are indicated on the map that shows the sting on this screen
1 -) Alcaufar Creek Road
2 -) point of junction of the road, straight to Cala Alcaufar, left to the urbanization of S'Algar
3 -) Rotonda just at the entrance to the urbanization of `S Algar (Salgar) on the left straight to the Hotel San Luis, straight to the area of the cliff and the Area villas and chalets tour singles. right at the Hotel `S Algar, the center of Diving," Diving Center pier and the shopping center, (See footnote on page)
4 -) Parking next to the Diving Center and the side of the Hotel Salgar, in summer, the road ends here, to the mall to walk.
5 -) San Luis Hotel, next to the sports area of urbanization `S Algar
6 -) `S Algar Hotel at 50 meters from the sea along the coast, has a restaurant with a pool on the same coast, and where do the dives of the students practice diving.
7 -) Parking in front of the apartment complex tour "Las Palmeras" and one of the entrances to the trail for walking Cala Rafalet
8 -) Just past the point at 7 and till 9 with a distance of about 800 meters cliff, the view is spectacular.
9 -) The route of the street next to the cliff face opposite directions has throughout his exemption has been marked in yellow route to be followed to travel across the urbanization
10 -) Area oldest of the urbanization of `S Algar, known as" The Village "is the mall and in front of the Dry-Dock and Marina S` Algar, Salgar has no beach, but some large platforms allow sunbathe and the bathroom.
11 -) Apartments' view Faro "If you are staying here is the access road that leads to Point 9, from the cliff and apartments, of course, if you look south, is the Faro de la Isla del Aire, compared to the beach and the village of Punta Prima
12 -) Apartments Rafalet
13 -) apartments "Los Naranjos"
14 -) parking area in front of the Hotel San Luis and near the area of sports Salgar
15 -) Just at the end of the pool area of the hotel `S Algar and Scuba diving is born the coastal footpath that leads to the town of Cala Alcaufar about 15 minutes.
16 -) Rafalet Cala, the excursion to the small and very small cove with a road that passes through a strange dark woods at the bottom of the ravine by Mr. Shockey, it is also advisable to take the path that climbs the north face of the cliff and watch from The S opposite the Cliff `Algar
17 -) road that leads to Cala Rafaelet drive, but about 6 meters this cut with some strings and must continue to walk till the small and curious Cala Rafaelet
18 -) point down to the beach Alcaufar, right at this point that the "Chapel of Alcaufar"
19 -) At this point you can go to a parking area for vehicles to the right and down to the beach or to continue the trip to the tower Alcaufar passing through the bridge that saves from Alcaufar the gorge just above the beach
20 -) Beach Alcaufar, something small but suitable for swimming and sunbathing, has all the services, the Hotel Xoroy, this close to the same beach
21 -) Central Area main entry and exit of people, stop taxis and buses Alcaufar.
Roads, circuit by car.
Items marked with arrows limes BLUE is the path to Cala Alcaufar
Items marked with red arrows of limes is the path to urbanization Salgar
Trails, paths, walking
Three sites recommended as hiking, and marked by green arrows of limes
I) A Tower Alcaufar, starting from the beach Alcaufar
II) A Cala Rafaelet, two paths, the path of Rafaelet or on the road next to the apartment Las Palmeras 7 at the end of the urbanization of Salgar
III) circuit along the coast and uniting Alcaufar Salgar or vice versa
22 -) Item panoramic view of the entire Cala Alcaufar and defense tower on the other side of the creek Alcaufar
23 -) Behind the beach Alcaufar, and saving the ravine that leads to the beach one point, closed to the passage of vehicles, since the planned urbanization with this golf course suspended, the pedestrian step on the path enables access to visit the Tower of Alcaufar, recently restored, or take the trail to the beach Binibeca
24 -) point of separation of paths, left to the Tower of Alcaufar, straight, we can walk till the beach and a mile from Binibeca more Binibeca Vell, about thirty (30) minutes of walking
25 -) The location where the tower Alcaufar on the coast and from which we get a great view of the people of Alcaufar and the entire stretch of the coast, both asia Binibeca as Asia `s Algar
To traverse the urbanization of `S Algar takes into account the routes marked with yellow arrows on a map, are the directions of movement of the main streets, and where they should move if you want to appreciate all the sights of Salgar especially seen in all its fullness of the cliff S 'Algar
The hearings, when satellite photographs, usually are oriented so as to the coastline in the longitudinal to the screen, or showing the highest number of points to guide the visitor, it does not always match the approach for the maps, ie the north at the top.
Direct access to the map Alcaufar and the urbanization of `S Algar
Photos: Omar Mauro Banquero