San Luis (Sant Lluís), Menorca, is a picturesque town with whitewashed houses and narrow streets in the southeast corner of this beautiful Mediterranean island. The town was founded by the French in the 18th century during their brief occupation of Menorca, and named after King Louis IX. It was built around the neoclassical church, which still bears the king's name, and where during the heat of the day the locals enjoy the cool shade in its charming garden.
As you approach San Luis you will see the old windmill Molí de Dalt which has been fully restored and is now a Folklore Museum open to the public. San Luis is a very traditional old town and the houses have changed little since the 18th century with their simple façades, so typical of the Menorcan architecture of this period. The main street has a good range of shops selling quality local produce including meat, fish and freshly made bread and pastries. In addition a lively weekly market is held in the main square. The numerous bars and restaurants in this bustling town serve a variety of good food at local prices, including some delicious tapas.
Close to San Luis are the hamlets of Pou Nou, Suestra (S'Ullastrar) and Torret, with their pretty whitewashed houses, views over open countryside and excellent restaurants. Suestra’s wonderful supermarket, Sa Botiga, is particularly popular with ‘foodies’ who appreciate the range of quality groceries including the owner’s homemade sausages!
San Luis is ideally situated for access to the whole of the east coast. It is less than 5 minutes by car to the resorts of Binibeca (Binibequer), Alcaufar, Punta Prima and S’Algar with their soft sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. It’s also easy to explore the pretty countryside around San Luis on foot or by bike thanks to the network of quiet paths that criss-cross the area.