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“We love Menorca...
...and will be back again. We explored the island each day. Es Grau was a little haven and definitely on our list for another stay, and Fornells was great for excellent seafood meals.”
Mr Hawkes, Twickenham

We say... “Every time I visit Menorca, I fall in love with the island a little bit more. The gentleness and the peace I find there is balm to my soul. It's a family-friendly island, with lovely clean sandy beaches and clear blue waters. Its rich and diverse history and the strength of its conservation programme appeal to the historian and the eco-warrior in me.”
Deborah Sayer
Area specialist for Menorca


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Menorca Area Information
Welcoming, peaceful and serene, Menorca is an island of unique charm and beauty. Over the centuries, diverse cultural influences have bestowed on the island a distinctive character, evident in its landscape today.

Ancient dry stone walls criss cross fields of green, mysterious stone monuments and burial mounds arouse curiosity, farmhouses with graceful whitewashed arches are glimpsed amongst copses of pine and oak, whilst deep wooded ravines run to white sand bays and onwards into a translucent turquoise sea.

To their immense credit the Menorquins have taken great steps to protect their environment. As a result, the island's mainly natural coastline still offers a remarkable number of virgin fine sand coves to explore. Inland the pace of life is gentle with its feet firmly planted in the past and where time slips by unhurriedly in small towns and villages.

The capital Maó, to the south, rises in a maze of pastel hued houses and intimate squares above a stunning natural harbour. To the north lies some of the loveliest rural scenery, such as the local beauty spot of Ermita de Fátima, whose tiny chapel is popular for weddings.

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The picturesque fishing village of Fornells offers the hungry traveller a choice of superb quayside restaurants whilst its sweeping bay is an ideal spot for windsurfers. Further on, the wetlands and nature reserve of S'Albufera teem with birdlife whilst coastal Son Parc offers a golf course and a curved semi rural beach, which is ideal for families.

The countryside between Alaior and the north-eastern coast is ideal walking territory with its backdrop of evergreen carob, olive and fig trees. Look up and you may see birds of prey soaring on warm thermal currents.

The highest point and geographic centre of the island is Monte Toro (358m) with its magnificent 16th Century monastery perched at its pinnacle offering far reaching views of the entire coastline. Sheltering beneath Monte Toro is Es Mercadal, a pretty whitewashed market town of vaulted alleyways, famed for its gastronomy.

At Ferreries, centre of the footwear and jewellery industries, a handicrafts market can be found in the heart of its 14th Century centre, whilst further south the spectacular gorge of Trebaluger meets the sea at an unspoilt 'cala' (cove).

A must see highlight to the western side of the island is the lovely old port of Ciutadella with its sloping fortress wall and ancient fishermen's houses. Spend a day meandering its labyrinthine cobbled streets, feast on a terrace at one of its many fine restaurants,wander stepped alleyways, stately squares and crooked passageways lit by old gas lamps, or simply while away the day at one of its pavement cafés.

Beyond Ciutadella lie a variety of delightful rural coves including CalaMorell, a sensitively developed local beauty spot with dramatic high cliffs forming a sheltered bay for anchored yachts.

Cuisine

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Menorca is famous for the quality and variety of seafood served in its many fine restaurants. Apart from the famous 'calderetas' and Maó cheese, you might wish to try stuffed squid or 'perol' of baked cuttlefish.

'Cabrito' (goat), 'cordero' (lamb) and 'conejo' (rabbit) are all widely available as well as delicious local dishes such as partridge with cabbage or 'arros de la tierra' a simple meal based on ground maize, yams and tomatoes.

Gin, a legacy of the British occupation, is still produced on the island and is often served mixed with lemon squash as a 'pomada'.

Fiestas

Ciutadella: the town comes alive during the celebration of the fiesta of Sant Joan in June. This remarkable medieval spectacle is without doubt one of themost colourful and exuberant celebrations to be held anywhere in Spain. Horses and their riders pack the town streets and squares to joust, parade and perform their traditional 'cargols' or turns.

Maó: the centuries old tradition of horse racing in the street is a spectacular sight that has recently been revived for the town's annual fiesta held in early September.

Alaior: the mid August fiesta of Sant Lorenzo, when horsemen take to the streets, is the highlight of the summer.

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Climate

Like all the Balearic Islands, Menorca enjoys a Mediterranean, maritime climate which is normally mild with hot summers, tempered by pleasant breezes. In spite of its small size, the climate in the centre of the island is more extreme than that along the coast.

Getting there

A good choice of charter flights from most regional airports makes Maó an easily accessible destination. Monarch Airlines operate scheduled services from Luton,Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester. Alternatively, 'no frills' airlines add to the options: easyJet fly from Bristol, Gatwick, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle whilst Jet 2 offer services from Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Belfast.

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Tranquil and unspoilt, Menorca has secluded sandy coves lapped by sparkling blue seas and an interior of fields criss-crossed with traditional stone walls. Our villas in Menorca are all in areas of natural beauty and local character. Choose a restored farmhouse in the countryside, or rent a property near a beach around Ciutadella or the capital, Mahon. All our villas in Menorca have private pools, making them ideal for a family holiday.

World Heritage Nomination
The Spanish state will present a selection of archaeological sites representative of Talayotic Menorca to the World Heritage Committee as a candidate site for the World Heritage List, and therefore to be considered a World Heritage site. This is an archaeological complex of exceptional universal value due to its cyclopean technique, authenticity, exclusiveness, originality and uniqueness, its chronological time frame and the fact that it is an exclusive witness to a lost prehistoric Mediterranean island society. In spite of having more than 4,000 years of history behind them, most talayotic monuments have come down to the present in a magnificent state of preservation. The continued use of these prehistoric constructions, in some cases up to the early nineteenth century, as well as their impressive nature, account for this exceptional state of repair. The density of archaeological sites in Menorca is also unusual, as is their unique integration into the landscape. The island, with a surface of only 700 Km2, has 1,574 archaeological sites, 1,401 of which are catalogued as Sites of Cultural Interest (BIC). In other words, Menorca has two monuments per square kilometre. By Tracey Boocock,
Tracey via Menorca Talaiótica
26/08/2015

Live Music in Mao
Every Tuesday evening, until the 26th of August, local groups and bands perform in various spots throughout the centre of Mao. The groups change each week and there is always a great variety of different musical styles on offer, from traditional Menorcan music to jazz and rock, and even opera. Concerts start at 9.30pm and go on until 11.30pm. The shops and bars are open too, so you can enjoy a drink and a tapa on one of the squares, or browse the shops whilst listening to music of your choice. By Tracey Boocock,
Menorca Representative
14/07/2014

Ancient Menorca
Menorca is commonly known as an open-air museum as it is dotted with prehistoric sites, all easily visited. From the necropolis at Cala Morell to the Talati del Dalt, where it is still possible to walk into a dwelling once inhabited over 2000 years ago, believed to be the oldest roofed building in Europe. The Torre d'en Galmes prehistoric settlement is one of the largest and best conserved archaeological sites in the Balearics. Dating to around 1400 BC, the site was mainly occupied until the Roman Conquest. It consists of public areas with features unique to Menorca such as ‘talayots’ and the ‘taula’ enclosure, a hypostyle hall, dwellings and a rainwater collection and filtration system. Come and see for yourself! By Lauraine Pearl,
from Tracey, our Menorca representative
08/03/2013

Fiestas in Menorca
From events at the Teatro Principal, the oldest opera house in Europe, to summer music festivals, there are many festivities and entertainments across the island. But the most important are the summer fiestas, virtually one a week between the end of June and the middle of September, and celebrated in Menorca like nowhere else. Although the festivals are religious in origin, they are entwined with local customs and culture; there are dances, concerts, fairground rides, competitions, fireworks and people drinking pomada (gin and lemon) on the streets.

Horses are held in great esteem in Menorcan culture; the island has its own breed, and it is a central focus in fiestas. The main part of the fiesta is the 'jaleo' where beautifully decorated Menorcan horses, and riders dressed in tailcoats, parade through the streets to the main square. They show off their equestrian skills, while the crowd go wild and try to touch the horses' breastplates. Come and experience the amazing atmosphere for yourself! By Lauraine Pearl,
from Tracey, our Menorca representative
08/03/2013