Go back in time
and visit the Torralba d'en Salord prehistoric village which is just a few minutes walk from the villa. See how the first Menorcans lived from 1000BC until the arrival of the Romans, at this well preserved site, which is one of the biggest in Menorca.
Hire a bike
and cycle into Alaior, or to the beach at Cala en Porter. The road by the side of the house is part of the original road that the Romans built to the port in Mahon. These days it is a great route to use to get to the capital by bicycle.
Visit the port in Mahon
and take a trip around the harbour on the glass bottomed boat. This is the second largest natural harbour in the world - Pearl Harbour is the largest. It is steeped in history, especially from the British occupation, and the boat often stops outside the harbour entrance to see the underwater life through the glass bottom.
Cycle, walk or drive to Cales Coves which is a large necropolis and very beautiful. Spend the day exploring the caves, swimming, snorkelling and then find a shaded spot for a picnic before heading back. Calas Covas is completely unspoilt so you will have to take everything with you, so be sure to carry plenty of water.
Relax and enjoy the Menorcan countryside
Menorca is the best place in the world to do nothing but relax. Catch up on your reading or lounge by the pool, chose sun or shade and enjoy the views over the countryside from the pool terrace.
Pop out for an ice cream
The little bar at the Torralba d'en Salord prehistoric village has a great variety.
Definitely not to be missed is a drive to the top of Monte Toro
the highest point of the island, and right in the centre. From the summit you can pick out every town on the island and enjoy beautiful views across the countryside and over to Mallorca. The monastery here is no longer used as such, but the lovely church, tended by nuns, is very special to all Menorcans. Once your photocall is completed make your way to the cafe bar and enjoy the delicious pastissets (traditional shortbread biscuits coated in icing sugar) with a coffee.
Buy Local Dairy Produce
Coinga, on the industrial estate in Alaior, makes delicious cheese from milk collected from the farms in the area. The shop is open to the public and although there are no tours of the factory, its possible to see the cheese being made from the viewing area.
Go to the zoo
The "Lloc de Menorca" is a small, rustic but beautifully presented zoo with a variety of animals and plants to see. There are many places where it is possible to enter the pens and interact with the lemurs, goats, kangaroos and emus. There is also a picnic area, a couple of bars, and for the children, an adventure playground and wet play area (be sure to pack swimsuits and towels for the little ones)
Go shopping for gifts at the night market
Every Wednesday, from mid June to mid September, the streets of Alaior are transformed into a craft market. On offer are all sorts of handcrafted products and the stall holders give demonstrations of how they are made.
Visit a traditional town house in Alaior
and see how the local people lived in the past. The house is on Carrer Ample, number 12 and it is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 1.30pm and from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
Alaior celebrates its main festival in honour of its Patron Saint, San Lorenzo, on the third weekend in August. Over the two days, following Menorcan tradition, the town's streets and squares are filled with horses, music, religious ceremonies, hustle and bustle, merry-making and people. Enjoy the lively atmosphere, enjoy a `pomada` or two, dance in the streets and celebrate along with the locals. If you are sitting on the terrace at night around this time, look out for shooting stars!
Drive to Sant Climent
and enjoy a coffee or a meal in the Casino - this is a bar/restaurant, not a gambling den! If you like jazz, then why not come to the jazz club here on Tuesday night. If you play a musical instrument, bring it along, as visiting musicians are most welcome to join in.
Walk in the footsteps of the Romans
with a visit to the basilica d`es Fornas de Torrello, a small Paleo-Christian church whose nave was paved with a magnificent mosaic that can still be seen today. It dates from the sixth century A.D., when Justinian’s Byzantine army - the Roman emperor of the East who aspired to reconstruct the Roman Empire of the West – had conquered the Balearic Islands. Heading towards the airport from San Climente, take the Torrello road to the left and follow the signposts from there.
Explore the caves at Son Bou
Drive towards Son Bou and take the last turn on the right before you enter the resort. Follow the road round, over the bridge, and park at the end. From here you can follow a variety of paths that meander through the countryside and alongside the caves, some of which appear to be occupied and have walled gardens and front doors. Don`t forget your camera as the views over the beach at Son Bou and the remains of the paleo-Christian basilica are stunning from here.
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