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THINGS TO DO

 

Minorca, for almost 100 years was under British rule. It was ceded to Spain in 1802. There is still a strong British influence on the island.

In general the nightlife on the island is pretty much low-key with few discos and clubs. Warm evenings are more often spent in the street cafes and bars. The local menu is predominantly seafood or cheese based especially in Fornells where lobster is of the highest quality. Mahon is where mayonnaise originated.

The intriguing narrow streets of Cuitadella are great for exploring, and the city offers a wealth of both chic designer stores and local artisan shops. The weekly markets of Cuitadella are a must, and there are plenty of delicious fish and seafood restaurants to choose from. A car is recommended for those staying in Sa Caleta who wish to explore further afield, whether its’ trips to the nearby water-parks, the long sandy beaches of the south coast or the picturesque harbour and vibrant streets of Mahon.

 

Maó is the island's capital and main port. It lies three miles from the sea, and is home to one of Europe's largest deepwater harbours. Britain fortified Menorca and used Mao as a military base for much of the 18th Century. It has an attractive mixture of colonial and local architecture, built on a hill overlooking the port. There is a good selection of shops and bars in the town centre. The area around the harbour has a buzzing nightlife of restaurants and pavement cafes which give the harbour a special atmosphere. In the Placa de la Constitucio you must visit the Church of Santa Maria where daily concerts are perform and which houses an enormous organ with 3,006 pipes and four keyboards. Near the church is the Mercat Claustre del Carmen where you will find a market selling local cheeses, meat, fruit and vegetables. The former monastery houses the provincial museum. Gin is produced in Mahon and a visit to a distillery is a must.

 

Ciudadela  At the western end of the island lies the former Moorish Capital Ciudadela which was the capital until 1722. Like Mahon it has much to offer in the form of wonderful buildings and streets. At its centre is Placa d'es Born with a huge memorial to those who died defending the island in 1558 against the Turks.  The old town with its cathedral, palaces and narrow alleys is picture-perfect and the harbour promenade is a great place for a nice seafood meal. The pink painted town hall which was once a fortress reflects the Arab architecture.  A paved road connects the two towns, with smaller roads leading to modest villages, farms, and beach resorts. If you enjoy walking, you still can find unspoiled coves and beaches away from the summer crowds.

 

Fornells is an attractive fishing village on the north of the island at the mouth of a spectacular bay. It is ideal for windsurfing and watersports. 4km away is the exclusive resort of Playa de Fornells and close by is a superb beach by the name of Cala Tirant. Fornells is especially known for its legendary lobster soup - Caldereta de Llagosta - and the Spanish king is said to regularly visit one of Fornells' restaurants - enjoying this special dish.

 

Binebeca and Binisafua On the southwest coast are Menorca's first holiday resorts, pretty, mainly residential areas of privately owned villas with numerous sandy bays to enjoy.

 

 

 

Monte toro  For a 360° view over the island head to Monte Toro, Menorca´s highest point. On top, you can also visit an old monastery. The views are quite astounding!
 

Caves of Xoroi  -Legend goes this Cave was once home to a merman. Today it is open to visitors during the day but turns into a club playing ambient music during the summer evenings. During the day, it's possible to visit the cave to see where of the infamous Xoroi once lived. The story goes that Xoroi appeared from the sea, from where no one knows, and took shelter in a cave. Soon after local houses were often robbed and a girl, soon to be married, disappeared.  One year, the island became covered in snow and footprints appeared. On following the prints a search party found a man and a woman living in a cave with their three children. The man and his eldest son threw themselves into the sea, and the women and her other two children lived the rest of their lives in the local village.