Menorca or Minorca called by the other name is one of the Belearic Islands like Ibiza and Mallorca, in the Mediterranean Sea, but comparatively lesser known than those two. This island is the second biggest harbor in the world and has an area of 702 square kilometers and is popular as a holiday destination for the endless stretches of beaches, sandy crescents stretching for miles and rocky bays with turquoise water, known as “calas”. The coastline is fringed with pine trees and the town of Mahon, which is the capital of Menorca has a 13th century church and Georgian mansions. UNESCO declared Menorca as a biosphere reserve in 1993 with an aim to preserve the environmental regions like the wetlands of Parc Natural S’Albufera d’es Grau. The 216 km coastline offers shores that are sun bleached and the mellow beat you will find here is different from other neighboring islands. The town of Es Castell in Menorca is the first place in Spain to witness the sunrise and the beaches are relatively empty, making it an ideal location for those who love to stay away from the crowd.
Discover a selection of the best spots and attractions in MENORCA
This beach has its own special feel and to reach there, you will have to navigate through other beaches and the Martian terrain. It is a beautiful beach with rocky paths and sandy crescents to invite you to witness the natural beauty at this place.
The cultural heritage of this island is exhibited here through artifacts that are collected from the historical periods. These exhibits are displayed over three floors in this palatial museum where you can see paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries. The assembly room is on the ground floor.
This was the gate built in the 14th century to the walls surrounding Mahon which is the only remnant at present.
Menorca is well known as one of the best quality cheese in the world. Located in Ferreries. This cheese museum can be visited to see how cheese is made and also to have a free tasting. You can see how a large variety of cheese is made using pasteurized cow’s milk.
Ciutadella de Minorca is located at the Western end of this island and is a municipal town which is lined up with restaurants. Large numbers of tourists visit this town every year, especially during June and July when the beaches are ideal places for sun bathing.
Ciutadella is one of the most beautiful towns in Menorca with a labyrinth of archways and passages and some stunning views of the beaches and the sea. The hills of Menorca can be clearly seen from this place. There is a plethora of outdoor activities you can experience in Menorca. Which include water sports and swimming in the azure blue waters of the sea, and an exciting jet skiing tour of the Island.
The first settlers of Menorca were from mainland Spain during the early part of the Bronze Age because of the strategic position of this island being an ideal place for the growth of civilization as well as trade. The Phonecians were the first visitors as per records and then came the Greeks and then came a series of occupancies with the Roman colonization being established in 123 B.C. and the Byzantines establishing their empire in the 6th century. The most significant part in the recent history of Menorca was during the period 1708 to 1756 when the British came to rule for the first time, when Kane was instrumental in building schools, hospitals and reservoirs after abolishing the Inquisition. In 1756, 20000 French troops invaded Menorca compelling the British to retreat and then for 50 years, this island was ruled by these two European super powers. In 1802 Menorca became a part of Spain and is now a pristine location for holiday makers.
The population of Menorca as on January 1, 2010 stood at 94,383. The sparsity of this island is more noticeable during the winter months.
A typical Mediterranean climate prevails in Menorca, where the highest temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius in July and 11 degrees Celsius in January. The rainfall is maximum in November being recorded at 88 mm. June and July has the highest sunshine hours while it is low during the months of December and January. The best time to visit Menorca depends upon whether you want to sunbathe or experience the chilliness of the winter. Most numbers of tourists visiting this place is during June and July.
There are small boutique and luxury hotels besides vacation rentals and guest houses to stay when in Minorca.