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Menorca

Paul Dell

Menorca

Scott Wright

Menorca

Fundació Destí

Menorca

Scott Wright

The best things about Minorca are its people, its culture, the conservation of the environment, the love the Minorcans feel for their land and their culture and, of course, the passion they feel when they celebrate their fiestas which date from medieval times. They live their lives in calm and tranquillity. All of this makes the island one of the few places where you can still breathe an atmosphere of times gone by. Of course, in August that is a little more difficult and that is why we would recommend getting to know the island either before or after this time of year.

 

Spring and autumn are spectacular but quieter, you may still enjoy its beaches and coves thanks to a sea temperature that is still warm at those times of the year allowing many different activities to be enjoyed. These are the times of the year is when Minorca dresses in all its glory, the countryside a multitude of different shades of green.

 

To talk of Minorca is to talk of a paradise that is close by, surely one of the last paradises in the Mediterranean.

 

There is no place in Minorca without interest, dreamy coves surrounded by green vegetation, white sands and turquoise waters or wilder coves with red sands, green water and spectacular cliffs. Gorges with beautiful countryside and microcosms of flora and fauna, some unique to the island, as can be found for instance in d'Algandar. Indescribably beautiful landscapes, wildlife parks such as Es Grau, where you can see some of the most beautiful native birds, natural marine parks where you can swim amongst an infinity of curious fish.

 

Going back 5,000 years in time one would find oneself immersed in a little known epoch of history, known as the Talayotic culture, with its monuments, temples and megalithic villages. Not long after we find signs of the passing of the Phoenicians, the Greeks and the Cartheginians, the latter of whom were the founders of Jamma and Maghen today known as Ciudadela and Mahon.

 

Continuing our journey through time we reach the age of the Roman Empire and the beginnings of Christianity, passing through the Middle Ages when the island was as much Christian as Muslim and to this day we can still see the influence of both cultures, in the castles, the palaces, the defences and the stately homes. Later came the Ottoman pirates, led by Redbeard, invading the island twice. Nearing the present day, that is to say, a mere two hundred years ago, we reach the times of the British and French colonisations. Minorca is a distillation of all of these centuries, each invasion and culture leaving their own particular influence on the villages, names, customs and place.

 

Minorca has many places to visit such as Mahon and Ciudadela with their incredible natural ports, strongly coveted for their strategic positions and characteristics, or small and peaceful fishing villages such as Es Castell or Fornells. In the interior of the island can be found fascinating villages such as Alayor, Mercadal, Ferreries or Es Migjorn.

 

You can also visit places from the Talayotic age such as the Naveta des Tudons, and many different Taulas and Talayots such as Talatí or Trepucó, prehistoric villages such as Son Catllar. There are more than a hundred megalithic monuments, reminiscent of the ancient standing stone circles or Stonehenge in Great Britain. You could also get to know other spectacular sites such as the local 'marés' stone quarries, or forts such as La Mola or Fort Malborough, or simply delight in walking the Cami d'en Kane o the Camí de Cavalls.

 

All of this you will find under blanket of stars every night.

 

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