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Menorca:



Throughout its history, Menorca has been, from prehistory until recently, a melting pot of different cultures due to its strategic geographical location in the western Mediterranean which has always enabled different people and cultures to use the island as a port of call and refuge. All the different cultures have left part of their historical legacy on the island that gives the island a unique heritage. Menorca was declared the Reserve of the Biosfera by UNESCO on 8 October in 1993. The manmade development of Menorca works hand in hand with the conservation of the natural resources and cultural heritage. It stretches 702 kilometres squared and has a 216kilometre coastline. The maximum distance between two points is 47 kilometres, between Ciutadella and Mahón. The coast of Sant Lluís, in the most eastern point of the island, is the first point in Spain to see the sun rise.

The island is divided into two symmetrical but very different halves. The northern part of the island features a rugged and uneven coastline with little vegetation where we can enjoy the view of islets and red sand beaches. The south highlights countryside with smooth cliffs and ravines leading to the sea and white sandy beaches surrounded by pine trees.

In Menorca expect spectacular beaches, dramatic cliffs, pristine islands and a seabed of wealth waiting to be discovered.

You can enjoy many leisure activities and sports and can explore the untouched corners and the wide variety of natural habitats that make Menorca an authentic natural paradise that will not leave you indifferent.

And of course, you can not fail to try its wonderful sweet, here's the link to the most famous sweet house on the island. http://www.cassucrer.es/

PLACES YOU CAN NOT MISS

CIUTADELLA OF MENORCA


Ciutadella has over 27,000 inhabitants and is the most important town of the island together with the capital, Mahon.

There are places you fall in love with at first sight. Sometimes it is the landscape, the people, the personal circumstances of the moment or the little details that make you realize immediately that you're in a special place. That's what happens when you get to the Ciutadella. It has a stately air. Walking the narrow streets of the old town of the Ciutadella, full of nooks of great charm, stroll along the harbor to the Castle of San Nicolas, stop along the way to have a beer in Plaça des Born or the Plaça de Ses Voltes, are just some of the things you can do in Ciutadella.

Delving into its narrow, winding streets is a delightful adventure.


Getting in is easy, but not so much to find the way back. Typically, you go out and get quite disoriented and find another route back.


On this route there are shops where you can buy the most varied articles from Menorca island souvenirs to typical "bite offs" (typical sandals of Menorca).
The Ciutadella has a beautiful natural harbor where only small boats and sport boats are moored. A quiet place that place becomes lively at night, especially in the area of ​​San Joan Es Pla. Take a drink, dance or just enjoy the sea ​​breeze on one of its terraces.
The most notable places include:

Cathedral of Menorca: built between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries over a former mosque, it is the most important Gothic building on Menorca.
Place des Born: its obelisk commemorating the heroic defense of Citadel before the Turkish attack of 1558. It was erected in 1875.
Esplanade Square: next to the Plaza del Borne, it is the place chosen to celebrate mass events.
Castillo de San Nicolas: It was built in the late eighteenth century to defend the port city.
Municipal Museum Citadel: XVII century building that presents a large collection of prehistoric objects. It was opened in 1995.
Port Ciutadella: a beautiful place in Menorca. Give yourself a treat and go to one of the restaurants for delicious fresh fish.

SANT JOAN CELEBRATIONS



The fiestas of Sant Joan in Ciutadella are unique and spectacular. They consist of a series of events for about a week (actually there are 5 key days). The busiest days are 23 and 24 June.

On these days, the city becomes the place where more and more people celebrate these holidays which are joyous events and suitable for all the family. The days of Sant Joan have been made, over time, an increasingly globally renowned tourist attraction. People from all over Europe travel to the Ciutadella in late June.

The festival has its origins in the fourteenth century and has religious foundations (although you can not safely verify). Over time they have added some activities that differ from the original celebration for a more unique touch to the party.

Mahon:



The city of Mahon is the capital of the island with more than 28,000 inhabitants.

The port is considered one of the best natural harbors in the world, so worth a wander to admire its charm.

The most interesting views of the city focus on:
– The Mola Fort.
– The Menorca Museum
– The City Town Hall
– The bastion of Sant Roc
– The Church of Santa Maria.

Fornells



A charming fishing village with a traditional port. Fornells is known for having the best restaurants that serve the most delicious lobster stew.

Es Castell



Es Castell is a village of seafaring and fishing traditions. It is a small village which has two natural harbors, Cales Fonts and Cala Corb.

Its development is modern, it is centred around a large square, which include the town hall with its clock tower and is surrounded by barracks.

Na Macaret and Puerto de ADDAIA



Na Macaret is a tiny cove and its houses run right up to the white sandy beach. It is located between Cala Molí and Punta des Nous Corns. Its highlight are the excellent panoramic views.

This small coastal corner is part of Port d'Addaia.

Off the coast of Macaret na sa Punta de Torre is the watchtower, Torre d'Addaia, which stands 8 meters high.

The Marina Addai is integrated into the natural port of Addaia, maintaining a landscape of exceptional beauty.

Parque Natural de S’albufera:



It is 8 km. north of Mahon. It has more than 5000 hectares of trail roads of intense natural beauty that are ideal for hiking.
In the park live hundreds of animal and plant species including the waterfowl (ducks, herons) and raptors (osprey, kite, booted eagle).

The park contains the Femenias Rodriguez Reception Centre which is the tourist information center where they can inform you of everything you need for your visit to any of the 3 different routes that are available.

OUR BEACH SELECTION

One of the peculiarities of Menorca is its distribution of beaches and coves within two main areas.
On one side is the North, with rugged and rather dark rock.
The South instead has a more regular landscape, with more vegetation, rocks and lighter sands.
We can affirm that the southern beaches have fine white sand and crystal clear waters exactly like the postcards.
As a rule, whenever the wind blows southerly, it is better to go to the northern beaches, and whenever the wind blows from the north it is better to go to the southern beaches.
For the wind in Menorca, the best way is to use the free service WindGuru.

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Here is a list of Northern and Southern beaches you can not miss:

Northern Beaches:

Cala Pilar:

It is the unspoilt beach of red sand and contrasting colors. One of the most special and appreciated beaches of the island.
How to Access:
– From the beach car park "the Alocs" walking 1 km.
– From the car park of "Alfurí" walking 2 km.
ServicesNone, so do not forget to take water and some snacks.

Cala Pregonda:



To reach Pregonda, you have to walk a little, but do not be disheartened as it is one of the most impressive of the island with its red sand and its islets.
How to Access:
– From the car park of "Binimel.là", walking 1,800 m.
Services: None.

Cavalleria beach:



Its dunes, its landscape, its sun and waves make Cavalleria one of the largest and easily accessible. However, it's down a wooden staircase making access difficult for families with children or people heavily loaded.
How to Access:
– From the car park, walking 400 m.
Services: WC 400 m. in the car park.

Southern Beaches:


Cala Blanca:



Cala Blanca is a small cove close to Ciutadella. It is located in the southwest of the island, in the urban area of the same name. Ideal for families who can enjoy the easy access to the beach. It is located west so it is a perfect beach to enjoy the sunset.
How to Access:
– Drive to the beach. There is parking.
ServicesRestaurants with water slides, hammock and parasol rentals, playground, picnic area, diving center, showers and toilets.

Cala Galdana:



This is the beach popular with most families in the south coast.
It has all services, hotels and apartments on the beach, a small marina and also has a view of paradise. It is a beach with many pine trees, ie. cool and shady, so alongside existing services this makes it a paradise day stop for family or friends.
How to Access:
– Drive to the beach. There are several car parks.
ServicesRestaurants, rental of sunbeds and parasols, rent pedal boats, kayaks, picnic area, showers, toilets and lifeguards.

Media and Cala Cala Mitjaneta:



These are among the most beautiful beaches. Its dunes, its peculiar vegetation, spectacular cliffs that surround it, its fine white sand and turquoise waters all fill you with rejuvenation and make Cala Mitjana and Cala Mitjaneta a must see on the island.
How to Access:
– From the beach car park, 1500 m. to Cala Mitjana.
– From Cala Mitjana up the wooden stairs is only 400 m. easy access and with good views.
Services: The Cala Mitjana. W.C. And picnic area.

Cala en Turqueta:



Turqueta is a natural pool with two white sand beaches separated by a small rocky ledge.
How to Access:
– From the car park walking 900 m.
Services: Toilet in the car park.

Cala Macarella y Macarelleta:


Macarella and Macarelleta are the icons of the southern beaches and remain a true paradise, but are most crowded during the month of August. Macarella is the only virgin cove and has a beachfront restaurant.

Macarella is considered the best beach in Europe. This is indicated by the travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller which announced this in 2015. Macarella is known worldwide for its crystal clear water and the famous photos in which the boats appear 'floating' in the air thanks to the optical effect produced by the clarity of the water.

This beach has appeared in numerous lists as one of the best in the world.

How to Access:
– 1800 m walk from Cala Galdana.
– From the free car park walking 1100 meters
– From the private car park walking 350 m.
Services: There are showers in the restaurant (1 euro) and lifeguards on the beach in Macarella.

Cala en Brut:



Cala en Brut is characterized by its V-shaped (long and narrow). It is a slope without sand, but in the surrounding rocks have created artificial solariums with stairs to enter its calm, turquoise water. The water is so transparent that you can marvel the secrets of the seabed.
How to Access:
– From beach "Mongofre Sivinar" walking 1,000 m.
Services: None.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES:


GO KARTS:

Castillo de Menorca Go Karts

Crta / General km. 35, Ciutadella, Menorca, Spain

Karting Aeroclub

Crta Mahon Sant Lluis (Menorca)
Phone:
681 328 877
616 162 748

Karting Rock

Urbanización Cala’n Bosch Cala’n Bosch, 07769
Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 to 22:30
Phone: 971 387 822

WATER PARKS

AquaCenter Menorca

Avenida Principal, s/n – Calan Blanes
tel. 971 38 87 05 / 971 38 82 51
07760 Ciutadella de Menorca • Balearic Islands • Spain
http://www.aquacenter-menorca.com/es/home/

AquaRock Menorca

Urbanització Cala’n Bosch
07760 Ciutadella de Menorca.
Phone: 971 387822
http://www.aquarock-menorca.com/

Menorca Zoo

Crta. General, km. 7,8 (Urb. L’argentina – Alaior).
Phone: 971 372403
This zoo is full of species that you will like very much like alligators, peacocks, eagles and snakes… They also have petting facilities available!

Water Sports:


Kayak:



Menorca is the perfect island to go kayaking. You'll enjoy exploring its coast that is one hundred percent navigable.
Throughout the island you will find plenty of rentals offering kayaks at different tourist spots on the island.

Surfing and Paddle Surfing:



What is special about the Paddle-Surf in Menorca is paddling standing on the board, a vantage point where you can get high enough to make the most of the clear, turquoise waters of Menorca.

Diving:

For its wealth of its seabed and its unspoilt coastline, Menorca is the perfect island for diving. In different tourist spots you can find offers on rental equipment.

Recommended sites specializing in water sports:

On the North Coast:

http://www.kingcaiacs.com/
http://www.diacomplert.com/es/
http://www.katayak.net/
http://menorcaenkayak.com/

On the South Coast:

http://www.clubmaritimomahon.com/
http://clubnauticovillacarlospiraguismo.blogspot.com.es/
http://www.sportskayak.es/
http://www.surfsailmenorca.com/
http://www.cnciutadella.com/

Horse-riding Excursions


The Minorcan horse is known worldwide for its natural beauty. The island is perfect to enjoy a family ride through the different trails enjoying the unique natural landscapes.

The offers on the island ranges from tours of 1 hour to several days hiking.

MENORCA LIGHTHOUSES

One of the most distinctive characteristics of Menorca are the lighthouses. Among the best known are the 7 lighthouses distributed along the coast of the island. Four lighthouses in the north and 3 lighthouses in the South:

– LIGHTHOUSE POINT NATI (Ciutadella): 42 meters above sea level

– LIGHTHOUSE LAMP SA (Ciutadella): 21 meters above sea level.
– LIGHTHOUSE CAP D'ARTRUTX (Ciutadella) 45 meters above sea level.
– LIGHTHOUSE CAVALLERIA (Es Mercadal): 94 Meters above sea level.
– Favaritx lighthouse (Maó): 47 Meters above sea level.
– FARO PUNTA SAN CARLOS (Es Castell): 22 meters above sea level.
– FARO ILLA DE L'AIR (Sant Lluís): 53 Meters above sea level.


LA MENORCA TALAYÓTICA


Menorca covers prehistory since the arrival of man on the island at about the year 2500/2100 BC until the Roman conquest in 123 BC
During these years, different stages of much valued eras of erection and construction techniques using the native stone has been preserved and has helped to define the island.

In Menorca, Talayótica, a close-knit society that conducted community management strategies and control of the resources of the island itself was developed. Most of its Talayotic monuments are world renowned for their high level of conservation.

The latest scientific research has identified 15 different types of construction including megalithic tombs, hypo geographical graves, elongated plants, talayotes, navetas and taulas.
There are more than 1,500 archaeological sites that can be found in Menorca, among which are:
• Asentamiento costero de Cala Morell
• Cueva des Càrritx
• Es Castellàs des Caparrot de Forma
• Hipogeo de Torre del Ram
• Hipogeo de Biniai Nou
• Monumento de na Comerma de sa Garita
• Naveta de Biniac oriental
• Naveta des Tudons
• Naveta norte de Rafal Rubí
• Naveta sur de Rafal Rubí
• Necrópolis de Cala Morell
• Necrópolis y es Castellet de Calescoves
• Poblado de naviformes de Son Mercer de Baix
• Poblado talayótico de Binissafullet
• Poblado talayótico de Cornia Nou
• Poblado talayótico de Montefí
• Poblado talayótico de sa Cudia Cremada
• Poblado talayótico de sa Torreta
• Poblado talayótico de Sant Agustí
• Poblado talayótico de Talatí de Dalt
• Poblado talayótico de Torralba d’en Salort
• Poblado talayótico de Torre d’en Galmés
• Poblado talayótico de Torrellafuda
• Poblado talayótico de Torretrencada
• Poblado talayótico de Trepucó
• Sala hipóstila des Galliner de Madona
• Santuarios de So na Caçana
• Sepulcro de Son Olivaret
• Sepulcro megalític de ses Roques Llises
• Talayote de Torelló
• Talayote de Trebalúger
• Taula de Torrellisar
To check their history and / or location on the island, we suggest visiting the following page:

http://www.menorcatalayotica.info/portal.aspx

EL CAMÍ DE CAVALLS

Throughout the world we can find many trails but the Cami des Cavalls is unique throughout its length stretching the perimeter of the island along the coastline.

Its story is local legend. Its origin can be traced to the horse riders as a system responsible for defending the island around the seventeenth century.
The Cami de Cavalls is a 185 km long path (GR 223) that can be used three different ways: Hiking, trail running and mountain biking; all the while enjoying a landscape of canyons, rock, valleys, streams, wetlands and farmland. These connect the ancient watchtowers and lighthouses. Trenches lead to many of the coves of the island. It is, without doubt, the best way to discover the great natural and cultural wealth of the island.

If you want more information about routes we suggest you visit:
http://www.camidecavalls360.com/es/
http://rutasmenorca.com/?page_id=352


TRANSPORT ON THE ISLAND


The only public transport in Menorca are bus and taxi. Buses are valid for travel between cities / towns and to the airport but if what you want is to enjoy the island with its beaches, coves and monuments, renting a car or bike is the best and more comfortable method to get around.

To use the main shuttle bus, you can see the schedules of the various routes and fares on TMSA. http://www.tmsa.es/

If you decide to rent a car it is best to book in advance.

In Menorca, car rental companies are plentiful. Some of the lesser known but more local and economical are:

OwnersCars: You can book online on the web: http://www.ownerscars.com/
Tramuntana Rent a Car: Local Company that offers a delivery service to the hotel. http://tramuntanarentacar.es/

AutosValls: A company of Menorca. http://www.autosvalls.com/?src=af