Menorca

Stay and discover Menorca

Slightly situated to the north-east of Majorca, Menorca has been inhabited since prehistoric times, as witnessed by the Naveta d’ Es Tudons, one of the oldest megalithic monuments in Europe.

Independent Muslim kingdom, after the reconquest of Majorca by the Christians in 1231, its Muslim inhabitants will be sold in the slave markets of Ibiza, Valencia or Barcelona after the capture of the island led by Alfonso XIII in 1287.

If the local architecture, in addition to gin, has always kept traces of the former British occupation, the French expedition to Algeria will use the port of Mahón in the east of the island as a base for supplies and recruitment.

Strongly agricultural, there is a lot of breeding, the island tries to combine tourist development and preservation of natural environments.

El Toro, culminating at 358 m, watches over very rocky Mediterranean landscapes. 70 fine sandy beaches interspersed with numerous creeks, often only accessible by boat or on foot, dot the 200 km of coastline of the island, which has been a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1993.

The most important city is Port-Mahón, Maó in Catalan, officially Maó-Mahón since 2014. It is situated at the bottom of one of the largest natural ports in the Mediterranean. Its ancient streets retain many stately homes and historic buildings in addition to a large number of religious buildings.

On the other hand, Ciutadella de Menorca, the historic capital of Ciutadella de Menorca, is located at the western end of the island. In addition to its archaeological heritage, the medieval old town is surrounded by beautiful beaches and coves.

Visits Menorca

Museum of Menorca

Pla de Monestir. Mahón – Maó

The museum is housed in an old baroque Franciscan convent dating from the late 17th century. Spread over two floors, the museum’s collections include the history of the convent and the island, from prehistoric times to Talayotic culture and the present day.

Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. Tuesday and Thursday until 6 pm. Free admission.

Military Museum of Menorca

Plaza de la Explanada, 19. Es Castell, Mahón.

The pieces presented are from the different military corps that occupied the island. On-site models and models complete the collection of bronze artillery pieces, flags and banners.

Open from 10 am to 1 pm. Monday to Friday from June 1st to the end of August. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from September to May. Open on the first Sunday of each month. Admission: 3 €, retired: 1,50 €, free for children.

Talayotic village of Trepucó

Trepucó is one of the most beautiful megalithic sites with traces of the Talayotic civilization dating back to the Bronze Age of Majorca and Menorca.

Its symbol is the’ talayot’, a megalithic construction of truncated conical shape. They are more than 274 scattered throughout the archipelago. The other important elements of this culture are the’ navetas’, tombs and’ taulas’, sanctuaries composed of two blocks of limestone cut stone. Located 2 km from Mahón, it is reached by the Camino de Gracia.

S’ Albufera d’ es Grau Natural Park

An ecological paradise inhabited by many bird species, the park also includes Collomi Island and Cape Favatrix, located in a grandiose site north of Mahón. Declared a biosphere reserve, the park is made up of a succession of beaches, low rocks and pleasant inlets.

Information: Recepció Rodríguez Femenías Centre, Carretera de Maó a Es Grau, km 3.5.

Sant Lluis

A few kilometres to the south of Mahón, Sant Lluis, crossed by many rural paths, has a varied coastline in which beaches of fine sand and cliffs alternate. Beautiful little coves, Binibeca, Biniacolla, Binissafúller, are still endowed with their typical small white fishing huts.

The view overlooks ancient medieval towers of guets, islets, old seigniorial residences and some old windmills, sometimes centenarian, such as that of the Moli de Dalt, which houses the ethnological museum.

Fornells

A peaceful fishing village on the north coast of the island, the bay, five kilometres long and two kilometres wide and home to Fornells, forms one of the largest natural harbours in Menorca.

You can see the Sargantanes Island with its old building dating from the English occupation. In July the feasts of San Antonio take place with its traditional “jaleo” during which horses leap to the rhythm of the music.

Ciutadella de Menorca

Castell de Sant Nicolau: Place de l’ Almirall Ferragut. The Castell is a medieval tower built in the XVIIth century to protect the city from maritime attacks.

City Museum of Ciutadella

Plaza de Sa Font. Ciutadella de Menorca. The municipal museum is located in the bastion of Sa Font perched on a cliff overlooking the port.

It tells the story of Menorca from the first island settlements with prehistoric cultures, through the Roman and Muslim periods to the integration of the island into the Aragonese crown at the end of the 13th century.

The museum presents a collection of palaeontological remains, jewellery and everyday objects. Temporary exhibitions on historical or ethnological themes are regularly organized there.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am. to 2 pm. from October to April, from 10 am. to 2 pm. and from 6 pm. to 9 pm. from May to September. Admission: 2,40 €, reduced price: 1,20 €, free for children and students.

Naveta d’ Es Tudons

In the western part of Menorca, 5 km from Ciutadella on the road linking it to Mahón, this largest and best preserved naveta is perhaps the most remarkable funerary monument on the island.

Described at the beginning of the XIXth century it was excavated only in 1960, its dating would go back from 1000 to 800 years BC, period of talayotic II.

Made of huge slabs of dry assembled limestone, this ossuary, classified as a property of cultural interest since 1931, had two functions: the drying of bodies and the storage of bones.

Ironworks

In the heart of the island, 141 m above sea level, Ferreries is the highest village of Menorca. This small town is endowed with an interesting historical heritage consisting of the church of Sant Bartomeu from the XIX century and the remains of an Arab fortress, the castle Sent Agayz on the mountain of Santa Agueda.

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