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Menorca: Beautiful Biosphere Reserve
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Menorca or Minorca is less built up and spoiled than its larger neighbour, Mallorca, having fortunately managed to escape the wave of development that marred sections of other Balearic Islands in the 1960s. This is a predominantly rural island, with only two smallish towns. Its gentle hills, wooded valleys and pastoral fields have changed little in the last century. A few sprawling villa complexes are the only concession to tourism, and development is unlikely to spread as conservation is the watchword here and nearly half of the island is officially protected. Menorca has been a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1993.
As well as the beautiful scenery, Menorca also has a number of fascinating historical sites. Not least among which are the pre-historic monuments that dot the landscape. Mysterious Menorca is a bit of a puzzle to historians, who know little about the island's prehistoric culture. They do believe however that it is linked to that of Sardinia and it is therefore classified as an example of Talayotic Culture. The Talayots, or rock mounds, found all over the island were once thought to have been watch towers, but that theory does not have widespread credence and experts have not been able to agree on their use or purpose. Menorca also has other megalithic formations, unique to the island, called Taulas. These Taulas are huge T-shapes made from two large rocks. They are around 4m high. Often found next to Talayots, these Taula's function is also unknown. A third prehistoric structure, the Naveta, looks like an inverted stone bread tin. Mystery reigns. Perhaps it is this mystery that adds to the interest.
Mao, one of the two small towns on the island, will probably be your starting point when you arrive on Menorca. It is famous for being the birthplace of mayonnaise, and is perched high above the largest natural harbour in the Mediterranean. Take the time to wander around the pretty streets between the maze-like alleyways and charming mansions. The cafés and restaurants are touristy but genteel, and there are some lovely places to grab a drink or some local food and survey the scene.
The other of the two towns on Menorca, Ciutadella, has been the island's capital for much of its history, in spite of the narrow channel that forms the entrance to its harbour. Like Mao, Ciutadella is situated high above its harbour, and is crammed with beautiful narrow, cobbled streets, pretty squares, steps and steep lanes. There are many extravagant old palaces and churches in the Baroque and Gothic styles.
Walking and cycling the quiet byways are perfect ways to explore this island. Another option would be to hire a boat and explore Menorca's main attraction, its coastline, from a different angle. Menorca's coastline may be shorter than its bigger neighbour, but it has more beautiful beaches than Mallorca and Ibiza, and those beaches are usually far less crowded and have a more family friendly vibe. This is the perfect island for a family holiday in the Med.
Location in the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands
Menorca quick facts
Menorca or Minorca
695.7 km2 (268.6 sq mi)
358 m (1,175 ft)
Maó, Spanish Mahón (pop. 29,321)
94,383 (as of 1 January 2010)
135.67 /km2 (351.38 /sq mi)
Menorca from space
The water simply stunning
Two day dive package (4 dives) only €120
Three day dive package (6 dives) only €175
Four day dive package (8 dives) only €215
Five day dive package (10 dives) only €250— http://www.scubamallorca.com
Fancy a drive?
Would you like to dive in Menorca?
Would you like to be swimming in them waters?
Menorca was a very different place in the 1960s
Would you like to have visited in the 1960s?
Why not rent a villa?
Would you rent a villa in Menorca?
Menorca has been a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1993
Cala'n Forcat Talayots
Taulas These Taulas are huge T-shapes made from two large rocks. They are around 4m high. Often found next to Talayots, these Taula's function is also unknown.
Would you like to visit the Talayots?
Mao, one of the two small towns on the island, will probably be your starting point when you arrive on Menorca. It is famous for being the birthplace of mayonna
Would you like to visit the birthplace of mayonnaise?
Ciutadella, has been the island's capital for much of its history, in spite of the narrow channel that forms the entrance to its harbour
Walking and cycling the quiet byways are perfect ways to explore this island
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