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Menorca: Beautiful Biosphere Reserve

Updated on February 22, 2015

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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

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Menorca quick facts

Name
Menorca or Minorca
Location
Mediterranean Sea
Archipelago
Balearic Islands
Area
695.7 km2 (268.6 sq mi)
Highest elevation
358 m (1,175 ft)
Highest point
Monte Toro
Country
Spain
Autonomous Community
Balearic Islands
Province
Balearic Islands
Largest settlement
Maó, Spanish Mahón (pop. 29,321)
Demographics
94,383 (as of 1 January 2010)
Density
135.67 /km2 (351.38 /sq mi)
Source wikipedia.org

Menorca from space

The water simply stunning

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Menorca:
Minorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

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UNESCO Menorca:
Minorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

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Mao:
Mahon, Balearic Islands, Spain

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Menorca:
Minorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

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Ciutadella:
Ciutadella de Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

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Diving

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

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Menorca was a very different place in the 1960s

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UNESCO Menorca

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UNESCO Menorca:
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Menorca has been a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1993

Cala'n Forcat Talayots

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Avinguda Cala en Brut, 07769, Illes Balears, Spain

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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.

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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

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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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    • Marilyn Fritz profile image

      Marilyn 

      12 months ago from Nevada

      Wow! The water is incredible! So beautiful, a wonder of a biosphere! Thank you for providing such wonderful information. I'm putting Menorca on my todo list for future travels.

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      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi Hendrika,

      Thanks very much for your feedback highly appreciated. Yep your son would love it there its simply stunning. I love Cycling as well nothing better than the fresh air on your skin!

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Hendrika 

      3 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      A lot of interesting info here. I think I must convince my son to go to Menorca instead of Mallorca. What a pity my knees makes walking and cycling impossible, cycling through the island really looks good. Where are the days!

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi emmaouthworth ,

      Your toooooooo Nice :) Blushes :)

      Thanks

      Lee

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi Thomasjames1992,

      Thanks again :) I can't believe your from the UK and you haven't been to Spain lol, every British person has been to Spain LOL!

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Emma Southworth 

      3 years ago from Manchester

      Your pictures are stunning!!! very inviting

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      Thomas James 

      3 years ago from London

      Great Hub Traveleze, I love traveling but ive never been to spain before i must go!

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi suzettenaples

      Thanks again :) there is always loads to do in places you wouldn't think of check out my Las Vegas hub https://hubpages.com/travel/Las-Vegas-Fun-for-the-... you may be surprised

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Another great article! I love your photos and there is so much to do on this island. The Balearic Islands are beautiful and each island has its own special things to offer. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences on the island - the scuba diving looks like fun and under the sea is beautiful also.

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi billybuc,

      Well now you know :) It's a stunningly beautiful place billy, you must visit the water rivals that of the Caribbean to say the least!

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Truth be known, I've heard of this place for most of my life, but had no idea where it was. That should tell you how much traveling I've done. :) Thanks for the tour.

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