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Menorca Tourist Activities

Menorca Tourist Attractions

Menorca island is far smaller and quieter than its notoriously glamorous neighbour Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands. Mallorca is just a 34 km/21 mile ferry ride away and offers a good choice for a day trip during one’s holiday on Menorca. There are also domestic flight operators offering day trips to Mallorca from Menorca Airport.

As the second largest island of the Balearic archipelago, Menorca boasts many beautiful beaches, secluded coves and inland historic architecture to admire.

Every year thousands of families from Spain and from foreign countries come to the southern part of Menorca Island to enjoy the calm, relaxed atmosphere and traditional charm of its resorts and historic towns. Fortunately, Menorca has been fairly untouched by the relentless development seen in other parts of Spain, especially at the Costas, and Menorca tourist attractions revolve more around traditional pursuits of sunbathing, swimming and relaxing with a cold drink than chasing after a glamorous lifestyle with yachts, nightclubs and branded fashion outlets.

Among the cultural sites and heritage related Menorca tourist attractions are the various museums and cultural centres in Cuitadella. The Museu Municipal de Ciutadella de Menorca can be found at Placa de sa Font (www.ciutadella.org/museu), while the artists’ gallery Cercle Artistic de Ciutadella de Menorca is situated at Placa des Born 19 (www.cercleartistic.com). At number 15 at the same Placa visitors will find the Municipal Historical Archives, which gives an interesting insight into the day-to-day history of the island and its inhabitants.

Ciutadella, a historic settlement on the east of the island, still bears traces of ancient Moorish occupation. The whole town has been declared a National Monument by the Spain’s government and although many tourists come here, because it is from here that ferries run across to Mallorca island, the town is a Menorca tourist attraction not to be missed. Its Arabic and ancient Roman layout offers a maze of narrow streets, secret courtyards and many finds from archaeological digs can be seen on display in the town’s museums. Later architects added some beautiful gothic and baroque churches into the town’s makeup.

There are no beaches in Cuitadella, but visitors staying in the town can escape the mid-day summer heat by going to the small beaches at Sa Caleta and Cala Santandria, located just 3 km from the town centre. Although the beaches are small, there are tourist facilities like the hire of parasols, sun loungers and water sports equipment.

Cape Balear and Iscomar operate a daily ferry service to Cala Ratjada and Puerto de Alcudia from Ciutadella and there is also an excellent bus service covering the resorts and Menorca tourist attractions on this part of the island. The west coast line operated by Torres Alles Autocares goes around the developments at Cala’n Blanes, Cala’n Forcat and Los Defines. Towards the south the same operator offers bus trips to the resorts of Cala Blanca and Cala’n Bosch. Visitors wishing to explore the delights of Mahon can take busses operated by Transportes Menorca, the official bus network operator on the island. There is a service going east once an hour.

The small town of Sant Luis is French in origin and dates largely back to the 18th century. Here visitors will find some of Menorca’s loveliest beaches: Cala d’es Rafalet, Punta Prima and Cala Alcaufar.

Menorca’s capital is Mahon, a city with approximately 20,000 permanent inhabitants and a large natural harbour that is its main attraction. There are many markets, which are probably ranked among the top ten Menorca tourist attractions.

The Mercat del Claustre del Carme is held between Mondays to Saturdays all year round, closing only on Sundays and during public holidays. Here visitors will find stalls selling everything from vegetables, children’s clothes, meat, shoes and sandals. The market, together with a plethora of little shops, is situated in the old cloisters of the Carmen church, a picturesque setting on two floors. During the summer months a variety of events take place on the cloister square.

The Mercat del Peix is a traditional fish market on the Placa Espanya, taking place from Tuesdays to Saturdays all year round. The Mercat Artesa de Mahon is a great place to buy gifts for family and friends at home, as the island’s artists display their works here and sell handmade goods. During June, July and August the market is held every Wednesday at the Placa de s’Esplanada.

The year closes with the Fira de Nadal, the Christmas market, held at the Placa de la Conquesta on the first weekend of December. Menorca tourist attractions include the many local delicatessen that are sold on the stalls and in the little shops surrounding these traditional markets. Tourists worried about their waistline should see their trips to the cafes less as indulgence and more as a “cultural” discovery – besides, half an hour’s splashing about in the warm sea will take care of any excess calories, won’t it?

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