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Menorca is the second largest of the Balearic Islands, located to the northeast of Mallorca and is the least overrun and most tranquil of the Balearics. With a population of around 92,000, the island is dominated by tourists, particularly during the summer tourist season of May - October.
Around a two-and-a-half-hour flight time from the UK, the natural scenery of Menorca is truly a world away from everyday life back home and is so stunning, UNESCO declared the island a Biosphere Reserve in 1993.
Quieter, more peaceful and relaxed than its Balearic Island counterparts, Menorca’s is an attractive destination for couples, honeymooners and families seeking a sunny holiday that is off the beaten track. The island’s current and former capitals Mahon and Ciutadella are both delightful typical Mediterranean towns to stroll around with the former boasting Europe’s second largest natural port.
Due to its unspoilt beauty, it allows the more adventurous the opportunity to discover new charms and experiences. Despite its smaller size among other Spanish islands, being just around 30 miles long and around 10 miles wide, the number of beaches that Menorca has equals the number of beaches that can be found in Mallorca and Ibiza combined.
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With such an excellent range of staple products, Menorca food and drink can be said to combine the best of both land and sea. Perhaps the best known seafood dish is the “caldereta de llagosta”, a delicious and succulent lobster stew served on fine slices of toast.
Minorcan cuisine is at times a survival cuisine, which preserves the original flavour of its high-quality products to the maximum. It is simple, with few complications, and above all seasonal. It is based on fishing, particularly longline fishing, and on seafood, especially crustaceans, clams and squid. Fruits and vegetables are cultivated in as much variety as possible, and on a small scale, only for local consumption.
Seafood has always been of utmost importance here, and the island also has a long history of cattle farming – both for meat and diary production. With such an excellent range of staple products, Menorca food and drink can be said to combine the best of both land and sea.
Out of its total coastline of 216 kilometres, Menorca has an incredible more than 80 beaches, each with its own distinct character and with enough variety to satisfy the most ardent of beach fanatic. Most are completely undeveloped and have an idyllic setting in pretty small rocky coves backed by woodlands or high cliffs.
On the south coast which is sheltered from the strong northerly prevailing wind called the Tramuntana, the beaches have fine white sand and towards the east there are some of the longest sandy beaches on the entire island.
On the north coast, which has the highest cliffs the beaches tend to be smaller, with red sand, and many are more difficult to access which means that even in summer there are always empty secluded places to stretch out in the sun.
Menorca scuba diving : The pristine warm clear waters with visibility of up to 30 metres, calm seas, and a well established Marine reserve on the north coast make the island a popular destination for divers of all abilities. Menorca diving now is one of the most popular and established sports on the island with centres around the island offering courses up to dive master levels.
The wide shallow inlet at the Bay of Fornells offers the perfect conditions for beginners to take courses and yet minutes from the dive centres just outside the bay are beautiful dive spots on the reefs and underwater caves of the Marine Reserve. There are also many dive spots around the island which can easily be accessed from the beach or rocky coastline.
Activity centres specialising in kayaking are to be found in most of the towns and villages on the coast, and two, three day or even round island trips can be organised. The Bay of Fornells on the northern coast, with a wide protected inlet and shallow water is an ideal location for beginners.
Menorca is also well known for its wonderful markets selling locally made leather goods, food, jewerelly, clothing, soaps and souvenirs.
There is a real mix of shopping options in Menorca. There’s the normal tourist shops in the main resorts selling everything from post cards to beach inflatables to sunglasses and local souvenirs and then there's also a good mix of smaller boutiques selling tasteful hand-made produce in the islands main towns of Ciutadella and Mahon.
Cuitadella in particular, is a fascinating place to peruse the stores with lots of history and narrow side streets to keep you entertained.
Mahon, the capital has a great range of shops, everything from high-end designer stores to typical tourist shops with plenty of cafes, bar and restaurants in between. Mahon harbour is a great place to peruse numerous smaller boutiques before or after dining in one of the many restaurants situated here.
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