Monday, 1 July 2013

Famous Sights of Menorca

While each of the Balearic Islands has plenty to offer would-be guests, it’s easy to understand why Menorca proves to be the favourite of many travellers. Not only does the island boast stunning natural scenery and a fascinating local culture, but the quiet, laid-back way of life, is perfect for really making the most of it all.

With a beautiful sunny climate, whitewashed towns and narrow cobbled streets, many guests prefer to simply while away the hours whilst on a Menorca getaway. If you’re more of an active holidaymaker, who prefers a busy schedule, a holiday in Menorca will not disappoint. There is a long list of excellent sights and monuments to visit across the island, so if you’re pressed for time, here’s our pick of must-see attractions:

Menorca. Maó. Museu de Menorca. Claustre de l'església de Sant Francesc

Museu de Menorca uploaded by Pilar Torres on Flickr

Museu de Menorca

Throughout the years, this 15th century Franciscan monastery has been a nautical school, a public library, a high school and even a children’s home. Today it houses an excellent collection of items which document the island’s history, including paintings, early maps and more recent historic artefacts.

Castell San Felipe

This fortress was constructed in the 16th century and was one of the largest fortresses in Europe while under British control. While a Spanish King had much of the grounds destroyed, the fascinating world of underground tunnels still exists and these are available to explore with a guided tour. For an even more exciting experience, why not take part in a night-time torch-lit tour, complete with actors playing soldiers throughout the once-mighty fortress?

Menorca. Cova d'en Xoroi

Cova d'en Xoroi uploaded by Pilar Torres on Flickr

Fortalesa de la Mola

Fortalesa de la Mola was built in the 19th century at the orders of Queen Isabel II. The extensive creation, built between 1848 and 1875, spreads over the promontory on the northern shore of the bay. Guests can explore the extensive galleries, gun emplacements and barracks. Guests should remember that the only way to access the fortress is by car unless you call a water taxi.

A trip to the beach

No holiday to Balearic Islands would be complete without a trip to the beach and in Menorca, guests are truly spoilt for choice. Whether you’re looking for relaxed and unspoilt coves, or bustling, family-friendly beaches with plenty of watersports and activities, Menorca’s coastline will not disappoint.

Explore ancient Menorca

Fans of history will be pleased to discover that much of Menorca’s fascinating past has been well preserved. In 1993, UNESCO declared it a Biosphere Reserve, which helps to preserve the island’s excellent wetlands, as well as the extensive archaeological sites.

Some of the excellent day trip options around the island include the Trepuco Ruins, which is a great megalithic archaeological site, the En Goumes Tower, another prehistoric settlement worth visiting, and the fascinating Es Tudons Prehistoric Burial Site, which dates back to the Bronze Age.

Menorca. Naveta des Tudons

Naveta des Tudons uploaded by Pilar Torres on Flickr

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