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The Spanish Island Of Menorca With The Jewel-Coloured Waters

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Minorca or Menorca is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to Spain. Its name derives from its size, contrasting it with nearby Majorca.

Minorca has a population of approximately 94,383 (2010). It is located 39°47' to 40°00'N, 3°52' to 4°24'E. Its highest point, called El Toro or Monte Toro, is 358 metres (1,175 feet) above sea level. In 1993, Minorca was given by the UNESCO the distinction of "Reserve of Biosphere", inf fact Menorca is wonderfull island, with emeralds beaches, and an always blue sky (more than 300 days of sunshine per year).



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Menorca Panorama
Menorca Panorama: The Spanish Island Of Menorca With The Jewel-Coloured Waters

Menorca Island has a typical Mediterranean climate with long hot summers, mild winter and shorter. Menorca Island looks about 300 days of sunshine per year. Summer is the best time to visit. Menorca is the second largest Island and the northern tip of Menorca, Balearic Islands also has a wet and usually a few degrees cooler than the other islands. Especially in the low season, windy island.

The Spanish Island Of Menorca With The Jewel-Coloured Waters

Minorca is especially well known for its traditional summer fiestas, which intrigue many visitors. The 'Festes de Sant Joan' is held annually in Ciutadella, during 23–25 June. The festes lasts for three days. On the first day, a man bears a well-groomed sheep upon his shoulders and parades around the local streets. In the late evening, main streets are closed and bonfires held upon them.

On the second day, locally bred black horses are the star of the show, dressed up for the occasion with ribbons and rosettes. The riders, or caixers, ride the horses through the streets and encourage them, along with a tumultuous crowd of people, to rear up on their hind legs. The brave can be found running underneath them as they do so.

The third day sees intense competition between the riders in a harmless form of jousting that involves spearing a suspended ring with a lance at considerable speed. The festes is brought to a close with a firework display.

The Spanish Island Of Menorca With The Jewel-Coloured Waters
Michel Figuet

Wine production has been known on the island since ancient times, but it went in to a heavy decline over the last century. Now, several new, small wineries have started up, producing wines locally. Lingering British influence is seen in the Minorcans' taste for gin, which during local festes honoring towns' patron saints is mixed with bitter lemon to make a golden liquid known as a Pomada. Also famous is Mahón cheese, a cheese typical of the island.

The Spanish Island Of Menorca With The Jewel-Coloured Waters

If beaches are top of your list then maybe you should look to the South for a beach villa in Menorca. They say that Macarella is one of the most perfect beaches on the island, but there are several others to choose from, like Son Bou, Binidalí, Mitjana, Son Saura ,Turqueta, and Trebalúger. At 2 kilometres long the golden sands of Son Bou make it the longest beach in Menorca, some of it is designated as a naturist beach. It’s a lively place to rent a villa in Menorca as it has some super cafes, beach bars and shops. Try searching our website for a family villa in the Son Bou area.

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