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A Tourist Guide To Menorca
Menorca is part of the Spanish Balearic Islands. This group of islands are renowned for they’re natural beauty and warm Mediterranean climate, and Menorca is not short of any of it. Menorca has a vast historical and cultural interest and is a popular beach resort holiday choice usually for couples and families wanting a peaceful break.
By far the most common way of travelling to Menorca is by air to its International airport. Flights arrive at the airport at different days during the week from all over Europe. The only other way of reaching Menorca is by ferry. This can either be from the other Balearic Islands or from a Spanish mainland port such as Barcelona.
Resort Choice and Accommodation
The majority of people that holiday in Menorca stay in the popular resorts on the south of the island. Cala en Porter and Son Bou-San Jaime are two of the more popular resorts with gorgeous beaches and a wide range of accommodation choice. If you are looking for a more extravagant vacation with high quality services and exclusive hotels then stay on the north coast of Menorca. If you are interested in this kind of holiday then check out accommodation at Fornells and S’Arenal d’en Castell. The north side of the island has a more rugged coastline and natural beauty.
The History and Culture of the Area
Menorca was named by the Romans and it translates to ‘little one’. However, evidence suggests people were living on the island prior to this time. The culture of the island has largely been formed from its numerous occupiers. At one time or another Menorca was run and influenced by the Moors and Arabs, Visigoths, Catalans, Aragon Spanish and the British.
Menorca Sights and Attractions
The history and culture of Menorca can be felt strolling around the streets of Mahon. Its natural harbour is very impressive and world renowned for its size. The buildings within the town are very old and hold great history. The Arch de San Roque is the remains of the old city wall and is the oldest feature of the city. The whole island is filled with beauty and culture so a visit to any of the towns would not disappoint.
Shopping in Menorca
As it is a small island it is mainly the markets and local craftsmen that attract the shoppers. They sell leather products and ceramics that are unique and great value. Mahon is the main area for shopping and many of the stores are open late due to their afternoon siesta closure.
Eating and drinking
Despite there being a huge range of restaurants across the island, the prices can be high and the menu is often limited. Also, it can be difficult to adapt to the late eating times of 8pm onwards. A good tip is to eat somewhere that is busy with locals as the food will be of much better value there.
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