Planning a getaway or a long trip to Minorca? What envy! And we have to recognize that it is one of our favorite islands, a place where you can enjoy wonderful sunsets, beautiful beaches and tremendously interesting corners. In fact, here you can combine cultural visits with coves that have nothing to envy to those in other corners of the world.
Menorca has a small population (about 96.00 inhabitants), which is concentrated in the eight municipalities in which it is divided (Maó, Ciutadella, Alaior, Ferreries, Es Mercadal, Es Castell, Sant Lluís and Es Migjorn Gran), although there are three other population centers: two belonging to Maó and another to Es Mercadal. Today we are talking about all of them. Can you come with us?
Let's start by talking about Maó (Mahón), considered as the capital administrative office of the island. It is surprising for its natural port, the largest in the Mediterranean. In addition, you should know that in the streets of this bright city you can find churches, noble buildings and palaces that are worth discovering. And it is that Mahón is witness to the traces left by the different cultures that have populated it throughout its history.
At the western end of the island is Ciutadella, the old capital. Here you can discover an important heritage archaeological in the form of megalithic monuments. In addition, in its historic center you will discover medieval streets with churches, palaces and fortresses.
Alaior is a young and dynamic city that is known for elaborating cheeses with designation of origin of Mahón. It has a rich monumental heritage, highlighting the church of Santa Eulalia, that of San Diego, the hermitage of San Pedro and the Capilla de Gracia.
Ferreries, the highest town in Menorca, has an interesting heritage historical, in addition to housing the factories of prestigious designer footwear firms. On the other hand, you should know that in its municipal area it houses numerous coves and beaches that are worth visiting.
It is Mercadal
We also have to talk about Es Mercadal, a white town located at the foot of Monte Toro, the highest point on the island, which offers a varied and outstanding offer. gastronomic. Its buildings include the Renaissance church of San Martín and a cistern from the 18th century.
Es Castell was born with the name of George Town, since its founders were English military. Today the stage of English domination is still present in every corner. Leaning out of the largest natural port in the Mediterranean, this town has an open and hospitable character.
A few kilometers from Mahón is Sant Lluís, which has a varied coastline, with cliffs and fine sandy beaches. You will love its white fishing houses, its medieval defense towers, its centuries-old rural hamlets, the remains of prehistoric talaiots and the centuries-old mills.
It is Migjorn Gran
Es Migjorn Gran is the youngest municipality in Menorca, since until 1989 it was part of Es Mercadal. You will enjoy walking through its streets and roads rural or in its seven beaches: two urban (Sant Adeodat and Sant Tomàs) and five virgin ones (Atalis, Binigaus, Cala Escorxada, Cala Fustam and Trebalúger).
Sant Climent is a cozy and familiar villa where it is worth stopping to have some tapas of traditional Menorcan cuisine. In addition, you should know that near this town you can find prehistoric sites.
Llucmaçanes is a small town located in the middle of the field. Many of its current inhabitants are foreign who have moved in search of tranquility. A special mention deserves its patron saint festivities, with horses as protagonists.
Finally, we want to talk about Fornells, a charming fishing village that has a pleasant walk maritime full of restaurants.
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