The hidden secrets of Menorca

24 October, 2012 0 Comments

Menorca

Menorca sits quiet and serene in the Mediterranean, in the shadow of her older sister, Mallorca, best known for its festivals and its night-life.

The second largest island of the Balearic Islands, Spain, is able to bewitch who visit with its beauty, with the tranquillity of its coves with the harmony of its villages, with the history of its talayotic monuments, with its landscapes filled with delightful haunts that nature has given them.

With Mahon and Ciutadella on each side of the island, all its central part invites us to touring with vehicle, because each site has a charm and a force that attracts us.

- To the north, the area of the Tramuntana Mountain Range, is formed by small hills with large valleys that lead to beautiful and large dark-coloured sandy beaches such as Cala Pregonda and Es Grau.

- The south, the most beautiful part in my opinion, it’s filled with lots of small coves of turquoise waters and white sands; authentic paradises such as the Cala Turqueta or the Cala Macarella.

Menorca has maritime tradition. The history has been recorded in its rocks with the passage of Phoenicians, Romans and Carthaginians. But it was the Treaty of Utrecht, in the year 1708, which gave the appearance that today has, since the fall in English hands, their cities were strengthened defensively to fight against the pirates.

But the antiquity of civilization in this island it is found especially in the south, where the prehistoric culture has left us abundant traces of their passage through it. Within walking distance of the road that joins to Ciutadella and Mao is the oldest example of all Europe talayotic construction: the Naveta des Tudons, which has 3,000 years of age. Son Catlar is a city with many historical samples as your wall of almost 900 meters long, or as Torralba d’en Salord where you can admire the “taulas”.

The best way to get to know Menorca is travelling by car the Camí d’Kane that joins both cities, and reaching Es Marcadal. There are many stops to make in the way, for example, you can end the cemetery of Alaior or the Monte Toro, the maximum height of the island with only 357 meters.

But what’s really nice is to admire the coves that are being left to the sides of the road. The cala Macarelleta, for example, can only be visited from the cala Macarella, walking or by the sea. It is a cove of white sand and transparent waters, where the sea is always very quiet. Son Saura are two small coves united precious by the exoticism of its vegetation. Menorcan say this cove is the most beautiful beach of all Menorca.

In Cala Turqueta pine almost reaches down to the beach, and also as part of this fantastic nature that gives us the Balearic island, is the Natural Park s’Albufera des Grau, thanks to which Unesco declared to Menorca in the year 1993 as a Biosphere Reserve.

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