Planning a getaway or a long trip to Menorca ? What envy! And we have to recognize that it is one of our favorite islands, a place where we 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 from other corners of the world.
Menorca has a small population (about 96.00 inhabitants), which is concentrated in the eight municipalities into 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 the other to Es Mercadal. Today we talk about all of them. Can you come with us?
We are going to start by talking about Maó (Mahón), considered the administrative capital 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 luminous 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 archaeological heritage 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 making cheeses with the Mahón designation of origin. 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 historical heritage , as well as being home to the factories of prestigious designer footwear firms. On the other hand, you should know that its municipal area houses numerous coves and beaches that are worth visiting.
We also have to talk about Es Mercadal, a white village located at the foot of Monte Toro, the highest point on the island, which offers a varied and outstanding gastronomic offer. Its buildings include the Renaissance church of San Martín and an 18th century cistern.
It is Castell
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. Overlooking 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 sand beaches. You will love its white fishermen’s houses, its medieval defense towers, its centuries-old rural farmhouses, 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 strolling through its streets and rural roads or on its seven beaches: two urban (Sant Adeodat and Sant Tomàs) and five virgin (Atalis, Binigaus, Cala Escorxada, Cala Fustam and Trebalúger).
Sant Climent is a cozy and familiar village where it is worth stopping for tapas of traditional Menorcan cuisine. Also, you should know that near this town you can find prehistoric sites.
Llucmaçanes is a small town located in the middle of the countryside. Many of its current inhabitants are foreigners who have moved in search of tranquility. Special mention should be made of its patron saint festivities, with the horses as the protagonists.
Finally, we want to talk about Fornells, a charming fishing village that has a pleasant promenade full of restaurants.
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