Menorca (also Minorca) is the second largest island of the Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is split into eight administrative divisions. Menorca is a highly desirable place to visit because of its beautiful beaches, variety of holiday resorts and alfresco dining. The island has a population of about 94 383 (end of 2010).
The locals of Menorca speak a form of Catalan language called Menorquin. It is a language not easily understood by Spanish speakers. However all the inhabitants also speak Spanish and additionally most speak English to a reasonable standard, especially in the tourist areas.
Major attractions in Menorca
The highest point on the island.
Xoriguer Gin Distillery
Gin Distillery, constructed during the 18th century.
Museu de Minorca
15th century Franciscan monastery containing the earliest history of the island.
La Mola Fortress
A fine example of mid nineteenth century Spanish military architecture.
Events & Festivals
Festes de Sant Joan
Equestrian masters trot, gallop and rear up through the streets.
St Anthony's Day
A colourful celebration of the island's liberation from the Moors.
Procession of the Three Kings
A family-oriented event ideal for small children, the Three Kings arrive to give presents to good children.
Miami Winter Music Conference
The festival welcomes over 6500 music industry "professionals" and enthusiasts from around the world.
San Lluís Festival
The festival features an opening ceremony, horse races, concerts and fireworks.
Getting In & Around
Menorca International Airport (MAH) is located 4.5 km southwest from Mahon. The airport has more than 2.5 million passengers passing through each year and international flights accounts for most of the traffic.
When to go
The island has a typical Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot summers. During the summer months of July and August, Menorca experiences up to 11 hours of sunlight everyday, and this is when a lot of tourist flock the island to enjoy the long, hot summer days. November to January shows a lesser number of sunny days. The highest amount of rainfall is experienced during the month of October and onto the winter months, resulting in a more quiet and subdued ambience.
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