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Minorca: On Minorca you can feel serenity. Minorca is the easternmost of the Balearic Islands and is 48 kilomtres long and almost 20 kilometers at the broadest point. Minorca is much quieter than the main tourist islands Majorca and Ibiza. Fine small harbours, bays and beaches are the main attractions on Minorca.
The capital of Minorca is Mahon (Believe it or not, but the city is the hometown of mayonnaise: Mahonesa = mayonesa = mayonnaise).
The port Cities Mahon and Ciutadela are the most popular places on Minorca. But the local life every day life on the island has still not been affected by the tourism.
Minorca was a British colony for many years in the 17:th century and this has left remains both in the local architecture and in habits. An amusing example is the usual and traditional local drink "Pomada", which is nothing else than what we call gin. The difference is that Minorca "pomada", that still is in production since several hundred years ago, is served with a few drops of fresh lemon and soda instead of tonic.
Unlike Mallorca and Ibiza the nightlife on Minorca is almost non-existent. The only thing really worth mentioning is the unique nightclub Cova d'en Xoroi. This is a fantastic disco in Natural caves, and with sea views. Take that!
Minorca invests in quality, not quantity: Mass Tourism like in Mallorca and Ibiza are not the models to follow on Minorca and new construction of tourist facilities are very limited, just as are golf courses. Today there is only one nine hole course on Minorca. It is unlikely that this will change in the next few years. This is because of very restricted water resources on Minorca.
Minorca is really a paradise for those who want to experience a different and more genuine Mediterranean culture than what usually is found on the classic Balearic Islands tourist resorts. Nature, culture, walking tracks and routes to explore on a bicycle, and if exercise is not the thing, renting a car.
Minorca's most traditional festival is celebrated in the end of June. Horses an important part of the festivities: The "Caballo Menorquin" is a local horse race. These horses are always black and similar to the Arabian horses that are common in Andalusia. In the celebration of the traditional ceremonies and events, only stallions are allowed to participate. (Ancient traditions are still an important part of the island's traditions).
Like on the rest of the Balearic Islands and in the rest of Spain, the local markets are popular tourist attractions on Minorca.
On Fridays and Saturdays you will find a market in Born de Ciutadella and on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Explanada de Mao. On Saturday mornings in Ferreries where fruit, cheese, honey and other local products are sold. During the summer the night markets in the Ciudadella port, in Calasfons and Es Castell are very popular.
Minorca Airport (Mahon): Carretera de San Climent, s/n, 07700 Maó (Minorca). Telephone: (+34) 971. 157. 115
The Airport on Minorca is situated five km from Maó. The airport code is: MAH
Minorca Airport Bus: The buses goes from Minorca Airport to Mahon Bus Station. The Minorca airport busesleave every 30 minutes throughout the day.
Puerto de Mahon
Club Deportivo Cala'n Bosch
Club Nàutic Ciutadella
Club Nàutic Fornells
Puerto Deportivo Addaia
Puerto de Ciutadella
Puerto Deportivo Fornells
Club Maritimo de Mahon
Club Nautico Binibeca
Punta Prima to the east of Sant Lluis
Binibequer south of Sant Lluis Binibequer
Cales Coves on the way to Cala'n Porter
Cala en Porter on the coast south of the airport
Son Bou -San Jaime south of Alaior Son Bou
Cala Mitjana South of Ferreries
Cala Galdana South of Ferreries
Son Xoriguer - Cala'n Bosc South of Ciutadella