At a glance
- Size 702 km2
- Coastline Length 216 km2
- Maximum Altitude 400 m
- Population 87.000
- Capital Mahon
- Population Capital 28.800
- Average Temperat. 17 C
- Average Humidity 73 %
- Average Rainfall 599 mm
- Hours sunshine/year 2.694 h
The island of serenity
Serene and stately. The island of Minorca emerges majestically from the depths of the Mediterranean. Its crystal-clear waters lap gently on the shores of quiet secluded coves and bathe picturesque fishing harbours.
Minorca was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993. More than 200 km of coastline set against a virtually unspoilt natural backdrop earned the island recognition from this international organisation and each year it draws flocks of visitors eager to discover a natural haven away from the hoards of holidaymakers.
The island of Minorca boasts a vast cultural tradition that dates from its Pre-Talayotic origins to the most avant-garde trends. Its popular horse festivals are internationally renowned, adding the perfect finishing touch to a holiday experience bathed in the island’s characteristic mild Mediterranean climate.
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Cala´n Bosch, Minorca
A NATURAL HAVEN
No-one can resist Minorca’s unbelievable fine sandy beaches, its superb unspoilt coves bathed by turquoise waters, its lush green fields neatly tucked into picture-perfect stone walls, its traditional festivals dating back to medieval times and its mouth-watering cuisine. This island is a shining example of respect for tradition and a commitment to conserving its natural heritage for future generations.
The beaches and surroundings
Visitors to the island will have the chance to revel in the delights of unspoilt nature at every turn. Minorca’s natural wealth and concern for preserving its environmental heritage have been recognized by UNESCO, which declared the island a Biosphere Reserve in 1993.
Situated in south-west Minorca, the beach at Cala’n Bosch is one of the closest to the island’s capital, Ciutadella. The fine white sands are bathed by calm waters lapping gently on the shore, and the wide range of amenities make it ideal for a family day out.
Leisure and free time
Minorca is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts. Literally dozens of trails follow ancient tracks and paths, crisscrossing the stunning natural scenery. The relatively short distance and even terrain are also ideal for horse riding or cycling along the extensive network of signposted routes.
The waters off Minorca’s coastline are perfect for water sports, whilst inland, visitors can take advantage of the superb facilities to enjoy a game of golf, tennis, padel tennis, football or basketball. Minorca even has a cricket ground!
Flora and fauna
Minorca is committed to conserving its environmental heritage for future generations. Five nature reserves, a marine reserve and no fewer than nineteen Natural Areas of Special Interest are clear proof of just how seriously the island’s residents take their commitment to their natural habitat.
To the north-west of the island lies the S’Albufera des Grau Nature Park, Minorca’s largest wetland. This outstanding natural wonder is home to over a hundred species of migratory birds, reptiles and fish. The island also conceals countless underwater caves, land grottos and ravines that further add to its priceless environmental treasures.
History and culture
Large numbers of megalithic constructions dating back to the Iron and Bronze ages can still be seen on Minorca. A familiar sight are the taules, two large blocks of stone arranged in a T-shape and which can rise up to impressive heights of more than 4 metres and are unique to the island. Other fascinating pre-historic remains include the navetes (burial chambers), galleries, caves and burial grounds, all in an impeccable state of conservation.
Other places of interest that are well worth exploring include Fornells Tower, Fort Marlborough, Mount Toro and the natural cave known as Cova d’en Xoroi. The recently-restored Camí de Cavalls is a 185 km route divided into 20 stages that borders the coastline right around the island.
Minorca’s gastronomy is a delicious mix of the various civilisations that have made the island their home over the centuries. Naturally, it includes a number of exquisite fish and shellfish dishes such as its hallmark caldereta de langosta (lobster casserole). Among the many superb cured meats, carnixua (a spicy pork sausage), camot or cuixot (a fatty sausage similar to black pudding) and sobrassada (a soft, mild sausage) are probably the finest. Mahon cheese, which is appreciated by lovers of fine food all around the world, is made from cow’s milk and holds a designation of origin.
The island is also known for its gin, made using traditional methods from grapes and flavoured with juniper berries.
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