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Although most visitors come to enjoy the more than 50 white sand beaches along its southern shore, Minorca’s long history and the number of megalithic stone sites that remain from early prehistoric settlements make it an ideal destination for those who relish the enigmas of prehistory. The monuments here show the interchange of early cultures from as far away as Minoan Crete; Roman and Moorish influences recall periods when they ruled the island. Principal prehistoric sites are the round dwellings and caves of Torre Llafuda and the settlement of Talatí de Dalt, where there are unusual taula (megalith with a capstone) and an extensive ...

Although most visitors come to enjoy the more than 50 white sand beaches along its southern shore, Minorca’s long history and the number of megalithic stone sites that remain from early prehistoric settlements make it an ideal destination for those who relish the enigmas of prehistory. The monuments here show the interchange of early cultures from as far away as Minoan Crete; Roman and Moorish influences recall periods when they ruled the island. Principal prehistoric sites are the round dwellings and caves of Torre Llafuda and the settlement of Talatí de Dalt, where there are unusual taula (megalith with a capstone) and an extensive variety of other remains. For a good background, or if time is short, visit the Municipal Museum of Ciutadella des Bastió de sa Font, whose collections include artifacts from these and other sites. UNESCO has designated Minorca as a biosphere reserve, and its nature parks preserve wild areas as well as its traditional farmlands. El Camí de Cavalls is a 111-mile trail encircling the island completely. Built as a defensive lookout, the ancient track is now popular with walkers, cyclists and horseback riders. In northeastern Minorca, S'Albufera des Grau Nature Park includes two large and well-preserved wetlands, broad areas of the shoreline, a tiny island and traditional farmlands that are still actively in use. Its oval lagoon, more than a mile long, is the main feature of the Biosphere Reserve. Cheesemaking began here when the Arab Caliphate ruled the island in the 10th century, and Maó cheese can be found in the Mercat d'Es Claustre in Maó or weekly village markets.

Lura Seavey
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Lura Seavey is the author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire and she has contributed to several Thomas Cook guidebooks, including Drive Around Catalonia, Travellers Mallorca, and Travellers Barcelona.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: One of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea. Minorca takes its name from being smaller than the nearby island of Majorca.
  • Language: Spanish, Catalan
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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    Minorca enjoys a mild climate year-round; in December, Christmas markets are set up in villages, a good time to see local handicrafts and customs.