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Menorca: What to see

The beaches in the South of Menorca, migjorn, of white sand, are mostly surrounded by pine woods with rich vegetation. The northern coast, la tramuntana, is steeper, with rocks, of great beauty.

Let us start our tour at the capital, Mahón. The first station will be Villacarlos Photo, a charming village of 4.500 inhabitants. The architecture is evidently of British influence. Here you find exceptional bays, as Cala Llonga and Cala de Sant Esteve, and, at 8 kilometres, the natural park Albufera des Grau with its lake. 150 different species of birds are registered here. Another sight is the small island Es Colom, located at just 200 meters from the beach.

In southern direction we arrive to Sant Lluis. This small village was founded by French, who where then reigning over Menorca for a short period of time, during 18th century. Here you will find splendid beaches as well: Cala Alcaufar, with its high quality urbanisation, Cala d'es Rafalet Photo, and Punta Prima, of fine white sand.

Torret, with its simple white houses, represents the typical architecture of this island. Close to San Clemente there is Calas Covas with its original "hippies"-colony: people are living in caves, transistor radios being their only contact with the rest of the world.

Alaior is a small industrial town with important shoe production. Its historical centre with narrow lanes, white-washed walls and manorial houses of 17th and 18th century certainly is worth a visit. In the surroundings there are highly interesting prehistorical remains: the taula and talayot of Torralba, and the settlement of Torre d'en Gaumés. Of somewhat more recent date is the Paleo-Christian Basilica de Son Bou Photo.

Mercadal, located at the foot of the island's highest mountain, Monte Toro (357 m), from which you may enjoy an exceptional panorama, has an interesting Ionic-Byzanthinian church with wonderful wall-paintings. In its surroundings you may visit again some prehistorical findings, and of course great beaches: Triant, Pregonda, Son Saura, Na Macaret and Puerto de Adaya.

At a few kilometres towards East there is the colourful and lively village Ferreries.

Following the road some 10 kilometres in northern direction, we arrive to the splendid beach of Arenal d'en Castell, the romantic fishing port Fornells, and the cave Cueva Na Pulida with its stalagmites and stalactites.

Of great interest to tourists is Santo Tomás, with paradisiacal beaches such as Santa Galdana.

Ciutadella is located at the island's eastern extreme. Again, there are wonderful bays around: Cala en Blanes, Cala en Forcat , Cala en Brut, Cala Santandria and Cala Blanca Photo.

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