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Alaior

Alaior has been famous for many years for its historic university and strong artisan presence. It has great archaeology dating back to the Talayotic period. Torre d'en Galmés and Cales Coves are a couple of highlights of the island. The town of Alaior was built around the church of Santa Eulàlia during the 14th century. The town is famous for its production of footwear, jewellery and cheese. This is increasing the amount of tourism in the area. Alaior is the has the third highest population on the island with around 9500 residents. Camping in the coastal town of Son Bou is popular with visitors, and there are plenty of apartments and hotels. Royal Son Bou Family Club is great for families with children and Valentin Son Bou is a 4-star luxury hotel. There is Alaior's fiesta, which takes place every year during the second week of August. In the town centre, tourists enjoy the local restaurants and markets. Sotheby's has an extensive range of grand estates and villas. These are set either in the peaceful countryside or with panoramic sea views, whichever suits you.

Ciutadella

Located on the west coast, Ciutadella is the city with the largest number of inhabitants in Menorca. Ciutadella is of great interest for its history, heritage and privileged environment. It has a traditional natural harbour, connected to a historic centre. It is famous for its narrow streets and curious names. <a href="https://www.menorca-sothebysrealty.com/en/exclusive-properties-in-ciutadella-menorca/ciutadella-city" target="_blank">Luxury villas</a> and hotels in Ciutadella respect the traditional architecture of the area. Each June 23, the city celebrates the Fiestas de Sant Joan. This is an event for both locals and thousands of tourists, where the Menorcan horse is the great focus. There are plenty of things to do in the city. Stroll around Ciutadella's port, visit the Catedral de Menorca or bask in the glorious weather of the island on a rocky beach. We have luxury properties on <a href="https://www.menorca-sothebysrealty.com/en/exclusive-properties-in-ciutadella-menorca/ciutadella-s-west-coast" target="_blank">Ciutadella's west coast</a>, including <a href="https://www.menorca-sothebysrealty.com/en/exclusive-properties-in-ciutadella-menorca/cala-blanca" target="_blank">Cala Blanca</a>. The southern coastal town of <a href="https://www.menorca-sothebysrealty.com/en/exclusive-properties-in-ciutadella-menorca/cala-en-bosch" target="_blank">Cala en Bosch</a> boasts family-friendly villas with a pool. Hotel Port de Ciutadella is also a 4-star hotel resort in the city centre. Restaurants in Ciutadella are of the best quality and offer local seafood dishes.

Ferreries

The coast of Ferreries is one of the most beautiful on the island. Cala Galdana has a prestigious residential area, with its white cliffs, small torrent, and small boat port. Inland between Ferreries and Ciudadela, there is also the Camino Real trail. This is an ancient route that crosses Menorca from one side to another, whose origin is traced back to Roman times. It crosses with the Barranco de Algendar, a gorge which carries water all year round. It has a length of 7km and walls up to 80m of height. Another interesting sight is in the mountain of Santa Águeda, home to one the most important defence complexes of Al-Andalus, built between the 10th and 13th century. To travel to these sites, Auto Pons Ferreries is a popular and cheap car hire service. From the top, you can enjoy the impressive scenery of Ciutadella, Es Mercadal and Ferreries. Ferreries night market is a big tourist attraction, selling leather goods, clothes and jewellery during the summer. Camping in Ferreries is a popular option in the town and outskirts of the city. Sotheby's offers <a href="https://www.menorca-sothebysrealty.com/en/exclusive-properties-in-ferreries-menorca/ferreries-town" target="_blank">rustic fincas and countryside properties</a> inland, and luxury villas in <a href="https://www.menorca-sothebysrealty.com/en/exclusive-properties-in-ferreries-menorca/cala-galdana" target="_blank">Cala Galdana</a>.

Mahón

Mahón is the most eastern point in the whole of Spain and has the largest port in the Mediterranean. The nearby beaches in Sa Mesquida and Es Grau are typical villages of charming white houses. La Mola fortress, which is near the harbour entrance, is a must see reminder of the military presence. While you are visiting, the city has beautiful hotels to make your stay an unforgettable and peaceful experience. Menorca airport is located just outside of Mahón, bringing thousands of visitors to the city each summer. The hot weather in Mahón is also an attractive feature for tourists. Having a second home is an option that more people are starting to choose. We have a range of luxury villas in the coastal towns of northern Cala Llonga and southern Es Canutells, as well as apartments and penthouses in the city centre.

Mercadal

Mercadal is the geographical centre of the island, where main roads cross from all directions. Monte Toro is the highest point of Menorca at 358m, where you can find the sanctuary of the Virgin of Monte Toro. It is a patron of the island, still run by a community of Franciscan nuns. On a clear day, you can see the entire island's coastline from the top. In this town you can find an “aljibe”, a large reservoir that collects rainwater and stores it in an inner cistern. It is still in use up to this day and preserved in very good condition. Sir Richard Kane, the English governor for the eighteenth century, commanded to build it to supply the troops between Mahon and Ciutadella. It also improved the quality of life and drinking water in the town of Mercadal. Today, most of the territory is declared a natural area and protected by the Parliament of the Balearic Islands. To the north is the fishing village of Arenal den Castell. Sotheby's has a superb choice of avant-garde villas with sea views on both coastlines, and also plots for development.

Es Migjorn Gran

The independent municipality of Es Migjorn Gran, created in 1989, has around 1500 inhabitants. These are friendly and polite people, who remain calm and leisurely even with numerous celebrations organized. During the months of July and August, there is the evening Es Gran Migjorn market and the great art festival. This is called MIGJORNALE. Some houses and public buildings open their doors to become showrooms for artists who live in the area. There are hotels in Es Migjorn Gran, both inland and on the coastal towns. Sotheby's presents a luxury range of holiday homes and townhouses that are perfect for families.

San Lluis

San Lluis was founded during the brief stay of the French in Menorca during the eighteenth century, in the southeast. Agriculture and livestock were the main activities of the town and its surroundings. The people of Sant Lluís lived off their three windmills and farmers from the area came to grind the grain of their crops. The Molí de Dalt is the only windmill still standing, painted in white and blue. It also hosts a museum where you can see a fantastic collection of trade tools and instruments. The Dia de Sant Lluís is a festivity organised by the town hall on the last weekend of the month of August, attracting both locals and tourists. In addition to the typical “jaleo” with horses, several events are held during the four-day celebration. Luxury hotels include the Port Blue Sant Lluis and Occidental Mallorca. We offer luxury villas and apartments for sale and rent on the coast of San Lluis, including the towns of Binisafulla and Alcaufar. We also have inland properties in the old town.

Es Castell

Es Castell is a small municipality on Menorca's east coast. It was founded in 1711 by a British colonel and originally named Georgetown in honour of King George III. Its modern name was inspired by the nearby fort, Castillo de San Felipe. This is located in the Cala de Sant Esteve, on the shore south of Mahón's port entrance. Together with the Fort Marlborough, they serve to protect the entrance of the coveted port of Mahón. Today in Es Castell, there are traces of the English era, such as the guillotine windows or the intense red-coloured façades in the village for the menorquins. From the highest points of the area, we can see the enormous fortress of La Mola that is placed at the entrance to the north coast of Port Mahón. From them we can also contemplate the two islets, the islands of Rei and Llatzaret. Properties here include rustic fincas and historic villas.

Municipalities

Menorca's name comes from the Latin insula minor and, later, Menorica or Nura. This means “island of the fires” for the Phoenicians and Melusa for the Greeks. In Menorca, the Carthaginians founded the city called Magonis, which is now Mahón, the capital of Menorca.

On the other side of the island is Ciudadela (Ciutadella), which is the religious and spiritual region of Menorca. It is home to a well-known Gothic cathedral from the 13th century. This used to be the capital of the island.

It is distinguished from the rest of the Mediterranean islands because is not mountainous. Given its low altitude, the sky and stars become one of the main attractions at night.

In the past, Menorca was colonized on several occasions by Romans, Carthaginians, Muslims, English, French. The final attempt was by King of Aragon James I in 1287.

In 1970, Menorca started to become a tourist destination, twenty years later than the other islands. This is due to its prosperous economy. Footwear, clothing, jewellery, milk and cheese industries were very successful. This delay in tourism development, however, is now one of the main values of the island. Conservation and care of the environment means higher-valued properties. It also differs from the other islands as a large number of natural beaches and coves have always protected. This is one of the beautiful reasons to visit Menorca.

Menorca was recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1985. It has an incredible density of archaeological sites that place the island as a strong candidate for declaration of World Heritage. The whole island is full of ancient Talaiots, Taulas and Navetas. These are built with huge stones and prehistoric caves, worth a visit and study.

It is difficult to find a tourist destination close to the main European cities with all that Menorca offers. In particular, its beautiful nature is the main reason for a visit.

The island has a Mediterranean climate. High temperatures in summer reach above 30° c and remain warm all year round. Low temperatures in winter are rarely below 5°c.

The main sector of the economy today is tourism. Visitors will feel welcomed by local residents and excellent property choices. Menorca has rebuilt new roads and extensions of the airport and hospitals. It is home to one of the largest natural harbours in the world, the port of Mahón. This port receives cruises and ships along its 5km coast all year round.

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