When you’re bored with the Minorcan beaches – as if – take a trip to the highest point on the island Mount Toro. Following the steep, winding road from Es Mercadal and discover the old monastery currently used today by Franciscan nuns. You’ll also find a chapel with its statue to the Black Madonna aka Verge del Toro and a statue dedicated to Jesus of the Sacred Heart. The latter was erected in memory of all Menorcans who died in the Spanish Moroccan War in 1925. Whilst the monuments are interesting, the real eye-candy are the views across the island.
Just in case you feel in need of a reward for getting to the top, there’s a café/restaurant and the inevitable gift shop.
Mao the capital of Minorca has one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Don’t miss out on a trip on one of the glass-bottomed catamarans to tour the harbour. You’ll see all the underwater life, as well as the landmarks around the harbour on one of these hour long tours.
See La Mola Fortress, the Isla del Rey British Military Hospital, Fort Marlborough, Sant Felip Castle and Lazaretto Quarantine Island.
Lithica – gardens and quarries
Don’t ‘poo poo’ this before you see it. The sandstone has been quarried here for hundreds of years and its distinctive red/brown hue is a favourite for building. Some of the quarries, which look like huge walls, are 30 metres deep.
Now there are also beautiful hidden gardens built in the quarries where orange and lemon trees, figs and olives have been planted. The different quarries are themed so that no two are alike.
During the summer time some of the quarries are used as performance areas for orchestras and pop music. What a unique venue.
The old capital of the island on the western side of Minorca has a genuine Spanish feel to it. It was called Medina Minurga when under Arab rule some 1100 years ago. Check out the beautiful houses that line the edge of the main square, Placa des Born and wander the narrow streets.
A ferry boat to Majorca sails from the port here every day if you fancy a trip to Minorca’s larger sister. A Majorca trip is a must as there is so much to see and experience.
There’s no doubt that you’ll find a few treasures in Minorca including its 80+ beaches. There’s nothing for it, you’ll have to try a cheap or all inclusive holiday on this generally unspoilt island.