Towns of Menorca (Balearic Islands)
With a present total popularion of 90,000 inhabitants, Menorca is divided into eight principal counties:
Mahon became the administrative Capital of the island when the maritime and military influence on the Port of Mahon became dominant in the 18th century with the English. This grand harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world, and a boat trip is highly recommended to appreciate it.
The original capital continues to be the religious capital and has a quaint port with bars, restaurants and boutiques. This old and elegant town, with its array of old palaces, should not be missed off any holiday agenda.
Built on a hill, this is the nearest town to Son Bou. The people of Alaior have always had a head for business and this has made it an important centre of commerce for the island. Here you can find Coinga, the largest cheese factory as well as Pons Quintana, well known for its quality shoes. Tipical cured sausages, sweet pastries and liquours are also popular businesses here, although you can find them all around the island.
A charming little town and certainly one of the best examples of well cared-for streets and houses on the island. Situated in the centre of the island, beneath Monte Toro, where you can enjoy the best birds-eye views of the island. The town is famous for its almond based pastries; “Carquiñols”(macaroons) and “Amargos” – crisp almond biscuits. There is also a very wide offer of high quality restaurants offering traditional menorcan dishes.
Built on a network of charming little streets, this small but busy town is part rural and part industrial. On its large industrial zone just outside the town shoe lovers will find the popular shoe factory, Jaime Mascaró.
The old british garrison, “George Town”, is where you will find the picturesque fishing port of “Calas Fonts” with its selection of bars, restaurants and shops. Ideal for an evening stroll. Up in the town the large renovated town square is still surrounded by the old garrison buildings and a comprehensive military museum telling the island´s rich and varied history. Just along the coast lies the picturesque sea hamlet of San Esteban, where the military museums of Fort Marlborogh and San Felipe are located.
This town, originally built by the French during their domination, has a pretty neo-classical church and one of the island´s windmills converted into a shop. Near here are the coastal urbanizations of Punta Prima, Binibeca and Binisafúa amongst others.
Es Migjorn Gran
A typical rural village and probably the one that offers most tranquility of all on the island. Neat houses gathered together and surrounded by a patch work of market gardens. Home of various local artists.