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(or Minorca) is the most easterly of the Balearic islands. The capital
of Menorca is Mahon, a town known since antiquity for its natural
As a result of the Spanish War of Succession, Menorca passed to the
English Crown. Together with Gibraltar it was England's reward for accepting
the Bourbon Felip V as king. English rule lasted for nearly a century. Many
traces of this period remain, particularly in the design of the tall houses
with their sash windows overlooking the harbor.
The ship is scheduled to dock at Muelle Comercial de Pasajeros at the
port of Mahon. The distance to the old town is less than half a mile.
Taxis are generally available on the pier.
The best shopping is found in the downtown area as well as at the market
stalls under the arcades of the old convent. Shop for ceramics, resort
wear, shoes, costume jewelry and local cheese. The Xoriguer Gin
Distillery is located near the pier. Some shops may close between 1:30
p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Fresh clams are greatly appreciated, as is caldereta, a casserole of
fish or lobster. Local cooking includes baked aubergines and partridge
with cabbage. Pastries and puddings are favorite desserts, along with
local cheese and Menorcan ice creams.
Santa Maria Church. Located in the Plaza de la Constitucion, this
church was founded in 1287 and rebuilt in neo-classical style in the
1700's. Music festivals feature its 19th-century organ, one of the
world’s largest, with 3,004 pipes.
Beaches. Sa Mesquida and Cala del Pilar are the two best beaches.
Caution: at times there may be strong currents or undertows.
Son Parc Menorca is in a large holiday complex situated on the Northern
Coast between Fornells and Arenal d’en Castell. The golf course features
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