Menorca (population 92,000) is the least overrun and most tranquil of the Balearic Islands. In 1993 Unesco declared it a Biosphere Reserve, aiming to preserve environmental areas, such as the Parc Natural S’Albufera d’es Grau wetlands, and the island’s unique archaeological sites.
Its 216km coastline is fretted with relatively untouched beaches, coves and ravines. Inland, criss-crossing its fields and green, rolling hills are an estimated 70,000km of dry stone walls.
Some say the island owes much to Franco for not being overrun with tourist development. While neighbouring Mallorca went over to the Nationalists almost at the outset of the civil war, Menorca resisted. Franco later ‘rewarded’ Mallorca with a construction free-for-all and penalised Menorca by blocking development.
The second-largest and northernmost of the Balearics, Menorca has a wetter climate and is usually a few degrees cooler than the other islands. Particularly in the low season, the ‘windy island’ is buffeted by tramuntana winds from the north.
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Founded by Carthaginians and known to the Muslims as Medina Minurqa, Ciutadella was almost destroyed following the 1558 Turkish invasion and much of the city was subsequently rebuilt in the 17th century. It was Menorca’s capital until the British arrived in the early 18th century.
Scooter Rental in Menorca
Hire a scooter in Menorca (or Minorca) and explore the gorgeous Balearic Island at your own pace! With one helmet and a map included plus a choice of durations from 24 hours to seven days, the rental experience offers everything you need to explore Menorca with ease.