Pedreres de s’Hostal

sights / Historic

Lonely Planet review

You’ll get butterflies simply gazing down into the depths of these vast stone quarries , exploited until 1994. The bleached marés, a variety of sandstone extracted here and in other quarries around the island, has historically been Menorca’s main building material.

Over decades, powerful machines gouged out huge hollow, inverted cubes. In these deep pits with their superb acoustics, concerts are sometimes organised. In an earlier age, human muscle and sinew hacked away the rock, leaving bizarre shapes and formations. Here, in the older quarry, where nature has resumed possession, Lithica, the association of volunteers that has recovered this monument to human endeavour, maintains a botanical garden of endemic Menorcan species and a charming medieval garden with a fountain at its heart.