Much is made of holidays in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, but there’s so much more to Spain outside of these well-known tourist destinations. Namely, Spain is also home to several Mediterranean islands which have a way of seamlessly combining mainland culture with their own. If you’re searching for Menorca holidays or Majorca holidays, these facts will interest you. Here are five little-known facts about Menorca.
You can see the sun rise before anyone else in Spain on the island of Menorca. Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Menorca is part of a group of islands known as the Balearic Islands, which also include Majorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Because they are tucked away off the eastern coast of Spain–and especially because Menorca is the one located farthest east–it is perfect for getting a view of the rising sun in the morning.
To see Georgian architecture, you have to go to Mahon. The island of Menorca, along with the rest of Spain, has experienced rule under several different countries and empires in its long and storied history. Among those was British rule, which lasted throughout most of the 18th century. As a remnant of this time period, the city of Mahon is still home to hints of Georgian architectural influences, such as British door knockers. In fact, this is the only city in Spain where you can see such a thing.
Spanish isn’t the only language spoken there. In fact, it’s not even the first, or preferred, language of Menorca. Locals actually speak Catalán, which predates Spanish and originated in a part of the Spanish mainland named Catalonia. But if you’re a fluent Spanish speaker, don’t be surprised if you start to pick up a word here and there in Catalán; it has elements of Spanish, and because this region shares a border with France, you’ll also hear hints of French. However, Spanish is still widely spoken, so tourists would fare well with a guidebook with basic phrases.
When it comes to beaches, Menorca can’t be beat. Though it’s one of the smaller of the Balearic Islands, Menorca actually has more beach area than both Mallorca and Ibiza. The tiny island boasts 120 beaches, a number that is leaps and bounds ahead of Mallorca’s 70 and Ibiza’s 60 beaches. If you’re hoping to spot the largest of Menorca’s beaches, head to Son Bou, which is 3 kilometers long.
Mayonnaise was created in Menorca. Though no longer a highlight of traditional Menorcan cuisine, the favourite sandwich spread was actually invented on the island. Named for the city of Mahon, mahonnaise was later introduced to France, which takes primary credit for the creation of it. Sadly, you’ll have a hard time finding the homemade stuff in restaurants, due to a salmonella outbreak decades ago linked to the eggs used to make it.
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