Uniquely Menorca: Holidays to Remember

Visitors who return year after year to this small Balearic island know that Menorca holidays offer sights and experiences that cannot be found in any other place in thee world. In addition to some of the most beautiful beaches and countryside in the world, the island has a unique historical and cultural unlike other place. Prehistoric settlements, paleo-Christian basilicas, Talaiotic monuments that date back over 3000 years, ruins of Roman settlements dating back to 121 BC, and British colonial architecture are only some of the sites that will surprise new visitors that consider Menorca a ‘beach destination’. Listed below are some of the sites and experiences guaranteed to make your Menorca holidays unforgettable.

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Navetas

As an island of Spain, the island has more than its share churches and basilicas worthy of exploration in their own right, making it the perfect destination for a trekking holiday. However, unique to the island are the navetas. Navetas, named after the small ships they resemble, are prehistoric stone structures that served a variety of needs, from living areas to communal tombs (some are even purported to be altars for ancient pagan sacrifices. Navetas of different sizes and conditions can be found all over the island. From the outside, these structures look like piles of stones haphazardly piled on top of one another, but walk inside one and you’ll immediately be transported back in time and gain immediate insight into the lives of pre-Talaiotic Menorcans. These structures are even part of the island’s folklore. According to legend, the first naveta was built by a giant who was competing with another giant for the love of an island girl. Looking at these stone megaliths during you Menorca holidays, it’s quite easy to believe that they were indeed built by giants!

Cova d´en Xoroi

One generally imagines caves to be dark, dank, scary, and the last place to go to have a good time. This is why Menorca holidays are so unique. Only on this island can you view the sunset and a panoramic view of the sea comfortably from within a natural cave on the side of a cliff.  In the morning, get a glorious view of the ocean while you relax on comfortable cushions and sip cool drinks. After dark, the cave becomes a disco club where you can dance and socialise with fellow travellers.

Jaleo

Although the fiesta is celebrated in towns all over Spain, Menorca holidays during fiesta season many exciting events unique to the island. Perhaps the most noteworthy of these events is the jaleo, which celebrates the Menorcan horse, which is indigenous to the island, and its role in the island’s culture and history. On the island, horse riding is part of daily life, and horses are used in both trade and farming. The jaleo begins with a parade of horses adorned with ribbons and rosettes through the streets to the main square by riders dressed in black tails and white riding breeches. The jaleo culminates in horse show during which the horses ‘dance’ on their hind legs in time to music. For another great event featuring the Menorcan horse, check out the weekly harness races, which are reminiscent of the Roman chariot races.