ceramics, jewellery, shoes, lamps, handmade paper, decorated gourds, leather goods and wooden puzzles, each with the official guarantee mark of ‘Artesania de Menorca’.
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Cavalleria Lighthouse: Menorca’s lighthouses are important not only to illuminate the coastline around the island, but also for their place in history. Each lighthouse is located in a particularly striking spot, such as the Cavalleria lighthouse which stands guard over the Cap de Cavalleria, a narrow, rocky spine that projects from the north coast, forming a very dangerous obstacle for ships.
Despite its remoteness, the site is accessible by road which makes a fascinating trip out. As you drive past farmland and countryside with its characteristic red soil of the northern coat, stop and look at the stunning beach of Cavalleria (there’s a car park from where you can see the beach below). The road forks to the left where there a small bar and museum and carries on to the lighthouse. Here the terrain changes dramatically, the road becomes rough and the landscape is bleak and barren inhabited only by herds of brown and black goats before turning into what can only be described as a mysterious luna-looking landscape as you approach the lighthouse.
Cavalleria is in fact Menorca’s oldest lighthouse, built in 1852. The area has its own natural, raw beauty and is often visited for the spectacular view and is the ideal destination for a walk if you are looking for peace combined with nature at its wildest. But make sure you have appropriate foot ware as the ground rocky and very uneven.
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Monte Toro: Rising 358 metres above sea level, this is Menorca’s highest point from which the panoramic views across the island and even as far as Mallorca are spectacular.
Monte Toro is located in the geographical centre of the island,just outside the town of Es Mercadal. The summit is approached by a steep winding road at the top of which there is a sanctuary dating back to the17th century, parts of which are still in use today by a community of Franciscan nuns. Here there is a pretty little chapel which houses a statue of the Black Madonna, known as the Verge del Toro and considered to be the patroness of Menorca. A large statue of ‘Jesus of the Sacred Heart’, dedicated to Menorcan’s who died in the Spanish Moroccan wars of the early 20th century, stands at the entrance to the sanctuary.
There is also a gift shop and café / restaurant, Sa Posada del Toro, where drinks and snacks can be enjoyed on the terrace as well as a choice of Menu del Dia. (From May to October the restaurant / bar is open every day for lunch and until 21.00 hrs for drinks in the evening.) All in all, a trip to Monte Toro is an absolute must.
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St Patrici Vineyard and Cheese Factory: Located just outside Ferreries, a visit to this beautiful, family run rural hotel, set in breathtaking countryside is perfect for a spring day out. You will have the opportunity to see traditional cheese and wine methods in action as well visit the cheese museum and sample both their DOP Mahon-Menorca cheese and Vino de la Tierra Illa de Menorca wines. Both the cheeses and wines made on the premises can be purchased in the farm shop which has been awarded the prestigious ‘Establiment d’Or’ status.
Guided Audio Tours are available to help you get the most from your visit as you wander around the farm and take in the vineyards, winery, garden sculptures, dairy, cheese museum. Reservation is not necessary, but a small charge is made for adults, children go free.
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Lloc de Menorca (Menorca’s Zoo): This is a beautiful nature park where you will see many different species of animals and birds and learn more about them. Very popular with smaller children and there is also a bar and shop selling local produce. ?Located on the Alaior to Mahon road, the park is open every from 10.00 to 20.00 in the evening.
Castillo Adventure Playground: A great place to take the kids. Not only is entrance free but in addition to the play area there is also a swimming pool, shopping centre, cafeteria and go-karting. There are mini karts suitable for beginners, faster mini racers for older, more experienced children as well as karts for adults. Fun for all the family but particularly suited to children up to 12 years. Closed Sundays. Located outside Ferreries on the main Cuitadella road.
For many more ideas about what to do in Menorca in our Things To Do > Family Fun & Days Out section.