Fiesta Dates 2013: A quick reminder
Llucmaçanes: Sant Gaietà, 3 – 5 August
Alaior: Sant Llorenç, 10 – 12 August
Sant Climent: Sant Climent, 19 – 21 August
Ferreries: Sant Bartomeu, 23 – 25 August
Sant Lluís: Sant Lluís, 24 – 26 August
Sant Lluïset: Sant Lluís, 31August – 1 September
Lazareto Island: This year (2013), guided visits are being organised to Lazareto, the ‘quarantine island’ in Maó Habour every Sunday from 28 July to 13 October 2013. Departure at 09.00 hrs from Mahón habrour. Cost: €15 adults, €7.50 children between 3 and 12 years old. Tickets include boat trip to the island and guided visit and are available from the Yellow Catamarans offices (Port Mahón), Naveta des Tudons, Torre de Fornells, Torre d’en Galmés, Fort de Marlborough, Maó Centro Tourist office, Puerto de Mahón Tourist office and Ciutadella Tourist office. Tours are in Spanish and English. For more information about Lazareto Island, click here.
Golden Farm: Guided tours to his iconic building in Maó Harbour can be arranged throughthe Asociación Menorca Britannia on Monday and Friday afternoons. Cost: €10 per person (children over 12 years only) Bookings through Sheila Lyons on: 971 366 206. See our article in Island Excursions for more information about Golden Farm, click here.
Isla del Rey: The former naval hospital built by the British 300 years ago is the centre of a huge restoration project on this islet and is well worth a visit, with rooms laid out with equipment of the period and a newly reconsecrated Anglican chapel. The boat leaves each Sunday morning throughout the year from Moll d’Hospital near the end of Calle Fontanillas, Es Castell to take the working volunteers and visitors at 09.00 sharp and returning around 13.00 hours. New for 2013 is the Yellow Catamaran harbour and Isla del Rey trip on Fridays, departing at 10.30 and returning at 13.00 hrs. For full details and prices, click here. For more information about the Isla del Rey, visit: www.islahospitalmenorca.org.
La Mola: This well preserved 19th century fortress, also known at Fortalesa Isabel II after the Spanish queen, at the entrance to Mahon Harbour is open daily throughout the summer months from 10.00 – 20.00hours and until 20.00 hours in May and September (admission up to one hour before closing). A wide range of guided tours are offered by foot, bike, horse and even in a Jeep Safari, great fun for all al family (prior booking required). The site also hosts concerts and exhibitions of works by local artists. Admission: €8 adults; children under 12 free; Audio tours €3. For more details about what you can see and how to get there, visit: www.fortalesalamola.com.
New for 2013, a fantastic opportunity to visit both La Mola and Fort Malborough for the special discounted price of €7, click here for more information.
S’Abufera des Grau Nature Reseve: Take a stroll around this breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife and breathe in the peace and tranquillity, broken only by the sound of crickets and birdsong. On the road to Es Grau. Guided tours can be arranged for groups of over 6 people on Saturday mornings by prior booking. Tel: 971 356 302 / 609 601 249.
Places of interest
Parc Rubió i Tudurí: Visit this park to see a large collection of indigenous plants to the island. Open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 13.00 hours and 17.00 to 20.00 hours.
Trepucó Talayotic Village: On the Cami de Gràcia, a visit to the prehistoric village is fascinating. Open every day from 09.00 to 14.30 hours and weekends from 09.00 to 15.00 hours. Entrance free. Information office office by request of tour operators and groups.
Menorca Museum: Culture vultures, take advantage of a cloudy day, or perhaps as relief from the sun, and wander around this wonderful museum which takes you through the history of Menorca. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 to14.00 hours and from 18.00 ti 20.30 hours and on Sunday from 10.00 to 14.00 hours.
Collectors’ Market: Come and find that perfect memory of Menorca at the Claustre de Carme in Maó on Saturdays from 18.00 to 20.00 hours.
Hernández Sanz Hernández Mora Museum: Open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 13.00 hours and from 18.00 to 21.00 hours and on Saturdays from 10.00 to 13.00 hours only at the Claustre de Carme.
Cathedral of Menorca: Just wander in and have a look around this magnificent cathedral. Open for visits Monday to Saturday from 10.30 to 16.30 hours, entrance €2.
S’Hostal Quarries – Lithica: A spectacular former quarry with botanical and medieval gardens 1km from the town on Camí Vell. Open Monday to Saturday from 09.30 to 14.30 hours and from 16.30 until sunset. Entrance: adults €4, over 65’s €2, children free.
Bastió de sa Font Municipal Museum: A fascinating permanent archaeological exhibition, open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 to 14.00 hours and 18.00 to 21.00 hours. Entrance: €2.46
Naveta des Tudons: A rare opportunity to visit a Pre-Talayotic burial chamber on the Maó to Ciutadella road. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 09.00 to 20.00 hours; Sundays from 09.30 to 19.00 hours and Mondays from 09.30 to 15.00 hours. Latest entrance 20 minutes before closing. Cost: €2, free on Mondays.
Fort Marlborough: Situated on the south side of the mouth of Port Mahon in Cala Sant Esteve, Fort Malborough was built during the British occupation between 1710 and 1726. Its function was to protect the port entrance. Almost invisible from sea level, it has a heptagonal central enclosure and nearly all the buildings were excavated in the rocky subsoil. Nowadays, visitors can experience a re-enactment to take them back to the time when Fort Marlborough was under siegeenjoy a unique experience as the living conditions of the British soldiers during the sieges have been recreated in parts of the fort uniformed soldiers and special technological effects..
San Felipe Castle: The original castle was constructed in 1554 on the southern shore of the harbour in Es Castell. Following the Spanish Succession War and under the first British rule in the 18th century, a huge extension took place and the castle became the biggest fortress in Europe. It was demolished under Spanish rule in 1805. For guided tours and more information, telephone: 971 360 462.
Menorca Military Museum: Located in one of the barracks built by the British in the 18th century in the Plaça Esplanada, the Menorca Military Museum is full of items from the island’s colourful military history. Each of the 17 rooms has a different theme while others display various ammunition. Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Sunday in the month from 10.00 to 13.00 hours. For more information, telephone: 971 362 100.
Menorca Artisan Craft Centre: Fascinating exhibition and sales of traditional Menorcan artisan craftwork. Open Monday to Friday from 10.00 – 14.00 hours and 17.00 – 20.00 hours and on Saturday from 10.00 to 13.30 hours. Entrance free. For more information, click here.
Cap de Cavalleria Ecomuseum: An archeological site with museum of outstanding natural beauty dating back to the ancient Roman city of Sanisera and overlooking the old port of Sanitja. The ‘Discover the North’ exhibition is set up in the Lloc de Santa Teresa, the rest of the site is an open-air museum, allowing you to discover the archaeology, ethnology and nature of the cape. Open daily from 10.00 to 19.00 hours, group visits welcome. Tel: 971 359 999. For more information, click here.
Tore d’en Gaumes (or Galmés): A Taloyotic village on the Son Bou road. Open Monday to Saturday from 09.00 to 14.30 hours, and Sundays from 09.00 to 15.00 hours. Information centre closed on Mondays. Entrance €3, free on Mondays.
Es Molí de Dalt: This traditional windmill at the entrance of the town is open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 14.00 hours, and on Saturdays from 10.00 to 14.00 hours. Price: €1.20 for adults, €0.60 for pensioners and children.
Menorca Nature Centre: Open Saturdays from 10.30 to 13.30 hours and 17.30 to 20.30 hours and Sundays from 10.30 to 13.30 hours. Tel: 971 274 505.
Fornells Tower: This defence tower was constructed by the British in the early 19th century. Open Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 15.00 hours and weekends from 10.00 to 14.00 hours. Entrance €2.40, free on Mondays.
Inland Towns & Markets
Besides Maó and Ciutadella, many of the resorts around Menorca hold evening markets from late June to early September where you can browse in comfort at locally produced handicrafts, leather goods, clothing, jewellery and souvenirs. However, the lesser frequented inland towns also have night markets in summer, providing a perfect excuse to find that special souvenir as well as explore the ‘real’ Menorca as you wander around the narrow streets in the cooler evening air and discover shops and local bars that you might otherwise miss. For more information about Menorca’s inland towns and markets click here. To read about Menorca’s summer markets, click here.
Trotting Races are very popular on the island, providing something different and great fun for all the family. Why not give it a go, chance your luck with a bet or two and soak up this slice of Menorcan culture.
18.00 hrs: Saturdays at the Maó Hipódromo on the Maó – Sant Lluís road.
18.00 hrs: Sundays at the Hipódromo Torre del Ram, Ciutadella (also occasional flat races)
Menorcan Horse Show
A performance of the equestrian spectacular ‘Somni’ on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Son Martorellet on the road to Cala Galdana. Wonderful entertainment for both adults and children, as the riders demonstrate their equestrian skills on pure bred Menorquina and traditional Andalucian horses and the magical story of Somni unfolds in an mesmerising display of music, grace and discipline. NB: The show on Thursday 23 August will be changed to Wednesday 22 August due to the Ferreries fiesta of Sant Bartomeu.