Menorca is beautiful!
Our landscape is a harmonious synthesis of the different morphological, climatic and biological elements of Menorca, modified since time immemorial by the work of man. First by opening and enlarging caves in ravines, then by raising colossal megaliths and finally by invading forested areas to bring land into cultivation, man with his tenacious efforts has for millenniums placed his indelible stamp on the island’s landscape. The northern area, more abrupt and wild and exposed to the Tramontana wind, is still the most heavily wooded, due to lower density of population and cultivation from remote times. The lands of the central belt and the south, more intensively populated and better protected from the wind, are most favoured for agriculture.
The island’s diaphanous atmosphere and the sun give the landscape a singular and incredibly varied colouration. Its geological diversity produces a palate of tones, greys, ochres and reds, with the dark green stains of the woods and the bright white brushstrokes of the peasants’ houses. Viewing the island from its highest natural lookout point, El Toro mountain, you can appreciate its delicate shades, variants that depend on the state of the sky and the time of day on sky, earth and sea, which if not seen with your own eyes might seem like the figments of a mad avant-garde painter’s brush.
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Because Menorca is an island, all its life, its history, its landscape and the idiosyncrasies of its peoples are closely linked to the sea. This blue, green, violet, lead-grey or silvery ribbon is the immutable framework, the continuous backdrop, of the Menorcan landscape. The maritime panoramas of Menorca are endlessly variable: Cape Cavallería and the cliffs on the northern coast impress with their wild beauty, above all when the pounding of the Tramontana wind crowns them with foam. The ports of Maó, Fornells, Addaia and Albufera des Grau have their own lovely hideaways. Every cove will charm you with its unique footprint in the peaceful waters, clean sand, cliffs and trees that surround it. The sea’s humidity influences the climate and the agriculture. Its salt, carried by the wind across all the island’s fields, gives a special taste to our meat and vegetables. In short, the sea has dominated the life of the inhabitants of Menorca since the remotest times.
Menorca is waiting for you, with its fairy-tale coves, its ravines with their wild beauty, and the age-old mysteries of its prehistoric monuments.