Menorca tours: Mahón, Binibèquer, Cala en Porter, Alaior, es Mercadal, Monte Toro, Fornells, Mahón

In and around Mahón, one should take time out to visit the impressive natural harbour, as well as the Binibèquer and Cala en Porter residential developments. Inland, Alaior, es Mercadal (C-721) and of course Mt. Toro, are all worth the trip. The point to make for in the north is the portside town of Fornells (C-723).

Mahon, Menorca

Mahon, Menorca

Binibèquer Vell is the best-known tourist resort on the Sant Lluís coast. It was designed along the lines of a small fishing village. Nearby are the beaches of Binisafúa, Binidalí, Biniparratx and Cala Torret.

Cala en Porter is one of the most popular beaches along Menorca’s southern coast and is the site of a major resort and residential area. From the sea, one can spy Cova den Xoroi, high up in the cliffs and now converted into a discotheque, the cave that -legend has it- was once the haven and hideout of a shipwrecked buccaneer.

Alaior was founded in 1304 by James II. Points to see here are the parish Church of Santa Eulàlia (17th century) and the former cloister of the Church of San Diego (17th century), with the quadrangle known as es Pati de sa Lluna (Courtyard of the Moon). Of equal interest is Casa Salort, a noble mansion on the calle Mayor (calle, street). Alaior lies 12 kilometres from Mahón and its dairy industry is the source of most of the brands of cheeses sold under the Mahón seal of origin. Aside from the numerous villas, outstanding sights in the locality include the Hermitage of Sant Llorenç de Binixems, the prehistoric settlement of Torre d’en Gaumés, the Megalithic burial site of Roques Llises and the Palaeochristian Basilica of Son Bou.

Rising from es Mercadal are the slopes of Mt. Toro (just over 1,100 ft.), the highest elevation on Menorca. The town is situated at the island’s geographic centre, midway between Mahón and Ciutadella. It is renowned for its food and for producing the well-known “albarques”, the shoe typical of Menorca.

Fornells. Lying just eight and a half kilometres off, this small fishing harbour falls within the es Mercadal municipal area. The village originally grew up in the shadow of the 17th-century Castle of San Antonio, and the single factor responsible for its greatest growth has been tourism. Not to be missed here are the restaurants serving the typical caldereta de langosta (caldereta de llagosta lobster stew made with peppers, onion, tomato, garlic and herb liqueur).

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