Mahon is the capital of the Spanish island of Menorca. The city, situated on the east coast of the island, has a population of 31,000 and is most famous for its natural deep-water harbour, which stretches five kilometres inland and is one of the largest in the world. Mahon is easy to explore by foot. As you wander the streets, you’ll discover traces of the various civilisations that have passed through the town.[ReadMoreMob]
Santa María Church, with its ornate 19th century organ, is worth discovery on central Plaça de la Constitució, and City Hall has a Renaissance facade and a clock donated by the island’s first British governor. The Menorca Museum displays art and exhibits on the island's history.
From Mahón the true beauty of Menorca – its sleepy fishing villages, stunning beaches and Monte Toro, the island’s highest peak – is all waiting to be uncovered.
The main characteristic of this Menorcan natural wonderland, which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993, is the remarkable diversity of its flora and fauna. The most notable habitats are the gullies, caves, wetlands made up of ponds, lagoons and marshes, dune systems, coasts and islets, which are home to some 220 species of birds and 1000 species of plants, including 60 endemic to the island.
The Menorquin Horse or Cavall Menorquí is a breed of horse indigenous to the island of Menorca, from which it takes its name. Jaleo is an over 100-year-old celebration that involves Menorcan horses dancing to traditional music played by an orchestra. The dance lasts a couple of hours, and is set to the same music throughout. The horses, especially decorated for the occasion – like the horsemen, parade (one by one or in small groups) through the Plaza Mayor, the main square of the village.
Mayonnaise was in fact first created in the Menorcan town of Mahon in the mid 1700s, during the period of the French occupation. As a result, the locals here are purists when it comes to crafting the perfect Mayonnaise, and continue to use traditional ingredients - olive oil, garlic and eggs - to the produce the finest, most authentic flavour.
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