If you are looking for a relaxing getaway that enriches you both as a traveler and a learner, then the beautiful island of Menorca is the perfect getaway for you. Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean, this blue expanse is the perfect choice. Also known as the Balearic Island, it is famous for its megalithic stone monuments that have been photographed by photographers from the world over.
Location and How To Reach
Menorca Minorca, is a small island in Spain, which is close to the beautiful island of Majorca in the Balearic Islands. The name Minorca is given to show the contrast with the adjoining island of Majorca. The rocky island has a size of 50 km. To reach this beautiful place, you have to catch a flight to Menorca International airport which is about 4.5 KM from the capital Mahon.
Things to do in Menorca
In addition to relaxing on the beach, indulging in fishing, and enjoying the delicacies of the fish caught locally in the exotic restaurants here, there are many historic places to visit. The beauty of pure natural scenery will keep you enthralled and ensure your holiday spirit is always high.
There are numerous megalithic stone monuments scattered across the island. These monuments talk about the life and activities of Prehistoric Men. There is a variety of evidence from the Talayotic settlements scattered throughout the island. There are three kinds of architecture that is clearly available in areas that are believed to date back to 2000 BC.
The Menorcan ” taluas ” arranged in a horseshoe stables consists of two large stone. They are facing towards the South, and the entrance is located on the front face of the future.
It is believed that ‘ taluas ‘ was built for religious or astronomical purposes. Spanish archaeologist j. Mascaro Pasarius suggested that ”maybe” taula is a representation of some form of “God Bull”. Archaeologist Michael Hoskin suggested that ” taulas ” may indicate some form of cult of ancient healing. Whatever the case may be, because they are built between 1000 BC and 300 BC by native cultures of Talaiotic, and no written records were found for that era, we have to rely heavily on speculation of archaeologists.
Burial Navetas are certain kinds of rooms, which again are found only on the island of Menorca. They look like an upside down boat and have got their name from Dr. Juan Ramis, which means together in local language. ” The Naveta d’Es Tudons ” is the most famous ‘ naveta ‘ which is located in the western part of the island.
This structure has two vertical walls and a bell-shaped wall in the middle. It is believed that they were built in the Bronze Age before the time of Talaiotik and the lower chambers are used for storing human remains that are not articulated after meat is removed from the carcass. The upper room may be used for drying out the meat of the dead body.
Talaiot, or talayot, found on the island of both Menorca and Majorca is believed to have been used as a clock tower or the Tower of weather forecasts. They date back to the Bronze Age and until now approximately 274 of them has been discovered/excavated in this region. It is also believed that some of these monuments might have been used to protect the native people from an alien invasion, by using them like a fortress.
These mysterious islands offer everything to turn your vacation great. The gentle landscapes invite you for walking or cycling while exploring the megalithic monuments. The inclines are not sharp, and therefore they are safe for cycling. Apart from that, you can think about the pristine water here. Diving, sailing, kayaking, and rowing are also very popular on the island. Overall, the island is full of activity and mystery, which certainly has all the ingredients to make your holiday unforgettable.