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The first time I visited the Island I was captivated by its relatively unspoilt and charming persona.

It was so different from Ibiza which my wife and I had visited a few years earlier.

Together with Majorca these three islands in the Mediteranean, just off the coast of mainland Spain, form the chain of Balearic Islands.

So why does it have two different spelling of its name? According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Minorca comes from Latin Balearis Minor, "minor island" as it is close to Majorca but is much smaller.

The Island is the second largest of the Balearic Islands, according to Wikitravel. It is the least overrun and most tranquil of the Balearics. Due to its unspoilt beauty, it allows the more adventerous the opportunity to discover new charms and experiences.

Apparently the English name for the Island should be Minorca, but the Spanish and the Catalan spelling is more often used.

According to the tourist information service either spelling is acceptable but I like to think that it is so special it deserves two spelling forms The island is the second largest of the Balearic Islands, according to Wikitravel. It is the least overrun and most tranquil of the Balearics. Due to its unspoilt beauty, it allows the more adventerous the opportunity to discover new charms and experiences.

Despite its smaller size among other Spanish islands, the number of beaches here equals the number of beaches that can be found in Mallorca and Ibiza combined. The possibility of having a beautiful beach largely to yourself in the summer, combined with alfresco dining and peaceful holiday resorts, makes this Island a highly desirable place to visit.

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