Cap de Cavalleria Lighthouse
The most northerly point of Menorca is Cap de Cavalleria. This area is often thought of as
a rather desolate area pounded in the winter by the island's famous tramontana wind.
Far from desolate this northern area is rich in history and embellished by beautiful beaches
such as Playa de Cavalleria.
After the arrival of the Moors about 903 AD the first mosque in the Balearic islands is
believed to have been built at Sanitja harbour. The ruins indicate that it consisted of
a rectangular room with a semicircular minaret located at the central portion of the southern wall.
The door has
not yet been found though in similar constructions it is usually located in the middle of the northern wall.
The roof is believed to have been flat and made with branches and mud for weatherproofing. There is some evidence
that materials from the Roman city were reused to build the mosque.
The Ecomuseum de Cap de Cavalleria welcomes visitors to the Cavalleria area and
the Sanitja harbour. The Ecomuseu makes use of shows in an interactive and educational
displays way the remains recovered in the excavations of the Roman city Sanisera,
in the Roman camp, which can also be visited along with the Port de Sanitja, where underwater
searches have started to evaluate the naval commerce, nautical engineering and the relation
of Menorca with the Balearics and the whole Mediterranean.
General Ticket Price:
€ 3.00 for those over 8 years old.
Guided visits for school groups and/or other groups with reduced price.
Sanisera is the only Roman city on Menorca that can be excavate and is one
of the best records of the Roman presence on the island.
Ecomuseum Opening Hours:
Every day in
April, May, June and October:
10:00 am – 7:00 pm.
July, August and September
10:00 am – 8:30 pm .
How to get to The North
There are two ways to get there.
Firstly, from the village of Es Mercadal in the centre of the island. Follow the signs
to the northern beaches “Playas del Norte". This route takes you through the Tramontana way
(camino de Tramontana). Take the road to Cavalleria, follow the signs to the Ecomuseum
(Ecomuseo de Cap de Cavalleria).
Secondly starting in Maó head towards Fornells.
Then take the road towards the Tirant Bay (Cala Tirant) and tyhen the Ecomuseum and the Lighthouse
of Cap de Cavalleria (Faro). The Ecomuseum is some 9 kilometres away along narrow lane through
beautiful Minorcan countryside of the Tirant Albufera.