Menorca in brief is written to give you a taster of this idyllic Island.
The Spanish love their food and Menorcans are no exception. The Island has an excellent choice of restaurants throughout the island. If you want to try authentic Menorcan cuisine you need to look at restarants where the majority of the clientele are locals. For the less adventurous there are plenty of European restaurants serving a selection of Menorcan and/or Spanish dishes. However Menorca also hasplenty of English, German and Italian style restaurants.
Menorcan cuisine uses on predominantly meat and seafood, and the most famous dish on the island are:-
Caldereta de langosta, a seafood stew made with lobster.
If you like lamb, Paletilla de cordero is the dish to order.
If chicken is your favourite then pollo al ajillo, a dish with plenty of garlic, is worth trying.
Gambas al ajillo is a similar dish with prawns replacing chicken.
Tapas are a common feature of the local cuisine and are comprised of popular dishes such as:-
Higado (liver and garlic)
Calamares a la romana (fried squid rings in batter)
Riñones al jerez (kidneys in sherry).
Traditional Spanish dishes are inexpensive but fresh locally caught fish dishes can rather expensive.
When to eat
Eating times are invariably later in Menorca and locals rarely sit down to lunch before 13:00. At this time od the dayyou can take advantage of Menú del Día (the menu of the day) which normally includes three courses at a reasonable fixed price.
In the evening you will not normally find restaurants busy until after 21:00.
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Moving on from food Menorca in brief cannot ignore the other fascinating features of the Island.
Theatre and Music
If you fancy a visit to the theatre you cannot expect to find the clasical plays or high drama. However in the local theatres you will find the opportunity to experience live Spanish music. Also smaller bars regularly featuring local acts and the largerhotels and apartment complexes do feature well known Spanish Artists from mainland Spain.
Festivals throughout the year provide an opportunity to see a variety of musical performances.
There are a large number of summer festivals the best known and largest of which are:-
Processo dels Tres Tocs, held in January inCiutadella. The procession through the streets of the town commemorate Alfonso III’s victory over the Muslims in 1287.
Fiestes de Sant Joan in June in Ciutadella is a fiesta that celebrates ancient traditions dating from the 14th century. There is mock jousting on the streets but the main focus are the events in the Plaza del Born in the centre of town.
The Fieasta Dia de Virgen de Carmen in June is held throughout the Balearic Islands in tribute to the patron saint of sailors. The fiesta includes a variety of festivities such as street parades and the blessing of fishing boats.
The Fiesta de Sant Lorenc is held in Alaior in August and features horse riding displays and other festive features.
Mare de Deu is held in Mahon in September to officially mark the end of the island’s summer season. The horse parade is the highlight. Fireworks and other festive activities continue into the night.
If you are looking for a holiday packed with sightseeing activities then Menorca is unlikely to live up to expectations. However if you want to learn something of the island’s history or simply absorb the islands natural beauty then look no further. Es Freginal,located in the heart of Mahon is one of Menorca’s best places to relax and enjoy the islands natural beauty. The park offers plenty of wideopen green spaces as well as lawns and well-tended flower displays. A stage in the park is regularly the setting for musical performances, especially when the summer jazz festival arrives.
Menorca in brief cannot ignore theexceptions to this rule in the form of thrill packed man made activities such as Go karting. You can experience the thrills of go kart driving at the Menorca Go-karting Club (tel: +34 971 380 424) in Costa Nova. The club is open daily from 10:00 until 20:00.
Los Delfines Aquapark,located just outside of Ciutadella, Los Delfines Aquapark. There are 12,500 square metre crammed with Water Slides anda variety of water based attractions for the whole family including the Giant Toboggan, Adventure River, Hydrotubes and the Black Hole.
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