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The most rural of the Balearic Islands, Menorca is a green and rolling, lush island. Like the other islands in this chain (Majorca, Ibiza and Formentera) the sunny climate and beautiful beaches are guaranteed. The rocky coves and headlands around those beaches help to make this the perfect family holiday destination. There’s plenty of opportunity for safe paddling and rock-pool discovering.
Despite its small size, Menorca has had two capital cities. When the British took control of the island in 1713, they moved the capital from Ciutadella, an old Moorish city in the west of the island, to Mahon (Mao to Menorcans). Mahon has one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Today, it is a bustling town with stately public buildings, such as the Palace Torre Saura, an atttractive Old Town and a lively harbourfront. Ciutadella is the more beautiful city and, perhaps, the more atmospheric. It has been the island’s religious centre since the 4th century. Search for cheap flights to Menorca at the end of June to see the city at its best, this is when the festival of Saint John takes place, complete with bucking horses.