Menorca is the northernmost of the Balearics and the second largest, with a surface of 702 square kilometres. It’s the least overrun and most tranquil of the Balearic Islands.
Menorca has a population of 80,000 inhabitants, mostly concentrated in the cities of Maó and Ciudadella. Maó is the current administrative capital and centre of trade and commerce through its prodigious harbour. Ciutadella, aristocratic and majestic, retains its beautiful squares and palaces.
Menorca has a wavy profile, with alternating small and gentle hills and fertile valleys. The highest point is Mount Toro, with a height of 357m. From its summit, you can see almost the whole island. Menorca is known as the “windy island” because it's usually buffeted by tramontana winds from the north.
The unusual natural environment of Menorca, in addition to its cultural life and sustainable socio-economic development, lead to the declaration of the island as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993.
The island can be very easily explored by car. With over 120 beaches and coves you'll always find something new to see. With the aid of a good map, you can find all the hidden places and secluded beaches the Menorcans head to if they want to escape the crowds.
The history and archaeology of Menorca are outstanding. Talayotic villages dating back to over 3000 years can be found all over the island. At Cap de Cavalleria, just west of Fornells on the north coast, you can also find archaeological remains of the first Roman settlements.