T3 2013Posted by Savio D'Silva
Menorca is a beautiful, unspoilt island of Spainís Balearic archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, with pleasant Mediterranean climate.
It has a population of 92,000 in an area of 694 km≤ with two attractive cities Mao and Ciutadella; and glistening sandy coastline of 216 km.
It is a tourist and vacationersí delight because of its scenic beaches, sedate waters, quaint fishing harbours, rugged cliffs, sandstones, lush green countryside, narrow cobbled streets, olive groves, orchards etc.
The island has two popular bays: Arena Díen Castell, a sandy expanse full of water sports; and Cala Galdana, a family-oriented resort with an aqua park.
The 358 m Monte Toro is the highest point in the island from where the entire island can be viewed.
Because of its rich variety of flora and fauna, the island has been declared as a reserve biosphere by UNESCO.
The island abounds over 900 species of flowering plants; 30 species of butterflies, 17 species of dragonflies; toads, frogs, lizards, geckos, snakes, tortoises; booted eagle, red kite, bee-eaters, Egyptian vultures; rabbits, mice, rats, hedgehogs etc.
The island hosts various cultural events year round, such as: international opera week and organ festival, summer music festival; concerts and traditional summer fiestas.
The Museum Lithica, just outside Ciutadella, houses ancient stone woks of the islandís pre-historic cave dwellers.
The islandís only airport at Mao is connected to major airports of Europe and extensive bus network connects the major towns and resorts within the island.