The small island of Menorca lies the the Mediterranean Sea and is a member of the Balearic Island chain that is under the protection of Spain. The population of Menorca is quite small at just over 94,000. The island has a total land mass of just over 268 square miles. The tallest peak on Menorca is known as Monte Toro and rises to an elevation of 1,175 feet above sea level. You can some great Menorca deals on flights from Thompson and get a great holiday for 2012.

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The island was long a Spanish possession after the days of the barbarians in Europe. In 1708 the British invaded, and they officially received possession of Menorca in 1713 with the Treaty of Utrecht that ended the War of the Spanish Succession. The island passed back and forth between British and Spanish control for much of the next century. Spain finally took control of the island of Menorca for good in 1802 with the Treaty of Amiens.

The climate of Menorca has a very comfortable Mediterranean influence year-round. The temperatures are generally quite mild, and cloudy, rainy days are uncommon. The island has two official languages, Spanish and Catalan. However, the influence of the British occupation are still evident with some of the architecture and with the fondness of the island’s citizens for drinking gin.

The main towns on Menorca are Ciutadella de Menorca and Port Mahon. Most of the travelers who visit Menorca come through Port Mahon, which has an airport and features a ferry service to Mallorca, Barcelona and Valencia. The island is well-known for the natural beauty that it provides to residents and visitors. Over 75% of the island is barred from development.

Many visitors are fascinated by the many traditional fiestas that take place on Menorca.
The most famous of these fiestas is one celebrating St. John. In addition to these fiestas, visitors to Menorca appreciate the wonderful beaches that the island has to offer. The many species of wildlife and birds also provide a wonderful experience for nature lovers who visit the island.