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Cala'n Bosch Menorca

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Cala'n Bosch Tourist Attractions

As we have already mentioned in the general description of the resort, Cala'n Bosch does have a large man made lake and marina, and this does tend to be the focal point, and centre of the resort.

From here Glass Bottom boats run trips around the south west coast, taking in a good selection of the more secluded coves on the way. The trip costs around £15 for adults and £8 for children, and this is a good way of sightseeing, sunbathing, and snorkeling all in one day.

The boats are quite modern, with both a small bar and toilet facilities onboard, and on most trips the captain will usually stop for about 30 minutes giving you the chance to dive or jump off the back of the boat and cool off in the sea.

The Goody Goody Park by the marina has a good selection of ball pits, bouncy castles, waterslides, bowling, crazy golf, bumper cars, and trampolines to keep the children amused, whilst the adults have a drink in peace. It's worth also remembering that some of the attractions are pay once for the day, so you can always return again in the evening at no extra charge.

Certainly worth a mention in this section is the "Aqua Rock" water park, which is just a few minutes walk away from the marina. Admission is a bit pricey at 20 Euro per adult and 11 Euro for a child for a full day. One thing to look out for though, is they also charge an extra 3 Euro per sunbed once you are inside. Contact details are:
AquaRock Menorca
Urb. Cala en Bosc
Ciutadella de Menorca
Telephone: +34 971 387 217
Web Site: www.aquarock-menorca.com

Despite what many people may think, fiestas on Menorca are not held purely for the benefit of tourists, and the origins of many can be traced way back to the 14th Century. To the local residents, the word "fiesta" automatically conjures up images of horses and their riders, dressed in mainly black and white and decorated with ribbons, embroidery and multi-coloured carnations, also the consumption of "Pomada", the local fiesta drink, which is a combination of gin and lemon, and finally "Coca amb Xocolati", which is a traditionally baked cake with a sweet chocolate drink to accompany it.

A typical fiesta begins on the afternoon before the Saint's day with the horses and their riders meeting and parading through the streets before congregating at the church for Mass. In the evening there is often live music and traditional folk dancing, and then a magnificent firework display ends the celebrations at around midnight.

Although all fiestas on Menorca are something special, and are regarded by the local residents as a being a public holiday with only the bars and restaurants remaining open, the annual Fiesta of Sant Joan which is held in nearby Ciutadella on 23rd - 24th of June each year, is widely recognised as being the most spectacular on the island.

The fiesta always starts on the Sunday prior to the 24th June, and this is known as the "Día des Be". On this day every year a countryman, dressed in lambskin similar to those worn by Saint John the Baptist, walks barefoot through the old streets of Ciutadella accompanied by the "caixers" (riders), who are also on foot, inviting everyone to the fiesta that is approaching.

On the 23rd of June at precisely 2pm, the fiesta starts at the palace of the "Caixer Senyor", with the playing of a flute known as the "flabiol". This is a simple flute made out of cane which, together with a small drum, permanently marks time for the duration of the celebration. The main events and the times of the fiesta are then:

23rd June:
Palace of the "Caixer Senyor"
Plaça des Born, where horses and riders demonstrate their skills and elegance to the rhythm of the "jaleo", which is the typical music of the fiesta. During the "jaleo" the horses are encouraged to rear up onto their back legs whilst the local people (only the brave or very stupid ones!) try to support the horse, and keep it up for as long as possible.
The rural chapel of Sant Joan de Missa, which is 3km from the centre of Ciutadella.
The Calle de Ses Voltes, Plaza de la Catedral.
The narrow streets between Ses Voltes and the museum of the Bastió de Sa Font and Santa Clara.
24th June:
The trials for the Medieval games are held in the Plaça de Sant Joan in the port of Ciutadella.
The "convidada" takes place. This is when the "noble rider" invites the town hall officials to view the games that take place an hour later. These "games" are the most spectacular and dangerous of the fiesta and only the most experienced riders are allowed to take part. They consist of three trials of equestrian skills. The first is the "Ensortilla", which is a test of equilibrium and aim, the second is the "rompre ses carotes", which is a jousting test between two riders, and finally the most dangerous test in which two horses set off on a gallop together, with their riders arm in arm.

The Fiesta of Sant Joan is not the only event in the Ciutadella cultural calendar. The first event of the year is the Fiesta of Sant Antoni which takes place on January 17th each year, when few, if any tourists are on the island.

The origins of this fiesta can be traced back to 1561, and is a three way celebration of Sant Antoni, the Processó dels Tres Tocs, which translates into English as the Procession of the Three Knocks, which commemorates the Christian conquest of Menorca by Alfonso III of Aragon in 1287, and finally the annual Ciutadella agricultural and craft fair.

The Processo dels Tres Tocs always begins with Mass which is held in the Catedral Basílica of Ciutadella, where the story of the conquest is included as part of the sermon. After Mass, the procession leaves the Cathedral led by three members of the municipal council riding horses and dressed in tails, waistcoats, white breeches, riding boots and wearing a "bicornio" which is a two-cornered hat.

The procession makes its way through the town to where the gate in the old walls used to be, where the the most senior rider dismounts and gives three knocks with a flag pole at the place where the gate was located.

On the same day the annual Ciutadella agricultural and craft fair is also held. This is widely recognised as being one of Menorcas most important agricultural fairs, although over the years it has also developed a more commercial theme. Nevertheless, there's still always exhibitions of local produce and handicrafts, along with displays of industrial and agricultural machinery.

Every year on the Thursday following Ash Wednesday, which by tradition is always 46 days before Easter, through to the following Tuesday, most of the larger towns on Menorca celebrate their annual Carnival. As with a fiesta, there's always a parade of floats through the town along with a varied selection of sporting and musical events to get the community involved in.

Possibly the most bizarre tradition that takes place each year in Ciutadella is the annual "Matances de Bujots", or "Death of the Bujot". The event always begins at noon following the Easter Sunday Mass, where a number of straw figures (the bujots) representing both politicians and other contemporary figures of ridicule, are shot with hunting rifles until the effigy falls to the ground in flames, to the obvious delight of the crowds.

For safety reason, the cartridges fired are specially manufactured for the event, and are blanks which have a small amount of gunpowder and a plug. The whole event usually lasts for no more than 10 minutes or so, during which around 300 shots are fired at each bujot.

If ever proof was needed that the Menorcan people can celebrate even the most tragic part of their history, then look no further than the annual Fiesta commemorating Any de sa Desgracia, which translates into English as either "Our Year of Misfortune" or "Our Year of Disgrace". The fiesta is commemorated on July 9, when in 1558 Ciutadella underwent brutal destruction which was led by Turkish troops backed by France and the Vatican.

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