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S'Algar Menorca

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S'Algar Tourist Attractions

Most unusual for a resort in Menorca, S'Algar lacks a good beach. The nearest thing here is a narrow strip of imported sand in front of the Hotel S'Algar, other than that it's a 15 minute stroll to the cove at Cala Alcaufar, and although very picturesque, it has to be said that this is not one of the best beaches on Menorca. Cala Alcaufar is really a long narrow inlet, around which there are a number of traditional fishermen's cottages, and more recently a handful of luxury villas. However, in all fairness it is an ideal place if you have small children as they can play quite safely.

What really attracts people to S'Algar is possibly the best sporting facilities on the island, and with a choice of windsurfing, tennis, and horse-riding at the Club Hipic Es Beoret, there's usually plenty to do even for the most active families. Quite strange for Menorca, S’Algar also has seven lawn bowling greens and a number of places where you can hire woods.

A short distance inland from the resort brings you to the village of San Lluis, here you will find the Aero Club and Hippodrome. The aerodrome originally built during the Spanish Civil War, as was until 1969 the island's only airport. It still operates as an airfield and today houses the Royal Mahon-Menorca Airclub, who throughout the year offer visitors leisure flights around the island as well as private piloting courses. The facilities on site include a bar/restaurant, along with a small karting track. Contact details for more information are:
Real Aeroclub Mahon - Menorca
Carretera San Luis Km. 3
San Luis
Telephone: +34 971 361 672
Adjacent to the Aero Club, and certainly worth a mention is the Hippodrome, who hold horse trotting races at the weekend throughout the year.

Throughout all of Spain and the Balearic Islands there has always been a strong association with the annual cycle of local fiestas. The traditions of the Menorcan fiesta are possibly the strongest of all, with many tracing their origins way back to the 14th Century. To the local residents, the word fiesta conjures up images of beautifully groomed horses, the drink “Pomada” which is a combination of gin and lemon, and the traditionally baked cake “Coca amb Xocolati”, which is served with a sweet chocolate drink. A typical fiesta begins in 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. The annual fiesta of Sant Lluis is always held over the weekend closest to August 25th each year, and features a parade of floats through the town along with a varied selection of sporting and musical events to get the whole community involved in.

Although the city of Mahon is the commercial and cultural centre of Menorca, the depth of history, culture and nightlife there often takes visitors by surprise, and a visit to the world famous Xoriguer gin factory, which is found along the harbour front, is always included in most of the tour operators "see Menorca in a day" type island tours. Inside the factory there are several tasting tables where visitors can sample every type of gin they produce. There is no entrance charge to go in and absolutely no pressure to buy anything.

Mahon also holds a daily fish market, and certainly worth a mention is the twice weekly fruit and vegetable markets that are held every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the year. These being first established way back in 1301 by Jaime II as part of the Christian conquest of the island.

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