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Menorca - Island Paradise

Yacht Charter Menorca takes its name after its larger "sister", Mallorca and is part of the Balearic group of islands off Spain's eastern shore. Its name translates as "smaller island" since Mallorca is the "larger island". However, Menorca is actually the second largest in the group, surpassing Ibiza and Formentera in area and some would say also in natural beauty. Unlike the other islands, Menorca is the least frequented by "party tourists" making it one of the quieter and quainter parts of the archipelago, thus perfect for a yacht charter trip or a family holiday.

Yacht charter in Menorca is made possible by the coastline which is full of lagoons and marshes and small springs while also providing a lot of safe anchorage points like port of Mao, famous among the sailing community.

Unlike some other islands of the Balearics, yacht charter Menorca is home to some peculiar types of vegetation, including marshland and dunes, as well as a interesting system of caves in the southern side of the island (including underwater caves, perfect for exploring yacht charter adventurers). The wetlands are located all along the coast and are made up from ponds, marshes and lagoons, best seen at the nature reserves of Es Grau, Addaia, Son Saura and Son Bou, scattered along the entire surface of the island.

The island's strategic position within the western Mediterranean meant that it was inhabited from very early on, and there still are a number of megalithic ruins to this day that are worth visiting. During Roman times, the island served as hideout and a base of operations for pirates against traders. It's interesting to note that through the centuries, a hoard of peoples came and left from the island but all left their mark o the local culture, some of which can still be seen even today.

The capital city of yacht charter Menorca is Mahon (or Mao) which was founded as a Carthaginian settlement on what is even today the second largest natural deep water port in world (the only one larger is Pearl Harbour). Today it acts as the main attraction on the island, popular especially among British tourists who come here for the fabulous nightlife, cafes and restaurants. The other big city in Menorca is Ciutadella, the former capital under British occupation which is preferred by those who seek a quieter time.

Keeping true with the reputation of the Balearics, yacht charter skippers will find almost perfect sailing conditions here, especially during summer, when there are lots of sunny days with light breezes and little to no rainfall. There is the possibility of sailing round the island and exploring its coasts, or heading out on the neighboring islands.