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Santa Maria is a coastal estate on the beautiful island of Menorca. While ideal for families, with its endless lawns and a gated pool, it is also well suited to groups wanting complete privacy but still being conveniently close to the island's capital, Mahon, with a great variety of shops and restaurants. An English-speaking team of 4, including a full-time chef, runs this exceptional property. The 240 acres of gently rolling land include a private rocky cove and access to a public sandy beach. The main houses sit high above the land with panoramic sea views from the lawns.
Rates: from £9,701 per week
The Balearic Island of Menorca is a fantastic place to visit in the height of summer with lots to do and see, with everything from opera week to Spanish fiestas to enjoy. The warm Mediterranean climate and beautiful beaches add to the Island’s appeal. There are over 200 beaches in Menorca so sun worshippers will be spoilt for choice.
Whilst smaller than its neighbouring Majorca, this island is less crowded and has many areas of unspoilt natural beauty. The island is a European Biological Reserve and nature flourishes here, you can expect to see turtles, birds and many protected species. The harbour at Mao is one of the deepest natural water ports in the world.
Abercrombie & Kent Villas is still building a full portfolio of luxury villas here, our first is Santa Maria, a 9 bedroom luxury villa which is set on a coastal estate. The property is ideal for families with endless lawns and a gated pool. The villa enjoys an excellent complement of full time staff, including a chef, runs this exceptional property.
• 17th Processo dels Tres Tocs – A procession which celebrates the victory of Alfonso III over the Muslims in 1287. Ciutadella, Menorca
• Throughout February and March fancy dress balls are help to mark the end of the Carnival before lent. Whilst Palma hosts Cavalcade, one of the biggest fiestas, celebrations also take place through Menorca.
• Good Friday - Semana Santa – A procession through Mao in Menorca
• April 2nd - Festa Sant Francesc. A popular feast of St. Francis is celebrated throughout the islands
• April 23rd - Festa Sant Jordi. This feast day of the patron saint of many towns and villages is celebrated on all the islands
• April and May (six weeks) the Menorcan Jazz Festival features jazz and blues concerts in both Ciutadella and Mahon.
• June 24th - Sant Joan. An event to celebrate King Juan Carlos's name day and a great event for equestrians as horses are a major part of this event. Ciutadella, Menorca
• July 15th and 16th - Dia de Virgen de Carmen. Held all over the Balearic islands, this feast of the patron saint of sailors includes parades and the blessing of fishing boats.
• July and August - Mahon Music Festival. The festival takes place over two months and features internationally acclaimed musicians and orchestras performing at the historic Teatro Principal.
• Second week in August - Festa de Sant Lorenc. This spectacular event features riding displays in the streets. Alaior, Menorca
• August 15th - Assumption of the Virgin. This is a major festival in the Spanish calendar with events taking place throughout Spain.
• Diada de Catalunya - September 11th, this event is a national holiday throughout the islands
• Dia de la Hispanidad - October 12th, a national Spanish holiday, held to commemorate the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492
• Noche Buena - December 24th, Christmas Eve celebrations, including nativity plays and midnight mass, throughout the islands
• Santos Inocentes - December 28th, a Spanish equivalent of April Fool's Day
Suggested General Activities in Menorca
• Horse Shows - visit a typical Spanish horse show (held each Sun and Weds in Menorca)
• Markets - discover the local markets of Menorca (Alaior Market (Thursdays), Ciudadela Market (everyday but Sunday) Mahon Market (everyday but Sunday), Mercadal Market (Sundays)
Suggested Sporting Activities in Menorca
• Diving - Menorca is a protected biosphere reserve. Diving Centres are located in Ciutadella, Addaia
• Horse Riding - find horse riding schools in Son Olivar Nou near Cala'n Bosch
• Sailing - take a day trip out sailing - daily departures are from Cala Galdana and Ciutadella
• Mountain Biking - rent a bike and discover islands by bike
• Windsurfing/Kite-surfing - you will find surfing schools on Menorca
Suggested Local Attractions in Menorca
• Son Vitamina, Cales Coves
• Carre de Vassollo, Sant Antoni Church
• Ciutadella, Museu Municipal de Ciutadella - Open all year round
• Mao, Mao Park
• Mao, Museum of Menorca - Open all year round
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The Euro (€) is the official currency of Ibiza and Menorca. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros.
Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread.
Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure.
Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
TIPPING IN MENORCA
Spaniards are fairly relaxed about tipping etiquette. However service is not usually included in restaurants and it is common practice to leave the spare change, or up to 10% of the total in a smarter restaurant. Taxi drivers and bartenders may be tipped less. Many petrol stations are not self service, however it is not usual to tip the station attendant.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
WEATHER IN MENORCA
During the summer months the islands typically has 11 hours of sunshine each day, average temperature topping 29ºC as well as virtually no rain. Spring's and autumn's temperatures range from 22ºC-28ºC and the region's sunshine is still between 8-10 hours a day. The weather can be unpredictable and much more changeable, with the night-time temperature dropping quite dramatically. The winter brings average temperatures dropping to a cooler 15ºC, and 5 hours of sunshine a day.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
ELECTRICITY SUPPLY IN MENORCA
Electrical service in Spain, including Majorca, is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz – a converter/adaptor may be required.
DRIVING IN MENORCA
No right-hand turn on a red light.
Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way.
Passport or national ID as well as driver's license, insurance papers and ownership papers must be carried all the time.
National speed limit is 50km (31mph) in towns, 90km (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways (carretera secundaria), 100km (62mph) on dual carriageways (carretera/autovia), 120km (75mph) on motorways (autopista).; Speeding fines: 30 – 300 Euros.
Minimum driving age is 18.
For use of the highways (autopista) it is often necessary to pay a toll before access. Prices vary and are calculated by the distance of the journey.
There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0,05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.