Maó

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Maó is a city in Minorca.

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  • S'Albufera d'es Grau, (Maó), 0034 971 17 77 05, [1]. Natural Park located at the north-east of the island. It is the heart of the biosphere reserve.  edit
  • Xoriguer Gin Distillery. Minorca's very own Xoriguer Gin Distillery, constructed during the 18th century, is situated at the Moll de Ponent dockside. Minorcan gin is distinctively aromatic and very tasty, and generally offered only there and by select European retailers elsewhere. Fortunately you may sample and purchase it on-site, as well as the many other types of liquor that the Xoriguer Distillery manufactures. This attraction is open to the public from M-F 8AM to 7PM and Saturdays 9AM to 1PM.
  • Museu de Minorca. This former 15th century Franciscan monastery contains the earliest history of the island, the Roman and Byzantine eras and Muslim Minorca and includes paintings from more recent times times. Open 10AM -2PM and 6-8:0PM Tu-Sa, 10AM-2PM Sun and holidays.
  • Placa Alfons III. The eye-catching plaza named Placa Alfons III is situated in close proximity to Avda de la Constitucio. This plaza is lined with noteworthy restaurants and cafés that are worth more than a passing glance. Be sure to check out the aged windmill, which now serves as headquarters for the town's tourist information office.

Harbour of Maó[edit]

Port de Maó (Mahón)

The harbour at Maó is the second largest natural deep water port in the world - the largest being Pearl Harbour. The whole island is a European Biological Reserve and Unesco Biosphere Reserve aiming to preserve environmental areas. More than a 75% of the territory is protected. You can watch some of the last turtles of the Mediterranean, birds and protected species. During the 18th Century, Minorca was a bone of contention among the British, French and Spanish powers. This was due to the Port of Maó, the finest natural harbour in the Mediterranean, and one of the best in the world, which could protect the largest fleets of the time in their entirety. The Utrecht Treaty, signed in 1713, gave place to the first British presence on Minorca, which lasted until 1755. The first British Governor was John Campbell (Argyll) nominated by the Queen Anne. Richard Kane ,from County Antrim in Ireland, the second British Governor, is still fondly remembered for his effective support of agriculture on the island; he introduced the cultivation of the apple, promoted cattle breeding and built roads and reservoirs which are still in use today. The Scottish Col.Patrick Mackellar (Argyll) was the chief engineer of Minorca and responsible for the main constructions of the british legacy. The main contribution of Mackellar was the design and construction of Georgestown (Es Castell) near to Sant Felip fortress at the entry of Mahon harbour.

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  • Claustre del Carme. Market located in a former monastery in the city center of Maó where all typical cured sausages, like "sobrassada" or "carnixulla", and cheese can be found.

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