Minorca: The Out Island

Minorca has sun, sand but not a glut of tourists

As the first rays of a Mediterranean morning bathe the island in languid warmth, its unique features emerge in gentle relief: towering megalithic monuments, colonial facades, a pristine expanse of beach. Along the palm-fringed harbors, sailboats nudge their moorings, and beach lovers prepare for another round of sun, sea and sand. This is an island of captivating contrasts.

But this is not Majorca, the all-too-famous Mediterranean resort. It is Minorca, the lesser-known jewel of the Balearic Islands. Its attractions tend to be subtler but are often deeper. Over 4,000 years of its inhabited history, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, French and British...

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