With so much fun to be had both on and off the beach on your Son Bou holiday, it is tempting never to leave the resort! However for a change of pace, it can be a great day out to jump in a car and explore other nearby attractions the island can offer. So take a deep breath, slide into the left-hand driver’s seat and set off on a day trip from Son Bou!
Just a very short drive (or bus ride) from Son Bou, Alaior is a traditional Spanish town. With its white-washed buildings and network of narrow windy streets, Menorca’s third largest town has much to offer the day tripper. You should make time to visit the Sala Municipal D’Art Contemporani which depicts much of the Roman history of the island.
There is also a bustling weekly market where you can barter for some of the local crafts to take home as a memento of your Son Bou holidays. Alaior is known as the cheese capital of Menorca so you must sample the famous local cheeses, some of which are cured for up to two years. There is plenty of other local produce at the markets too, and you can stock up for a dinner at home in your Son Bou villa.
Every summer Alaior plays host to a music festival in the courtyard of an old convent, and if you’re lucky enough to be enjoying your Son Bou holidays in August you can experience the fantastic Fiesta de Sant Llorenc, with some incredible horseback high jinks from the locals!
Nicknamed Vella I Bella – “Old and beautiful” – Ciutadella is indeed both, and well worth the drive to visit while on your Son Bou holiday. It is rich in local culture and even though tourism has made its mark, the former capital of the island has retained its authentic medieval charm. It is a delightfully lively port town and was an important trading centre in the middle ages. Although the capital was moved to Mahon in the 18th century, Cuitadella has remained the island’s religious centre because the bishop refused to move! The town has an interesting history; at one time during Turkish occupation, the entire population of over 3000 residents was sold into slavery in the markets of Istanbul.
The town has some wonderful examples of Gothic and Baroque inspired architecture, and you can wander up to the old square and visit the cathedral which dates back to 1287.
If you’re feeling lazy after your explorations of the town, you can bask in the sunshine at one of the many harbour side cafes, or stroll around the port admiring the brightly coloured boats. After a lovely day spent enjoying some culture, you can head back down the road to your beautiful Son Bou villa to rest up and get ready to hit the beach again tomorrow!
Article Source: https://www.bharatbhasha.com
Article Url: https://www.bharatbhasha.com/travel.php/170007
Article Added on Wednesday, September 30, 2009
|Travel >> Top 50 Articles on Travel|
|Category - >|