Alaior Resort Guide

Alaior is a small town located just 7 miles West of Mahon with a population of just 8,500

Alaior is Menorca’s third largest town after Mahon and Ciutadella. With its narrow side streets and white washed houses, Alaior is a wonderful and historic town; with a medieval feel founded in 1304 by King Jaume (James) 11 of Mallorca.

Alaior is the home of the famous Mahon Cheese, made at the Coinga factory; here you can visit the factory shop selling the full range of cheese direct from the factory floor.

There are also numerous smaller personal shop selling a wide range of pots, leather items and other locally crafted produce.

Alaior’s church Santa Eulàlia is a beautiful example of Menorca historic past, its a Baroque styled church rebuilt in the 17th century.

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Things to do near Alaior

Horse back riding

Distance: 3 km

Location: L’Argentina, Mahon | Telephone: 0034 971 371 651

The Menorca terrain is ideal for horse riding so why not spend the day at the Can Pouny equestrian riding school. Situated on the main Mahon to Alaior road at L’Argentina. There are varying classes ranging from a 30mins countryside walk to 3 hour treks through the beautiful Menorca countryside.

Lloc de Menorca zoo

Distance: 3.7 km

Location: Alaior | Telephone: +34 971 372 403

The Menorca Zoo situated on the Alaior to Mahon road has a good variety of animals including goats, cows, horses, deer, tortoises, emu’s, snakes, parrots and wide variety of birds. There is also a play area, picnic tables and shop. http://www.llocdemenorca.com

Torralbad’en Salord (Prehistoric Site)

Distance: 4.7 km

Location: Alaior to Cala en porter road

This settlement has an impressive standing taula reaching to 5 metres in height as well as two outstanding talayots, caves and building remains. Relics from this settlement can be found in the Museum of Menorca.

Bowling

Distance: 7.8 km

Location: Son Bou | Telephone: +34 097 137 2887

Situated in Son Bou the bowling and entrainment centre is an option for those rainy days. Facilities include children’s playground, Bar Café and arcade machines. It’s Open from 4 or 7 pm.

Club Sant Jaime

Distance: 7.8 km

Location: Son Bou | Telephone: +34 097 137 2787

Situated in Son Bou Club Sant Jaime has many attractions for children. Activities include a swimming pool with water chutes as well as a wooden maze with water sprinklers during the day and monsters at night. The complex also has pleasant landscaped gardens with views over the sea and countryside.

Roman Basilicas

Distance: 7.8 km

Location: Son Bou

Basilicas are a type of Roman building that was built between 300 and 400 AD. These religious buildings were used for public gatherings similar to a public hall. There are two notable examples of these Christian Basilicas left behind by the Romans in Menorca. They are located at Son Bou, Fornas de Torello (sant that are both very interesting and well worth a visit.

Torre d’en Galmes (Prehistoric Site)

Distance: 7.8 km

Location: Son Bou

Torre d’en Galmes is the largest talayotic settled in Menorca that’s dates back to 1400 BC. The site contains well-preserved buildings as well as three talayots and a good-sized taula. A notable artefact found at this site was a small fine figure of imhotep an Eygptian polymath.

Cova d'en Xoroi

Distance: 9.5 km

Location: Cala en Porter | Telephone: +34 971 377 236

Cova d’en Xoroi used to be a prehistoric dwelling but has been made into a bar and restaurant that is perched high on the side of a steep cliff with some stunning views. The venue becomes a nightclub in the evenings. Entry fee 7 euros.

Talati de Dalt (Prehistoric Site)

Distance: 10.9 km

4km west of Mao on the main road to Alaior

Talati de dalt is the most popular settlement on the island it contains an unusual elliptical-base conical talayot, a large leaning taula, and several dwellings as well as well preserved defensive wall.

Gin Distillery in Mahon

Distance: 12.4 km

Location: Mahon Port, Mahon

Visit the Gin distillery located at Mahon’s harbour, the famous Menorca gin dates back to the 18th century when it was under British control and taste the distinctively aromatic flavours of the Xoriguer Gin amongst other local liqueurs. Open daily.

Collection of Joan Hernandez Mora

Distance: 12.4 km

Location: Mao | Telephone: +34 971 350 597

Joan was a local historian and donated his life’s finding to the city of Mao when he died in 1975. His collection contains antique furniture, books, painting and maps dating back between the 18th and 19th century when the island was ruled by the British.

Port of Mao

Distance: 12.4 km

Location: Mao

Mao port is the second deepest natural water harbour in the world and approximately 5km in length, it’s a wonderful and interesting place to visit. The Marina and port area are just a short walk from Mao’s city centre and is approximately a 2 mile stretch of numerous boutiques, galleries, a casino, bars and restaurants. Along this stretch there is off course numerous fishing boats, yachts and speedboats anchored at the shoreline.

Trotting Races

Distance: 12.4 km

Location: Hipodromo de Maó

Held in Mao and Ciutadella trotting races are a popular sport in Menorca and have been for over 200 years. The races occur on Saturday night during the summer and Sunday mornings during the winter.

Es Freginal Park

Distance: 12.4 km

Location: Mao

Es Freginal Park is located in Mao, take a stroll through its lovely gardens and exhibit the flower displays and maybe take a picnic for a relaxing afternoon break from the bustle of Mao’s shopping streets. Musical festivals are also hosted in the park including the Jazz festival.

Glass Bottom Boat Trips

Distance: 12.4 km

Location: Mao Port

Take a glass bottomed boat trip around maos harbour. The cruises are relaxing and educational explaining the port’s historical importance as well as highlighting numerous buildings of interest, including Kings Island, The Fortress of La Mola and many other interesting points. Well worth a trip.

Museum of Menorca

Distance: 12.4 km

Location: Mao | Telephone: +34 971 35 09 55

Menorca’s history is uncovered in its largest museum; predominately covering menorca’s archaeological past. The museum it self is located in a wonderful 17th century Baroque building used as an old Franciscan monastery. Highlight collections include old coins, pottery dating back to the pretalayótic period. There is also a wonderful collection of paintings and engravinsg from the XVIII and XIX centuries. Opens Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday for limited hours.

Monte Toro

Distance: 13.4 km

Location: Es Mercadal

The highest mountain in Menorca is Mount Toro at 354m high. Not only do you get breath taking views of Menorca but the Franciscan nuns who occupy a convent at the top open their doors to the public from May, where to be seen the sanctuary of the Mare de Déu del Toro. The site is an important place of pilgrimage with the statue of the Virgin towering high on the peak.

Military Museum

Distance: 15.5 km

Location: Es Castell | Telephone: +34 971 362 100

Situated in Es Castell, the Military museum of Menorca is located in 18th century barracks of Cala Corp. The museum has a fantastic collection of the islands military history. Spread over two floors and numerous rooms the museum also has a collection of canons and guns.

Fort Marlborough

Distance: 15.5 km

Location: Es Castell | Telephone: +34 090 292 9015

Built by the English between 1710 and 1726 Fort Marborough is located on the southern side of mahon port in Es Castell. The fort is named after Sir John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, and a highly regarded General in the British army at the time.

Fortress of Isabel II, La Mola

Distance: 19.4 km

Location: Moa

Built between 1850 and 1875 and situated on the peninsula of La Mola at the entrance of Mao harbour. The fortress was built by the Spanish for the British in order to help defend operations against the French. http://www.fortalesalamola.com

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