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Villa Deste
Each Menorca town has its own Patron Saint that they pay homage to every year. Fiesta takes place on or near the day of its Patron Saint. The first fiesta of the year and probably the biggest is held in Ciutadella to celebrate Sant Joan. On the average, every fiesta lasts for three days and the townsfolk normally consider this as a holiday with only the bars and restaurants remaining open. To the locals of Menorca, the word ‘fiesta’ automatically brings up images of stunningly groomed horses, as these animals play a chief part in the scheduled major events of the town. The “Pomada” or the local fiesta drink (a concoction of gin and lemon) surely will not be absent in the joyous dining tables of the townsfolk throughout the celebration.

Quote on the day

"Total madness is the only way of describing the evening we attended in Es Mercdal- The town band at full pitch, the crowds swaying along the narrow streets and the beer and wine at full flow with horses walking on two hind legs!!. What fun we had"

Jim and Joan

Fireworks over the harbour

Menorca like nearly all Spanish towns and villages love Festivals/ Es Castell fires off its fireworks around the last day of July at midnight. Sitting on the upper terrace with a glass in hand, watching the display from the villa terraces and seeing the reflections of the fireworks on the harbour water and you will know what a wonderful place Menorca is.
Horses within the crowd
Black beauty rises above the crowd
hands rise
horsemanship of Menorca
the race is on
hands touching the heart
the white stallion rises
Beautful Horses parade though the towns
Fine black horses are trained to the highest standards with such pride and care, its wonderful to see.
Prehistoric Menorca (4000BC? - 400BC)
Menorca can claim the greatest concentration of prehistoric monuments in the world. The island is dotted with the remains of the Talaiotic period which, after centuries of neglect, are now being restored. These include navetas (burial chambers), talaiots and the mysterious taulas; slightly sinister T-shaped tables probably used for religious ritual. One of the most visited sites is Naveta des Tudons, a Bronze Age burial chamber (and oldest roofed building in Spain) which revealed at least 100 corpses during excavations in the 1950s.

The Museu de Menorca is an important place to visit for a collection of coins, pottery and funerary objects of the prehistoric (and later) history of Menorca
British and French Menorca (1708 - 1802)
In 1706 Menorca was split by civil war during the Spanish War of Succession, with violence between supporters of Felipe de Borbón and Archduke Charles of Austria (pretender to the Spanish throne). In 1708, Anglo-Dutch forces landed and took the island without a shot fired starting a period of British rule, officially cemented in 1713 by the Treaty of Utrecht.
The British domination of 1708-1756 has been described by many as the so-called "Golden Age of Menorca". Richard Kane, the first governor, is remembered fondly for the improvements he made including improved farming, a road across the island, new schools and the abolition of the Inquisition. He also moved the capital to Maó, causing the diminishment in status of Ciutadella, where British Protestant rule was unwelcome by the nobles and Catholic clergy.
In 1756 the Duke of Richelieu was welcomed into Ciutadella when he landed with 20,000 French troops. There was a brief naval skirmish but the British withdrew. This failure to defend the island caused the public disgrace and execution of Admiral Byng on the deck of HMS Monarch. The French ruled for the next seven years, founding the village of Sant Lluis and inventing mayonnaise during their stay, until the Treaty of Paris returned Menorca to the British in 1763
The next nineteen years of British rule were not as benevolent, the only work of note being the construction of Georgetown (Es Castell). Poverty amongst the islanders was extreme and many emigrated to Florida. In 1782, a Franco-Spanish force captured the island for Carloss III of Spain after a six month siege.
In 1798, Britain retook the island for the final time and just four years later, Menorca was returned to the Spanish crown in the Treaty of Amiens of 1802.
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