History

History

Since prehistoric times and up to quite recently, Minorca has always been a point of passage for several cultures given its strategic location in the heart of the western Mediterranean. This fact has meant that different peoples have availed of the island’s location and used it as a port of call along the way and a place to shelter.

The majority of Each these peoples have left their mark on the island, thereby making this eastern most of the Balearic Islands home to an extremely rich historical heritage.

Because of this, both historians and archaeologists consider that Minorca to be a genuine open-air museum: megalithic monuments, Talayotic settlements, necropolis, paleo-Christian basilicas, churches and a cathedral, defence towers and fortresses are all constant reminders to the visitor of the historical richness of this Mediterranean island.