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As we briefly mentioned in our Binibeca general introduction pages, a visit to the village of Binibeca Vell is often now included as part of the major tour operators "see Menorca in a day" type island tours. The whole village has been carefully designed to recreate a traditional Mediterranean style fishing village, which in recent years has lead to a number of awards for both its architectural and design features. The most striking and memorable features of the village are undoubtedly its narrow cobbled streets which lead down to a small picturesque harbour, along with the enigmatic church steeple standing proudly above the rows of low rise apartments. However, don't be fooled as this steeple is purely for decoration purposes only and no matter how hard you look you will be unable to find a church anywhere in the village.
Many visitors to Menorca are often quite surprised to discover a thriving cricket club on the island. Whilst
mainland Spain may have not fully embraced the sport to international standards, the Menorca Cricket Club
based at nearby Biniparrell certainly take their matches very seriously. If you wish to see one of their regular
matches held throughout the summer, directions are from San Luis follow the road to Binibeca and take the
second turning to your right. After passing through S’Uestra & immediately after passing the turning to Binibeca,
there is a turning signposted to Biniparrell, at which point keep a sharp look out for the sign to the cricket club.
Contact details for more information and match details are;
Menorca Cricket Club
PO Box 565
Telephone and fax: +34 971 150 620
A short distance inland from the coast brings you to the village of San Lluis, here you will find the Aero Club
and Hippodrome. The aerodrome originally built during the Spanish Civil War, as was until 1969 the island's only
airport. It still operates as an airfield and today houses the Royal Mahon-Menorca Airclub, who throughout the
year offer visitors leisure flights around the island as well as private piloting courses. The facilities on site
include a bar/restaurant, along with a small karting track. Contact details for more information are:
Real Aeroclub Mahón - Menorca
Carretera San Luis Km. 3
Telephone: +34 971 361 672
Adjacent to the Aero Club, and certainly worth a mention is the Hippodrome, who hold horse trotting races at the weekend throughout the year.
Throughout all of Spain and the Balearic Islands there has always been a strong association with the annual cycle of local fiestas. The traditions of the Menorcan fiesta are possibly the strongest of all, with many tracing their origins way back to the 14th Century. To the local residents, the word fiesta conjures up images of beautifully groomed horses, the drink “Pomada” which is a combination of gin and lemon, and the traditionally baked cake “Coca amb Xocolati”, which is served with a sweet chocolate drink. A typical fiesta begins in the afternoon before the Saint's day with the horses and their riders meeting and parading through the streets before congregating at the church for Mass. In the evening there is often live music and traditional folk dancing, and then a magnificent firework display ends the celebrations at around midnight. The annual fiesta of Sant Lluís is always held over the weekend closest to August 25th each year, and features a parade of floats through the town along with a varied selection of sporting and musical events to get the whole community involved in.
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