The end of summer is a perfect time to make a trip to the island. The busiest months of July and August are over and a slower pace offers great attractions that are well worth a visit.
Visiting Minorca is always worthwhile. Each season has its plus points, and each moment has its special charm. Over recent years we have seen how the month of September has become a favourite for those who prefer to enjoy Minorca with a certain air of calm.
There are a whole host of reasons to visit in September
At the Faustino Gran we have put together a list of some of our reasons for planning a getaway to the island:
1.- The thermometer drops a few degrees. Temperatures of between 25º and 18ºC mean you can continue to enjoy the spectacular beaches and take an afternoon walk while avoiding high temperatures.
2.- Speaking of beaches, come September they haven’t gone anywhere. The turquoise waters of the south and the reddish tones of the north are calm and at a temperature of 23ºC. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the island’s most famous beaches, which at this time of year are quieter and less busy.
3.- Our favourite sunsets can be found not far from the Faustino Gran. The cliffs of Pont d’en Gil to the north of Ciutadella are the perfect spot to watch on as the sun disappears into the Mediterranean. Not far away, Punta Nati lighthouse, one of five on the island, has become very popular over recent years for enjoying the sunset from its wild and desolate landscape. September is the perfect time of the year to avoid the crowds.
4.- Wine routes during grape harvest. September is the month of the grape harvest and Minorca is a land of wines. In the 1980s the island’s vineyards began to be restored and in 2002 the island acquired the Vi de la Terra Illa de Menorca quality seal. September is a perfect time to do a small tour of the wineries offering tastings and learn first-hand about the way Minorcan wine is made.
LOWER TEMPERATURES. BEACHES AND SUNSETS. WINE TASTING. HORSE FESTIVALS. TALAIOTIC MENORCA. EXCURSIONS. SPORT.
5.- Enjoying a local Minorcan festival is a unique experience. Jumping alongside adorned horses, Jaleo music, open homes with food and drink, the famous pomada or gin amb llimonada, the caixers and their traditional dress. The island’s local festivals, which begin with the most popular, Sant Joan in Ciutadella, come to a close in the month of September. First up is Mare de Déu de Gràcia in Mahón from 6 to 9 September. This is followed by Sant Nicolau festival in Es Mercadal on 10 and 11 September, as part of a celebration that brings together all the flags of the island’s patron saint festivities on a procession to Monte Toro sanctuary. Finally, the Cala en Porter festivities on 17 and 18 September conclude the season.
6.- Did you know that Menorca is preparing its candidacy for Talaiotic Menorca to be declared World Heritage due to its outstanding universal value? Across just over 700 km2 the island has 1,586 archaeological sites of exceptional importance due to their quantity, concentration and condition. Today you can visit many of them and discover what the Talaiotic culture of the prehistoric Balearic Islands was like. Naveta des Tudons, Torre d’en Galmés and Son Catlar are some of the most well known.
7.- Walking, cycling, horse-riding or sailing. At Faustino Gran we offer a range of stimulating experiences to enjoy in September. From Casa de Pau, our own Minorcan vegetable garden to the north of Ciutadella, you can discover one of the most beautiful unspoilt areas of the island on excursions by foot or by bike along the famous Camí de Cavalls route, ride on horseback to the shores of the beach or sail in one of our boats from the Ses Fontanelles jetty.
8.- Sport at its best. Minorca has become a leading destination for fans of sport. Some of the most spectacular races and competitions on the planet are organised on the island. For the bravest athletes, the Artiem Half Menorca is a short- and mid-distance triathlon held on 25 September in Fornells.
These are our reasons for visiting the island of calm in September. Come, visit us and tell us yours…