Sant Lluís

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Sant Lluís
San Luis (Spanish)
Municipality
Coat of arms of Sant Lluís
Coat of arms
Sant Lluís is located in Spain
Sant Lluís
Sant Lluís
Location in Spain
Sant Lluís is located in Balearic Islands
Sant Lluís
Sant Lluís
Location in Balearic Islands
Coordinates: 39°50′58″N 4°15′29″E / 39.84944°N 4.25806°E / 39.84944; 4.25806
Country  Spain
Autonomous Community  Balearic Islands
Province Balearic Islands
Island Minorca
Government
 • Mayor Cristòfol Coll Alzina (PP)
Area
 • Total 34.75 km2 (13.42 sq mi)
Elevation(AMSL) 60 m (200 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 7,449
 • Density 210/km2 (560/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (GMT +2) (UTC+2)
Postal code 07710
Area code(s) +34 (Spain) + 971 (Baleares)
Website Town Hall

Sant Lluís is a municipality on the tip of south-east Minorca in the Spanish Balearic Islands.

The area is most noteworthy for its varied coastline, with fine sand beaches and cliffs, and the beautiful coves of Binissafúller, Biniancolla and Binibeca, with their typical whitewashed fishermen's houses. There are capes and islets, and medieval defensive towers all along the coast, very characteristic of the island.[1] The main beach resort is Punta Prima.

The main town is Sant Lluis founded by the French in 1761 during their occupation of Minorca[2] and dominated by Es Moli de Dalt, a fully restored, traditional windmill which is now a museum open to the public. The town was named after Louis IX and was built around a large, whitewashed neoclassical church, which still bears the king's name.[3] The town celebrates its own festival, the Feast of St. Luis, at the end of August.[4]

The town is home to the Bodegas Binifadet winery started in 1979, which offers year-round tours with an opportunity to sample the produce. A new winery was opened in 2004 based on a design by architect Lluís Vives [5]

Trotting races have been very popular on the island for over 200 years. In fact, the Balearic Islands are the only part of Spain where this equestrian sport is practiced. Adjacent to the Aeroclub on the main Mahon to Sant Lluis road is the Hippodrome where trotting races are held every Saturday evening in summer and Sunday mornings in winter.[6] Opposite the Hippodrome is Estadio Bintaufa the former home ground of the now defunct Club de Football Sporting Mahonés.

History[edit]

Geography[edit]

The municipality of Sant Lluis (San Luís) is a small municipality on the south coast of Menorca, named after its principal settlement, the inland town of Sant Lluis. The municipal borders extend right up northwards towards the outskirts of the capital Mahón and westwards towards the island's airport. The municipality borders the other municipalities of Mahón and Es Castell. Geographically, the region is fairly flat with rugged coastline, except for the major tourist resorts, where there are golden beaches; Playa de Punta Prima being one of the oldest resorts. The climate is typical to that of most of the Balearic Islands and Mediterranean Spain, a Mediterranean climate with cool winters and hot summers, and much of the Menorcan terrain is Mediterranean dry shrub land; home to many different species of herbs and shrubs.

The popular beach of Punta Prima is the first beach in Spain to greet sunrise, as Menorca is the most easterly part of Spain. Sant Lluis is home to several small prehistoric monuments, although not as numerous compared to the island's other municipalities, dating back to the prehistoric times.

Settlements[edit]

The major town in the municipality is Sant Lluis (Spanish: San Luís), which is where the area's name is deprived from. Sant Lluis is a fairly quiet town compared to the hustle and bustle of the nearby island capital of Mahón, although the town's main shopping street is popular for small businesses visited by local residents and tourists. The town's main street is called Es Cós, in Balearic Catalan. Many of the streets are laid out in a grid pattern of straight wide roads, characteristic of the town's French founders.

The tourist resorts of Punta Prima and Binebeca and the busier Alcafar and s'Algar are popular with holidaymakers from northern Europe although these places are fairly quiet compared to the more well-known resorts of Cala'n Bosch and Playa de Son Bou on the north western coast of the island and the Bay of Palma on neighboring Mallorca and the popular Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca on the coast of mainland Spain.

Demographics[edit]

Like the rest of Spain, almost every native resident is able to speak Spanish, (sometimes referred to as Castilian). However, the majority of the population can also speak Catalan, which is spoken throughout Catalonia, Valencia, and the Balearic Islands, and even has its own dialect spoken on the island, menorquí, a variant of the Balearic dialect; widespread throughout the Balearics.

Many British expats choose to retire to Spain, so English is often spoken by retired residents and throughout the tourist resorts on the municipality's southern coast.

Tourism[edit]

The municipality is a popular place for foreign visitors to spend their summer holidays. Well-established resorts such as Punta Prima and Binebeca on the south coast attract thousands of holidaymakers a year, which miles of golden sand and rocky jagged cliffs.

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Coordinates: 39°50′58″N 4°15′30″E / 39.84944°N 4.25833°E / 39.84944; 4.25833