Sant Lluís

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Sant Lluís
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. Here you will find 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.

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