Es Migjorn Gran

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Es Migjorn Gran
Municipality
Es Migjorn Gran parish church
Es Migjorn Gran parish church
Location within Menorca
Location within Menorca
Es Migjorn Gran is located in Minorca
Es Migjorn Gran
Es Migjorn Gran
Location in Menorca
Es Migjorn Gran is located in Balearic Islands
Es Migjorn Gran
Es Migjorn Gran
Es Migjorn Gran (Balearic Islands)
Es Migjorn Gran is located in Spain
Es Migjorn Gran
Es Migjorn Gran
Es Migjorn Gran (Spain)
Coordinates: 39°56′43″N 4°02′56″E / 39.94528°N 4.04889°E / 39.94528; 4.04889Coordinates: 39°56′43″N 4°02′56″E / 39.94528°N 4.04889°E / 39.94528; 4.04889
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Balearic Islands
Province Balearic Islands
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)

Es Migjorn Gran is a small municipality in southern Menorca in the Spanish Balearic Islands. Formerly incorporated into the municipality of Es Mercadal, it is currently the island's newest and second-smallest municipal district. The main inland village of Es Migjorn Gran is surrounded by small pine-clad hills, and the coast is home to a small variety of tourist resorts and unspolit beaches, Santo Tomas being the principal resort. There are many 'calas' or coves that are encompassed by pine-covered cliffs along the coast, where there are small sandy beaches only accessible by foot or by sea, which mean they are very rarely busy.[1]

Es Migjorn Gran borders the municipality of Ciutadella (Ciudadella), Ferreries (Ferrerías), Es Mercadal (Mercadal) and Alaior (Alayor). Nearby are the resorts of Son Bou and Cala Galdana, the latter being the most-photographed bay in Europe.

It was the hometown of Joan Riudavets, the oldest Spanish citizen on record.

History[edit]

The village of Es Migjorn Gran was founded as a small rural settlement in the eighteenth century and was incorporated into the district of Es Mercadal. In 1989, the area surrounding Es Migjorn Gran became an independent municipality, the newest and one of the smallest on the islands. Historically, Es Migjorn was a quiet village, home to narrow streets and a small variety of tapas bars. A small church in the centre of town is the only major landmark.

Comparable to other regions of Menorca, Es Migjorn district is home to several prehistoric sites, notably abandoned settlements known as talaiots and caves in the hillsides.

Geography[edit]

Situated in the central south of Menorca, Es Migjorn Gran is one of the principal towns not situated on the main Maó-Ciutadella road.

Demographics[edit]

The municipality is very sparsely populated, with only one major resort and an inland town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grzegorz Micula DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Mallorca, Menorca & Ibiza 2010 1405353139- p105 "A small, tranquil village set among fertile fields, Es Migjorn Gran has a sleepy, provincial flavour."