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Menorca – History, Cheese and So Much More

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San Jaime is located in a prime location on Son Bou, the longest beach in Menorca. Backed by a beautiful protected nature reserve, San Jaime has the added bonus of being close to some wonderful birdlife and other animals as well.

From any of the villas in San Jaime, the three kilometre stretch of fine golden sand is within easy reach by foot. If you’re in search of a little culture, head to the Iron Age fort, which is located at the far end of the beach. There are also several cave houses in the cliffs that rise up from the bay and make an excellent attraction to explore.

Of course, if you're based in one of the villas in San Jaime, you're guaranteed to be close to some excellent restaurants, bars, a functional commercial centre, children’s play areas, water slides and lots more.

If, however, you're looking to discover something a little different about this fabulous part of Menorca, why not pay a visit to nearby Mahon and explore the markets and the famous cheese museum?

Cheese, Wine and Sunshine

Dining al fresco is an important part of a stay in one of the villas in San Jaime. With so many local delicacies to choose from and some wonderful local markets to visit, there will be no shortage of local delicacies to savour and enjoy in the comfort of your own accommodation.

Cheese is one of the most famous local specialities and Mahon, the capital of the island, is renowned for producing one of the very few Spanish cheeses made from cow’s milk. The sharpness and flavour of this delicious food is unique and sought after by many a connoisseur – its salty tang is strangely relevant when you consider the proximity of its production to the sea!

If you'd like to sample some of this delicious delicacy and perhaps purchase some to take back to your accommodation, the Mahon Cheese Museum (and shop) is within easy access of San Jaime. Run by a local family who is passionate about the craft of caseiculture, the museum was created to preserve and nurture this important part of Menorcan gastronomic tradition. It is thought that the origin of this Spanish cheese dates back to the fifth century, although this is often debated among the local people.

You can take a guided tour of the museum, which includes an introduction to the traditional methods of cheese making. If you get hungry along the way, you can enjoy some delicious samples. The perfect complement to the Spanish wines Madeira or Tempranillo, this Menorcan cheese is definitely something special. Enjoying it right where it is produced makes the experience even more memorable for keen gastronomists.
About author: Desiree Michels

Brenda Jaaback is the Managing Director of Bartle Holidays. They can provide you with a wide selection of villas in San Jaime for your holiday on Menorca. Bartle Holidays makes no warranty as to the accuracy of information contained in this article and excludes any liability of any kind for the information.

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