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We have had to dig a bit into the history of Alaior, and this is what we have learnt. The ancient Ihalor hill on which it is built gave it its name. The origins of Alaior date back to the beginning of the 14th century. Situated just over 10km from Mahón and with more than 9,500 inhabitants, it is one of the most important municipalities in Menorca after Ciutadella and Mahón.

Its great historical heritage allows us to enjoy a wide range of cultural and tourist attractions all year round. We can visit air raid shelters, Talayotic settlements, navetas, ravines, mills, quarries, …..

It is also the only municipality on the island where there is a seat of the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB).

The beaches of Alaior are Cala en Porter and Son Bou, and its urbanisations, apart from those corresponding to these two beaches, are Cales Coves, l’Argentina, Torre Solí, San Jaime and Son Vitamina.

Alaior’s festivities are held on the second weekend of August just after Sant Llorenç day, hence the name, but it is important to point out that the patron saint of the municipality is Santa Eulàlia, which is celebrated on the 12th of February.

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Air-raid shelter

During the civil war Menorca remained Republican and was therefore the target of numerous bombings by the opposing side. Specifically in Alaior there are records of 5 areas where anti-aircraft tunnels were built, although only one of them has been restored and can be visited. It is the only one that can be visited at present on the whole island, so if you have the opportunity to visit it, do not hesitate to do so. This one is located under the walls of the church of Santa Eulàlia.

Talayots, Navetas and Quarries

Alaior can boast of having the best preserved and most important archaeological sites in Menorca. We find the Talayotic settlement of Torralba d’en Salort and the settlement of Torre d’en Galmés, the latter being the largest on the island. We can also visit the Navetas de Rafal Rubí and Biniac Oriental.

If you want to know more about marés, the typical stone of the island that was used for so long in traditional construction, you can visit the quarry of Santa Ponça.

Cales Coves

Cales Coves is located between Sant Climent and Alaior and is an area made up of almost a hundred caves located in an immense ravine that is difficult to access. It is the most important necropolis in Menorca and was used as a burial site for centuries. Over time, these caves have had different uses, from serving as a refuge for fishermen to the hippie occupation that took place during the 1960s.

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Xoroi the Moor

This legend fascinates us, and like all legends, we must place it somewhere between myth and true event, which gives it the singularity of this type of story.

We are in the age of pirates. A few metres from Cala en Porter, the whims of nature created, on an imposing cliff, a spacious cave that for centuries and centuries no one had visited except the birds that inhabited the place at that time. One day, after the shipwreck of a galleon off the Minorcan coast, a young man, possibly the only survivor of that terrible accident, managed to reach the cliff and climb up to the cave, thus saving his life from the terrible waves that shook the island that day.

Because of his race and condition he had no choice but to hide from the inhabitants of the island. In that big hole he had nothing to eat, so after a few days he decided to climb the rest of the remaining wall to the top, and after prowling around the place he decided to raid some of the farms that were located there in search of food. And so he spent the rest of the months, coming out of his hiding place alone in search of something to put in his mouth to the despair of the local farmers who did not know who was stealing their provisions.

One fine day, on one of his forays, he brought back more than just food, it was a young woman from Alaiyor whom he kidnapped and with whom he had three children in the place he had made his home. Years went by and one winter it snowed in Menorca, something very unusual at that time, just as it does now. This was the end of our protagonist, as he left his footprints in the snow, and the locals managed to find his hiding place, and, conveniently armed, they climbed down the cliff and cornered the thief in his cave, where he was resting with his family. The young man, seeing himself cornered, did not hesitate, followed by his eldest son, to throw himself into the sea from a height of 30 metres, disappearing among the waves that lashed the coast.

The Moor’s wife Xoroi, as he was nicknamed after his wife, who realised during his escape from the cave that he was missing an ear, was taken to the city with her two other sons, where they had a long line of descendants who, according to legend, have not yet died out.

In the very cave of the Moor Xoroi today is the discotheque Cova d’en Xoroi. This place receives thousands of visitors every year who enjoy its impressive sunsets and the best music on summer nights.

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