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Minorca has a land area of 702 square kilometres and a coastline of 216 kilometres. The maximum distance between two points is 47 kilometres, that is, between Ciutadella and Maó The coast of Sant Lluís, at the eastern end of the island, is the first spot in Spain where the sun rises.

The island's climate is typically Mediterranean and is well known for its mild temperatures. The average annual temperature is between 16º and 17º centigrade. In summer , the average is 24ºC and in winter, 11ºC. The climate can be classified as "mild" and the cool north wind, known as the tramuntana, characterizes the Minorcan landscape.

The average annual rainfall varies from one place to another on the island and is between 450 mm. in the south eastern region and 650 mm. in the interior and the north eastern end. The rainfall distribution throughout the months of the year is also very irregular. Thus, as in a normal rainfall pattern, the maximum seasonal rainfall is in autumn and very little falls in the summer period.

Minorca has been, since prehistoric times to more recent times, a staging point of different cultures owing to its strategic location in the heart of the western Mediterranean. Its location has attracted, since the dawn of civilization, different peoples who have coveted the island as a stopover port and a shelter.

Minorca offers unbeatable opportunities to combine sport with the enjoyment of nature.

Lovers of the sea have a wide range of activities open to them, from swimming in any of the coves on the island to specific activities such as windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing , fishing, lateen sailing or scuba diving. There are also boat trips around the island and trips to the main points of interest on the coast. Urbanizations offer various services: diving centres (from beginners to advanced), windsurfing centres (Fornells is the best known) as well as the possibility of enjoying other water sports and activities. Other marinas are located in harbours around the island, such as Maó Addaia, Fornells, Ciutadella or Cala'n Bosch as well as in other smaller locations.

Horse-riding is available in any of the numerous racecourses and riding centres on the island, especially in Mahón (Maó), Ferreries and Ciutadella. Pony-trekking across rural tracks and roads is an interesting way of enjoying riding whilst observing nature. Horse-lovers can also enjoy harness races at the Maó and Ciutadella racecourses.

Cycling is possible on a large number of rural minor roads. There are guided tours, programmed excursions or freestyle routes. There are also specific hiking and trekking routes that allow one to enjoy nature and the island's landscape or bird-watching and observing natural habitats.

For camping enthusiasts there is a campsite at Son Bou and another situated on the road to Cala Galdana, called S'Atalaia. Camping in nature areas of special interest is prohibited.

Sports centres, public swimming pools, tennis courts and other facilities offer a wide range of sporting activities in all the municipalities of the island and in the majority of the urbanizations. Also, cricket can be played in Sant Lluís.

Radio controlled model aircraft is another interesting option. Light aircraft rental, if one is in possession of the appropriate licence, is available or flight trips to enjoy the island from the sky. The latter is available for groups of up to six people. All the above are available at the Aeroclub, located between Maó and Sant Lluís.

The coast, as well as the interior, offers possibilities for potholing, thanks to the large number of caves that exist in the cliffs and in the gullies.

For golf enthusiasts, Minorca has one nine hole golf course in the urbanization of Son Parc on the northern coast.

To the above activities and possibilities in Minorca , one must point out hiking, that continues to attract more people because Minorca is an ideal location. Indeed, at present, a law is being passed regarding the "Camí de Cavalls", a walkway that goes all around the coastline of the island.