Mount Toro, the highest in Menorca
If you are looking for a relaxing afternoon accompanied by wonderful views, Mount Toro is the ideal place for you. It is a perfect way to disconnect for a few minutes and enjoy the island of Menorca from another point of view.
The history of this place
Mount Toro is the highest point on the island of Menorca and is 358 meters above sea level. At its top we can find the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Mount Toro, run by the nuns of the Franciscan Order until 2018. On the ruins of an old Gothic church built in the 17th century, this sanctuary was built where we can find a wood carving representing the Virgin who, according to legend, appeared there.
History says that many years ago, a bull guarded the top of this mountain and did not allow the passage to those who dared to approach it. Some monks went up there, attracted by the mysterious lights that shine at night. When the bull warned them, he went out to meet them and chased them away, but when he saw them carrying the crosses, his attitude changed, and he gently guided them to a cave where they found the image of a virgin, known since then as Nuestra Señora del Toro.
Another option that would explain the name of this popular place would be the word “tor” which comes from Arabic and means things that are high or elevated.
How can you get to the Mount Toro viewpoint
To climb Mount Toro you must start from Es Mercadal, the closest town. The viewpoint is located approximately 3 kilometers from this town and can be accessed by taking a walk of about an hour or in 5 minutes by car. Access is not very complicated and at the top there is a parking lot where you can park your car so if you have rented one with us you have no excuse to miss this wonderful excursion.
What can you do if you decide to come
The ideal way to fully enjoy your experience is to go on a clear day, as you will be able to better enjoy the views. From there you can see the whole island, and some days you can even see Mallorca. It is a perfect place to take pictures and enjoy the views taking advantage of its beautiful sunsets if you organize yourself to be able to go when the sun is setting.
You can also visit the sanctuary of the Virgen del Toro and enjoy the delicious Menorcan cuisine at Sa Posada del Toro where you will find typical dishes of the island as well as traditional sweets such as “crespells” and all with the best views.
In addition, Es Mercadal is one of the most beautiful and charming towns in Menorca, so you can walk and lose yourself in its white streets.
Don’t think about it any more and come and discover the beauty of Monte Toro, its wonderful history and its beautiful surroundings.
December 18, 2020