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Ferreries

Ferreries © Claire Allison
Ferreries © Claire Allison

Surrounded by rolling green hills, the 13th-century town of Ferreries lies nestled in the centre of Minorca next to the island's second highest mountain. Travellers are attracted to the area by the Castell de Santa Agueda, the ruin of a Moorish castle built atop an ancient Roman stronghold. It exists as the last site of resistance for Arab inhabitants when the island was conquered by King Alfonso III of Aragon. The ruined fortress is accessed via an ancient Roman road and there is a chapel dedicated to Saint Agatha next to the castle. Ferreries itself is a sleepy little place, with a character typical of the island. With orange tiled roofs and narrow streets, this little town may not be an obvious attraction. However, a farmer's market is held in the town every Tuesday and Friday, attracting locals from all over Minorca. It's a great place to buy local produce as the region is particularly celebrated for its cheeses. Ferreries is only a short, 30-minute drive from the airport and is a good starting point for walking tours of the island.