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Facade detail, Es Grau

The classic Menorcan house normally has white-tiled roofs and windows and doors painted in dark green. This vernacular architecture, with its intricate irrigation systems, is strongly Moorish in influence – the nearly 400 years of Arab rule (from 903 to 1297) being just one of multiple waves of invasion, settlement and colonisation.
The whole island was declared a protected Biosphere Reserve in 1993 which means that uncontrolled construction, mass tourism or large industries never happened in this beautiful island.
The main characteristic of the Menorca Biosphere Reserve is the diversity characteristic of nearly all Mediterranean island ecosystems. The most notable habitats are the gullies, caves, wetlands made up of ponds, lagoons and marshes, dune systems, coasts and islets Some 220 species of birds, and 1000 species of plants (60 of which are endemic) have been recorded.

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http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/ecological-sciences/biosphere-reserves/europe-north-america/spain/menorca/

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