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Mahón-Menorca Cheese Route

Menorca wouldn’t be the same without one of its star products: its cheese. Winner of awards at numerous events and certified as a Protected Designation of Origin since 1985, cheese is one of the reasons why Menorca's landscape looks the way you see it today. The island’s countryside, with its well-tended green pastures and fields dotted with threshing floors and llocs (the local name for country estates, many of which are dairy farms) is partly the result of widespread cheese production. The Cheese Route described here includes all the places where you can taste, buy and explore the delicious world of Mahón-Menorca cheese. Cheese was already being produced in Menorca in prehistoric times, back in 2,000 BC; and Arab documents dating from the 11th century contain descriptions of the excellent local cheeses. In the 13th century cheese was being exported to other regions, and it was in the 18th century, during the British occupation, that local cheese grew in popularity and started being referred to as Mahón cheese, because it bore the seal of the port from which it was shipped. The production process has remained largely unchanged in the llocs, where they have preserved methods passed down from generation to generation. Recently, the process has incorporated the latest technology and food safety standards but the cheesemakers remain loyal to their origins. Mahón-Menorca cheese is made from the milk obtained from dairy cows reared on the island and has an intense and unmistakable flavour. You’ll find two kinds of cheese on sale: cheese made with pasteurised and treated milk, and artisan cheese, made with unpasteurised milk. There are three sorts of cheese, depending on how long they are aged for: tierno (soft, aged up to 2 months), semicurado (semi-cured, aged from 2 to 5 months) and curado (cured). They sound delicious, don’t they?


 
The Cheese Route also suggests places where this star product of ours becomes a genuine sensory experience. Visiting any of the establishments listed below will really get your senses working the smell, taste, feel and appearance of the cheeses on offer are enough to seduce anyone. Cheese Route: Where to learn more? The Cheese Route also suggests places where this star product of ours becomes a genuine sensory experience. Visiting any of the establishments listed below will really get your senses working; the smell, taste, feel and appearance of the cheeses on offer are enough to seduce anyone.

Here you’ll find information about the cheese production process, gastronomy workshops, cooking with cheese and tasting sessions where you can try a huge variety of cheeses. To love cheese the way we do, you have to experience it for yourself.
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Tasting Mahón-Menorca cheese, as we said before, is a compulsory experience for anyone visiting the island, but especially for cheese-lovers. The vast majority of the island’s restaurants, bars and cafés have this amazing cheese on their menus.Cheese Route: Where can I taste? Tasting Mahón-Menorca cheese, as we said before, is a compulsory experience for anyone visiting the island, but especially for cheese-lovers. The vast majority of the island’s restaurants, bars and cafés have this amazing cheese on their menus. Are you a cheese fan? Then you really ought to try it. We warn you, you’ll be hooked and you’ll become a lifetime devotee of our cheese, the result of Menorca’s pastures, breezes and sunshine. Read more
 
Menorca cheese is one of the easiest products to find and buy. The island is full of specialist food stores, shops, markets and supermarkets, plus of course, an increasing number of dairy farms (known locally as llocs) selling their own cheese direct to customers.  Cheese Route: Where to go shopping? Menorca cheese is one of the easiest products to find and buy. The island is full of specialist food stores, shops, markets and supermarkets, plus of course, an increasing number of dairy farms (known locally as llocs) selling their own cheese direct to customers.

The Cheese Route suggests a series of establishments where you can find this delicacy. You’ll come across all kinds of cheese in a range of different formats. From the large fogasses (whole cheeses) through to the mini-size, ideal for gifts or for treating yourself. Make sure you try it, you won’t regret it!
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