Minorca's famous for its special cheese, and this museum celebrates it
Cheesy in a good way
Cheese is one of the specialities for which Minorca is particularly well known, and while the origin of the white cowsmilk cheese known as formatge maó (Mahón) is lost in the mists of time, but documented back to the 5th century; in 1985 it was awarded denomination of origin status. Today Mahón is one of the Balearic islands' most prestigious culinary stars, and so family-owned cheesemaker Hort de Sant Patrici decided to open the Museu del Fortmatge in an old farm warehouse. Exhibits explain in detail both the cheesemaking process and its history in Minorca and to some extent elsewhere in the world, using tools, photos, and artwork dating back centuries. Perhaps best of all, you can cap off your visit with a cheese tasting as well as browsing some product to enjoy later in your hotel room or bring home as gifts or for your own delectation. Delicious!
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