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Menorca - Long Beach Island "Sister Islands Cultural Exchange"
Welcome to Menorca, Spain and Long Beach Island NJ USA Sister Island Cultural Exchange!
The new relationship has been organized by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and the Town Hall of Ciutadella de Menorca in association with Island Advisor.org
Menorca is situated 225 kms (139 miles) southeast of Barcelona, the nearest large city. The island is just 32 miles wide and 9 miles from north to south. Its main cities are Mahon (the capital) and Ciutadella de Menorca. There are just eight municipal districts and the island has a population of around 94,000, a figure which increases significantly during the summer tourism season. The languages are Catalan, Spanish (Castellano) and some English. Menorca is accessible by flights and ferries out of Barcelona and via other flight routes (Madrid and London) to the main airport in Mahon.
The principal objective of the new cultural and commerce partnership is to learn and share experiences, to raise the profile of, and promote both destinations widely. Twinning relationships typically take place between locations that share cultural and historic links, but they can also develop where the different cultures and backgrounds may be quite diverse. In the case of Menorca and Long Beach Island, the two islands share nearly identical latitudes on the globe and a number of economic, touristic and environmental challenges.
The first project to be launched is the Menorca & LBI Sister Islands School Project. The goal will be for the children to exchange information about each island´s customs and culture via letters, photos and art. A focus will be to enhance communication between the two groups by practicing Spanish and English letter writing.
Watch this exchange flourish and grow!