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Avarca Sandals a way of life in Minorca – in no time at all you will have more than one pair hanging around your new home on the island

Planning a new move to Spain? Check out the fabulous Balearic Island, Menorca, also known as the "little sister of Mallorca". The island is a paradise and a truly privileged second home destination with many wonderful properties for sale. If your dream is some sunny place with virgin beaches, beautiful landscapes that is environmentally savvy and sworn towards sustainability look no further, there are so many on-going projects keeping Minorca the jewel she is today. Life on Menorca is amazing and unique! In keeping with sustainability Menorca promotes her many and diverse home-produced goods energetically. Perhaps the most well-known non comestible product, certainly throughout Spain, are the colourful Avarca sandals, to be seen all across the Balearic Islands and beyond. If Menorca becomes home, you will have your very own pair of Avarca sandals or more likely several pairs, very soon. Find out more about these iconic sandals and the properties for sale today with Engel & Völkers Menorca.

Avarca sandals for finca living, city lifestyles, being with friends and for going out – there really is a pair for every occasion!

Avarcas are so ingrained on Menorca that quite possibly the locals are born with them already on their feet! Everyone from the island will have at least one pair, it's hard to imagine the island without them. The Menorcan footwear has also become very popular with visitors to the island because they are so traditional and typically Menorcan, they are practical and the unisex design is both comfortable and stylish, it might even be said that the older and more used they get the better they look (if you are dressing to impress keep a newer pair on hand). The history of Avarca sandals dates back to the 1920s, when a farmer named Joseph entered the shoe industry and produced the first Avarca sandals, he attached particular importance to them being robust and, above all, comfortable. He wanted to create a shoe that farmers could wear in the fields as well as in the city. Originally the sole was made from the rubber tread of a used tyre. In 1929 his two sons Antonio and José also joined his workshop and they started mass producing the shoe. In winter people stuffed the shoe with straw to keep themselves warmer.  

From the 1960s, the local population started to acquire a taste for the comfortable Avarca sandals, and demand increased significantly so other Menorcan shoemakers began to make them. Joseph's son Antonio inherited the workshop in 1965 and continued making Avarcas with his brother José. It was from the 1980s, that the Avarcas were also sold outside Menorca, and José travelled to Mallorca, Ibiza, Valencia and other regions in Spain to sell them. Over time, the sandals were improved more and more, becoming more comfortable and today a great pair of sandals that go with everything. Big dreams and small pleasures come together in magical Menorca. Buy your dream home with real estate agent Engel & Völkers - fall in love and find plenty of space in your wardrobe for your Avarcas!

- Buying property in Menorca and discovering Avarca sandals

Discover the many treasures of Menorca, you WILL want to buy your dream villa here!

Second home properties and holiday homes to buy are in high demand in Menorca, begin looking right now and take a look at this beautiful villa in Ciutadella. By the way, you will find the AVARCA PONS shoe shop in nearby Ciutadella, selling the authentic Avarca sandals. This spacious villa is located in front of the sea; enjoy incredible views from most rooms and a cool sea breeze in the summer. There is plenty of room to enjoy quality time with family and friends in the garden or on one of the terraces or relaxing in the comfortable lounge that has floor to ceiling glass and grand sea views. This elegant property has a fully fitted kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a reading room or 4th bedroom and a huge garage. Practically all rooms open to the garden. Sea access for the fit is possible just across the road at the bottom of the garden. For sale with real estate agents Engel & Völkers Ciutadella.

This house is just one of the incredible homes for sale in Menorca.  Engel & Völkers Menorca are your local contact for all things to do with real estate on the island. Buying or selling - We would be delighted to help you!

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