Mediterranean islet put up for sale
Published 14/10/2010 | 13:54
It is the dream of many - but in the realms of few - and now bids are being invited from would-be buyers of their very own Mediterranean islet.
Illa d'en Colom, 200 metres off the coast of Menorca, Spain, is expected to fetch £5 million after being put up for sale by the family which has owned it for more than 100 years.
The 58-hectare islet is part of the s'Albufera des Grau's Natural Park and, the particulars say, boasts two stunning beaches with a sandy southern coastline and a contrasting rugged, northern area where cliffs sweep upwards and overlook the sea.
Menorca, one of the Balearic Islands, attracts thousands of visitors from the UK each year, including the rich and famous.
Earlier this week comedian Paddy McGuinness was pictured on Menorca strolling along the beach hand-in-hand with girlfriend Christine Martin.
The island was once a British possession and preparations are under way to mark next year's 300th anniversary of the British Naval Hospital there.
Colin Guanaria, a partner in estate agents Bonnin Sanso, which is handling the sale, said: "Mediterranean islands rarely come on the market and this is a beautiful spot - unspoilt, tranquil."
Mr Guanaria said likely bidders may be "big yacht owners" as Illa d'en Colom offers safe anchorage and is a reasonably quick cruise from the south of France and Italy.
His company has chartered a Cessna aircraft to give interested parties as bird-eye tour of the property.
"It really has to be seen to be believed," he said.