Sant Joan de Binissaida is a Minorcan countryside estate, called a “lloc” on the island, originating in the old Binissaida farm in the bounds of Es Castell. The estate is mentioned in the first documents written by Jaime II soon after the Catalan conquest of Minorca in 1287.
The old estate of Binissaida, a name with clear Arab roots – “Bani Said” (of the sons of Said) – was subject to numerous divisions, generating a number of independent properties that remain linked by name (hence Binissaida de Sa Torre, Binissaida de Davant, Binissaida de Sa Creueta, Binissaida de Ses Barrancones or Sant Joan de Binissaida).
As a consequence of the commercial and maritime economic expansion that Menorca (and especially the city of Mahón) underwent in the 18th century, a new economic class arose – the ascendency – with clearly bourgeois roots. Part of its profits was invested in the purchase of country properties on which manor houses such as Sant Joan de Binissaida were built.
Sant Joan de Binissaida has been subject to many changes over the years. The farm-workers lived on the ground floor, while the owners’ residence was built on the first floor. The second floor attics were used to store wheat and other cereals.