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Mahon (Menorca) Travel Guide

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Overview Mahón Menorca:

Mahón (also known as Maó) is the capital of Menorca. The historic capital offers visitors the beautiful mix of old and new architecture. The city’s unique duality as both a city with a wealth of Menorcan and Spanish history in its buildings and the museums plus an impressive and thriving natural port. Mahón is one of the few natural deep-water ports in the world which extends several miles inland.

How to Get to Mahon:

The airport of Mahon is just 4.5 kilometres to the southwest of Mahon. From here there are regular flights to Palma Mallorca, Barcelona and Madrid. You can fly to Luton Airport in the UK all year round on a Friday and in the tourist season there are frequent charter flights to most large Airports in the UK, Germany and Italy.

Best Time to Visit Mahón (Maó):

There are three main festivals in Mahon:

  • Carnival, in the week prior to Lent.
  • Holy Week (March or April) sees solemn processions in the City and the surrounding villages.
  • September (7th-9th) sees the Fiesta de la Mare de Deu de Gracia in the City
The most attractive fiesta is "la Mare de Deu de Gracia". Local businesses close the roads are closed and street parties where food, drink and music are in abundance, spring up around the city. All age groups join the party spirit singing and dancing. In the evening the there is a fair and on the last night a firework display.

Number of Days to Spend in Mahon:

The island of Menorca is small. Wherever you stay you are never more than an hours drive by car from the capital. To fully appreciate the wealth of its history, beauty and culture three days would be necessary. Basing your visit in the Mahon area does not isolate you from the island's other attraction as there are all the ingredients necessary for all types of holiday. In close proximity to the city are the beaches Es Castell and Sa Mesquida plus the Prehistoric Sites of the Talayot village of Trepucó and the Talayot of Torrellonet Vell.

What to Do in Mahon::

  • Visit Museu de Menorca, the island's largest museum covering the Islands archaeological past together with a collection of fine arts.
  • Visit the 18th-century Xoriguer Gin Distillery located on the Moll de Ponent harbour front. Visitors can admire the enormous copper stills, bubbling to produce the spirit. The finished product can be sampled on site and purchased at the distillery shop.
  • Take a boat trip around the harbour. This is one of the best ways to see and photograph the harbour. The harbour tours takes around an hour and tickets are available from closeby the Xoriguer Gin Distillery.

Day Trips from Mahon:

Close to Mahon to the north is S'Albufera des Grau Nature Park. Plan a day trip here to enjoy the beautiful natural landscapes in Menorca's Biosphere Reserve created in 1993 as a result of the Island status as a Natural Park.

In Sant Lluís, the town built by the French, is Molí de Dalt. Built in 1762 during the brief French domination of the island of Menorca and added to by two other windmills form a spectacular backdrop for the town. Visitors to Molí de Dalt will see machinery reconstructed using original parts which illustrates engineering which was used nearly two hundred and fifty years ago.

First Impressions:

The effective centre of Mahon (Maó) is Placa de S'Esplanada. Arriving by car, bus or on foot it is the place to aim for. Motorists will appreciate the underground car park beneath the Placa and the bus station is close by. Placa de S'Esplanada is the best play to engage in watching the local people at play. There are fountains palm trees and flower beds. There is also a bowling alley and a childrens playground. Around the Placa are cafes from where you can watch people at play whilst enjoying a coffee during the day and over some local drinks in the evening. If you can tear yourself away from Placa de S'Esplanada exit in the south east corner along Calle de los Moreres towards the harbour. Outside number 13 you will see the bust of Dr Mateu Orfila, the founder of modern forensic science. Along the way browse the shops and stores and maybe rest at a pavement cafe. At the top of the steps down to the the Harbour turn left into Placa de Conquesta.. Exit the Placa in the far left corner onto Carrer d'Isabel II for a spectacular view of the harbour. Walk along the street past elegant Georgian houses which overlook the harbour and at the end of the road is the Museu de Menorca. Turn left at the museum and wander along the narrow lanes of whitwashed houses to calle de Sant Jaume. At the end turn right and then left into Carrer de Sant Roc for a view of the only remaining part of the old city wall. Cross the square and follow Calle de Alaior back to Calle de los Moreres turning right and return to laca de S'Esplanada for a well earned drink in one if the square's many bars and restaurants.

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