The charming harbour town of Mahon is the capital of Menorca, possibly the most laidback island in the Balearics.
Historic stone buildings sit above a sheltered bay in a town centre that oozes character, making an unusually charming gateway to the rest of the island. on the island.
Museum of Menorca
Menorca’s rich history goes all the way back to the Bronze Age, when its first residents erected mysterious stone monuments. Learn about the many layers of the island’s history in this engaging museum, which features sculptures, paintings, ancient artefacts and more.
Fortaleza de la Mola
La Mola Fortress, also known as the Fortress of Isabel II, sits at the entrance to Mahon Harbour and was a crucial tactical location during the different occupations of Menorca. Take your time to explore this 18th- and 19th-century fortification, which covers a square kilometre opposite Mahon’s centre.
Church of Santa Maria
The imposing Gothic façade of Mahon’s 18th-century church hides an elegant, peaceful interior. Step inside to discover its tranquil nave and awe-inspiring organ, which consists of over 3,000 pipes. It’s still a place of worship, but the church is also used as a concert venue, so this impressive instrument can still be heard.
Wander the halls of a magnificent mansion from the early 19th century and learn about Menorca’s history as you go. The historic home of the Oliver family has been transformed into an interactive, multimedia museum with a collection that spans three centuries. Head to the top of the mansion for panoramic views of Mahon’s historic centre.
To capture the spirit of Mahon, wander the waterfront of its port area. Boats leave for mainland Spain and the other Balearics, yachts bob in the water and traditional houses tumble down the bluffs. The island's Xoriguer gin distillery is also here.
Menorca may be smaller than Mallorca, but its coastline comfortably rivals its neighbour for the beauty and diversity of its beaches. From a base in Mahon you can make easy day trips to nearby coves and beaches.
This perennially popular spot is greeted by hundreds of visitors throughout the year, welcoming people of all ages to its spacious stretch of sand.
Cala Mesquida, just a short journey north of Mahon’s natural harbour, faces a sheltered bay area and is a lot less developed. Come here to relax by the calm waters of a sheltered bay; only stray past the rocks on the beach if you want to join the friendly nudists who occupy the other half of the beach.
This small resort town, about a 20-minute drive north of Mahon, is famed for its perfectly clear waters and natural beauty. It’s on the edge of a protected and biodiverse parkland and the shallow water is ideal for children.