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.
Arriving at Mahon Airport
Menorca Airport (MAH), also known as Mahon Airport, is your gateway to the island of Menorca. The airport is located at the eastern end of the island, about 10 minutes’ drive from the town centre in Mahon and about 45 minutes’ drive from Ciutadella de Menorca. As you fly in, see if you can spot Mallorca out to the west of the island. In the distance, at the far end of the Balearics, you might spot Ibiza and Formentera.
The airport itself is pleasingly compact, with one main terminal and quick access out of the airport to your next destination. Book your car hire in advance and you can pick up a car at the airport to get straight on the road. Hiring a car can be very useful if you’re planning to travel outside the capital of Mahon.
Alternatively, you can catch a reasonably priced taxi into town or take one of the buses that run to Mahon’s central bus terminal. From here you can connect to buses that take you to all the other major destinations on the island.
Flights from London City to Mahon run throughout summer, so seize the moment while the weather is nice and the route is open.
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.