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.
From religious celebrations to music festivals, the varied events on Mahon’s calendar meld tradition and community spirit with modern-day appeal.
Come to Menorca in July and August to visit the smaller towns around the island as each one celebrates the feast day of its own patron saint. These will often involve live traditional music, dancing with the locals and, of course, lots of food and free-flowing pomada cocktails.
Mahon Music Festival
July and August in Mahon are also the best times to get tickets to the Teatro Principal, a venue that dates back to the 1820s in the city centre. This elegant theatre hosts the Mahon Music Festival every year, welcoming international musicians and opera companies for several weeks of classical performances. The theatre isn’t the only venue to take part, either; head to the Church of Santa Maria for performances that use its 3,000-pipe organ.
Our Lady of Grace festival
The Our Lady of Grace (Nuestra Señora de Gràcia) festival in September is one of the highlights of Menorca’s calendar and it captures what makes the island so special. The historic streets of the city come to life with pop-up food vendors, parades, live music and horse races.