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.
Food and Drink
Elegant simplicity is the key to Menorca’s cuisine; during your stay in Mahon you’ll be well fed with traditional dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The best snack to have while you’re on the road is fruit straight from the trees of the island. You can pick up oranges, peaches and more in local shops, or sometimes direct from the farmers who grow them. Mahon also claims to be the hometown of mayonnaise, which you can buy (in many varieties) in most markets around the town.
Dodge the resorts
One key tip for finding the best food and drink in Menorca is eating where the locals congregate. Sometimes this means leaving the resorts behind and heading into a town centre to find the buzzing local taverna. The simplicity extends to menus – while you can order a la carte, it’s often cheaper and just as filling to go for a seafood dish from the set menus. Common ingredients you’ll find include local Mahon cheese, cured pork sausages and fresh lobster.
Menorcans tend to go big on breakfast. You’ll often find that breakfasts here are sweet, with options such as local favourite churros and chocolate or an ensaimada, which is a kind of pastry spiral. If you’re after scrambled eggs, try them with sobrassada, spicy sausage.