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.
When it comes to nightlife, Menorca is often overshowed by its Balearic neighbour Ibiza. But the island’s residents and visitors still know how to party. You'll find raucous clubs, but the vibe is generally more relaxed here. Keep an ear out in smaller bars for traditional folk music.
Kick off your evening with a pomada, a drink made with local Mahon gin and lemonade. This will get you in the mood for an evening of hopping between the city’s varied venues. Your choices range between salsa bars, jazz venues and lively clubs that stay open until sunrise.
Outside Mahon, different resorts offer a variety of nightlife options. The famous Cova d’en Xoroi, for instance, is a bar in naturally formed caves on the side of Cala en Porter’s cliffs. Ciutadella, meanwhile, has venues offering jazz, R’n’B and club anthems to suit a range of tastes. It’s particularly popular for live music, with multiple venues around the city hosting open mics, local bands and big Spanish acts.