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.
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.