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.
Flying to Mahon
Landing in Mahon Airport means you’ll be arriving just three miles (5km) from the centre of Mahon, Menorca’s laid-back capital city. Also known as Menorca Airport, it's the island's only international airport, so flights from London City Airport to Mahon are the easiest way to get straight from the centre of London to destinations all over Menorca. With super-easy transfers at both ends, thanks to LCY's proximity to Central London, the London–Menorca route puts the island within reach for weekend breaks, as well as longer beach holidays. Here's what you need to know about flying to Mahon.
Flying from London City Airport to Mahon: Q&A
We'll start by covering a few of the basics – these are some of the most common questions about flights from London to Mahon.
How long is the flight from London to Mahon?
During the summer months, direct flights from London City Airport to Mahon Airport take about 2 hours and 15 minutes. The centre of Mahon is just a 10-minute bus journey or taxi ride away, but you can easily hire a car from the airport, which will let you explore the rest of the island. Ciutadella de Menorca is a 45-minute drive away.
How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to Mahon?
There is one flight every weekday morning from London to Mahon during the summer season. One of the benefits of flying midweek is that you’ll miss out on the tourist crowds riding the DLR in London over the weekend, and you’ll reach Menorca by the early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to unpack and unwind.
What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and Mahon?
To fly directly from London City Airport to Mahon you'll most likely be flying with British Airways or Iberia. Other airlines operate on this route; however you will probably have to make a short stop at their hub airport part-way through the journey, adding time onto your trip.
Practical information about flying from London to Mahon
Menorca is, of course, part of Spain, so you'll need your passport to travel there. Though you're not on mainland Spain, the well-developed tourist economy on Menorca means things are straightforward once you get here. As the island has long been a favourite with holidaying Brits, English is widely spoken, but if you can make an effort with the language, it'll often be appreciated – bear in mind that Catalan is probably more widely spoken than Castilian Spanish.
What to expect in Mahon
Mahon’s tranquil harbour is what brought historic armies to Menorca’s shores, although now the city only sees speedboats, yachts and fishermen bringing in their latest catch. You can seek out some of Menorca’s more eventful past at the Museum of Menorca or the Fortaleza de Mola, where Bronze Age monuments and 18th-century fortresses give clues to the fascinating history. Menorcans love to eat and drink, and you’ll find cutting-edge restaurants alongside rustic tavernas on the streets of Mahon. Seek out sobrassada, a smoky local spreadable sausage, and breakfast churros, another local speciality.