Mahon Things to do and see
Attractions and Activities guide rich in photographs and useful maps
Things to See and Do in Mahon
Our photo tour will show many of these attractions and their locations.
As the capital Mahon probably has the most attractions and being in the most populated area on Menorca there is also lots more nearby in towns and villages. There are dozens of beaches, historical sites, villages as well as 10+ resorts all within a 15 km radius and bus or taxi ride .
There are sunset sailing trips, sights to enjoy and so many places to relax with a drink and Tapas and take in the scenery.
Every coastal resort is part of an attractive around Menorca coastal walk - Cami de Cavalls. You will often discover swimming coves and virgin beaches. The distinctive vermillion signs will guide you.
Huge scenic harbour
History and Culture
Rich history, culture and traditions including an amazing summer fiesta in July.
Mahon has a wide variety of basic through to stylish boutique shops. Plus there are lots of cafes for those little stops. Don't forget that Siesta applies here so from 13:00 to 17:00 very little will be open. Late afternoons and evenings are the best time, taking in some Tapas as well. Boutiques Guide
The outdoor market with clothes, souvenirs, footwear and jewellry takes place 9-14:00 tue,sat all year on the main square Placa Esplanada - see maps
Menorca Holiday Tips
Don't forget the side streets in the old city where you will find hidden gems. Gentlemen, if the ladies are heads down with shopping and its not your thing then you can relax at the Bar American which is at the cross roads (Placa Reial) of the main pedestrian shopping streets.
Tip: Down the side streets there are wonderful little food shops.There is a very good and attractive indoor market ( Sa Placa) set in grand surroundings of a cloister with clothing, souvenirs, butchers, delicatessen and Mahon's attractive fish market all very close together.
Kids - see photo tour and maps
For Teenagers there is Ten pin bowling
For young Children there are public play areas around Mahon including central park -Es Freginal
A good way to get a quick overview of Mahon without walking and fun for children. Departs from main square ( Placa del Esplanada ) for a 50 min trip around Mahon's principle sights*. The ticket will allow you to get off and back on at set points ( ses Voltes steps, Port Mahon Hotel ) if you want to explore an area you fancy.
2014 Adults 6 , Children 5 Eur
*the train is resticted to certain roads so you may miss a lot that Mao has to offer.
The nearest is at Arena den Castell
Old City Centre
Sitting proudly over the magnificent bay the old city has a lot of charms with interesting varying architecture ( jugendstill,colonial ,18th century Spanish) and well as tinu shop fronts that then disappaer into cavernous interiors.
There is a very pleasant walk down Carrer Isabel II. Starting at the end furthest away from the town centre is Museu de Menorca ( Placa des Monastir) set in elegant surroundings. Along this road are countless beautiful buildings (18th century wealthy town houses) and the best display of balconies and the renowned bow windows, sometimes called boinders which were introduced during the British colonial period.
Audio Guide to Sights and Sites in Mahon
History to see
Museum of Menorca
The Museu de Menorca is set in a beautiful former monastery above the main harbour ( there is a picturesque walk way up from the harbour or via Carrer Isabell II from city centre.)
Permanent exhibitions of the island's early inhabitants (Talayotic, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic eras) and art from the 18th to 20th centuries. Also temporary exhibitions. Open mornings Tues. to Sun. 1000-1400 hrs., evenings Tues. to Sat. 1800-2030 hrs. Closed Mon. and public holidays. For information tel. 971 350 955.
There is a very pleasant walk down Carrer Isabel II ( facing you -left hand road, as you leave the main entrance) . Starting at the end furthest away from the town centre is Museu de Menorca. Also on the left hand side you will find 'hidden' passage ways with lookouts over the harbour.
Fortalleza de La Mola
Is a very large 19th century fort at the entrance to Mahon harbour. The fortress of Isabel II or 'la Mola' , built between 1850 and 1875 is one of the best examples of military architecture. Built to protect the strategic harbour from the English and French, the fortress was never attacked, therefore it is in relatively good state of preservation.
Menorca Holiday Tip
Even if you are not into history the location is scenically great, and children will love the myriad of underground tunnels/rooms to let our energy( perfectly safe ). Great place to visit after 6p.m to enjoy atmospheric light and watch the evenings sunset over the harbour. There is a little bathing bay just before entrance and you will be see an attractive part of Menorca seldom seen by visitors.
You can get the Water Taxi from Es Castell for a special trip across harbour. ( 12 Eur pp ) you just agree a pick up time.
Opening times: July and August: from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. June to September 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May and October, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. From November to April, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. closed Mondays. The approximate duration of the visit is 2 hours. Admission: 7 Euro but children under 12 FREE. Guided tours are available for individuals and groups. Individual audio-guides are available in different languages.
Check www.fortalesalamola.com and www.menorcamonumental.net for latest opening times and prices.
Fort Malboroughnot just for history fans
Island history: Fort Malborough is an unusual 7 sided defence fort located in Cala de Sant Esteve on the south east edge of the island. An early 18th century fort built by the British and named after Sir John Churchhill - Duke of Malborough. The fort has survived many attacks and is now open as a museum and features visual media guides to the islands and europe's history during these times. Guided tours of 1 hour duration in various languages - plus audio guides.
Open Tues. to Sat. 0930-2015 hrs., Sun. and Mon. 0930-1430 hrs. Entrance 4 euros, Sun. free.
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Lots of tunnels for the children to delight in.
Open Air history: Trepuco is a pre-historic settlement between Mahon and Sant Lluis ( also via pretty country roads from Es Castell ). Has the island's tallest Taula ( circa 4m high!)
Cami de Gracia, Trepuco, Between Mahon and Sant Lluis. Open Tues. to Sat. 1000-1315 hrs. and 1800-2000 hrs., Sun. 0930-1500 hrs., Mon. no information service. Entrance 1.80 euros, Sun. free.
Available at the Aeroclub just off the main road between Mahon and Sant Lluis - Aeroclub karting.
There is riding at Cami Verdi Son Villar/Es Castell Menorca Riding Centres
Suitable cycles can be hired from two specialist cycle shops in Mahon, The whole area has tranquil pretty villages as well as off road tracks for the more adventurous. Lot's of routes to explore.
Nearby to Mahon
Is a delightful traditional town with a great location. Combining stunning views with a great mix of little shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, price ranges and styles. In the two harbours many of the old fishermans caves have been adapted by various Bars and Restaurants giving them interesting interiors aswell as great people watching seating outside overlooking the water . A very popular eating place for lunchtime Menu del Dias and a great place to while away the summer evenings.
A watersports and restaurant favourite. The village with it's speciality seafood restaurants is located at the entrance to a huge enclosed natural bay whose protected waters make it perfect for all manner of sail based 'messing about'. More like a large salt water lake, the wind conditions here are great for beginners of anything that floats on water. Very pleasant for lunch time and evening drinks and meals alongside the harbour quay. Lot's of boat excursions and activities are based here. Perfect for a quiet authentic Menorca stay. Mountain Bike Hire. Watersports include Jetski,Waterskiing,Windsurfing, Dinghy,Kayaks and Diving.
Excursions from Mahon
Lazaretto Island in Mahon
Originally built as Quarantine station for arrriving ships passengers, Lazaretto is owned by the health service and not accessible to the public. There are now tours during summer season - see Tourist Offices for details.
15km bus to Cala en Porter - Bus Stop Son Vitamina
Calas Coves ( Calas Covas)
A beautiful picturesque spot, favoured by visiting yachts and dreamers. Best visited early mornings and evenings, where the light brings out the scenery. An exciting place for youngsters, dreamy of pirates as the local burial caves up in the limestone walls and rambling cove walks let their imaginations run free. Believed to be an ancient burial ground and was in fact the very first recognised port of Menorca as used by the Romans when they occupied the island. Can be reached on foot from Cala en Porter along various paths or park and walk at Son Vitamina (approx. 30 mins). Road down is NOT suitable for hire cars unless you want to pay for suspension damage! On the Cami di Cavalls route.
Our tips for Mahon
Mahon FiestaMahon Fiesta What to expect , locations and details
Sunrises - Watch the sun rise over the harbour island of Isla del Rey while having breakfast at the cafes by Mahon yacht club.