The origin of the city of Mahón took place on the south bank of the port, then the different civilizations would surround the port and cliffs. In the Middle Ages the city was locked in different walled enclosures, which would be eventually trespassed. By becoming the capital of the island of Menorca, a more modern urban core was created, but throughout the island you can still find bits of its past.
As colonial heritage of the 18th century we can see the magnificent neo-Gothic Town Hall or the Principal de Guardia with its red facade, a building originally intended for the English body guard, as well as major religious buildings in Mahón; Sant Francesc, El Carme or the magnificent church of Santa Maria built in 1748, in Gothic style, in which a monumental organ of 15 meters high is housed.
Also noteworthy is the Menorca Museum, housed in a former Franciscan convent where the history of Menorca is explained through its numerous works and archaeological finds discovered on the island. It is located next to a fantastic viewpoint of the Mahón harbor.
Pedestrian area in the Old town of Mahon
The center of Mahón is partly reserved for pedestrians, and here is where the marketing takes place. In Hannover and Sa Murada streets, located in the center, we find countless cafes, ice cream parlors and all kinds of stores. Following the walk through the center, we find the Mercat of Peix (fish market) a fantastic gastronomic cultural space where besides buying the freshest fish, you can enjoy a wide range of cuisine.
Walk through Mahón old town
Mahón City Council proposes three routes to get to know the historical legacy of this fantastic city that accumulates centuries of history and different cultures, making their mark in the form of architecture and monuments:
Route through the center of Mahón: see route
La Ruta de los Miradores: see route
El Paseo de Ribera: see route