Mahón, or Maó in Menorquín, is the capital of Menorca and can boast one of the largest and most beautiful natural harbors in the world, but there are many other things to do and see in this city, it is not easy just choosing ten but here is the list of our Mahón essentials.
We recommend visiting Cabo Favaritx, an inhospitable and surprising place 17 km from Mahón. It is a must in this part of the island to walk, take pictures and relax in this wonderful moonscape, bare of vegetation, with an abrupt coast formed by slates, very different from the rest of the island and that will surprise the traveler.
We recommend the tour of the fortress of La Mola at the entrance of the port of Mahón. For 2 hours you can tour their bowels, enjoy landscapes and learn of the history of this magnificent military fortress of the 19th century, it is a highly recommended visit.
It is much more than just a market, but a gastronomic and cultural space where besides buying the best seafood on the island, you can taste delicious dishes and enjoy exhibitions or concerts. In this picturesque old 1927 building we will enjoy walking through its various fish stalls and enjoying a wide gastronomic selection as well as being a good opportunity to interact with the Mahóneses and learn about their life.
It is a unique experience, surrounded by nature and breathtaking landscapes that surround the island on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. The trail of 185 km gives the complete turnaround to the island through incredible scenery, pristine and secluded coves, the lighthouse Favaritx, villages, gorges, forests…the Camí has 20 well-marked stages that will delight lovers of nature. The more experienced and adventurous ones can make the whole trip around the island, but can also make the way in small steps that take place from cove to cove. It’s a nice way to see the island and enjoy splendid landscapes besides doing some sport.
We recommend a visit to Cuevas de Xoroi during the sunset and enjoy one of the best sunsets on the island. These caves located 30 meters high, have different terraces and balconies from which to enjoy a wonderful panorama. They are located in Cala Porter 12 km from Mahón in a unique and stunning natural environment. There you can have a drink or a cocktail with friends to the rhythm of chillout music while enjoying one of the best views of the island. The day ticket costs € 12.-
Cala Mesquida is a paradise on earth, a pristine and wild beach with amazingly clear water and turquoise, where we will not find hotels, no shops, no crowded developments, if you go during the low season you may not even find anyone else. If you want a place with peace and quiet and is also very beautiful, this is the place. Cala Mesquida is a jewel of the Mediterranean.
Interact with animals in Lloc de Menorca.
This is an excellent visit if you go with your family, this is a small charming zoo where children enjoy a lot playing with animals and even feeding them. Among the animals there are snakes, crocodiles, birds, lemurs, goats and many more animals, in fact, more than a zoo, it looks like a farm school where caregivers share their passion for animals. If you decide to visit, it will surely be a precious memory for the whole family.
This is one of the most essential activities to learn about the history of Menorca and Puerto de Mahón. The port of Mahón has a length of 1200m with many historical buildings and the best way to tour the harbor is traveling in these beautiful boats to discover the most emblematic corners. The tour lasts an hour and is accompanied by historical explanations of the main enclaves of the port such as fortaleza de la mola, la isla del rey, Fuerte de San Felipe, la base naval as well as the several islands of the port.
If you are a lover of nature and wildlife, then immerse yourself in the natural park of L’Albufera des Grau. It is the largest park in Menorca and is part of the Minorcan Biosphere Reserve. You can tour the park through three main routes that can reach several points of bird watching and hopefully see many of the hundreds of species that inhabit the park, as well as a natural places of great beauty.
Starting from the Town Hall, or Plaza España, which is the heart of the city, you can start a tour where you can see all kinds of styles and traces that different civilizations have left in Mahón. You will see churches, museums, noble buildings, and when you have had enough, rest in any of the many places where you will find terraces to sip a drink and watch the Menorquinos live their life.