Mahon, Menorca, Spain
Capital city of the Island of Menorca
As befits the capital city of the Island of Menorca, Mahon (or Mao, as it’s also known) has a seafaring tradition (and a militarily important one) at heart, with one of the deepest natural ports in the world, not to mention fabulous colonial architecture. Fly in and you’ll see a different side to the island – beaches, views and a laid-back vibe.
|Time zone:||GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||2 hours 40|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 16.7°C
To see the port in all its glory, take a glass-bottomed boat and marvel at the teeming life just below the surface.
Must eat at:
For mouthwatering choice and upbeat nightlife, head out along the Moll de Llevant to the Cala Figuera to visit the trendiest section of town. Ask for caldereta de llangosta (lobster stew) and you won’t be disappointed.
Must be there for:
Gorgeous Mahon marks the end of the summer season every September with the spectacular and graceful Mare de Deu de Grącia Festival, which has more than a touch of equestrian style to it. Head to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento for skilled horsemanship by day and cocktail-fuelled festivities by night!
Buses are cheap, though not always plentiful on Menorca. An hourly service runs between Ciutadella and Mahon, and you can expect to pay around 5 euros for the journey.
A legacy of imperial occupation, Gin production is very much alive on the island. Visit Xorigeur distillery down by the docks and sample a truly aromatic brew.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Spain.