Travel Agent's ViewShopping opportunities are also in abundance with a maze of narrow streets and squares filled with shops and designer boutiques with leather and jewellery a particular favourite.
Situated on the south east of the Island, Mahon is the Capital of the island and offers an ideal holiday destination for couples or families. The city offers a wide variety of accommodation choices with 5 star hotels or apartments catering for all budgets.
A wide range of dining options are also available, there are many traditional restaurants serving local and international cuisines, Tapas bars as well as fast food outlets. The night life is fairly busy, with numerous bars and clubs which open until the early hours.
Mahon has many interesting sightseeing opportunities with many historical buildings, churches and galleries which are popular with tourists. Shopping opportunities are also in abundance with a maze of narrow streets and squares filled with shops and designer boutiques with leather and jewellery a particular favourite.
The resort of Mahon is situated approx 4 km from the airport.
Insider's Viewby Georgina Bromwich
...stately homes with British-style architecture mix with narrow terraced houses...
...for original gifts the craft market on Friday is much better.
Mahón might be muddled with Maó at times, but rest assured they are the same place - it's just a battle between Spanish and Catalan spellings of the town's name. As Menorca's capital, Mahón has had its fair share of suitors over the years, and in the days when everyone crossed the Med by boat, Mahón's harbour (the second largest natural port in the world), was a cherished safe haven for distressed sailors.
Brits have long admired Mahón. Back in the eighteenth century, the British not only conquered Menorca as their own, but they also snatched Ciutadella's title of capital and bestowed it on this easterly city. The British domination is a mix of fact and legend. Yes, the British are the reason why Menorcans distil a fine bottle of gin, that's true; as is the fact that King's Island in the middle of the port is home to an ancient British naval hospital, but there's a fair bit of rumour here too. The misnamed English cemetery on the north bank of the port is actually a place of rest for more American sailors than Brits; and don't believe the tales of Lord Nelson stopping off at Golden Farm for a weekend of passion with his lover, Lady Hamilton - historians doubt he even stepped ashore.
Buzzing with life, there may be a few chain stores in Mahón's narrow streets and busy squares, but independent stores still thrive - with family run bakeries, a smelly fish market, fruit and veg stalls in the Claustre del Carme and butchers who will cut your meat exactly how you want them to. That said, the market on Tuesdays and Saturdays doesn't live up to the hype - for original gifts the craft market on Friday is much better.
Around town, stately homes with British-style architecture mix with narrow terraced houses. For culture buffs, try to catch a performance at Mahón's theatre; it's the oldest opera house in Spain. Or nip in the cool interior of Santa Maria church for one of the daily organ recitals.
Mahón may have no beach within walking distance, but its port certainly makes up for that. Here swanky yachts, cruise ships, and speedy motorboats sit opposite rows of smart restaurants, informal cafés and classy boutiques. It's not all glamour, of course - there's the gas station at the far end and tired fishing craft moored opposite worn out boatsheds - but at least that means you know that while part of the town scrubs up for visitors, for the remainder, it's business as usual.
City centre hotel with a roof top pool, a spa centre and a lively bar, ideal for couples and singles
Catalonia Mirador Des Port Hotel
Comfortable hotel set in a large garden, overlooking the harbour and just minutes from the city centre.
HG Cala Longa Hotel
A relaxing base with good views, ideally located for enjoying Mahon city and exploring the island.
City centre hotel offering simple accommodation and easy access to the port, shopping and entertainment venues
Port Mahon Hotel
Colonial style building overlooking the harbour with elegant guest rooms and a short walk from the town centre
Royal Mahon Apartments
One bedroom apartment complex with its own pool, bar and restaurant, a short stroll from the town centre