Mahon exudes an atmosphere that is pure Mediterranean. You can sample the simple pleasure of the pavement cafes or the energy of the busy fruit and fish markets. Then wander the cobblestone streets to seek a bargain in the many artisan shops or perhaps another snack in one of the myriad of charming food shops.
Mahon (pronounced Mao by the natives) has a 6km long harbour, so don’t expect to see it all in one go. And there is a lot to see. The best area to appreciate the 18th Century Georgian architecture is Carrer Isabel II. And if you wish to continue the culture-fest a visit to the Museu de Menorca is a must. There are quite a few pedestrian areas but bicycle hire is also available at reasonable rates.
A boat trip in a glass bottomed vessel may seem a little old fashioned but the especially crystal-clear waters around Mahon make it a must-do. The very same boats are also available for trips further afield to smaller harbours along the coast. (Private hire is also available).
Motorboat hire (without a licence) is available which allows you to explore the coastline, visit the other beaches and bays or go snorkelling
● all at your own pace. If you want to see more of the city without the walking or cycling then The Mahon Express is perfect. This motor-train will gently bring you on a 50 minute trip around the city. The tickets allow you to hop on and off as you wish. Mahon as the capital city of the island has a vibrant nightlife. There are many clubs and bars to suit all tastes. But be warned this is the Mediterranean
● things won’t really start jumping until around 11pm. Mahon has lots to offer families, couples and solo travellers either as a holiday destination in its own right or as a base to see more of magical Menorca.