Mahon is the capital city of Menorca and is situated on the island’s east coast. It has become a popular holiday resort with sun lovers and history buffs alike. Dating back hundreds of years, it features winding streets, interesting architecture, and archaeology museums all in a sun-soaked Mediterranean setting. On holidays in Mahon, make sure you visit the famous harbour which is packed with restaurants, bars, and shops; they become lively in the evenings as locals and visitors gather to watch the sunset on the waterfront. That's why holidays here are perfect for foodies and culture lovers.
Things to do
During your holiday, feel free to explore the city's markets, where you can find excellent fresh produce, clothes, souvenirs, jewellery, and hand-crafted items. One of the main markets is the Mercat Ambulant del Parc Rochina, held daily from May to October at Plà de Baixamar, where you can find many different types of goods such as leather items and clothing.
Then there's the Mercat del Peix fish market, held all year round from Tuesday to Saturday at the Plaça Espanya, and the artisan Mercat Artesa de Mahon market at Plaça de s'Esplanada held every Wednesday between June and August. Another is the big Monday-to-Saturday Mercat del Claustre del Carme near the Carmen church, where you'll find everything from fresh produce to clothes and jewellery, all year round.
Sightseeing and culture
The Port of Mahon is one of the largest and deepest natural harbours in the world – so big that you can take harbour cruises and glass-bottomed boat trips in its waters. They’re a great way to find out more about Mahon and to get a view of the fortresses that protected the city in days gone by. When you’re exploring on foot, you can cross the old colonial military parade grounds that are now big market squares, walk past stately mansions, and look into local history at the Museu de Menorca (Menorca Museum).
Shopping and dining
Mahon is famous for making shoes and gin, both of which are great souvenirs to take home. You can shop your heart out in the city’s boutiques and shopping centres but the markets are the best places to buy local goods, including the mild Mahon cheese and super fresh seafood (if you want to enjoy the daily catch at its best, check out the seafood restaurants by the harbour). You’ll stumble across pavement cafés, restaurants and bars all around Mahon but for the best views and most sociable vibe, it’s all about the waterfront.