Life in the island’s capital, Mahon, centres around its spectacular marina, lined with restaurants and bars overlooking the yachts. In the historic centre you’ll find a maze of narrow streets, impressive architecture and lots of chic boutiques. Tourists and locals alike can barter over fruit, vegetables and clothing at the lively markets. Set on the west coast, Mahon is ideally positioned to explore everything Menorca has to offer.
Mahon is home to a daily market selling fresh produce, fruit and vegetables – ideal for stocking up for a BBQ. There is also a twice weekly market held in the main square selling local crafts, clothing and leather good. Lining the streets you’ll find a collection of chic boutiques as well as clothing and souvenir shops for you to browse. There are also several supermarkets on the outskirts of town.
Many of the restaurants and bars in Mahon are located at the picturesque harbour, where you can overlook the boats. During the day the harbour has a relaxed atmosphere but this becomes more lively in the evening with a good choice of bars. Seafood is a firm favourite here, but you’ll also find most other cuisines on offer too. The old fish market (Mercat de Pescados) is also a popular spot, with some great tapas bars and great food stalls.
Mahon is within easy reach of a good choice of stunning beaches. The long, sandy Punta Prima Beach is around 20 minutes’ away by car, with watersports on offer during the high season. Further along the coast is the pretty cove of Binibeca, with a rustic beach bar set right on the waters edge. With over 120 beaches on the island, there are plenty for you to explore.
Be sure to take one of the glass-bottomed boat trips to explore Mahon’s spectacular harbour. Or, why not hire bikes and discover the city on 2 wheels? Throughout the town you’ll also find a few small play areas, more suitable for younger children. Located just outside of Punta Prima is the Splash waterpark, with lazy rivers, waterslides and a wonderful pirate ship play area for the younger children
Mahon itself is steeped in history with lots of interesting architecture for you to admire. At the entrance to Mahon’s harbour is Fortaleza de La Mola, a huge 19th-century fort. Also known as the Fortress of Isabel II, the fort was built between 1848 and 1875 and has great views from the defensive walls.
Just outside of Mahon is Es Castell, a pretty town home to the picturesque Cales Fonts harbour. Further afield, the charming fishing village of Binibeca Vell is well worth a visit. Wander the cobbled streets or head to the ice cream parlour for an afternoon treat. yachts.
If you’re feeling active, the Cami des Cavalls trail is very popular with walkers and is a fantastic way to explore Menorca’s coastline and countryside. This bridle path circumnavigates the whole island but can be broken down into more manageable chunks.
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