The laid-back capital of the island of Menorca, Mahon (also called Maó) has bags of local charm. It feels more like a town than a city, the kind of place you can really relax in, but you’ll still find plenty of great shopping, bars and restaurants to keep you entertained. There’s also lots of history for you to uncover, from medieval walls and religious artworks to castles and forts. You’ll also be treated to the earliest sunrise in the whole of Spain as Mahon is about as far east as you can possibly go before you leave the country.
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.