Mahon travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: 13-29°C.

Summer begins around April and May, kicking off nearly six months of Mediterranean sunshine. The temperature stays around the mid-20s (°C), often climbing higher in August, which is the hottest month of the year. For slightly cooler temperatures, visit Mahon in May, early June or from mid-September to early October, when it's often still warm enough for enjoying the beach and hiking.

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Mahon is best for...

Shopaholics: Shop at the swanky boutiques or browse the thriving daily markets for local Menorcan specialities and unique gifts.

Foodies: If you’re keen to try some real Spanish cuisine during your Mahon holiday, the vibrant waterfront has a sumptuous choice of Mediterranean seafood restaurants and tasty tapas bars.

Sightseers: The town is a treasure trove for sightseers, filled with relics from its long history including beautiful Georgian buildings and museums.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken is Spanish and Menorquí, a variety of Catalan. Feel free to practice your Spanish with a phrasebook or app during your holiday to Mahon, though don’t worry, you won't have to become fluent overnight. You'll find most staff working in hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions will have a basic knowledge of English, but they do appreciate you having a go at their language, even if your attempts are terrible!

Currency: The currency used is the Euro (€).

Local time: Mahon is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Mahon Airport. It takes just 15 minutes to transfer to the capital city of Mahon.

Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Mahon is 2.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Mahon tourist information can be found at https://www.menorca-tourism.net/mahon.htm.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Mahon.

Balearics Sustainable Tourism Tax: You’ll need to pay a Sustainable Tourism Tax which has been introduced by the Balearic Government to help with environmental and tourism improvements. The charge is between €1-4 per person per night, plus 10% VAT, subject to change, and varies based on the official star rating of your accommodation. Children under 16 won’t have to pay and guests staying for more than nine nights will receive a reduction. For further information please click here

Holiday destinations related to Mahon:

  • Cala'n Bosch
  • Cala N Forcat
  • Getting around

    By tourist train: Mahon operates a tourist train that loops around the resort to the waterfront and town centre. The train is handy for getting around and is a pleasant way to sightsee if you don’t want to walk.

    By bus: There’s a bus station in the centre of town with a regular service operating within the resort as well as out to neighbouring towns like Ciutadella.  

    By taxi: There are plenty of taxis available and they’re handy for short journeys. Official taxis are white and have a green light on the roof when available, and can be hailed down or found at taxi ranks in the town centre.

    Events

    Summer festival: The biggest event in the calendar is the Mare de Deu de Gracia, a celebration of the city’s patron saint. Held in September, celebrations go on for a week and include street parties, costumes and parading horses around the town in traditional dress.

    Jazz fest: Mahon is one of the cities that hosts Menorca’s annual Jazz Festival. If your holiday is in May, you may get to see international jazz groups and musicians performing in venues across the city, as well as many outdoor concerts.