In one of Menorca's corners, Mahón is placed. The city, also known as Maó or “Mo” by the locals, is built around the second largest natural harbor in the Mediterranean, and is full of charm and history. If you want to know what to do in Mahón don't miss this list with the essential places and some secrets that only Menorcans know about.
1. The port of Mahón
As we anticipated, the port of Mahón is the second largest natural port in the Mediterranean, forming a gap of more than 6 kilometers that enters the land and allows the passage of ships safely. This is why, historically, it has been a key stop on trade routes.
It's very nice to walk through it and, even if you feel like it, run along it. Along the way you will find many bars, restaurants, clothing stores, ice cream parlors ... as well as King's Island.
We also recommend you visit the famous island of Lazareto and the military fortress of Sa Mola that are in the port. Both tell part of the history of the city and the island, although you will have to jump on a boat to see them.
One recommendation: visit it at sunset.
2. Mercat des Claustre
Menorcan cuisine is one of the island's main attractions. To enjoy it and try different local products, such as the delicious Mahon cheese, you can visit the Mercat des Claustre. You will find different stores with local local food, clothing, handcrafts ... Inside you will find the Cloister of Carmen that is part of the Church of Carmen. In addition, live music concerts are organized there on summer evenings.
3. Plaza de España and the Fish Market
Other thing to do in Mahón is taking a walk to Plaza de España where the Fish Market is located. Inside the building you will find stalls where you can buy fresh fish and some bars where you can have a drink at noon. In summer its atmosphere is great both by day and night; and in winter it becomes the meeting point for locals who want to have a snack during the weekend.
4. Gin Xoriguer
Have you tried Menorca´s famous gin? Visit the factory of Gin Xoriguer, the typical gin of the island with which the Pomada is made. During the activity you will discover its history, how it was manufactured and, if you wish, you can take some home with you.
5. Santa María Church and Town Hall Square
Still looking for what to see in Mahón? Try checking the Church of Santa María, one of the largest on the island. You can visit its interior, of neoclassical inspiration. Right by it you will also find the Town Hall square. In summer it is full of bars and terraces, making it the ideal place to dine or have a drink at night in a most pleasant environment.
6. Pont de Sant Roc
The Pont de Sant Roc or Portal de San Roque is the last vestige of the old medieval city wall. The portal maintains the original Gothic architecture, with two towers.
7. Es Llonguet - Forn Artesà
If you feel like having tea with typical Menorca pastries, visit this artisan oven located in Mahón. Make sure to try rubiols, formatjades, spare rods, pastissets or their varied mini-llonguets.
8. Menorca Museum
Another great idea of what to do in Mahón would be visiting Mahon Museum, it's a must! Through its rooms you can take a tour of the history of the island through the vestiges that have been found over the years. It is especially interesting to discover Menorca´s entire prehistoric period.
Where to sleep in Mahón?
Our hotels in Mahón offer you the opportunity to stay in two very special locations: in the very natural port, watching the boats from the window of your room; or in the heart of the city, with spectacular views from the rooftop.
ARTIEM Carlos is our hotel located in the port of Mahón. It is the perfect place to relax watching the boats go by, enjoy the cuisine of the city and disconnect at the outdoor spa.
ARTIEM Capri is your place if you prefer to sleep in the city, close to everything and in a more urban environment. From Capri´s roof you can also enjoy spectacular views and practice sports or take a dip in the jacuzzi.
If you are looking for hotels in Mahón, choose between Carlos or Capri, depending on what you most want for the occasion. We will be happy to receive you and recommend unique places to make your stay unforgettable.