Mahón Travel Guide

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Mahón Things to Do

  • Pont de Sant Roc

    This town gate is the only part left of the ancient town wall. It's a typical medieval architecture, dating from the 14th century. I'm pretty confused why this gate is called "pont" as that usually means "bridge", but maybe it has a different or additional meaning in Catalan.The gate is in one of the side roads, and unfortunately it's not...

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  • Town Hall

    The Town Hall is a typical Menorcin building directly next to the church. It was built in the early 17th century but what you see today rather dates from the late 18th century. The British turret clock also was added later. Inside the Town Hall is a gallery. Because of the festival, the square in front of the church and town hall was nicely...

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  • Iglesia de Santa Maria

    The Church of Santa Maria is the principal church of Maó and was built in the 18th century. It's well known for its organ with over 3000 pipes, and there are often organ concerts. Unfortunately it was closed when we were there, maybe because of the preparations of the festival. In front of the church is a square where festivals take place, and they...

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  • Iglesia del Carme

    From outside, the Church of Carmen doesn't look much impressive with its simple and massive facade, but inside it's a nice and very bright church. It's a one-nave hall church which was built together with the convent but completed only at the beginning of the 19th century. Usually churches are chilly, but here it was rather warm, and it was the...

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  • Shopping in a former convent

    In Maó, there's a market in a rather unusual place: in the cloister of the former Carmelite Convent "Claustre del Carme". It was built in the 18th century and houses mainly market stalls that offer mainly food, but also other things. It's very interesting there and definitely had more atmosphere than the large normal supermarket downstairs. Next to...

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  • Boat trip around the harbour

    The harbour of Maó is 5km long and is said to be second largest natural harbour of the world. I'm not sure if I'd really call this whole stretched bay a harbour, but there are really lots of piers with all kind of boats. There are round trips with glass bottom boats which tour the whole harbour. We did a tour with Don Joan, and a similar tour is...

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  • Torre D'en Galmes - a trip in history

    The Island of Menorca is known primarily as a holiday destination with a Mediterranean climate and unique natural environment for which it was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1993, and became part of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere programme. But Menorca is rich in history from Neolithic to Napoleonic times and the days of colonisation by the French...

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  • A central meeting place

    Placa de S'Esplanada was formerly the military parade ground and is now the largest square in Mahon. Close to the main bus station it is an attractive open area that marks the end of the narrow roads and historic buildings of the old town and the point at which they merge into the modern town.Planted with palm trees, grassed areas and formal flower...

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  • The Church of Santa Maria

    As you walk about the old town centre or take a boat trip around the harbour the visible skyline is dominated by the tower of the Santa Maria Church.The present building dates from 1748 - 72 but stands on the site of an earlier church that was built in 1287.It is a large church and the wide single nave with a high vaulted roof gives a feeling of...

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  • The Carmelite Convent and Church

    This huge building in Placa del Carme is right at the centre of the historical old town of Mahon. Built in the middle of the 18th century it replaced an earlier church that had been destroyed in the Turkish invasion of 1588. It was during the rebuilding which followed that significant Roman remains were discovered and these can now be seen in the...

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  • A Boat trip to History

    I always enjoy the different perspective of a town when seen from a boat. If you do not have your own boat a trip around Port Maó a glass bottomed boats is the next best thing. We went on the Yellow Catamaran - because it was there and about to leave as we approached it on Moll de Llevant.The trip takes you right around the harbour and lasts a full...

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  • Visit the Convent Church of Sant...

    The original of this building was the first convent to be build in Mahon in 1459 when it had just an Abbott and 12 monks. Nothing at all remains of that old building ( except the cloisters which now form part of the attached Museum).The present building was started in the1730s at a time of commercial prosperity on the island and completed in...

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  • Museum of Menorca

    This museum is comparatively new and was established in its present form in 1998. It occupies a former Franciscan monastery that was built in baroque style between the end of the 17th and beginning of the 19th century.As a result of some reorganisation of the Parish in 1835, the monks were forced to leave the monastery. Following their departure...

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  • Art & Shade at the Fortress

    We had seen posters about town advertising a current exhibition, at La Mola - photographs by the English photographer, Philip Dunn.We carried a small leaflet with us as we explored wondering where and when we would come to the exhibition gallery. It was a very hot day, we had already spent a lot more time than the approximate 2 hours quoted for the...

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  • Visit La Mola de Menorca

    - also known as Fortalesa Isabell11.The great miltary architect Vauban had already been dead for more than a century when plans were first drawn up to create a huge fort to defend Mahon and the Island of Menorca from invasion. But I think even he would have been impressed by the impregnable structure built at the most easterly edge of the island,...

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    by ranger49 Written Dec 3, 2011

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    We were attracted to this cafe by its name and shady terrace as well as its location at the corner of the square.
    We liked the quietly playing background music - appropriately it was Mozart on our first visit.
    We only had coffee here but made it a regular stoppping place when on our walks around the old town.
    The interior was bright and gleamed - everywhere looked well cared for. The view of the Placa was pleasing and it is a great place to stop and relax. Even the sparrows were regulars here too.

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Mahón Transportation

  • Maó Express

    The clanging bell of the Maó Express train became very familiar to us.. The Little Tourist Train stopped twice an hour outside our hotel and as we explored the town we were sure to hear or see it.One very hot morning we deciced to take the train into town. It was 5 Euros for a round trip. We drove over the now familiar streets - some so narrow we...

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  • The Maó Bus

    All the details of the excellent local bus services can be found in the handy little foldaway brochure which can be picked up on buses, tourist offices, hotels and many other places around town.There are three routes -No. 10 is the Airport BusN0. 11 is the Maó circular BusNo.15 serves the centre of MaóWe only used No 11 which stopped close to our...

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  • About town on foot- if steps are not...

    The best way to explore a town is usualy on foot, specially a compact town like Mahon. It sits on top of a cliff - not a very high one ( the highest point on the island is only 1170ft/358m) but moving about on foot between sea level and the old town can be quite hard work as you climb up hills and many, many steps.After checking in and after a...

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