Why choose a cruise to Mahon?
If your idea of the perfect seaside city has sleek bars, fabulous tapas and numerous shopping sprees then Mahón is for you. Menorca’s vibrant capital is situated on the east coast and boasts a charming old town, dotted with 18th-century mansions and churches.
There are some fantastic beaches within easy reach of Mahón, the closest being Punta Prima to the south, which is around a 20-minute taxi ride away.
Spend your time in the city exploring the sights, enjoy some delicious tapas and as the sun sets listening to jazz in a harbourside bar. There are also plenty of excursions available from Mahón, including Ciutadella with its historic 14th-century cathedral and delightful town centre.
A guide to Mahon’s hotspots
Mahón port, or Mao as it’s also known, is the second-largest port in the world and has a historic seafaring past. Numerous invaders have come to the shores here, from the Romans 2,000 years ago, to the British 300 years ago, all leaving their mark on this sun-drenched paradise.
The colonial-style architecture and historic ruins are echoes from its colourful past which are now popular attractions for those in search of clues to the island’s history. For those wanting to find out more, the Museum of Menorca is worth a look. It charts the island’s history through its Talayotic, Roman and Moorish periods and also looks at regional crafts such as shoemaking. The impressive Mola Fortress is also a must-see for history buffs.
A trip to the top of Monte Toro, the tallest hill on the island, reveals stunning views of the island. It’s also home to the Sanctuary of Verge del Toro, the patroness saint of the island.
Gin is enjoying a well-deserved renaissance, and those who enjoy a glass can visit the famous Xoriguer gin distillery, where you can learn all about how it’s made and sample it for yourself.
The old town is the place to head for lunch, be sure to try out dishes such as patatas bravas and meatballs, washed down with a glass of local wine. If you’re after a sweet treat, the local churros, dipped in chocolate sauce, are delicious.
Cruise lines that sail to Mahon
The best time to visit Mahon
Mahón offers hot summers and mild winters, with August offering sizzling temperatures averaging around 25°C, with July dishing out the most hours of daily sunshine.
Spring is also a good time to enjoy a Mahón cruise, with pleasant warm days offering plenty of opportunities for leisurely exploration. January, the coldest month, but is still a sightseeing-friendly 11°C.
Did you know?
· Mahón is the capital of Menorca
· Mayonnaise was invented in Menorca
· In Spain, Menorca is the place where the sun rises first
· Mahón was named after a Carthaginian general named called Mago
· The island has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1993 and is a botanist’s paradise.