With narrow streets to explore, pleasant shady squares with welcoming pavement cafes and shopping that ranges from the twice weekly market to the expensive designer boutiques. Mao is a must on every visit to Menorca.
There are many historical buildings, the oldest being the Arch de San Roque the only remains of what was once the wall that encircled the town, the old road to Alaior passed through this gateway. Situated a little way down this road is the Town Hall, a typically Menorcan building. built in 1631 and restored around the 1780's, it still has the clock given to the Menorcan's by the English Governor, Richard Kane. Inside there is a gallery featuring paintings of famous Menorcan's.
Also in this square is the Church of Santa Maria which was rebuilt between 1748 and 1772 and is home to a great organ with over 3000 pipes. Behind this is the Plaza de la Conquesta, in the center a monument has been erected to the memory of King Alfonso III who conquered Menorca from the Moslems in 1287. Also of note in this square is the Public Library housed in an 18th century mansion known as the Casa de Cultura.
Mahon has three annual fiestas. It is well worth going to one as the Spanish really how to party and are very welcoming to tourists that want to join in. The first is in March and April during Holy Week there are solemn processions in the city and other villages. The second is in February where there are a string of Carnivals in several towns throughout Menorca during the week prior to Lent. The third is from 7th to 9th September this is the fiesta de la Mare de Deu de Gracia.
The Punta Prima beach is very close to Mahon and has fine white sand to one side and rocks to the other. Facilities include pedaloes, windsurfing, and sailing equipment available to hire, and parking. The Es Grau beach is also close to Mahon. Es Grau is a sandy beach surrounded by sand dunes and pine trees with a fresh water lake. Situated on the national park near a quaint Spanish fishing village. Local facilities include restaurants, bars, and shops.
The marina in Mahon is the largest on the island it is called the Ribera del Puerto. It has 332 berths and facilities such as drinking water, electricity, 50tm travel lift, 50tm crane, maintenance and repairs, 24hr security, weather service, shipping canal, changing rooms, bar, restaurant, supermarket, laundry service, and a bank nearby.
The Club de Golf Son Parc golf course is situated in Mahon. It was designed by Dave Thomas, and is situated close to the sea, surrounded by pine trees, and home to many peacocks. It is a moderately short and even course, trickier on the greens, however the wind can add challenges on every hole.