Mahon holidays

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The capital of Menorca since the 18th century, Mahon is a beautiful city that blends British colonial buildings with traditional Spanish architecture, centred around a colossal, breathtaking 5km-long natural harbour.

The town enjoys a very picturesque location, perched above the sea and rugged coastline like a fortress. Largely pedestrianised, Mahon is a wonderfully attractive maze of cobbled streets awash with Gothic and baroque architecture, little churches, colonial Georgian townhouses, pavement cafés and tapas bars, stretched along the front of the great harbour.

Holidays to Mahon are ideal for those who want to experience the island's rich and historical cultural offerings, whether that is as part of a beach break or a separate holiday. It also offers the best shopping, dining and nightlife on the island. Mahon is just a few kilometres from the airport, so you'll be checked in and enjoying your holiday in no time at all!

Although Mahon does not have its own beach, although it is within easy reach of numerous outstanding choices including the beautiful resorts of Punta Prima to the south or Cala Mesquida to the north.

An absolute must for any holiday to Mahon is a boat trip around the stunning harbour, taking in the historic attractions and former colonial houses of Lord Nelson and Admiral Collingwood as you go. Tours typically take around an hour and cost approximately 10 Euros for adults.

For eating out - along with Fornells - this is probably the best spot on the island. Exploring the harbourside eateries and tapas bars, sampling the catch of the day or relaxing with a coffee and ensaimada (a traditional sweet pasty) is a real pleasure on a Mahon holiday.

Mahon has a wide range of shopping opportunities ranging from vibrant traditional markets to the famous shoe stores, via fashionable independent boutiques and artisan shops selling handmade goods. Gastronomes will enjoy the traditional bakeries, cheese merchants and food markets.

Mahon is the home of Menorca's Gin Xoriguer. Gin was introduced by the British in the 18th century and has gone on to become one of the island's most famous products. It is distinctly flavoured with juniper berries and can be enjoyed throughout the bars of Mahon, while tours of the distillery in Port de Maó are offered. The harbour area buzzes with activity at night; there are plenty of bars, cafés and clubs, as well as the only casino on the island.

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