Mahon Top 10
Collected by Travis Marshall, AFAR Local Expert
Pla des Monestir, 07701 Maó, Illes Balears, Spain
Visitors have been sailing into Minorca’s ports since the Roman era—and even before that, when the island's original inhabitants, the Talayotic people, lived here. Learn about this history at the Museum of Minorca, whose small but rich collection...
Carretera Mola, s/n, 07700 Maó, Illes Balears, Spain
It took the Spanish government nearly three decades, from 1848 to 1875, to build this military fortress. It sits in a prime spot, at the tip of a peninsula overlooking the mouth of Mahón’s deepwater harbor. Visitors pass beneath the imposing Queen...
Cala Sant Esteva, 70, 07720 Cala de Sant Esteve, Illes Balears, Spain
Minorca’s deep, protected harbor in the Mediterranean made it a valuable prize for invading forces throughout the island's history. In the early 1700s the British took control, quickly building Fort Marlborough to defend their position. The...
07702 Trepucó, Illes Balears, Spain
The original inhabitants of Minorca, the Talayotic people, left behind large stacked-stone monoliths called talayots. Trepuco is one of the largest of these ancient Talayotic sites, though the ruins that remain are only a small part of the...
Carretera de Maó a Es Grau, Km 3, 07700, Illes Balears, Spain
Within a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on Minorca's east coast, the S'Albufera des Grau Nature Park is a peaceful sanctuary where wild olive trees grow. A large lagoon provides a welcoming habitat for birdlife: You're likely to spot ducks,...
07701 Mahón, Balearic Islands, Spain
The central church of Mahón sits in the heart of the city, near the harbor and the fish market. The building dates from the mid-1700s, during the time of British control. Be warned that the exterior is nondescript; you'll need to go inside to...
Ctra. Camí de Cala Morell, 249, 07769 Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain
On the north coast of Minorca, an ancient necropolis, or “city of the dead,” has been excavated in a cliff near the village of Cala Morell. It's an important archaeological site that dates back thousands of years to the pre-Talayotic period....
Monte Toro, 07740 Es Mercadal, Illes Balears, Spain
For panoramic views of Minorca, head to the center of the island and its highest point, the peak of Monte Toro. After enjoying the view, visit the hilltop Sanctuary of the Virgin of El Toro, portions of which date back to 1670. A carved-wood...
Carrer de Cal Bisbe, 8, 07760 Ciutadella de Menorca, Illes Balears, Spain
Today Mahón is the capital of Minorca, but historically the capital was Ciutadella de Menorca, at the other end of the island. Take a day trip here to explore a different side of Minorca’s history. While the British largely influenced Mahón,...
Mercat des Claustre, 07701 Maó-Mahón, Islas Baleares, Spain
The cloisters of a former Carmelite convent just off Mahón’s Plaça d'Espanya have been turned into market stalls. As you wander through, you'll find out what kinds of produce come off the farms in the island's countryside. But it's not just fruits...
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