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Mahon (Menorca)

Begin your trip to Mahon, Menorca with car rental from Online-Car-Hire.

We offer online bookings providing cheap car hire at Mahon airport.

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For your information the airport at Mahon is a 20 minute drive from Mahon City, the capital of Menorca.

Marvellous Mahon, home of the formidably cheezy Queso de Mahon and birthplace of the word ‘mayonnaise’, but Mahon has more than these culinary treats to offer.

The proud owner of one of the world’s deepest sea ports, Mahon or Mao is the capital city of beautiful unspoilt Menorca. You can find this magical island’s major city in the east. You will enjoy exploring the cobbled streets of the city’s Old Town for it invariably offers stunning architecture, atmosphere and charm.

After indulging in the architectural trophies of historic Mahon, you are well positioned to take in La Mola, Menorca’s austere fortress building. Situated a stone’s throw away from the Old Town upon the northern end of Mahon harbour, La Mola offers spectacular views across the eastern side of the island. Look out for the 19th century Isabel II fort too, no longer in use today but was once a military prison building. The prison (thankfully) can today be visited without fear of incarceration.

An enjoyable and also popular way to enjoy the harbour here in the capital is to charter a boat or to embark one of the many exciting boat excursions on offer. Some of these cruises throw in dinner and refreshments depending on whether your trip lasts a couple of hours or a whole day.

A 40 kilometre drive away, Ciutadella is a must for lovers of pretty marinas, delicious paella and a love of the island’s crafts. Follow the inviting odours of freshly cooked fish and you are never too far from the studios of local artists and craftsmen/women displaying and hopefully selling their wares. One of the main contributors to the Menorca economy is that of its locally produced fashion jewellery. Footwear manufacturing provides another main boost to the economy alongside textiles, furniture restoration and pottery. This pretty medieval town, once Menorca’s religious centre and capital is easily found on the western edge of the island. Look out for the picturesque seventeenth century houses while you are here for perfect backdrops for souvenir photos.

Don’t miss out on the experience of a Menorcan market. The Menorcan market is a very busy place and you can find one everywhere. Not only will you find some excellent bargains, as with all Spanish markets, you will achieve a remarkable insight to the workings of local community life. The regular traditional markets in Ciutadella are great for this. The market customer knows no bounds for he or she can buy anything from food to locally produced bowls to live birds.

For something a little different, when in Mahon, a mere seven mile drive will take you out to some of the island’s more incredible sights, the caves at Cales Coves. Dating back to prehistoric times, these caves were said to have been utilised for burial chambers and provided the locations for pagan rituals. A more magical place would be hard to find, anywhere.



Menorca

Menorca (or Minorca) acquired its name because it is smaller than nearby Balearic island, Majorca (or Mallorca). The island belongs to the Spanish province and is found nestling amongst its cousins, the Balearic Islands in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Menorca’s attraction is due to its unspoilt charm. The beaches are pretty and uncrowded, the resorts are less developed and more compact and you really do feel as though you are stepping into another country (much different to the experience of Mallorca in the Summer!). The busier parts of the island are found in the south so tranquillity lovers should head over to the pretty coves in the north.

The perfect destination for lovers of the Med, Menorca boasts 140 miles of coastline
much of which consists of beautiful golden beaches in and around Son Bou, the island’s most exciting cove Arenal del Castell and other pretty coves like Cala Alcaufar.

The sparkling blue waters of the Med dance in the tantalising warm heat offering no end of water sport and sea faring possibilities. Cavern snorkelling, a fantastic way to explore the sea beds of Menorca is popular here as well as paragliding, water skiing and high speed rafting. For those who prefer to enjoy the sea from afar there is much to enjoy in Menorca also. Landlubbers have no need to feel left out for it is packed with easily managed mountainous and coastal spots that are not too challenging for the hiker and cyclist. The sea views are rewarding and the nature reserves that you travel through uncover some surprising sights like the island’s native tortoise. For more aggressive terrains, you need to travel 25 miles across to Majorca where the none too faint hearted need only apply.

For families, the resorts and entertainment are pretty low key when compared with the likes of Salou and Majorca, but Menorca has a couple of attractions up its sleeves. The family will love Menorca’s adrenalin fuelled rides at Cala’n Bosch’s Aqua Rock and the Aqua Park close to Los Delfines.

One of the charms that Menorca has in store for the newcomer is its distinctively Spanish character. The locals talk Catalan and are extremely warm, friendly and charismatic.

Last but not least, why not enjoy a tipple of pink gin at the locally distilled Mahon brewery. The island’s love of gin dates back to the days of British rule in the eighteenth century. During Menorca’s festivals, gin is drunk mixed with lemon, a tasty combination imported here by the British. If the temptation to over indulge gets the better of you, we have no one to hold responsible but ourselves!


Mahon (Menorca) Airport

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Menorca Airport is a twenty minute drive from the centre of the island’s capital, Mahon city.

An airport bus shuttle service is available to deliver you to your destination on the island. The airport bus to Mahon Bus Station leaves every half an hour between 6 am and 6pm then every hour until 10.30pm. During weekends and bank holidays, this service is every hour. Catch this bus from outside of Arrivals. Tickets cost 1 euro 50 for a single.

Taxis are available for your convenience outside of the main doors of the airport. A ten minute drive into the centre of Mahon costs 10 euros. A trip to Ciutadella on the other side of the island takes 40 minutes and costs around 42 euros.




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