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About Mahon

Mahón sits at the top of the world's second largest natural harbour a whole 5kms from the estuary mouth and is very pretty. Much of the architecture shows British influence - the British made this the capital in the 18th Century. There is a lot of Georgian around but in brighter Mediterranean shades with colourful sash windows. Some of these lovely old mansions are now the best places to stay in Mahón.

Menorca's southern edge tends to have the island's better beaches in the form of sandy stretches and dotted with interesting Moorish-Mediterranean architecture. While Mahón doesn't have any beach of it's own, it is pretty close to some lovely options. And, as the island's capital, it has a lot more going for it!

There are plenty of pavement cafes and lots of activity along the sparkling blue harbour. This is a great place to relax and soak up the laid-back local atmosphere. There are also some interesting museums and several quite special churches.

The Hotel Guru's pick ranges from unassuming pads in the centre of town to grander converted manor houses just outside.

What Not To Miss

  • Whilst there are plenty of beaches around Mahón, we particularly recommend Cala'n Porter. With beautiful turquoise waters, an idyllic setting and generally not too busy it is the ideal spot to soak up the sun for a day or go swimming in the sea.
  • La Mola de Menorca, aka The Fortress of Isabel II, was built in 1850 and offers stunning views of the island. This wonderful example of 19th century military architecture is made all the more interesting if you wander around with an audio guide thus shedding light on its rich past.
  • Seafood lovers must head round the bustling Mercat do Pescados full of seafood stalls as well as a number of places to stop by and pick up tapas-style dishes.
  • Xoriguer Gin Factory is a great place to visit for gin lovers. It offers tasting sessions of a wide variety of their gins as well as the chance to have an in-depth look at the distillation process.

If you're coming in the busy summertime then be sure to book ahead as the best places to stay in Mahón get quickly snapped up.

The best places to stay in Mahon

For central location

  • Jardi de ses Bruixes is a charming town house conversion. Rooms are chic with spacious bathrooms and there is a gorgeous courtyard garden.
  • In the centre of Mahon you'll also find the Hotel Petit Mao. There are six pretty rooms plus the added bonus of a small garden and plunge pool.
  • Hotel Can Roca Nou boasts five simple but elegant whitewashed rooms starting from just £70 per night. Easy access to both the beach and the town make this an ideal base for a lovely holiday.

Just out of town

  • Once a farmhouse, Sant Joan de Binissaida is now a charming 12 room hotel which is still surrounded by gardens and an olive grove. There is a pool but you are quite close to the beach too. There is a Michelin starred menu based on the great classics of Mediterranean gastronomy.
  • The Biniarroca Country House Hotel is another old farmhouse converted into a small hotel. This 16th Century charmer now has 18 stylish bedrooms, delightful gardens, a pool and a good menu. It is adults only.

For great value

  • Casa Alberti is a traditional guesthouse in the old part of town with a choice of rooms, suites and an apartment which sleeps four. Rooms start from less than £70 per night and there is a charming breakfast courtyard.
  • Son Granot, just along the bay from Mahón is a striking manor house with wonderful views out to sea with lush gardens. There are eight rooms and suites, some with four poster beds and private balconies. There is an excellent restaurant. All this from only £71 per night.
  • Binissafullet Vell is a secluded eight room traditional building set in a rural location. Offering unfussy accommodation from £69 per night and an outdoor pool, it is a top budget break.

Romantic Retreats

  • Barcelo Hamilton Menorca, excellently located in Mahón's harbour, offers chic contemporary accommodation as well as two pools, a spa and a lovely restaurant. An adults only property, it is perfect for romantic getaways.
  • The rural Son Tretze B&B is an intimate grown up stay, providing eight rustic chic bedrooms and an outdoor pool. Perfect as you are just five minutes from the beach.
  • Alcaufar Vell, situated just outside Sant Lluis, boasts simple yet stylish stone-walled accommodation which all feature whirlpool baths. Tuck into terrific Mediterranean meals from the restaurant.
  • Torralbenc provides a collection of contemporary minimalist farmhouses with understated class and plenty of light hues. Given that there's an award-winning chef, a spoiling spa and superb views it has all the ingredients for a top romantic retreat.

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Travel Information

  • Weather-wise you are best visiting in the summer - the average daily temperature climbs to 25°C in August. Be warned though that June until October is peak season so expect there to be a fair few tourists around and for accommodation to be on the pricier side of things.
  • Guests can fly into Mahon Airport, located 4.5km southwest of the island's capital. From there either hop in a cab or take a bus towards your final destination.
  • Easyjet offer direct flights from London Gatwick, Luton and Southend. Jet2 go from Stansted, Thomas Cook from Gatwick and British Airways from Heathrow and London City.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Mahon

  • Jardi de ses Bruixes 16 rooms from $137


    This picture perfect teal and white fronted townhouse is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the out. Behind its traditional facade are chic, airy guest rooms with spacious bathrooms and wood-burning stoves. Mahón town, with plenty of sights and eateries, is a short walk.

    Sights nearby  -  Mao town's Santa Maria church and the Carmelite Convent and Church are walking distance
    Sailing  -  Head to the bustling harbour where daily boat trips depart
    Local markets  -  Mercado de Pescadoes for local produce
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors
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  • Hotel Can Roca Nou 5 rooms from $90

    Mahon (Menorca)

    Located just five mins from Mahon's bustling port, this hotel has five simple rooms and suites, elegantly decorated with white washed walls, large comfortable beds and en suite bathrooms with all mod cons. Ideal for those who like to combine a beach and city break and excellent value for money.

    Local exploring  -  Situated in the centre of Mahon, so you can easily explore the city on foot
    Value chic  -  Stylish rooms start from as little as €79 per night including breakfast.
    Fishing  -  Arrange a deep sea fishing trip
    Sights nearby  -  Iglesia del Carmen
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  • Hotel Petit Mao 6 rooms from $97


    Unassuming from the outside, on the inside this petit hotel is a homely haven. Rooms are all individually decorated: white walls contrasting with retro fabrics and furnishings. Its pool and garden are small but perfectly formed. Only breakfast is served but town is but an e-bike ride away!

    Sights nearby  -  The Santa Maria and Carmelite Convent Church are within walking distance
    Local markets  -  For local produce go to Mercado de Pescadoes
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Binissafullet Vell 8 rooms from $88


    Set in a peaceful garden with swimming pool, this secluded hotel offers an escape from the coastal crowds. The bedrooms have a traditional feel - with exposed beams and tiled floors. Enjoy meals at the hotel or take a short drive to the nearby seaside town of Mahon. A great value stay.

    Hideaway  -  Tranquil gardens, inviting pool, away from the hustle and bustle of town
    Value chic  -  Traditional accommodation and a welcoming stay all at a great price
    Kayaking  -  Hire kayaks to explore island caves
    Great walks  -  Explore the famous Cami de Cavalls
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  • Casa Alberti 6 rooms from $103

    Mahón, Menorca

    A lovely traditional guesthouse in the oldest part of Mahon. Rooms, suites and an apartment (sleeps 4) are simply decorated with white washed walls and large comfy beds. Charming breakfast courtyard and close to beaches and attractions. A great value choice for a family.

    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Biniarroca Country House Hotel 18 rooms from $149

    Sant Lluis, Menorca

    16th century farmhouse converted to provide boutique accommodation, just outside the village of Sant Luis. Stylish rooms, delicious food either grown on site or locally sourced and delightful gardens. A beautiful pool set in a flower filled courtyard. A spoiling, adults only retreat.

    Hideaway  -  A picturesque and peaceful adults only country abode, nestled amongst bougainvillea filled gardens with a charming pool.
    Sights nearby  -  Near to the British fort of Marlborough, the cove of San Esteban and several archaeological sites like Trepucó and Trebalúger.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Son Granot 8 rooms from $111

    Es Castell, Menorca

    A strikingly noble manor house with views out to sea and surrounded by lush greenery. Romantic rooms and suites, all creamy in colour, have four poster beds and balconies. Excellent restaurant, pool, and hotel services (boat hire, riding etc). A great choice for a family holiday.

    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views over Mahon harbour
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
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  • Barcelo Hamilton Menorca 154 rooms from $103

    Mahon (Menorca)

    An adults only hotel in the natural harbour of Mahon. Fantastic wellness facilities on offer with two outdoor swimming pools, a number of hydro hot tubs, a small spa and a fitness suite. Bedrooms are spacious with a contemporary, elegant feel. A relaxation resort with nearby bars and restaurants.

    Romantic Break  -  Chic and modern adults only accommodation with spa, hot tubs and pools
    Total relaxation  -  Spa, fine dining and easy beach access
    Swimming Pool  -  Two outdoor swimming pools
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 17s only
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  • Sant Joan de Binissaida 12 rooms from $163

    Es Castell, Menorca

    Experience Mediterranean gourmet delights at this renovated farmhouse. Relax and unwind surrounded by olive groves and gardens, bask by the pool, and get involved with all the surrounding activities. A destination for foodies and families.

    Foodies  -  Delicate cuisine based on the great classics of Mediterranean gastronomy - fresh fish and organic vegetables from the garden.
    Restaurant  -  Michelin-star menu.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool in Gardens
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Johansens
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