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The picturesque port town of Mahon in the idyllic Balearic Islands is famous around the world for its majestic harbour, one of the deepest in the world. The capital of Menorca since 1722, the city has a strong naval history, coming under British, French and Spanish rule throughout the years. Nowadays, Mahon is more famous for its local delicacies and laidback culture. A getaway to this seaside village gives you a glimpse into the Balearic Island lifestyle and is just a quick drive away from the beaches of Punta Prima and S'Algar. The old capital of Ciutadella and the popular towns of Cala Blanca and Cala'n Bosch are easily accessible on the opposite side of the island.
At 5km long, over 1km wide, and 15-30m deep, Port Mahon is the second deepest natural harbour in the world and an absolute must-see for any holidaymaker in Mahon. The main hub of the town, you'll find the main promenade packed with restaurants, cafes and bars -open to all hours of the night.
Take a trip just 20 minutes south of the port for a day in the sun at the resort town of Punta Prima. One of the prettiest beaches on the island, Punta Prima is surprisingly quiet and perfect for families and couples. Spread out on the white sands of the Blue Flag beach, soak up the morning sun and then go for a walk around the Cami de Cavalls, an ancient track that circles the entire island.
Try the cheese
Menorca is known for its cheeses and the local specialty, Mahon Cheese, is particularly tasty. Made from cow's milk, Mahon has a unique flavour ' buttery sharp, slightly salty and sweet, fruity aromas. Eat it the traditional way - sliced then sprinkled with olive oil, pepper and tarragon, or enjoy it served over pasta, potato and rice.
Watch the ships
Spend an afternoon down at the port, watching the ships of all shapes and sizes come in from the Mediterranean Sea to dock. As the sun sets, make your way to one of the local restaurants for a fresh seafood dinner and a taste of Mahon Cheese. Join the crowds and stop in at an outdoor bar to make the most of the mild island nights.
Hotel Port Mahon
For a stylish stay, Hotel Port Mahon really has it all. An old colonial-style hotel, you¿ll find no detail has been forgotten ¿ there is a harbour-view terrace, sea-view a la carte and buffet restaurant, fully serviced bar, summer entertainment and children¿s facilities.
Barcelo Pueblo Menorca
Back in the beachside town of Punta Prima is this 4-star resort, extremely popular with families thanks to its kid-friendly water playground, mini-golf course, games room and bicycle hire. Mums and dads can relax in the day spa, poolside or just 350m away on the white-sand beach.
A getaway to Mahon is the perfect way to see both the ships and the sands. Book now with Direct Holidays for great flight and hotel deals that will make your Mahon trip memorable!