This is a gorgeous area that you shouldn’t miss if you visit Menorca. It’s located on the cape of Favàritx in the S'Albufera des Grau Natural Park.
The lighthouse was built in 1922 using local rock, and you can still see the quarry only a few meters away.
This wild and desolate cape is licked by the winds from the Tramontana and is one of the oldest parts of the island, geologically speaking.
At night, the moon reflecting off the rocks is gorgeous; it’s like being on the moon. To get there, take the highway that goes from Mahón to Fornells. After 8km, you’ll see an exit off to the right.
You can arrive to the lighthouse in car, which I’d sincerely recommend. You can go anytime day or night and you won’t see a soul.
Every year, I make a point to spend a few days in Menorca and whenever I enter this port, it makes me smile: there’s always a special light and aroma in the air.
It’s one of my favorite places because it reminds me that I’ve arrived and can once again enjoy this lovely island.
In Mahón, I discovered a small paradise of peace and colors. Right on the edge of S'Albufera, this marvelous place led me to fall in love with the island.
It’s worth a visit to see the empty streets and that silence that just lets you be alone with your thoughts.
Mahon center is largely reserved for pedestrians so it has the most commercial activity. In its steep streets, and in the magnificent square of Spain, we can see modernist buildings, such as Mir, and stately homes on the Calle Isabel II. Following the town center tour, we found the Mercat de Peix (fish market), almost as unique as the Citadel, built on a former stronghold of the eighteenth century.
This is a small airport but has lots of activity. The shop with the best and cheapest ensaimadas (14.95€ in Can Sucre) is the one that’s next to the check-in desks before you go through security.
There’s also a Burger Kings in gate 12 and a smoker’s lounge.
The Menorca Island is one of the most visited paradise beachs in the Balearic Islands. If you know how you'll be able to find places where you're all alone even in the month of August. The favàritz cap is not one of them, as it is a famous spot but not less charismatic for this reason. Its red and lunar terrain give way to a series of huge and very cozy coves as Platja d'en Tortuga. The important thing is the road.
The 6km-long port of Mahón is one of the most important in the entire Mediterranean. As a matter of fact, it serves, among other things, as a quarantine area for all arriving boats. The 6km. stretch includes residential areas, a sporting marina, and forts. Although you can explore parts of it on foot, it becomes complicated at times and I think the easiest way is by boat.
We chose the Catamaran Don Juan, one of the two options there are in the port. Both are “glass bottom” boats, but really they’re more like windows in the lower part of the boat rather than a traditional glass-bottom boat. The day we went was a bit stormy, so we couldn't see much. On the other hand, staying on deck and watching the old forts along the port is really worth the trip.
Maó, capital of Menorca and Spain’s easternmost municipality, is also an ideal place to enjoy water sports at the high-quality facilities of the Nautical Sports Resort.
The first thing I did was take a cruise in a glass-bottom boat to get to know the coastline around Mahón a bit. These boats leave regularly from the port.
So, aside from simple geography, you can also see the sea life in the area. Afterwards, I did a bit of kayaking and diving. Aside from the astounding views, the equipment was first-rate, the staff very professional, and the atmosphere was definitely international. All in all, an incredible experience.
Lately I'm fond of diving so when I went to Menorca I had to explore its depths. So I chose this DIVING S'ALGAR, which is the only center of the island which has a specific fiber boat for diving. It is also located right next to the pier, which makes things much easier. Believe me, when you carry 20kg at the back and you are wrapped in a tight (and thick) wetsuit, the last thing you want is to have to walk long distances. Of course, in its facilities they have clothing and a place to store your precious belongings in case you do not want to take them with you on the boat. And in case that was not enough, they also have a diving equipment shop if you fancy, or need to buy something, but they will provide all equipment needed. I loved seeing that the center staff consists of young people that care and that enjoy their job, but at the same time they also know exactly what they are doing and lend you a hand with a smile (no matter how clumsy you are). To me this is of key importance because when you are in an environment that is not yours you need to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible, and they achieved this. The dive I did was called Sunday Morning, and it is at a 10-15 minute boat ride. The reef site is very near the West End and passing by the Island Air. Another good thing about diving there is that there are more than 20 possible dives, and although the depth does not vary much (about 24m) it so does the level of difficulty. The person in charge of ensuring my safety on this dive was Marina, an incredibly friendly girl from the city of Malaga. I made sure that my bottle was open before jumping into the water in order to prevent the same thing that happened to me in Mexico ... ahem, ahem. I will not talk about that now. Well, once I was in the water I just enjoyed. Best of diving in this area is definitely the topography and visibility. It is full of meadows poseidonia, galleries, walls, caves ... And as the water is so crystal clear that you do not miss a single detail and you also get very well your bearings. The marine fauna, however, is not its strong point. There are many beautiful colors invertebrates, but do not expect to see any big fish, because they do not live around there. Still, occasionally some turtles appear, or barracudas or some tuna. In any case it was a very relaxing and beautiful dive and it became a great memory of the island, because after all it is what all is about. The next time I go to Menorca, I hope I can make another visit to Sylva and her team.
This is a 5 minute bike ride from home an it's the most magical place in Mahon. I swim there and, as you can see, it's magical. Nearby there is the glamor of yachts and money, and 5 minutes away is an authentic site that looks like it is out of another age ... The Fonducu! To see more pictures of "My round the world by bike, do it and tell" see cicli.Blogspot.Com or cicli1.Blogspot.Com
If you go down Costa de Ca Placa and arrive at the Plaza de la Constitución, you’ll find the city’s commercial center and, at the end of one of the small streets, the Portal de San Roc: the only remaining vestige of the old wall from which the paths to the central villages of Sant Climent and Ciutadella started.
The construction of this stone and mortar wall probably dates to the 14th century. The gateway (“portal,” in Spanish) is in the Gothic style and has been reformed many times during its turbulent history. The most important repairs took place after an Ottoman assault on the city of Mahón in the year 1535.
Once you arrive at the gateway, you’ll see a small square with various restaurants and a playground which invites you to rest, relax, and take a break from the heat of the day.
After deleveraging, many of the estates previously owned by the Church passed into the hands of the state and the buildings were reconditioned for different purposes. For instance, in this cloister you now have one of the most important markets in Mahón.
It’s a must-see place to try local products from the island (sherry wines, sobrasada, cheese, etc.) and spend some time among the citizens of Mahón.
This center located in Es Grau is a great place to get initiated into the world of kayaking
and other water sports and is a fun way to get to know the island.
The guides have years of experience and they’ll help you improve your technique and, if you like, take part in a multi-day kayaking trip. In fact, you can even circle the entire island in around 1-2 weeks.
One of the best options they offer is to go camping cove by cove. Sounds amazing, right?
Looking for things to do in Mahon? The incredible beauty of the island of Menorca will no doubt leave you speechless, but there are also many things to see in Mahon itself. There are no beaches within the city of Mahon, but don't worry because there are plenty to beautiful beaches just a short drive away.
One of the top attractions in Mahon proper is the port. Not only is it spectacular in the daytime, but if you have time make sure you pay a visit at night. Some other top places to visit in Mahon include the Fortaleza de la Mola, the Menorca Museum (situated in an old convent), the bastion of Sant Roc, and the Church of Santa Maria.
Actually, some of the most popular Mahon attractions are not in the town itself but nearby, like Fort Marlborough in Es Castell or the nearby ancient ruins of Talatí de Dalt, one of the best Mahon activities for those looking to see some history. Other stuff do in Mahon's surroundings include the S'Albufera des Grau and Favaritx lighthouses, or Isla del Rey, where King Alfonso III of Aragon led his expedition to conquer the island. You can also tour Quarantine Island, Isla Pinto, and the island of Lazzaretto, where scientists regularly host events, conferences, and courses.
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