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Port Mahon Shore Excursions
Placa de la Conquesta
From the quayside walk up the staircase which shortcuts the windy Carrero Costa de ses Voites. Conveniently all the highlights of Mahon old town are within easy walking distance from the top of the steps. Turning right takes you to Plaça de la Conquesta. Note the statue of Alphonso III of Aragon who conquered Menorca in 1287. Across the square down a short alley you’ll find one of the most photographed sights of Menorca, a quaint arch through which there’s a spectacular view of Mahon bay.
Placa del General Franco
On one side of Placa de la Conquesta stands the Church of Santa Maria. Head around the church, to find its stylish neo-classical front overlooking the Placa del General Franco. The Church of Santa Maria in its present form was completed in 1772, and boasts a famous monumental pipe-organ. To one side of the square stands the attractive city hall, rebuilt in 1778. The impressive clock in the tower was brought from England by the then governor, Sir Richard Kane. On the other side of the square there stands a set of fine Georgian era houses – complete with sash windows, not found anywhere in Spain but Menorca. To complete your whistlestop tour of old Mahon, leave the Placa and follow the signposts to Portal de San Roc, a medieval tower with gateway and the only part of the sixteenth century city walls still standing.
Museu de Menorca
A visit to the Museu de Menorca will acquaint you with the island’s rich history. Located in a beautiful former monastery, the museum has a large collection of artifacts, covering pre-history, Roman, Moorish, Crown of Aragon, British, and Spanish eras.
Xoriguer Gin Distillery
Mahon is famous for its unique flavored gin. Junipers are in plentiful supply and the occupying British of the 18th century were the first enthusiastic customers. Visit the 18th-century Xoriguer Gin Distillery sited on the Moll de Ponent by the quayside. You’ll see the production process where huge copper stills are used to distill the spirit. Your tour will finish with a sampling session. Be sure to try the local favorite ‘Pomada’, a refreshing mixture of lemonade and Menorcan gin.
Punta Prima Beach
Punta Prima Beach is the easiest beach to reach from Mahon. It’s a long sweep of fine white sand, and there’s a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops behind the beach. To travel there, take a taxi, or the hourly number 92 bus from the bus station at Placa Esplanada. The beach is about 6 miles (10km) south from Mahon, a 25 minute journey.
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