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Mahon, or sometimes called Mao, has been the capital of Menorca since the British moved it from Ciutadella in 1721. The reason being, the harbour at 5 km long and over 1 km at its widest point, and 15 to 30m deep, it is one of the largest, deepest natural harbour's in the world, this coupled with its location in the Mediterranean, has made it a strategic stronghold for many nations throughout history. 

Mahon town has plenty to offer, most of the shopping is along pedestrian streets with wonderful cake shops, swish boutiques, leather, pottery and fresh fish and food in the markets.  With Narrow streets to explore, pleasant shady squares with welcoming pavement cafe's and shopping, that range's from the twice weekly market to expensive designer boutiques, Mahon is a must on every visit to Menorca.

There is regularly a market at the bottom of the steps/road by the harbour terminal.

Top right of the picture is the cafe as described below - with free WiFi!

At the top of the steps/road you can find the open air fish market, and also the converted market now as a series of shops.
The port itself is relaxing by day and buzzing by night.  The bars and restaurants along the portside come alive at night, it is easy to spend many hours 'down in the port', watching the ships, admiring the views, enjoying the hospitality of the restaurants, or just sat taking in the atmosphere and culture.

In the main square in Mahon, Placa De Esplanada, there is often a market, Thursday being a popular day.

Dropped Pin location - Square and Cafe 

For a coffee stop, with Churros (like a doughnut) there is a nice cafe to stop at on the square, adjacent to the underground car parking.





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Last modified: 09/17/14