Port Mahon cruises

Menorca is one of the four main Balearic Islands, and its name derives from the word ‘smaller’ - in comparison with its nearest neighbour, Mallorca.

Its capital, Mahon, stands on the east shore beside the world’s second deepest natural harbour, and will feature on selected Mediterranean cruises.

There may be no beaches within Mahon itself, but you’re spoilt for choice along the coasts, draped with pine forests and ribbons of sand. Foremost among those nearest to Mahon is Es Grau, a picturesque crescent with enticing shallow waters. It’s backed by the gentle rolling dunes of S’Albufera des Grau nature reserve. This protected wetland occupies the northeastern corner of the island and is a major reason the island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Mahon’s Cultural Heritage

Menorca has been inhabited since at least 2000BC, and one of its great intrigues are the 35 ancient monolithic stones known as ‘taulas’ scattered around the island. The island has changed hands many times during more recent history and the British took temporary ownership during the eighteenth century. This perhaps explains the island’s taste for gin, and a trip to the Xoriguer distillery will introduce you to the local variety. 

Another British legacy is the fortress on Mola, a strategic peninsula at the entrance to the harbour into Mahon. Never originally finished, the Spanish twice improved the defences to create the fortifications that remain today.

Discover Mahon

Mahon is adorned with elegant 18th-century mansions, quaint churches and a Gothic cathedral, while Plaza de la Esplanada, the city’s biggest square, features the impressive red Town Hall. Menorca’s former capital, Ciutadella, is worth exploring too, a delightful jumble of shady plazas and centuries-old churches, with a Gothic cathedral of its own. Elsewhere on the island you may be drawn to the fishing village of Fornells celebrated for its lobster dishes, Monte Toro which is the island’s highest peak, or just views of meadows dotted with wildflowers.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

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