Menorca Discovery Tour
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Discover Menorca's fascinating history. Explore Mahon's picturesque harbour, stroll the narrow alleyways of Ciutadella and view colourful Alaior. Visit the pretty village of Fornells and Monte Toro, the island's highest point.
- Quaint fishing villages and traditional Menorcan hamlets
- A day’s sightseeing at fascinating Ciutadella
- Pre-historic monuments including standing stones and burial chambers
- The colourful town of Alaior, home to the local ‘Queso de Mahón’
- Small, sociable groups of up to 15 guests
- Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
- Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
- Full day excursions with all essential transport in resort
- A local guide in Ciutadella
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
Hotel Port Mahon occupies an excellent position overlooking Mahon harbour. The hotel is located in a peaceful residential area above the marina and just 15 minutes’ walk from the historic city centre. The hotel is owned by Set Hotels, a small chain with hotels on Menorca and mainland Spain. Most of the staff speak good English and are very keen to ensure that our guests have an enjoyable stay.
HF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016
Gold Award for Great Hotel Staff.
Silver Award for Overall Hotel and Breakfast.
|Hotel Port Mahon has 82 bedrooms in the main hotel building.
All bedrooms have:
|The main public space at the Hotel Mahon is the piano bar on the ground floor which has lots of comfortable seating.
In the hotel grounds there is a good sized outdoor swimming pool and gardens.
The main reception desk is manned throughout the day and sells postcards and stamps, and you can book a hire car if you would to explore the island on your free day.
Internet access is also available in the reception area.
Our holidays at Hotel Port Mahon are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
Hotel Port Mahon offers an extensive self-select buffet for breakfast, served in the dining room. A typical breakfast will offer a choice of, cereals, bread, croissants and pastries, jams and honey etc, cooked ham, fruit juice and fresh fruit, cheese and yogurt, bacon, sausages, eggs, tomatoes, tea and coffee.
Hotel Port Mahon offers a four-course evening meal and is served buffet style. First course comprises soups and salads, the main course has a variety of hot dishes, followed by a large dessert buffet, with a choice at each course. There is a good choice of vegetarian options. For guests who have special dietary requirements we suggest you tell our reservations team at the time of booking.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
Lunch (payable locally)
It is possible to order picnic lunches from the hotel; these should be ordered the night before. Alternatively you may prefer to buy ingredients from one of the many shops and supermarkets in Mahon. On some days it may be possible to visit shops or eat in a local café during the day; your leaders will advise you of the options.
The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. On most evenings you will be able to take advantage of the hotel's entertainment programme.
You may wish to take a stroll with your leader along the harbourfront and marina, where there is a number of cafés and bars, or even try a little flutter at the casino.
Your leader will also be checking for any local events going on nearby.
Alternatively you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar with a drink and chat with your fellow guests The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new clients and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas, and of couples, friends and people travelling alone.
During your Discovery Tour you will have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places of interest. This is the proposed programme, but our HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather or local opening times or the wishes of the group.
Despite its status as the island's capital, Maó (Mahón in Castilian) has a comfortable small-town feel and we'll spend some time exploring its ancient centre on foot. We’ll see the beautiful hybrid architecture standing side-by-side with fragments of the old city walls and the occasional church.
We spend a full day in historic Ciutadella, the second largest town on Menorca and formerly the island’s capital. The historic centre, a maze of narrow alleys and Moorish buildings, is clustered around its harbour. We’ll explore the town, learning more about the area as we go, and enjoy some free time for further exploration and shopping in the afternoon.
Menorca's Northeast Coast
Es Grau, Cap de Favàritx, Fornells, Monte Toro and Cami d'en Kane
Menorca’s northeast coast boasts some of the island’s prettiest scenery. Our first stop is the coastal village of Es Grau, set overlooking a horseshoe-shaped bay, from where we take a short stroll to admire the view. We continue to Cap de Favàritx for dramatic views out over the sea before stopping at the pretty fishing village of Fornells for lunch and a visit to the Torre de Fornells, one of the many fortifications on the island. On the way home we'll visit Monte Toro, the highest point on Menorca, before taking the Cami d’en Kane back to Mahon. The Cami d’en Kane was the first road built right across the island by Sir Richard Kane, the first governor of Menorca, in the 18th Century.
Torre Llissa, Torralba d'en Salort and Alaior
No visit to Menorca would be complete without seeking out some of its ancient monuments. We visit Torre Llissa, a small prehistoric site measuring only 12 metres in total, and Torralba d’en Salort, one of the island’s most extensive Talayotic settlements. We finish the day in Alaior, an old market town and the nucleus of the island’s dairy industry. We’ll explore the old centre and taste the internationally renowned Menorcan cheese (Queso de Menorca).
Menorca's Southern Coast
Ferreries, Cala Galdana, Cami de Cavalls, Cala Mitjana, Torre d'en Gaumés and Son Bou
We start the day inland in Ferreries, a modest little town with narrow sloping streets framed by ancient whitewashed houses before heading to Cala Galdana. Here we'll enjoy a short coastal walk along the Cami de Cavalls, the long-distance footpath that circumnavigates the island, to Cala Mitjana. In the afternoon we'll visit the prehistoric Talayotic settlement of Torre d’en Gaumés before ending the day in the coastal resort of Son Bou to see the extensive cave complex cut into the cliff-face and Menorca’s longest beach.
All transport (hired minibus, or local transport) is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances (allow €20 per person).
Discovery Tour holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery.
Free day – on our 7 night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.
An introduction to the area
In the summer months Menorca is a popular holiday destination; in spring and autumn it is much quieter and has a sleepy ambience. Most of the local population live in the five main towns of Mahon, the island's capital, Alaior, Es Mercasel, Ferreries and Cuitadella, which are all linked by one main road which runs from one end of the island to the other. Away from this central highway are peaceful traditional villages and a few modern tourist resorts.
Just 30 miles long and 12 miles at its widest point, Menorca is an idea island for a week of exploration. It’s highest points is Monte Toro in the centre of the island which rises to a height of 1,175ft.
Menorca’s long and fascinating history dates back to prehistoric times and one of the highlights is to visit the extraordinary concentration of prehistoric monuments, standing stones and burial chambers. There are several hundred such sights on Menorca and we will visit some of the best examples.
Mahon - Spend more time exploring this interesting town including a visit to the Mahon museum (this beautifully restored building is home to many artefacts discovered on the island throughout its history and tells the history of Menorca from ancient times) and the La Mola fortress, also known as Isabel II, in honour of the queen who ordered its construction in the 19th century during the Spanish dominion.
Ciutadella - described as dignified, aristocratic, ancient, secretive and deliciously Mediterranean – Ciutadella is an historic showpiece which has failed to be ruined by the 20th century. Like Mahón, it was originally named by the Carthaginians, who called it Jamma. It was the original capital of Menorca until the British changed the capital to Mahón in the 18th century. However the Bishop refused to move and consequently Ciutadella still remains the religious capital of Menorca.
Shops & facilities:
There are plenty of shops, banks, bars and cafés in Mahon, with the market on Tuesday in the old convent. There is a very good SPAR shop close to the hotel selling a good selection of packed lunch ingredients. There is also an excellent bakery, a mini-market and a newspaper shop close to the hotel.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham flights to Mahon airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 15 minutes to the Hotel Port Mahon.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Rob studied geography and town planning which has given him a lifetime interest in people and places. He has spent time in both Menorca and Malta, leading walking holidays and visiting archaeological and historic sites, areas of natural beauty and towns and villages - and sampling the local cuisine!
Rob looks forward to sharing his knowledge of Malta and Menorca with you. Both islands are relatively small but are wonderful places to visit, as all parts can be reached in a relatively short time, providing ample opportunity to discover fascinating places of interest.
Dates & Prices
|13 Apr 2018||MNLEL - Discovery Tour Menorca - Without Flights||7||£839.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £19 per night
- Allow €20 for sightseeing
- Authorities in the Balearic Islands of Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca have introduced a Sustainable Tourism Tax on tourists visiting the islands which the government will use to help preserve their natural beauty and cultural heritage. As a result, a charge of €1.65 per person, per night, on all overnight stays in 4-star tourist accommodation has now come into force and will be applicable to your stay. It will need to be paid directly at your hotel and we would advise our customers to be prepared to pay upon arrival, although the hotel may allow you to add this to the final room bill.
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person