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Hiring a car from Mahon airport

Sun, sand, sea and sangria... Menorca is the place to enjoy island living Spanish-style. But pick up your hire car at Mahon airport and you'll discover this Balearic beauty has lots to offer beyond its beaches.

Why hire a car at Mahon airport?

That all-important first mile - driving out of Mahon airport:

60-second guide to Mahon airport

in its own head

"We're the shining jewel of the Balearic Islands, a beautiful city brimming with rich archaeological history."

but more realistically

Mahon, the capital of Menorca, has indeed retained its charm, and while it doesn't thump to the Balearic beat of neighbour Ibiza, there's no shortage of shops, bars and restaurants.

the vibe

Pretty cultured. Jazz is very popular and being the most peaceful of the Balearics makes for a nice relaxed ambiance in town.

the natives

Mahon was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1993, making it a place of architectural importance that cannot be tampered with. Hence the locals are pretty happy.

the weather

A fraction cooler than its sister islands (Majorca and Ibiza), but you'll still frazzle alive if you neglect the SPF and rent a car without air conditioning in the peak of summer.

the local speciality

Be sure to try the famous Mahon cheese - it's sweet, nutty and square. Perfect for sandwiches to take to the beach.

the celebrity

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, who own a home on neighbouring Majorca, often pop over to Mahon.

did you know?

Mayonnaise was invented in Mahon before being taken over to France and put on chips.

they say

"The capital of Menorca still preserves a number of churches, ancestral buildings and palaces, lining streets of deep Mediterranean flavour." - www.spain.info

Mahon airport Q&A

Where are the car hire desks?

Once you've picked up your luggage from the carousel, follow signs for the car hire desks, which are located in the arrivals hall (look for a picture of a key above a car).

What should I buy at duty free?

If you're looking to pick up gifts or souvenirs at the airport, head for Divers. This one-stop shop - with a perfumery and internet café sells handmade Menorcan jewellery and local crafts.

Are there any cashpoints?

There are two banks at the airport, in the arrivals and departures halls, each with their own cash machine. There is also a bureau de change.

Where's the best place to eat?

Once you're through security and in the departures lounge, you'll find three cafés - perfect if you fancy a snack and a coffee. To enjoy a selection of tapas before boarding the plane, go to Dehesa Santa María and order a feast.

The secret tip

Menorca has more than 80 beaches. Pack whatever you need for the day in the boot of your hire car and keep driving until you find a sandy spot all to yourself.

The big draw: Mahon airport

Distance: 13 miles

If you've planned a trip to Menorca, chances are your first port of call will be the beach, and this two-mile stretch of sand is the island's longest. It gets a bit busy in July and August, but walk away from the main entrance (where most sun-seekers set up camp for the day) and you're bound to find a quieter spot. Alternatively, Cala Pregonda on the north coast is a fine spot to soak up some rays, while Cala en Turqueta and Cala Macarelleta are also worth checking out.

The big draw: Mahon airport

Distance: 13 miles

If you've planned a trip to Menorca, chances are your first port of call will be the beach, and this two-mile stretch of sand is the island's longest. It gets a bit busy in July and August, but walk away from the main entrance (where most sun-seekers set up camp for the day) and you're bound to find a quieter spot. Alternatively, Cala Pregonda on the north coast is a fine spot to soak up some rays, while Cala en Turqueta and Cala Macarelleta are also worth checking out.