Car hire at Mahon Airport
Car hire at Mahon Airport
Mahon Airport (MAH) is the main international hub on the Balearic island of Menorca in Spain. With your hire car, it should take less than ten minutes to drive to the city of Mahon, via the Me-12 route. Here, you’ll find a charming capital, where the relaxed Menorcan way of life is on display.
What I need to know
With plenty of Mahon Airport car rental options available, you’ll have your pick of providers. Use our site to compare car insurance deals to make sure you get the right car at the right price for you. You’ll also have the peace of mind that comes with 24-hour customer service and free cancellation should you need it.
Where to pick up my car
Many of the Mahon Airport car hire companies have desks just outside the arrivals terminal, where they will show you to your vehicle. The remaining firms offer a free shuttle bus or meet and greet service to ensure you get to where you need to go. Take these arrangements into consideration when booking your hire car.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
The most striking thing about Mahon is its huge sweeping harbour, which is the biggest natural port in Europe. It is backed by a bustling city, which still shows the influence of 18th-century British colonialists in the decoration of the houses. Explore this whole area with ease in your hire car.
Nearby Mahon Airport
Less than half an hour’s drive from Mahon Airport is the small village of Santo Tomas and its accompanying beach. It’s a great place to relax and unwind with the family and few distractions. Even closer is the fishing village of Binibeca, which, complete with whitewashed houses and cobbled streets, is particularly picturesque.
At the other end of the island, but still just 45 minutes away in your hire car, is Ciutadella. Having been the capital of Menorca up until the 18thcentury, it has all the grandeur and history you would expect. Take in the old churches, palaces and outdoor cafes of the old town, before enjoying one of the nearby beaches. Alternatively, you could catch a ferry to the neighbouring island of Majorca.
Eating and drinking
Despite mayonnaise reportedly having been invented in Mahon, there are plenty of other local delicacies to enjoy. The island produces its own pork, olive oil, almonds and cheese, so look out for these ingredients in dishes. The harbourside in Mahon has a wide selection of restaurants to choose from and being an island, Menorca also has a plentiful supply of fish.
Things to do
One of the main draws of a holiday in Menorca is taking the family to the beach and there are a number of great stretches of sand near Mahon. Throw all your beach stuff into your hire car and head to the likes of Punta Prima, Es Grau or Alcaufar beaches. As well as swimming and sunbathing, there are also watersports available at some of these locations.
It’s hard not to notice Fortalleza de la Mola, as the huge 19th-century fort dominates the harbour in Mahon. Wander its defensive walls, explore the military prison and discover the galleries that lie below. Plan your visit to coincide with the sun going down and you’ll be able to see the beautiful colours reflected in the sea.