Drive out of your lane and turn right for Sant Lluis.
This is a charming little town originally founded by the French in the 18th century. Visit the windmill, which has been restored to its former condition, and perhaps have some traditional 'tapas' in the restaurant La Rueda.
Still in Sant Lluis, look for bar La Bolla
- the name refers to the skittle alley at the back, built in 1927, and still used enthusiastically.
Drive out of the lane and turn left for Es Castell.
This little harbourside town was built by the British during their occupation in the 18th century. The town square was surrounded by barracks on three sides, and the town hall on the fourth side. Visit the military museum on the square.
Stroll down to the waterfront at Calas Fonts,
where the caves have been converted to restaurants and boutiques.
Following the lane from San Felipe you come to the little inlet called Cala San Esteban.
As you begin the descent to sea level, you will see a cobbled footpath leading to the right - this is a Roman pavement, and is a short cut if you are walking.
On the south side of Cala San Esteban stands Fort Marlborough,
another British fortification, and well worth a visit, with its sound effects and holograms.
Tour the Historical Centre of Mahon
From July to September there are guided tours of the historical centre of Mahon on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11am and Wednesdays at 7pm. The tours last around 2 hours and tickets are available from the Tourist information offices.
Drive down to Mahon harbour side, and take a trip around the harbour on the glass-bottomed boat.
This is the second largest natural harbour in the world - Pearl Harbour is the largest. It is steeped in history, especially from the British occupation, and the boat often stops outside the harbour entrance to see the underwater life through the glass bottom.
Take a stroll along the length of Mahon harbour,
with its fishing boats and modern pleasure yachts, perhaps stopping for coffee and a croissant at one of the many waterside cafes. Or go by night and have dinner - Il Porto 225 is a good choice of restaurant.
Spend a morning in Mahon at the Museo de Menorca
- the museum of Menorca, which includes a video of the history from pre-history to modern times, as well as artefacts and objects, all well set out and described, and housed in the cloisters of a former monastery. Don't worry - it's all in English. Admission is free on Sundays, and for pensioners.
While in Mahon, make time to visit the covered market in the cloisters of the church of Carmen.
Many of the shops sell typical Menorcan produce, and in the café you can see photos of the market in its heyday, when it was Mahon's fruit and vegetable market. An escalator leads down to a supermarket beneath.
For a respite from shopping in Mahon,
stop for coffee at the American Bar, and watch the world go by.
A few yards from the American Bar,
in Calle Deya, on the left as you look up hill you will see a small wall sign beside a covered entrance, saying Parc des Freginal. Go in here to find one of Mahon's best-kept secrets - a green, shady park, away from the bustle of the town, where you can rest, or perhaps enjoy a picnic lunch.
There are tours of the Mahon Theatre every Tuesday at 10.30am. They only last around half an hour but it is worth having a look at this charming and beautiful builiding, which is on Calle Deia (look out for the statue of a lady outside). Have a look at what`s on while you are there as the theatre has a varied programme.
On Sunday morning try looking for bargains and antiques
at the car boot sale in Mahon's Es Freginal park.
Spend an afternoon at the trotting races,
at the 'Hipodromo' on the road from Mahon to Sant Lluis. Pick your favourites from the race card and bet on the tote. Held on Saturday afternoons.
The parish church of Mahon, the Santa Maria, houses one of the largest and finest organs in the world.
Don't miss the chance to hear it being played, at one of the recitals held on every weekday morning at 11:00 o'clock.
Drive out to Es Grau,
a small fishing village on the north coast not far from Mahon. The sheltered sandy beach and the warm shallow sea are ideal for relaxing. The nearby nature trail winds around the back of the sand dunes, through the woods, and skirts part of the fresh water lake, the Albufera, which is a bird sanctuary.
Lloc de Menorca
For a curious mix of Menorca's indigenous species such as its emblematic red cow and other wild and wonderful creatures, pop into this working farm/zoo in Alaior, Carretera General.
The unique and irresistible leather goods at Inaki Sampdero could ruin your holiday budget! Try the accessories such as purses and mobile phone covers for something a little more gentle on the wallet. Or simply employ the expression: 'solo estoy mirando' (I'm just looking)! Situated at 26 Seminari, Ciutadella.
The Parc des Clot de ses Animes
can be found on the right as you head into Es Castell on the main road from the villa. This park is well used by the locals and is a great place to relax under the shade of pine trees while the children play on the adventure playground. Keep following the path and you will come to a small bar and just a bit further on you reach Cala Padera, a safe and shallow inlet, where you can enjoy a swim.
For something completely different go to Son Martollet
which is on the road leading to Cala Galdana. 'Somni' is an amazing equestrian show where you'll have a chance to see Menorca's famous black horses. Yet it's not only for horse lovers, it also has acrobats, dancers and music blended together with innovative visual effects to create a stunning performance. You can also visit the stables or watch the horses being trained. Shows are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Call 971356140 for more information or to make a reservation.
can be found on the main road into Sant Lluis from the villa. Here you can visit the vineyards, winery and have a taste of the wine. Tel: 0034-971150715.
Relax on the terrace
In the heat of the day, relax with a cool drink on the shady covered terrace. Look out for the resident tortoises which amble around the garden, the only creatures moving in the sun.
Visit the Castillo San Felipe at night
which is on the south side of the port on the road to Sant Esteve. The castle is now in ruins but over 5 kms of underground tunnels remain. After a brief introduction, everyone is given an oil lamp and the tour really comes to life as you explore the underground galleries with live actors representing scenes from the past. It`s an interesting tour that is also fun for the whole family.
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