DISCOVERING MAHON ON FOOT

  • Port

    Port Mahon

  • Level of difficulties

    Moderate

  • Type

    Not available

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR30.0

  • Duration in hours

    3.5

  • Shore excursion code

    01QM

Description

We will tour the old town of Mahon on foot, discovering the historical and artistic treasures it conceals, both from centuries ago and the modern day, and we'll top it all off in fine form with a glass of champagne.



What we will see
  • Centre of Mahon
  • Carmen church and Carmelite convent
  • Santa Maria church and monumental organ
  • Arch de San Roque
  • Carrer Isabel II
  • Teatre Principal de Maó
  • Glass of champagne


What we will do
  • Our walk will take us to the heart of Mahon, the capital of the island of Menorca, which has developed around the largest natural harbour in the Mediterranean.
  • Strolling along the streets of the old town, we will make our way to Carmen Church, built between the 18th and 19th centuries in typical Neo-Classical style.
  • Lying parallel to the church is the wonderful Carmelite convent, seized in 1835 and adapted for several different purposes over time. It was a prison, court, public school and finally a market, which still thrives today.
  • We will continue on to Santa Maria Church, built in the 18th century on the site of a former Gothic church dating back to the 13th century.
  • The Neo-Gothic inspired interior boasts a monumental organ with incredible artistic and instrumental qualities, built between 1807 and 1810. It is considered a real gem with 4 keyboards and 3,600 pipes, 197 of which are made of wood and the rest metal.
  • We will then admire the Arch de San Roque, the ancient point of entry to the town and the only evidence of the Medieval walls remaining today.
  • We will continue along Carrer Isabel II>, which is overlooked by the largest number of Georgian homes built in Mahon during the 18th century.
  • Our last stop is the Teatre Principal de Maó, the oldest opera theatre in the whole of Spain, which, over the course of its long history, has hosted some of the greatest international bel canto artists.
  • We will have the chance to see the inside, given a new lease of life thanks to a huge restoration project that took place between 1997 and 2001, and we will be offered a glass of champagne before we return to the ship.

What you need to know
  • This excursion involves long walks on uneven, cobbled surfaces, therefore it is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.