When you arrive at Menorca Mahon Airport take our clearly marked shuttle bus to the rental area. The bus departs from outside the arrivals hall. The Menorca Ciutadella office can be found in the Skyline hotel next to the Old Harbour. This can be reached by taxi from the airport or by taking a bus into the capital city of Mahon and then on to Ciutadella.
The Menorcan government is very keen to preserve its natural landscape meaning there are very few coastal roads. Most journeys are made on the ME-1 which runs across the island's backbone while narrower roads take you down to coastal villages and beaches. A Sat Nav helps you navigate the one-way systems and narrow streets of the island's main towns. Spanish driving regulations state that children under 12 are not allowed to ride in the front of vehicles.
During the peak months of July and August parking at the most popular beaches fills up early in the morning. When car parks are full the narrow access roads are closed to avoid traffic jams. Underground and street parking are available in Mahon and Ciutadella de Menorca.
Start your visit with a drive to Mahon, also called Maó, the island's capital. This town boasts the second largest natural deep water port in the world (after Pearl Harbour). Fighting between the British, French and Spanish over this port led to the island's often turbulent history and the mix of architecture and culture that can be seen today. You can never drive far on the island without coming across a fort. La Mola Fortress demonstrates 19th-century Spanish military architecture while Fort Marlborough is an earlier British example. No one quite knows when Menorca was first inhabited but the Museu de Menorca housed in a former 15th-century Franciscan monastery gives visitors a good overview of the island's past.