Hiring a Car at Menorca Airport (MAH)
Most travellers visiting Menorca choose to fly into Menorca Airport (MAH), also known as Mahon Airport. This is a small but well-equipped transport hub that serves a number of destinations and airlines. Upon arrival into the airport, you will find a number of car hire offices, including well-known companies such as Thrifty and Enterprise. From the terminal, the island capital of Mahon is just a 10-minute drive, while Ciutadella de Menorca – located on the opposite end of the island – can be reached in 45 minutes.
Car Hire Options in Mahon and Ciutadella de Menorca
If you have reached Menorca by ferry, or you would simply prefer to hire a car outside of the airport, the best places to go are Mahon and Ciutadella. Both are ferry ports, as well as being the largest and busiest areas on the island. If you are travelling from Mallorca to Menorca, your quickest option (after flying) is to take the ferry from Alcudia to Ciutadella. In both Ciutadella de Menorca and Mahon, you will find plenty of car hire agencies. It is also possible to rent a vehicle in the resort towns of Cala en Porter, Son Bou, Santo Tomas and Cala Galdana, all of which can be reached by bus from Mahon or Ciutadella.
Routes to Drive Around Menorca
To travel between Mahon and Ciutadella de Menorca, you can use the Me-1 road that cuts directly through the centre of the island. A more scenic route explores the northern parts of the island, starting in Mahon and heading north to the Favaritx Lighthouse, before looping back down to the Me-7. You can continue west, visiting the pretty resort towns of Son Parc and Na Macaret, then join with the Me-15 and drive south to Es Mercadal. Here you can visit the nearby Monte Toro, Menorca’s highest peak, before joining the Me-1 and continuing west to Ciutadella.
Resort Towns on the Southern Coast of Menorca
The resort towns of Menorca’s southern coast are mostly reached by specific, singular routes branching off from the roads running through the centre of the island. Though they can be slightly trickier to access, the resorts are well worth exploring as they boast stunning beaches – Cala en Turqueta and Cala Macarelleta being two of the best. Son Bou is also home to the remains of a Roman basilica, making it the perfect day-trip destination for history buffs.