"Visit La Mola de Menorca" Mahón Things to Do Tip by ranger49

Mahón Things to Do: 17 reviews and 63 photos

  Grand outer entrance
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  • The parade ground above underground  passages - Mahón
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- also known as Fortalesa Isabell11.
The great miltary architect Vauban had already been dead for more than a century when plans were first drawn up to create a huge fort to defend Mahon and the Island of Menorca from invasion.
But I think even he would have been impressed by the impregnable structure built at the most easterly edge of the island, on the north side of Mahon's unique harbour.

It evolved, grew, was redesigned and changed many times as control of this part of the Mediterranean passed to and fro between the Spanish and the French, and the British during various wars of succession. How irrelevant all that seems now to us, but - like it or lump it - that is history!

By the mid-19th Century political changes and technological advances in artillery and maritime engineering made this fort a bit of a white elephant. What's new!

It survived as a naval station and barracks; saw some grim and murky episodes in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War.
But since its use as Barracks ceased -i t has risen, like a phoenix, to become an historical tourist attraction.
It is an astonishing feat of military architecture and construction.
Well worth a visit to marvel at the engineering skills that created it; enjoy the splendid views and visit the art gallery and shop.
Think about the hardshipe of those who worked and lived here in years gone by.
And be thankful it is now a peaceful place for recreation and reflection.

Open daily
May and September from 10:00 until 20:00 h.
June, July and August from 10:00 until 21:00 h.
October until April from 10:00 until 14:00 h. (Closed Mondays, except Bank Holidays)

Admission Fees
Adult Admission: 7.00?
Senior Admission: 4.75?
Young people from 12 to 16: 4.75?
Free Admission:Under 12 s.

Address: Carretera de la Mola s/n 07700 Maó
Directions: Take the harbour road, pass the ferry and cruise teminals, up the hill and at the first roundabout take the road clearly marked to La Mola. Follow this road, Me3, carretera la Mola, right to the end, about 7 km.
Phone: 971 364 040
Website: http://www.fortalesalamola.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2011
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