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Fortaleza de la Mola, Mahon

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Fortaleza de la Mola is the highest point in the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac Natural Park, crowned by the fortress of Isabel II. As the mountain comes into view, you'll understand how surreal rock formations earned it the nickname “The Dragon Cave” in medieval times. At the top, gaze out at panoramic views of Mahón harbor and the coast. Look out for the birds that call this mountain home--it's officially a protected area for them. Then, head inside the fortress, which is an extraordinary example of Catalan Romanesque architecture, dating back to the early 1700s. Take the tour, which leads you through labyrinthine tunnels, under majestic arches, and past the enormous Vickers cannons purchased from Britain in 1921. If you get tired of walking, the site offers complimentary transportation between points of interest. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Fortaleza de la Mola by using our Mahon travel itinerary maker.
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  • I met La Mola in 1960, obviously making mandatory the mili, at that time was a creepy installation terrifying military prison, the regime had "punished" for its past in the hit state of Franco. Today is an imposing military fortress, open to tourism, but I think that you as the ownership of it, still is the army, the company that manages it, does not explain well the true story of the enclosure. Prisoners of war from the Cuban, and Carlist Wars also gave work to Islanders for many years, finished the works at an unacceptable cost participated in its construction, its role became obsolete, so it is enabled to new needs, building the pavilions on the top for the troop, and bought a few huge cannons Vikers to England, of which one such as "Museum" remains private the funny thing is that the fortress was built to avoid eagerness to English to occupy the island and had to buy the English guns. Summarized, it is worthwhile to invest 2/3 hours to see the set, and would be grateful that "someone" to pay attention to keep the entirety of the site on foot, a pity that the penitentiary there are hardly any remains.
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  • La Mola has a protection wall all around the fortress with artileriy, pieces, also there is a prison where people was tortured; you can visit the fortress with a guide who gives all historical informa...  more »
  • Impressed by the visit to the fortress, it is great. In travel, there are a few impressive tunnels. We did a tour with a friendly guide, which made us a very good explanation of the fortress and of the history of the same. The visit is highly recommended.
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  • Nice historical site near Maó. Worth a visit if you are into this kind of thing. It is very large so I would recommend to spend the whole morning there and to book a visit with wee cars that they offer. We did the visit by foot and we got very tired!
  • Brilliant ! A fascinating place to visit. It felt like walking around the set of Uncharted from the PlayStation games. Lots of interesting history here.
  • Very beautiful for walking especially after dusk
  • Fabulous place to visit..don't miss the tour inside the Vickers Armstrong gun!!
  • Very spacious area. Attention: From October open only until 14:00. You need STD well 2-3 for the complete system. There is no discount in the last hour before closing. Beautiful views and photo opportunities!
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