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. Make Fortaleza de la Mola a part of your Mahon vacation plans using our Mahon route planner .
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  • a well-preserved military fortress, is a piece of history of menorca time to visit about 2.30 3 quiet hours and observing everything without rushing, sport and comfortable footwear for walking, clothing
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  • If these in the port of maho, come to visit this castle military fortress from the time of Isabel II, was built for the defense of the port and was also a prison militar(la visita con guia es mejor,pues te cuenta toda su historia) don't leave without having visited the inside the barrel, the visit is long but worth it.
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  • Highly recommended visit. Fortress built by order of Isabel II between 1848 and 1875. Military construction for the defense of the port of Maó, served also as a military prison. The visit lasts three hours without entertainment. To highlight the underground corridors, defenses against land attacks, Tinderbox, batteries, cannons... Huge venue. Almost total absence of vegetation. Very interesting.
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  • The place is amazing and we'll preserve. The views are great. Just missing a bit more of info or recreational material. I don't know about the audioguides tours cause we didn't take it. But would be great more post to read.
  • Brilliant, but choose a cooler day to visit. Amazing structure, bit creepy in parts. Can do it on foot or with a guide and a jeep. Other side of Port de Mao, so you can get dinner/drinks after.
  • This is a must visit place while you are on holiday in Menorca, you need a car to get to the fort complex, you could use a taxi but that would be an expensive option, as far as I could see there wasn't a bus service. There may be arranged coach tours, but you will need to research this. You need to take food and drink with you, though there are a couple of places you can get cold drinks and snacks from vending machines and take shelter from the sun. The Fort is spread over a large area, and will take 3 to four hours (or longer) to fully explore, by foot, or you can hire golf type buggies to drive round, I would recommend doing the tour by foot, there is a lot to see, especially if you like going off track, which you can at your own risk, and there are spectacular viewing points out over the Mediterranean and towards Es Castel and Mahon. Cost of entry, as of August 2017 was 8 euros for adults, slightly cheaper for kids, at the entrance there is a souvenir shop where you can buy good quality goods to remind you of your visit to this wonderful place. If you're into taking photo's, this is a dream place to photograph, there is literally a picture to be taken at every turn, I recommend you take a camera of some type, as close up its very impressive, well preserved and just a joy to photograph, if you're in a group they will have to be patient, while you shoot every perspective that presents itself to the lens. If this is a place you've only seen from a distance, either from a boat trip or from the land, I fully recommend a visit. If you are driving you need to get to the ME3, it's fairly easy to get to, skirt round Mahon, you will end up on the other side of Mahon harbour, follow the ME3, its a longer drive than you might think, eventually you will arrive at the car park, Google Maps will get you there too. Just be aware if it's a hot day, visit here early morning or afternoon after 3pm, take fluids and some food with you, as you will be here for several hours, though as mentioned above, there are a couple of places you can get covered respite from the heat with vending machines. Take plenty of loose change for the vending machines though as they don't take notes. There are machines which will give you change though if you don't have any coins. Enjoy your visit to the forts, its well worth the entrance fee.
  • Fantastic place, only downsides are a long walk to the naval guns, slightly elevated prices (though this is to be expected) and terrible coffee. A great experience, though!
  • Great day, just make sure you're got your walking shoes on, or book early and get a golf buggy.
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