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Fortaleza de la Mola, Mahon

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Historic Walking Area
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 live in Menorca for a few years and for work I deal with history and archaeology. La Mola Isabela II is one of the most important historical sites and representative of the island. Is not one of those places left to themselves or has only ruins; on the contrary, it is visually interesting to visit, placed in an emblematic place, which is at the mouth of Mahon Harbour, and well organized guided tours--at least until last year. This year there was, a few days ago, a takeover and I haven't had a chance to try the new organization! Recommended to all those, young and old, who enjoy walking between the walls that have marked the history of a place.
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  • The importance of the military from the port of Mahon has been well patent for centuries, especially since the 16th century, when political constraints became a scale maritime, the binding of the Crown of Spain with its Italian possessions, then during the Raj of Menorca was the port of support of the squad English of the Mediterranean, to finally become the 19th century at the crossroads of the French route from Toulon - Algiers with the English Mediterranean route from Gibraltar to Malta. The fortress of la Mola is a work Spanish, initiated after the demolition of the castle of San Felipe, as a result of international tensions in the Western Mediterranean, when France occupied Algeria. Menorca, after the second destruction of the fortress of San Felipe, in the first half of the 19th century, remained almost without defenses, but growing Anglo-French antagonism of the Decade of the 1840's, by the crossing of their Mediterranean routes, forcing Spain to fortify the island again. Two and a half hours of travel, up to a half-kilometre tunnels... don't miss it!
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  • Historic fort that is well worth visiting. We did not take the audio tour, which would have provided more information, but we enjoyed our visit anyway. There were also beautiful views from the fort.  more »
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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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