HISTORY OF THE
PORT OF MAHÓN
Menorca is known for its coves, crystalline water and cities brimming with history, like Mahón and Ciudadela. It’s also famous for its talayotic ruins, its incredible Camí de Cavalls, the local products and its food. But one of the island’s most shining gems is the Port of Mahón.
The Port of Mahón has been the site of conflicts dating back to the second century BC. Located on the east coast of the island of Menorca, it is the largest natural port in the Mediterranean, the second largest in Europe and the fifth largest in the world.
Over the centuries, it has been the target of conquests and reconquests by the leading
European nations, the most important being Great Britain’s dominance
over the island for almost the entire eighteenth century, from 1708 to 1802
, when it was returned to the sovereignty of the Spanish monarchy with the Treaty of Amiens.
This occupation was interrupted for seven years (1756–1763) by the French occupation, and between 1782 and 1798 it
was briefly back in Spanish hands.
Over 6 km long, the impressive port conceals a series of islets dotting its Mediterranean waters which tell us about this island’s past.
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