Fortaleza de la Mola (La Mola Fortress)
Guarding the picturesque mouth of Mahón Harbor is 19th-century Fortaleza de la Mola, whose beautifully preserved walls offer big views across the water. Also called the Fortaleza de Isabel II, the impressive fortress has galleries and tunnels that invite exploring, as well as hornworks where artillery once kept invaders at bay.
The sprawling Fortaleza de la Mola is located on the easternmost point of Menorca—that means it catches the very first sunrise in Spain each day. It would be easy to cover miles of footpaths while checking out every corner of the Fortaleza de la Mola; electric buggies are available onsite if you’d prefer not to walk. Tours of the Fortaleza de la Mola are available during daytime and evening hours, with the option to see the fortress interior or visit the gun battery with a guide.
Things to know before you go
- The fortress is a must-see for travelers interested in local history.
- The sun can feel strong during the summer months, so a sun hat is a good idea.
- A driver’s license is required for renting an electric buggy.
- While the Fortaleza de la Mola is wheelchair accessible, visitors may not be able to reach every area.
How to get there
The Fortaleza de la Mola is located on Carretera de La Mola, on the southeastern edge of Menorca. While there’s no bus to Fortaleza de la Mola, it’s possible to take a taxi from the Mahón bus station. A pricier but more scenic option is the seasonal water taxi that operates between May and October: catch a water taxi in Mahón Harbor or Cales Fonts.
When to get there
Guided tours of the Fortaleza de la Mola are offered at fixed times, with tours in various languages taking place on different days; check the website before planning your trip. Night tours, which must be booked in advance, show the fortress when it’s particularly dramatic. Most visitors spend 2–3 hours at the Fortaleza de la Mola.
Things to Do Near Fortaleza de la Mola
Popular attractions near the fortress include the Castillo de San Felipe (Es Castell), just across the water—note that prebooking is essential for guided tours. From there, continue to Fort Marlborough, an 18th-century British fortress with a fascinating history. In the city of Mahón, stop by the Museo de Menorca, which displays history-related exhibits in a beautiful building.