Maó and its surroundings

To get started, we are going for a walk around the town, then we will visit public buildings, and we will start our description in the place where, from the harbour, starts the path called Costa de l’Alameda or De s’Hort Nou (it would be advisable for you to walk up the Costa de ses Piques), which goes up until it goes into Maó from the point called La Clota. On the left hand side we leave the building of the old Sant Francesc convent and the little square of the same name just opposite; from this point the ramp leads to the Carrer del Sol street and continues up the Carrer des Frares street. From the Plaça de Sant Francesc square it comes out onto the Carrer d’Isabel II street, a fairly wide street and one of the main arteries of Maó’s traffic, where most houses belong to well-off families and where there are no shops, a characteristic of main streets, according to English custom. On the right hand side we will find the Carrer del Rector Mort street, where Santi Capó has his workshop of contemporary jewellery. Next door is the Pont de Sant Roc, an old middle age door to the village that follows the street with the same name and goes down to the Plaça de la Constitució square and, behind it, to the Carrer d’Alfons III, which will lead to several houses with fascinating views over the harbour. On the other side of the Costa de Ses Voltes street we will see the Claustre del Carme cloister and its market. As we walk towards it, we will pass by the fish market up to the Plaça del Príncep square, where we can observe several unique buildings catalogued as architectural heritage. Please pay attention to the facades on this spot: the iron balconies, the shutters and windows, some door knockers, and doorknobs. Apart from these noble houses, which can also be found along the Camí des Castell, Sant Ferran, De la Reina, De la Infanta and D’Anuncivay streets, there are several windmills around this area. They all make for excellent visits, and in this case we will go to the Plaça Reial square and the Costa d’en Deià where we will enter into the Es Freginal park, a vital natural area in the city. We will come out onto Santiago Ramón y Cajal street and will follow it on the right hand side until we reach the Cós de Gràcia street up to Febrer i Cardona street and then on the left hand side, up the hill, we will see Es Fangueti ceramic workshop, which occupies one of the premises of a flour mill of the 18th century, which the Archduke saw with his own eyes. In a blink of an eye, Lluís Salvador walked the Cós from one end to the other, he passed in front of Sant Josep church erected in 1738 by the builders, carpenters and caulkers guild up to the Carrer de Ses Moreres street, which we will follow until we come into Sa Costa de sa Plaça street where we will turn left along the Carrer Bastió street up to the square with the same name where we come back to the Pont de Sant Roc door.
After our walk around the city centre, we will start a walk along the harbour of Maó, one of the most beautiful you can ever explore. We will follow along the aforementioned Carrer del Rector Mort and take this narrow street coming into the Costa des General street and from here to the Moll de Ponent quay where we have the option to visit Tot Ceràmica, a shop where handmade products are offered with the “Artesania de Menorca” guarantee brand. The Costa de Ses voltes street divides the harbour in two and the caulkers’ workshops start from this point; this part of the quay is called Moll de Llevant. These workshops are no longer functioning, but if we are lucky, before they are demolished and reconstructed, we will be able to see some unique doors with the shape of a boat (Moll de Llevant, 165 and 167).
The closeness of Maó to the villages of Es Castell (old Villacarlos), Sant Lluís and Sant Climent was also evident during the Archduke’s times. Salt and buttermilk sellers came from Es Castell, chariots loaded with bread came from Sant Lluís and Sant Climent, and wine came from Llucmaçanes and Sant Lluís; all of which came together in this Eastern town of Menorca.