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Es Mercadal
Es Mercadal

Es Mercadal

Free admission

Sitting in northern central Menorca beneath Mt. Toro, Es Mercadal is one of the island’s oldest and most picturesque towns. Visitors come here to experience a slice of old-time island life and soak up its whitewashed houses, terracotta-flagged streets, traditional shops, and laid-back atmosphere.

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The basics

Nestled beneath Menorca’s highest point—1,230-foot (375-meter)-high Mt. Toro—Es Mercadal has origins dating to the 13th century and a 14th-century royal decree that established it as the setting of a weekly public market. Today, the old town is composed of a web of pedestrianized streets lined with shops, bakeries, and cafés, and crowned with a restored windmill—converted into a restaurant—and the whitewashed 18th-century Church of Saint Marti.

After exploring its old quarter, visitors can cast their sightseeing net beyond the town to explore other local attractions. Perhaps climb to Mt. Toro’s summit—either by foot or car—to absorb its panoramic island views; check out the nearby Red Indian Rock, a craggy rock formation that draws climbers; or continue to Menorca’s north coast to enjoy its beaches and towns such as Fornells.

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Things to know before you go

*Es Mercadal is great for those wanting to experience traditional Menorcan life and culture. *Most of the old quarter is only accessible on foot or bike. *The town hosts an evening artisans’ market every Thursday in summertime.

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How to get there

Es Mercadal lies 13.6 miles (22 kilometers) northwest of Mahon just off the island’s main Me-1 highway, making it easily accessible from the capital by car, cab, or bus. To get there by car from Mahon or Menorca airport, follow the Me-1 northward for about 25 minutes before taking a right-hand exit signposted to Es Mercadal and Fornells. Alternatively, catch a #1 or #51 bus to Mercadal from Mahon.

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When to get there

Es Mercadal is busiest in July and August—if you’re planning to visit then and can be flexible, the town is at its quietest before late morning. The best times to browse the shops are through the morning and again from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, when they reopen after the daily siesta.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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