Es Mercadal Menorca
Es Mercadal is located in the centre of the island of Menorca. Roughly 25-30 minutes from Mahon airport. Similar to Alaior, Es Meracal is a traditional town with small cafes, shops and a lot of local residents living there. Perfect for a hub to explore the rest of the island due to its location in the centre. However, it’s a very quiet Menorcan town. You’ll find a lot of locals will live in these smaller towns and commute to the holiday resorts. Making this a great place for the adventurers and those who rent a car, but not so great for families with young children.
Es Mercadal Overview
Firstly, when you arrive in Es Mercadal you’ll notice it’s a small market town with an old medieval centre with whitewashed houses, narrow cobbled streets. Found beneath Mount Toro (Find out more about Mount Toro here), it’s a good place to have a breather and stop for a coffee and lunch if you’re traveling around the island.
Further information here for the weather in Es Mercadal.
Es Mercadal Fiesta
The festival is held annually on 3rd Weekend in July. The Fiesta of Sant Marti in Es Mercadal
‘Fiestas’ or Festivals are a large part of Spanish culture, as well as Menorcan culture. An amazing festival with over 100 primed and prepared horses and riders parade through the town streets.
A huge part of the festival is when the horses parade and perform cargols. When riders circle specific points and the jaleos. Jaleos are when horses rear up on their back legs, Jaleo – young brave men, vying for good luck attempt to touch the horses hearts as they rear up.
A traditional drink accompanies these Menorca fiesta, Pomada. Pomada’s are the local Menorcan Gin mixed with bitter lemonade, usually Fanta Lemon.
Be careful, small children can become scared by the large crowds, rearing horses and electricity in the air. The streets are packed and much busier than usual, therefore can be overwhelming to younger people. Everyone however, is in a great mood and hoping to have a good time.
Es Mercadal Nightlife
Unfortunately you won’t find much of a nightlife in this quaint Menorca town. We recommend a night in Mahon or Ciutadella if you’re after a later evening. However there are various cafes, bars and restaurants serving up delicious food and the traditional cakes and biscuits of the town – amargos (almond macaroons), carquinyols and torro cremat.
Airport Transfers to Es Mercadal
For discounted Es Mercadal airport transfers head to Shuttle Menorca with this link here and you receive 10% off compared to booking directly.
Es Mercadal Menorca Hotels & Apartments
Similarly again to Alaior, Es Mercadal doesn’t have a vast array of accommodation. However check out private accommodation on Homeaway and Airbnb, additionally there area a few hotels which can be found on Booking.com. Or feel free to search below: