Es Migjorn Gran Menorca
Located towards the centre of the island, south of Es Mercadal and around 35-40 minutes from the Mahon airport. Es Migjorn Gran is a small inland town great for those looking to explore the local walking and cycling routes. Approximately 7-8km away from the beach resort of Santo Tomas, staying in Es Migjorn does offer relaxation and exploration.
Es Migjorn Gran Overview
A traditional village at heart, with very few offerings in regards to shops, cafes and restaurants. You’re best bet would be to come on the evening of the market (more information can be found below), have a nose around, enjoy the tightly woven streets, the traditional Spanish tapas and the late evening entertainment.
Surrounding by beautiful rolling hills, you can walk to and from the beach resort of Santo Tomas as well as other areas such as Cala Galdanda.
Well and truly a local town with a local Menorcan feel.
Further information here for the weather in Es Migjorn Gran.
Es Migjorn Gran Fiesta
First of all the festival is held annually on the 5th Weekend in July or 1 Weekend in August. Fiesta of Sant Cristofol in Es Migjorn Gran.
‘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 old city streets of Es Migjorn Gran.
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.
Local Es Migjorn Gran Market – Shopping in Es Migjorn Gran
The shopping in Es Migjorn Gran provides for the local residents and community. Local shops and local cafes. However there is a small industrial estate where you can find some factories selling local Menorcan shoes and other garments at discounted prices.
Throughout the Summer, there is a nightly market on Tuesdays between around 19:00 to 00:00. Head towards the centre and down the tightly woven streets where you’ll spot local residents selling traditional cheeses, wins and gin to sweets, hand crafted jewelry, photo frames and more. Once you arrive in the centre of Es Migjorn Gran – Plaza de la Iglesia, find a seat or place to stand and enjoy the evening entertainment of typically a live band.
Buses are limited with two specific buses running at 20:00 and 20:30, and returning at 23:00 and 23:30 – costing roughly €1.25 one way. The non dedicated buses that also stop at Es Migjorn can be found here, these buses end point are generally either Maó or Ciutadella, but stop at Es Migjorn en route – costing roughly €1.25 one way.
Es Migjorn Gran Nightlife
Like many of the Menorca towns, Es Migjorn Gran doesn’t offer an extensive nightlife. However during the summer months the town square often has evening shows that accompany the Tuesday night market. Head to Mahon or Ciutadella for a livelier atmosphere.
In addition to this, there are local cafes and restaurants offering typical Spanish tapas. But head to Santo Tomas restaurants to experience some fresh local sea food.
Airport Transfers to Es Migjorn Gran
For discounted Es Migjorn Gran airport transfers head to Shuttle Menorca with this link here and you receive 10% off compared to booking directly.
Es Migjorn Gran Menorca Hotels & Apartments
Alternatively you can sometimes find something slightly different at On The Beach.