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Carrer Major 001 (with town hall)

Mercadal is a central town of Minorca with about 5,000 people (2019). Its municipality covers the North-Central region of the island and is the second largest in area after that of Ciutadella.


Es Mercadal (Aljub)

Es Mercadal is named after the Latin word for market, mercatum, as in 1301 King James II of Majorca decided there needed to be a central market area on the island. Mercadal is dominated by Mount Toro (El Toro), the highest point on the island.

In the summer months, like most other towns on the island, it is host to lively and colourful street parties. Its festes are dedicated to Sant Martí.

The economy of the municipality has traditionally been linked to fishing, a sector that despite suffering a significant setback still survives. Tourism is the main activity, with a polygon located in Fornells that aims to diversify economic activity towards this population centre.


The climate is, as in the rest of the Balearic Islands, Mediterranean with marked seasonality. The average annual temperature is 17.1 °C with minimum averages in January, the coldest month, of 11.5 °C and maximum averages in August, the hottest month, of 25.0 °C. Minimum in winter can drop to 5 °C often at night and in the morning, and the maximum in summer exceed 30 °C.

Get in[edit]

Although it is relatively close to Maó, it is around a 20-minute drive from the airport.

Get around[edit]

Map of Es Mercadal


  • 1 S'Aljub des Mercadal. A British-built cistern from the 18th century. S'Aljub des Mercadal (Q55415424) on Wikidata
  • 2 Santuari de la Verge del Toro. Monastery of the Toro Virgin (Q9074470) on Wikidata
  • 3 Castell de Sant Antoni. Castle of Sant Antoni (Q17596606) on Wikidata Sant Antoni Castle on Wikipedia
  • 4 Torre de l'illa de Sargantana. Torre de la Isla de Ses Sargantanes (Q11952298) on Wikidata
  • 5 Early Christian Basilica of Port de Fornells. The archaeological remnants of an early Christian building, likely a church or convent Early Christian Basilica of Port de Fornells (Q11908701) on Wikidata


Pregonda beach, in the Mercadal

The beaches of Macaret, Arenal del Castillo and Puerto de Adaya have easy access and complete services. Those of Cavallería, Binimel·là and Pregonda have vehicular access, which, like the previous ones, are busy. On the coast there are also several unspoilt beaches lacking services and only accessible on foot or by sea: Cala Pudent, Cala Tusqueta, Beaches of Puerto de Fornells, Es Clot des Guix, Cala Viola de Poniente and Levante, Sa Nitja, Cala Rotja , Cala Mica and Cala en Calderer.


Jaleo in Mercadal
  • May 8. Our Lady of Monte Toro, patron saint of Menorca.
  • 3rd week of July. San Martín, patron saint festivities.
  • 4th week of July. Saint Anthony, patron of Fornells.





  • 1 Hostal Jeni, Mirada del Toro, 81. Full service modern hotel with a terrace-garden, Jacuzzi, sauna, heated swimming pool with a retractable roof, individually-controlled A/C, business centre, restaurant serving 3 meals daily and large bar where locals congregate.
  • 2 Hotel Es Mercadal, Carrer Nou 49, 07740 Es Mercadal, +34 971 15 44 39. Small hotel with 4 double rooms 2 junior suites. Built in a typical Menorcan house that was totally renovated in 2007. No A/C.


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