The Countryside has been mentioned before but it is worth emphasising that Menorca is much
more than an island of idyllic beaches. It also has a unique character and many inland areas well worth visiting. In the cenral area of the island
are the towns of Es Mercadel and Alaior and the village
of Es Mighorn Gran. A visit to these three will also show you some beautiful scenery
along the way.
The attractive 14th century town of Es Mercadel is often only considered
by tourists as the town
you pass through on the way to Monte Toro.
Es Mercadel is a pretty and a peaceful town of simple whitewashed
buildings in the shadow of Menorcas highest point.
The towns main main attractions are an authentic Menorcan
restaurant in a restored windmill and a beautiful church with impressive
the interior walls.
Alaior - Església arxiprestal de Santa Eulàlia by Jaume Menses
In the immediate area are a number of prehistoric ruins.
Southern Area Beaches
Area Beach Maps
Ciutadella Area Beaches
Es Mercadel from Monte Toro
Menorca's third largest town of Alaior is home to the island’s
cheese making industries. Visitors can purchase delicious local produce
at the daily food market in the town.
Every Thursday there is a market is held which sells handicrafts,
clothes, jewellery and leather items. This is an excellent opportunity to
pick up gifts and souvenirs.
Other highlights of the town are the 17th century Baroque church,
a cultural museum and an art and sculpture gallery.
The surrounding countryside is ideal for walker as it features walking trails
and is an area which is rich in bird life and wooded areas.
Es Mighorn Gran was established in the 18th century and
is characterised by attractive whitewashed buildings graced by large porches
and wooden shutters.
It is noted for its bohemian atmosphere and indeed a number of artists live and
exhibit their work here in the Village.