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 murals adorning the interior walls.

Alaior,church, Església arxiprestal de Santa Eulàlia
Alaior - Església arxiprestal de Santa Eulàlia by Jaume Menses
In the immediate area are a number of prehistoric ruins.

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    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.

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