Food & Craft Markets
Christmas Fairs and Markets have become increasingly popular in Menorca over recent years, offering an excellent opportunity to buy some interesting locally crafted gifts and festive produce for both Christmas and Reyes in January. Most of the larger towns now hold a Christmas Market or Fira de Nadal during the first weekends in December. If you missed the Christmas and Artisans Markets in Es Castell and Sant Lluís on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December, don’t worry, there are both indoor and outdoor Christmas markets taking place around Menorca this week, as follows. (Don't forget Thursday 6 and Saturday 8 December are both public holidays, however while banks, business and most shops will be closed on Thursday, shops will be open on Saturday morning to take advantage of the Christmas shopping period.)
Mahón: Selling everything you need for the festive period, this outdoor Christmas market is in Calle Ses Moreres, Plaça Colon and Plaça Constitució from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 December 2012, open between 10.00 and 21.00 hours each day Thursday to Saturday and until 13.30 hours on Sunday.
Ciutadella: Offering a wonderful festive collection of gifts, cosmetics, decorations and local produce from shops around Ciutadella, this market is all under one roof at the Sala Polivalent Canal Salat, from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 December 2012. Open between 10.00 and 14.00 hours and 17.00 and 21.00 hours on Thursday and Saturday, from 17.00 to 21.00 hours on Friday and from 10.00 to 14.00 hours on Sunday.
Alaior: In its 8th year, this Christmas market is a real community event selling a wide variety of gifts from the shops and artisans of Alaior in the Carrer and Plaça Ramai on Saturday 8 December from 10.00 to 22.00 hours and on Sunday 9 December from 10.00 to 14.30 hours. On Saturday during the day there will be a visit by the Giants of Maó and Father Christmas, Christmas workshops and performance by the Lou Deach Quartet at 18.00 hours.
Ferreries: Mini winter markets are being held on Saturday 8 and Saturday 15 December 2012 in the Plaça d’Espanya from 09.00 to 13.00 hours. The 10th Ferreries Fira de Nadal is on Saturday 15 December from 10.00 to 14.00 hours and from 16.00 to 21.00 hours and from 10.00 to 14.00 hours on Sunday 16 December, also in Plaça d’Espanya. With various children’s activities taking place, music and stalls selling all sorts of hand crafted gifts and local produce, there is a great festive atmosphere.
A leisurely stroll around one of Menorca’s night markets is a great way to soak up some local culture and perhaps find that perfect gift or unusual souvenir in the cooler evening air. In addition to Maó and Ciutadella, many of the resorts around Menorca hold evening markets in the height of the summer, from late June to early September, enabling you to browse in comfort at all types of locally produced handicrafts, leather goods, clothing and jewellery away from the intense heat of the day. However, the inland towns also have markets in the evenings and offer a good excuse to explore the ‘real’ Menorca as you wander around the narrow streets, maybe stopping off for a refreshing drink or ice cream in a local bar, and enjoy discovering a part of Menorcan life that otherwise might pass you by.
Alaior: Situated half way between Maó and Es Mercadal on the Maó to Ciutadella road, Alaior is Menorca’s third largest and most industrial town. It is famous for its shoe making and dairy farming, in particular the local Mahón cheese, as well as home to the island’s only university, part of the University of the Balearic Islands. Built around a hill dominated by the church of Santa Eulàlia, this charming medieval town is made up of a maze of narrow streets and whitewashed buildings.
Throughout the summer months many towns and resorts around Menorca hold street markets, usually in the evenings when it is cooler, in additional to their regular market days. Selling a variety of items from jewellery and local craftwork to clothing, confectionary and souvenirs, the markets are relaxing and fun to amble around before or after your evening meal and children love browsing at all the bits and pieces for sale.
Maó: Flea market every day, May to October, from 10.00 to 20.00 hours at Parc Rochina, Pla de Baixamar, the area opposite the ferry terminal, selling a variety of leather goods, crafts and clothing. Menorcan folk dancing displays on occasions to welcome visiting cruise ships.
Mahón and Ciutadella have wonderful food markets in the city centres selling meet, fish, fruit and vegetables. Mahón and Ferreries hold open-air markets on Saturday mornings in the main squares while other towns and villages have open-air markets throughout the week selling a wide range of clothes, crafts and jewellery. Please note dates and times subject to change.
Mercat del Claustre del Carme. This market is not to be missed, this is history and shopping all rolled into one. Market stalls and small shops are situated in the old cloisters of the Carmen Church selling fruit and vegetables from local farms, general produce and an underground supermarket. There are also shops selling locally made items such as ceramics and shoes. On the upper floor there is the library of the Joan Rubio foundation. During the summer months cultural and entertainment events take place in the cloister’s central square.