The old and current capital of the Balearic Island of Menorca, Ciutadella and Mahon, each hold a large market twice a week.
The market in Mahon is situated close to the main bus station and so is perfect for day trippers from resorts around the island. It is held Tuesday and Saturday each week. In Ciutadella the large twice weekly market is held in a main and central square; it is held on a Friday and Tuesday.
We visited the Friday market in Ciutadella on a Friday in October 2015 but were surprised to see that many of the stalls were the same as the Tuesday market in Mahon we had visited the same week.
What happens on a Saturday we wondered?
These two cities however are at opposite ends of the island, and both are well worth a visit any day of the week.
Goods on sale at the city markets and the number of stalls do vary between high and low season and in bad weather; if it is a wet and windy day expect fewer stalls.
We found the main goods on offer to be clothing, leather goods, tourist souvenirs, handbags and shoes.
Watch out for traditional Menorca [avarca] sandals that are cheap and appear to be too good to be true; they probably are.
It is better to visit a shop; at least one makes the sandals for you as you wait, than try to bag a cheap bargain.
Cheaper Menorcan sandals may be imports from China, have no longevity and stretch quickly. If you fancy purchasing a pair of these comfy sandals aim for a fit that it slightly tight for the best fit over time.
Market day can be a fun experience whether you buy or not; cafes, bars and restaurants are close by and they offer a truly international experience.
Mahon summer organ recitals
More Summer markets in Menorca
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