If you’re an extreme shopping enthusiasts, then you may find yourself thinking about your next shopping trip even when you’re hanging out on one of the stunning beaches on Spain’s lovely island of Menorca. There’s nothing wrong with that either because you don’t want to miss out on the chance to purchase something different and wonderful when you’re in a new location. Thankfully, Menorca is filled with incredible shopping opportunities at every turn, and you’re sure to discover some unique souvenirs, delicious foods, Menorcan wines, remarkable handmade jewelry and garments, gorgeous artwork and great deals on name-brand merchandise. These are just a few of the awesome shops that you’ll want to visit during your stay in one of our luxury Menorca vacation villa rentals.
Mercat de Pescados
This Mahon street market is where you want to be if you’re interested in sampling the real Menorca. You’re sure to enjoy the casual, relaxed atmosphere, and you can take all the time that you like to meet the locals at each booth. Come hungry because you’ll have a chance to sample handmade tapas and traditional local dishes made from fresh fish and seafood caught just that morning from the Mediterranean Sea, and there are often various points throughout the market where you may enjoy beer and wine tastings. There are plenty of tables in the courtyard to sit and eat and listen to music, and you can buy fresh fish to take back to your vacation rental for a nice grilled dinner. While food is the focus of this market, there are also booths that offer such wares as lovely handmade jewelry and other great gift items to take back home for friends and relatives.
There’s a lot to do at Ciutadella’s Castillo Menorca, and you’ll find a vast space in the castle-shaped building where you can shop to your heart’s content. Items range from lovely souvenirs and gifts to high-end designer items, and you may expect to discover some fabulous dresses, jewelry, shoes, swimsuits, handbags and much more. There’s a snack bar and restaurant available if all that shopping makes you hungry, and outside you’ll find a playground for the children, go-karts, a swimming pool, mini golf and an aquatic playground where the entire family can cool off.
Gourmet goodness awaits your attention at this excellent Mercadal shop, and it’s the perfect spot to find those top-of-the-line food items that you may want your private chef to prepare back at your luxury vacation home. El Paladar has already proudly sold well over 90,000 Iberian hams, and you can get one for yourself along with a professional ham stand. Gourmet items include truffle oil, duck liver, Italian pastas, jams, preserves, butters and sauces, and you’ll find some of the world’s best chocolates here as well. Menorcan wines, sausages, cheeses and oils are among the popular offerings as well as gourmet cheeses from around the world. If you don’t want to carry your purchases away with you, then the shop will be happy to deliver everything right to the door of your vacation rental.
Mercat Des Claustre
Locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables and much more may be found at this popular Mahon farmer’s market. Butchers are also onsite offering a variety of meats, and there’s homemade baked breads and sweet treats, jellies, jams, preserves, nuts, olives, ice cream and excellent prepared Spanish dishes for those who would like to sit down and enjoy a meal with a cup of coffee or a glass of local wine. Beyond the fine foods, you may visit the booths that showcase clothing, shoes and bags that feature those made locally by hand and name-brand items as well. Health and beauty items, craft supplies and plants and flowers are also available. All of this is found on the ground floor of the Cloister of Carmen, which has housed this city market since all the way back in 1884.
A true shopping gem in Ciutadella, this popular gift and specialty store offers a wide range of items that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest customer. There’s not one thing in this shop that hasn’t been handmade by craftsmen right in the store’s workshop, and you may expect to find leather bags that are beautifully painted by hand and leather belts made to order for the perfect fit. Original one-of-a-kind sculptures and paintings are also available along with colorful suede handbags, collection boxes, artistic boxes and lovely accessories.
You can regularly enjoy traveling art exhibitions at this Ciutadella art gallery as well as have the opportunity to buy exclusive art work in many different techniques. Popular styles include expressionist, hyperrealist, conceptual, impressionistic, glam, conceptual, classic and decorative. Come take a look, and you’re almost certain to return home with a brand new piece of artwork.