There is nothing like shopping in the open air, tasting local produce in a festive atmosphere or appreciating the finest craftwork on the island. Wandering between the most iconic stalls at the oldest markets is a true holiday indulgence. Here is a list of the most important markets and fairs.
Markets and Fairs
The pleasure of taking a little piece of Menorca home
Street Market in Alaior
Our traditional weekly market
Central, typical and timeless – the street market vendors move from town to town every week, but in Alaior the market is held every Thursday, starting at 9 am until lunchtime. It is set up right in the centre of town in the Placa des Ramal square.
Street Market in Cala en Porter
Wander through a summer Street Market
Unlike the market held in Alaior, Cala en Porter’s is only seasonal. It runs from May to October on Mondays and Thursdays in the Mevis Square and is an enjoyable way of spending part of a summer evening between 19 and 23 pm.
Alaior Night time Market
A night of shopping, leisure and craft
Our night time market is seasonal, starting in June and finishing in the first half of September. It is held in the historic centre of Alaior and is where you can buy artisan pieces from all over the island. Paintings, jewellery, macrame and those perfect gifts, along with cultural, gastronomic and leisure activities that are all set up around the marketplace.
The country comes to the city
The third weekend in March sees the La Trotxa Industrial Estate turn into the biggest meadow in Menorca. Our iconic Friesian cattle play a major role in the most important agricultural fair in the Balearic Islands. It is thanks to the morphological contest held over that weekend that the Friesian breed on the island has improved so much in quality and is now recognised as one of the finest examples of cattle on a European level. The fair also organises many other activities related to agriculture and Menorcan produce, enjoying huge attendance every year.
Books on show in the streets
The 23rd of April marks Alaior’s traditional book fair, when stalls are set up on the streets selling both books and roses. There are generally other activities organised that are related to reading and for all ages.
Welcome to Alaior
During the last week of March and the first one of April, Alaior actively promotes everything the town and district have to offer with its Tourism Fair is set up outside the Josep Miquel Guàrdia Secondary School, with the participation all sorts of businesses in the sector.
A taste of our countryside
In order to raise awareness of the consumption of seasonal local produce, the Agri-food Market has gradually opened up in the square called Ramal. With a wonderful range of quality fruit, vegetables, greens and cheeses, there is no doubt that our town’s primary sector producers offer the very best from the land.
Getting ready for Christmas
Inspired by the big Christmas markets held in central Europe, Alaior’s Christmas market is a unique and original event on the island. Typical Christmas flowers are sold alongside costume jewellery, nativity figurines, gifts etc., and mulled wine is very popular at this Christmas market. It is held in the Ramal square towards from before the 25th until the end of December.
“Ses coses polides” Second-hand Market
Solidarity and community among neighbours
Every Saturday from 9.30 to 14h, the plaza Nova square in Alaior becomes a meeting point for neighbours who can set up their own tables to sell of items from their homes that they no longer use or need. The objective of this market is to promote collaboration and solidarity between neighbours in Alaior while giving second-hand items ("Ses Coses Polides", textually "the beautiful things") a chance to be reused and enjoyed by others.