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Local Regions: Es Mercadal

The region of Es Mercadal provides easy access to the four corners of the island – which, coincidentally, can be seen from the summit of Monte Toro, its tallest hill.

The historic town of Es Mercadal is well worth a visit, but here are my top three recommendations for holidaymakers in the area.

Exploring Monte Toro

At 342 metres, Monte Toro is Menorca’s highest point. Although it’s an excellent hike – the trail is around 2.5 miles long – and the views from the summit are sublime, there is a lot more to explore at altitude than you might think. The mountain has been a spiritual centre for the island’s natives since the thirteenth century.

Religious orders, including Franciscan sisters and Augustianian monks, found sanctuary at its summit. Make sure that you visit the Sanctuary of the Virgin of El Toro and the impressive statue of Jesus of the Sacred Heart, with arms outstretched outside its entrance.

Fish in Fornells 

The pretty harbour-side village of Fornells, on the wild north coast, is the location of two of our converted farmhouses, which offer a superb slice of laid-back island life just five minutes’ drive from the sea front. The natural harbour at Fornells is always studded with llauts, a traditional fishing boat used to catch lobsters. The seafood in this charming resort is second to none – make sure that you visit one of the many waterfront restaurants for all the fresh fish you could desire.

Golf with a View 

Just a short trip down the coast from Fornells is the island’s only golf course at Son Parc. With eighteen holes that meander through verdant grounds – frequented by a host of bird species, including a flock of peacocks! – it makes a great day out for the avid golfer. Enjoy a celebratory drink afterwards on the terrace of Es Bruc Golf Bar-Restaurant, which has a gorgeous outlook over the green.

It may have excellent links to the rest of the island, but Es Mercadal offers enough to keep any holidaymaker happy during their stay at one of our perfectly-located holiday homes. Feel free to get in touch with our customer services team if you can see yourself frolicking in Fornells on your next summer holiday!

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