Es Mercadal

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Es Mercadal
Municipality
Es Mercadal
Es Mercadal
Es Mercadal is located in Spain
Es Mercadal
Es Mercadal
Location in Spain
Es Mercadal is located in Balearic Islands
Es Mercadal
Es Mercadal
Location in Balearic Islands
Coordinates: 39°59′14″N 4°5′36″E / 39.98722°N 4.09333°E / 39.98722; 4.09333
Country  Spain
Autonomous Community  Balearic Islands
Province Balearic Islands
Island Minorca
Government
 • Mayor Francisco Javier Ametller Pons (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 138 km2 (53 sq mi)
Elevation(AMSL) 71 m (233 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 5,396
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (GMT +2) (UTC+2)
Postal code 07740
Area code(s) +34 (Spain) + 971 (Baleares)
Website Town Hall

Mercadal is a town and municipality in northern Minorca in the Spanish Balearic Islands.

Etymology[edit]

The name "Mercadal" derives from the Latin language mercatum, meaning "market". In 1301, King James II of Majorca decreed the establishment of a public center of commerce in Minorca, and the bustling open-air marketplace remains a principal attraction of the island to this day.

Features[edit]

Mercadal is dominated by Mount Toro (El Toro), the highest point on the island. In mid-July, Mercadal is the site of traditional Minorcan festivities dedicated to the Roman Catholic saint Martin (Sant Martí).

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Coordinates: 39°59′16″N 4°05′39″E / 39.98778°N 4.09417°E / 39.98778; 4.09417