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
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