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Shopping


Most of the towns, and particularly the resorts, in Minorca are full of the usual gift shops selling tourist tat, but in Mahon exciting shopping opportunities abound. Head towards the centre of town where the cobblestoned streets are lined with boutiques, clothing shops, jewellers, ice-cream parlours and shoe stores. The popular tourist areas are also loaded with shops. Mahon also has a wonderful market every Sunday where anything from clothing to fresh food and produce can be bought. There is also good shopping to be had in Ciutadella and Mao: Ses Voltes street is the place to head in Ciutadella; and the area around Carrer Ses Moreres in Mao is a good bet for designer gear. Both towns have artisan markets, in Mao on Friday evenings, and in Ciutadella on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Great souvenirs to bring home from Minorca include traditional leather sandals called Albarques, leather goods, jewellery and the Minorcan gin, Xoriguer. Most shops open between 9am and 9pm, but close between 2pm and 5pm for siesta. Tourist shops are sometimes open during siesta hours.

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