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. Visitors should 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 leather goods, jewellery and the Minorcan gin, . Most shops open between 9am and 9pm, but close between 2pm and 5pm for siesta. Tourist shops are sometimes open during siesta hours.
Unlike its Balearic neighbor, Ibiza, Minorca doesn't offer wild parties, hectic nightlife, and nightclubs where party people can dance the night away. The nightlife in Minorca is laid back and centred round hotels, quiet bars, restaurants and the occasional nightclub.
In the capital, Mahon, there are a few live music bars, pubs, and tavernas where soaking up the views and atmosphere while sipping on a cocktail is rewarding, but even here the party scene is chilled and relaxed.
Resort towns, such as Cala En Porter, offer visitors themed bars, but most of them close before midnight. Known for its live bands and cocktails, Akalarre Bar on the waterfront in Mahon is a popular haunt, while the Caves of Xoroi in Cala En Porter is a must for drinks or to enjoy the cave disco and breathtaking views.
Minorca is ideal for holidaymakers wanting to combine a beach holiday with excursions to picturesque historic towns and outings into the charming rural interior. Minorca is the least likely to impress young party animals. The island is well-equipped with venues for the enjoyment of cocktails, local live music, and the occasional dance floor, but it is not considered a great nightlife destination.