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Markets days in Mallorca

Nov 20, 2019 | Events and lifestyle

Not only do the markets in Mallorca offer some of the best quality, most reasonably priced, local produce. They are vibrant, bustling social events, a regular meeting point with townsfolk catching up on the week’s news and enjoying a coffee, glass of wine, or something a little stronger.

Most towns and villages in Mallorca host a market at least once a week. Invariably set in the main square, they are held on different days in each location, allowing some of the more specialist vendors to rove from market to market through the week.

Pastries including empanadas

Pastries including empanadas

This also means visitors to the island are sure to have an opportunity to visit. If you’re a foodie, extend your culinary repertoire for your return home. Buy some meltingly delicious Iberico ham. Try the ubiquitous sobrasada (a much misunderstood delight!). Or maybe some butifara, an evil-looking, peppery, black sausage. You’ll find the best cheeses from across Spain, including Mahón, a white cheese made from cow’s milk, named after it’s home town – the port of Mahón in Menorca.

For the not so food-obsessed, there will be clothes stalls with light and breezy cotton garments and linens. Ideal for topping-up on summer clothes for your stay. And there will be varied arts and crafts, with local ceramics featuring.

If you live on the island, the markets of Mallorca take on a more practical role, providing a welcome alternative to boring old supermarkets. As a “regular”, you’ll likely get to know the stall holders, elevating the weekly shop to a different level!

Jamon - Mallorcan hams

Jamon – Mallorcan hams

Either way, the markets in Mallorca make for a great excursion. Many of the stalls will offer free tasters so a light breakfast may be advisable. Follow up on your browsing with a relaxing lunch at one of the local restaurants and you’ll have had a rewarding and satisfying Mallorcan day out.

What to look out for at Mallorca’s markets

Finding out when your local town market day is should be easy enough. Everyone will know and happily help-out. We’ve also listed some of the larger market days below. These are well worth taking some time out to visit.

You’ll not only find a wide range of locally produced foodstuffs, but also delicacies from across Spain. There will be Spanish cheeses, hams and cured meats, various types of sausage, olives, pickled vegetables, Mallorcan capers and boquerones (small fish, similar to anchovies but with a milder, less salty taste).

Olives, boquerones and various pickled vegetables

Olives, boquerones and various pickled vegetables

There will be local olives and olive oils, flavoured cooking salts, various grades of salt cod, local honey, sweet and savoury pastries such as ensaimadas, empanadas and coca.

Beyond food, there will likely be an array of clothes stalls and arts and crafts. Many of the clothing and fabric products will originate from North Africa and prices are not usually set in stone. So be choosy, prepare to haggle and you’ll get good value for money, particularly, as noted, for summer wardrobe items.

The main markets in Mallorca

These are some of the larger markets in Mallorca. They offer a great excuse to go exploring and getting to know the towns that host them. However, don’t pass-by the smaller village markets in your area. Each has a unique atmosphere and range of local produce to tempt you.

Mallorcan market stalls are often family businesses

Local produce in Santa Maria

Alcúdia Market – twice a week on Tuesdays and Sundays

Alcúdia is one of the main coastal towns in the north of Mallorca. Its bi-weekly market is one of the largest in the area, spreading through the cobbled streets of the town’s historic centre.

Andratx Market – Wednesdays

For those in the southwest, Andratx town holds its market on Wednesdays. The town is a short drive inland from Puerto Andratx. So a morning at the market can be followed by lunch in one of the harbour side restaurants. Or perhaps try a trip to the delightful old fishing village of Sant Elm.

Inca Market – Thursdays

Inca is Mallorca’s third largest town. It’s more a working and residential town than a tourist destination. So its market is a pretty serious affair with a vast array of produce on display. This includes the leather goods for which the town is renowned. For foodies, the Inca market offers an alternative to the markets of Palma. And, as an added benefit, Inca has some renowned “cellar restaurants”. These traditional restaurants, located in old wine cellars, offer local food of exceptional quality at remarkably modest prices. Inca is on the central west-side of the island and on the train line between Palma and Sa Pobla. So it’s easy to get to.

Mallorcan honey

Mallorcan honey

Palma Markets – daily throughout the week

Palma boasts a number of exceptional markets. The largest is Mercat Olivar, a must for gastronomes. There are two halls, one with an extensive range of food stalls ranging from fruit and veg to speciality hams, spices and pre-prepared dishes. The second halls is a fish market with fresh fish caught locally and imported from elsewhere. There are several enticing places to eat, including a well-patronized seafood. So why not kick off your shopping with some oysters and champagne!

A smaller, but still comprehensively-stocked, alternative is Mercat de Santa Catalina. The market has a lively, bustling atmosphere, being set in the centre of the cosmopolitan Santa Catalina district. In addition to some very high quality food stalls, there are some excellent bars and eateries in the market itself and dotted around the surrounding streets. It’s as much a social venue as a place to shop.

Next is a more recent addition to the Palma market scene. The San Juan Gastronomic Market breaks convention by not having fruit, vegetables or meat stands. Rather, it offers varied prepared items such as llonguets, tapas, sushi, Thai cuisine, omelettes, oysters, sausages, paellas and croquettes. There is a bakery, cafes, a cocktail bar and a space dedicated to cooking classes and tastings. San Juan Gastronomic Market can be found in S’Escorxador, to the north of Palma centre. It’s walkable although you might want to take a bus or taxi.

Final mention in Palma goes to Mercat de Pere Garau, a favourite amongst locals, described as a “Longtime market for local food vendors”. At Mercat de Pere Garau you’ll find the more traditional mix of foodstuffs, all of excellent quality. It’s a favourite of local residents, probably because it is not so well known to tourists.

Aceitunas negras - black olives

Aceitunas negras – black olives

Pollensa Market – Sundays

Heading back up to the north of Mallorca, the weekly market in Pollensa Town draws locals and visitors alike. Foodstuffs are complimented but a wide variety of arts, crafts and artisan products. And you’ll find many of the boutique shops in Pollensa’s winding, old-town streets open through to lunchtime. Combine a trip to the market with a walk up the famous Calvario Steps. Or work up an appetite by hiking up the Santuari de la Mare de Déu del Puig overlooking the town.

Santa Maria Market – Sundays

Santa Maria has its roots in agriculture and being a market town. Consequently it hosts one of Mallorca’s largest and most popular markets. With a wider-than-usual range of pretty much everything, Santa Maria market serves both as a weekly shopping destination and a visitor attraction. As with all Mallorca’s markets, it’s a social occasion too. Santa Maria market is in the Placa Nova, a short walk from the main street.

Sineu Market – Wednesdays

Sineu is another historic agricultural and market town and Sineu market is similarly extensive and varied. It takes over pretty much the whole of the centre of the town, so should be easy enough to find. Alongside the expected items, you’ll find local craft products unique to the area. There is also a livestock market. So beware, you might find yourself tempted into buying a new pet baby goat 🙂

Soller Market – Saturdays

On the west of the island the Soller market is another that attracts visitors from across Mallorca. If your not staying in Soller or close by, consider taking the mountain train from Palma. It’s the most scenic and relaxing way to get there, so well worth doing in its own right. Spend the morning at the market then stay in the town for lunch, or head over to Puerto Soller on the tram and sample some of Mallorca’s best local seafood.

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