On my travels I love to visit the local markets to get to know the country and its people better. That’s exactly what many visitors do when they come to the island and want to see more of it than just beach and sea. Each one of the markets on Mallorca has a special atmosphere and offers a different variety of things. But whatever the reason, a day at the market is always a good idea.
As common in Mediterranean cities the mercado is located in market halls where fish, meat and produce are protected from the sun and high temperatures. Farmers’ and organic markets complete the offer. And those who don’t have a trusted neighborhood colmado are glad to have this option. In smaller towns and villages the central marketplace is still the place to be. Next to seasonal agricultural produce they offer typical island products like olives, wine or honey. And more than often all kinds of artisanal goods. Hand-woven fabrics, leather goods, pottery, and much more.
Heading to one of the local markets on Mallorca in the morning is a valued part of the weekly routine. Chatting with the vendors, randomly meeting neighbors and friends while doing your groceries. I love to browse through the colorful stalls and get lost in the bustling atmosphere until I’m ready for a break in one of the nearby cafés.
On Mallorca, there is a local market somewhere every day of the week. My favorites are the ones in Artà and Pollença, in Sineu, Santanyi, Sóller and Santa María del Cami. And of course the fabulous Sunday flea market in Consell. If you want to find out about the market day in your neighborhood, there’s a good summary on the website of the Consell de Mallorca.