Visiting at least one of the markets in Mallorca is an essential part of a holiday there. It’s the best place to buy fruit and vegetables, cheese, flowers or local products, as well as to learn more about the island’s traditions and the items handcrafted by locals. With a bit of luck you can find a lovely souvenir or gift to take to your loved ones back home. In addition to food, you can choose from a variety of handcrafted products, jewellery, leather bags, accessories and clothing. The weekly markets in Mallorca take place on Saturday mornings, among other days, at various locations.
Saturday is a popular market day in Mallorca. Many of the island’s traditional weekly markets open their stands in the morning and present a wide range of fruit and vegetables, cheese and meat, as well as flowers, handcrafted goods, and a variety of curios. Depending on the part of the island where you are holidaying, you’ll find various weekly markets to stroll and browse.
The only problem you’ll have is deciding which to visit from among the many small local markets, which are mainly shopped by locals, and large markets that sometimes contain hundreds of stands. The market in Santanyi in particular offers a wide range of products and attracts a correspondingly large mass of visitors. There are several weekly markets on Saturdays in the capital Palma, with a diverse range of goods for sale. The Mercat de l’Olivar is Palma's largest covered weekly market. It takes place in the historic centre of Palma. The Mercat Pere Garau is another of Palma's most popular markets. Visitors will find around 100 stands covering an area of more than 1,000 square metres.
Those spending their holidays in the popular resort of Cala Millor will find the nearest weekly market on Saturdays in Cala Rajada, about 15 minutes away by car. And there are traditional markets every day of the week in the vicinity of Magaluf, which is another popular holiday destination. On Saturdays, the weekly market in Santa Ponca in the municipality of Calvià, which also includes Magaluf, offers the perfect place for a shopping excursion.
The organic trend made its way to Mallorca long ago. In addition to grocery stores that offer more and more organic products, it has also become a common sight at the markets. One of the best-known organic markets on the island is the ecological farmers’ market in Palma, which takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on the Plaça de los Patines. About 15 stands offer fruit and vegetables, olive oil, wine, bread and pastries as well as cheese and meat products from organic farms. The organic market in Palma has existed since 2010 and is popular with locals and tourists alike. The weekly market can be found not far from the busy Avenida d'Alemanya.
And the range of other traditional products in Mallorca is also quite wide. These include Mallorcan specialities and local food products ranging from wine, almonds, sea salt, olive oil and fruit to ceramic and leather goods, wicker baskets, and Mallorcan pearls.
Pearls have an especially long tradition on the island. High-quality imitation pearls have been produced on the island for more than 100 years and are sold worldwide. Mallorca pearls feel like real pearls and are noted for their robustness and realistic appearance. But the wine industry is also booming. Mallorca's wines are exported to all of Europe and are enjoying growing popularity.
Buying local products at one of the many markets strengthens the local economy and agriculture while also promoting traditional crafts. It's also a great opportunity to buy something as a memento of your holiday for when you are back home. A bottle of wine, for instance, can put you in the holiday mood for a long time to come, and high-quality Mallorcan olive oil can be used to enhance your salads in your own kitchen.
Mallorca’s weekly markets offer a wide range of regional foods like fruit, vegetables and cheese, as well as traditional handcrafted goods and other curios. Saturday is one of the most popular market days for tourists as well as locals. It’s a great chance to mingle with the locals and better get to know Mallorcan crafts and traditions. The weekly market in Palma is one of the biggest and most popular Saturday markets. The covered Olivar market is especially nice on rainy days. But the Pere Garau market is also very popular. Another weekly market that draws large crowds can be found in the south of the island in the town of Santanyi.