Mallorca’s markets are ideal to go on a shopping spree or to simply take a stroll. The famous markets of the capital are open daily. Traditional weekly markets take place in the towns and villages of Mallorca and they are always worth a visit. They are a meeting place for locals who know where to find all kinds of food, fruits and vegetables. For some they are a social event, while others just want to do their shopping on the way back from work.
In addition to the weekly markets, where mainly local products and culinary specialities are sold, there are also various flea and art markets in Mallorca. The most beautiful markets in Mallorca open on Wednesdays are listed here.
Every day, you will find the freshest goods from all over the island in the two largest market of Palma: the Mercat de l'Olivar and the Mercat de Santa Catalina. The stands are full of spices, fruits, vegetables, meat, and fresh fish caught locally. Homemade cakes and pastries, cheese in abundance and some of the most delicious sweets in Europe are also sold here. Shopping in the market halls of Palma is a real holiday experience that no one should miss. Alternatively, on Wednesdays, there are also several open-air weekly markets to choose from all over the island.
Wednesdays are considered a popular market day in Mallorca. In fact, in many villages and small towns it is the main market day. Visitors are spoilt for choice as to which of the many markets they should visit on Wednesdays. Almost all markets take place in the morning and most close when the “siesta” begins. Visitors should always carry enough cash, as it is usually not possible to pay by card. On many of the small weekly markets you will find more locals than tourists. The range of goods sold in these small but fine markets far from the capital is therefore more authentic. On Wednesday mornings, small weekly markets are held in Capdepera, S’Arenal, Vilafranca de Bonany, Selva and Port de Pollenca. They are ideal for shopping for a delicious picnic. Those who prefer to visit a market in the afternoon should not miss the market of Colonia de Sant Jordi. Every Wednesday from 4 to 10 pm, you can browse extensively for clothing, jewellery and gifts.
The small town of Sineu in the interior of the island seems to sleep all week long. But once a week, every Wednesday, Sineu wakes from its slumber and turns into a vibrant marketplace. Between the market stands of Sineu, you can smell exotic spices, fresh peppers and seasonal fruit, leather goods and spicy goat cheese. At the market you can taste and buy Mallorcan wine and local, cold-pressed olive oil. You can also purchase handcrafted goods and leather products such as handbags, belts and shoes.
The farmers’ market in Sineu is the oldest market in Mallorca and has a 700-year tradition. The famous cattle market is the hub for pigs, chickens, sheep and goats. Visitors come from all over to buy livestock or simply to enjoy the atmosphere. It is best to come in the early morning hours to avoid the crowds that build up in the market in Sineu.
Every Wednesday (and Saturday), you will find an excellent market in Mallorca’s southernmost city, Santanyí. Here you will find an enormous selection of fruit, vegetables and bread, clothing and other items, distributed among more than 150 stands. Many farmers from the surrounding villages such as Cas Concos come to the market in Santanyí to sell their agricultural products. Other merchants sell handmade products, clothing, toys or jewellery. The narrow streets and old buildings of Santanyí exude pure Mallorcan flair. You can taste different Spanish cheeses or olives there and in the other markets before buying them.
Andratx is a small town located ten kilometres inland from Mallorca’s west coast. Andratx’s renowned weekly market is held in the city centre on Wednesday mornings. It is one of the most important local markets in Mallorca, with a large number of stands. It sells mainly fresh foods such as fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and cheese. Local Spanish ham, olives and goat cheese are culinary highlights that visitors often taken home from Mallorca.
Llucmajor is the largest town in Mallorca and is located just 15 kilometres from Palma Airport. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays are market days in Llucmajor. The market here has gained in importance and you will find a broad variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, household goods, clothing and accessories. A smaller weekly market takes place on Wednesdays in Petra and Bunyola. The most famous markets of Mallorca are the weekly markets of Santa Maria del Camí and Consell, which take place on weekends. Less well-known weekly markets are those in Sa Rapita and Sencelles.