04 Jan The Loveliest Weekly Markets in Mallorca
Whether it’s delicate Serrano ham, fine spices, local crafts, or nice little souvenirs for back home – the weekly markets in Mallorca offer everything the shopper’s heart could want. The TUI BLUE Rocador is the perfecting starting point for a journey into the hustle and bustle of the Mallorcan markets. Get to know the popular Balearic island from a culinary perspective by visiting a traditional farmer’s market.
Weekly markets in Mallorca are a part of everyday life for the Mallorcan lifestyle and have a long tradition. You’ll come across very different and diverse markets on the island. For gourmets in particular, the weekly markets offer the opportunity to get acquainted with the Balearic island’s various specialties. Fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, or Mallorcan wines are offered everywhere. Often there are also handmade leather goods, arts and crafts, unique pieces of jewellery, and much more.
Where and when do the nicest weekly markets take place in Mallorca, and which markets are worth a visit? In this blog post, I’ll tell you about my favourite weekly markets, which are still authentically Mallorcan.
My All-Time Favourite: The Market in Santanyí
The nice little town of Santanyí isn’t far from the TUI BLUE Rocador. Every Wednesday and Saturday, the quaint old town turns into a heavenly paradise full of delicious smells, specialties, spices, and cut flowers. Mallorcans sell local produce here at the weekly market – try it and savour it. What you simply must taste is the Mahones cheese, a traditional hard cheese made from cow’s milk. Deeeelicious. 😉
What makes this weekly market so special is the idyllic setting of the town of Santanyi, located in the middle of the Town Hall Square and nestled among the small, yellow sandstone houses, it’s definitely one of the most beautiful weekly markets in Mallorca.
Still need a gift for home? I usually bring my family “Llum de Sal”. The salt is a classic Mallorcan gourmet sea salt.
If you don’t want to visit the weekly market on your own, there’s an organised excursion from the TUI BLUE Rocador called “Mallorca with All Your Senses”. The tour offers you fantastic landscapes and regional delicacies in different villages on Mallorca. The first stop is the town of Santanyí, where you’ll visit the weekly market. During the tour, the guide will tell you interesting facts about the local Spanish specialties on site.
On to One of the Most Popular Weekly Markets in Mallorca: Sineu
If you want to hire a car on holiday, then it’s worth making the nearly 50-minute drive to Sineu. On Wednesday, the small community comes to life, because this is the day one of the most famous and popular weekly markets in Mallorca takes place. The market extends around the church and over the entire old town of Sineu. Some stalls even extend into the smallest alleys. Just a really traditional farmer’s market, the likes of which are rarely seen today.
Everything the heart could want is available here: from regional delicacies, spices, local crafts, and clothing to souvenir pieces. Almost every trader offers mouth-watering specialties to try – of course, I can’t say no 😉 The variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish is just huge. Between the market stalls there are live musicians who create a lively atmosphere.
My tip: If you have enough time, it’s worth waiting until the end of the market at 12:30 pm. At that time, many of the sellers are willing to haggle. Anyone who dares can get some real bargains this way.
Weekly Market and Flea Market in Llucmajor
In Llucmajor, less than 40 minutes by car from the TUI BLUE Rocador, you can dive into the hustle and bustle of one of Mallorca’s weekly markets every Wednesday, Sunday, and Friday. I recommend visiting on a Friday, because an additional flea market takes place then. Here craft meets pleasure. In front of the town hall, private traders usually sell various knick-knacks, clothing, and antique pieces, which could also be suitable as lovely and original memories of your Mallorcan holiday. But gourmets and culinary explorers will also get their money’s worth with a wide range of different types of sausages and cheeses, honey, olives, and baked goods.
For immediate consumption, fresh fried chicken and the Spanish delicacy churros are offered. I can smell the delicious roast chicken from afar. If you want to settle in for a cup of coffee, you can stop by one of the many nice cafes and restaurants next to the market square and watch the market bustle about from the terrace.
More Markets in Mallorca
Of course there are many more weekly markets in Mallorca. And best of all, a market takes place every day in some village on the island. I’ve listed some weekly markets in Mallorca that you can best reach from the TUI BLUE Rocador by each day of the week.
You shouldn’t miss these markets on Mallorca
If you drive into the interior of the island for just under an hour, you can combine two markets to the northwest. Begin in Lloret de Vistalegre and then make another stop in Montuïri on the way back.
If you’d like to visit a weekly market on a Tuesday, then a trip to the villages of Artà and Porto Colom Porreres is suitable.
My favourite for Wednesday is, of course, the weekly market in Sineu. However, you can alternatively also markets visit in Santanyí, Vilafranca de Bonany, and Colònia de Sant Jordi.
On Thursday there are beautiful weekly markets held in Campos, S´Arenal, Inca, Sant Llorenç de Cardassar, and Ses Salines. All are less than one hour away from the TUI BLUE Rocador by car.
On Friday you can find weekly markets in Algaida, Maria de la Salut, and Son Servera.
Off to Santanyí! Otherwise, Saturday is the market in Palma de Mallorca, which is certainly worth a visit.
Because of the flea market in Llucmajor, this is of course the first choice. With the bus line 425 from the station C/Ariel, you can also comfortably reach the market in Felanitx without transferring. Otherwise, the market in Porto Cristo is recommended.
Most weekly markets take place from morning to noon. If you still don’t know what you want to do with the day, then drive to one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Mallorca and enjoy the sunshine after a long market stroll. If you have questions about the weekly markets in Mallorca, then turn to the BLUE Guides on site and they’ll happily help you.
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