No trip to the island would be complete without experiencing at least one of the local market days in Mallorca.
The island’s traditional markets are interwoven into the fabric of the culture here, and date back long before the birth of tourism, designer shops and large supermarkets.
Fresh island produce is stacked on every stall, creating a feast for the five senses! Zesty citrus fruits, tangy olives, delectable olive oils, locally produced cured meats, traditional baked products, local salts, cheeses and wines are just some of the offerings. Alongside these are arts, artisans crafts, household items, jewellery, handmade gifts, clothing and souvenirs.
Each town and village have their own specific market day, which means that as a nomad in Mallorca, it’s possible to visit a different one each day and take advantage of being able to enjoy the very best locally produced island foods.
Mallorca’s market days are always the busiest day of the week, as locals and visitors alike step outside to meet, enjoy the vibrant colours, delicious aromas and the general lovely ambience.
As a nomad in Mallorca, and because there are so many to choose from, we will make it a little easier for you by recommending some of our favourite Mallorcan markets on the island.
In the capital city of Palma, you will be absolutely spoiled for choice! Mercat d’Olivar and Mercat Santa Catalina are large indoor markets, open 6 days a week from 7am to 2:30pm, and 7am – 4:00pm, respectively. This means that you will have plenty of time to pick up some goodies ahead of your working day. They sell just about every food you can think of and are a tourist destination in themselves!
If you will be working remotely in Mallorca for some time, you may want to furnish your residence here, to make it a little more personal. The Consell Flea Market is the island’s largest of its kind on the island. Antiques, beautifully crafted furniture, and vintage clothing are amongst this market’s treasures.
For even truer authenticity, Sineu’s market dates back to 1306 and still sells live animals, as it has done for centuries. This makes it the oldest and most authentic market in Mallorca.
The north of the island hosts many morning markets, including one in Pollença (Sunday), and another in Alcudia (Tuesday & Sunday). We recommend combining some sightseeing after the market, and immersing yourself in the stunning historical architecture and authentic and cultural significance of these old towns.
For an array of organic, chemical free, healthy produce, direct from local farmers, the market in Santa Maria del Cami on Friday’s is a dream for any health conscious person. The market in Inca is the largest on the island and the place to buy leather goods, whilst those in Soller, and its port, are perfect for purchasing some of this locality’s famous jewels – their mouth watering citrus fruits.
We could keep writing for hours, but we want to leave some of the treasures for you to discover, during your time working remotely in Mallorca…!