There is no better way to get to know the ins and outs of Mallorca than visiting one of the many local fruit and vegetable markets hosted in towns throughout the island. They are an excellent place to pick up the freshest and most delicious groceries as well as flowers, trinkets, baskets and clothes. No matter what length of stay or what part of Mallorca you are visiting, you are bound to find a market near you. Here's our round-up of the best on the island:
Pollença: The vibrant village comes alive with the local market on the square. Also, an excellent time to take a walk up the Calvari 365 steps.
Alcudia: A historic town in the north famous for its protective defence walls and Roman ruins.
Alcudia: If you missed it on Sunday you have another chance to visit this historic town and market.
Port de Pollença: Once a sleepy fishing village, the lively town of Port de Pollença hosts a weekly market on the large square. You'll also find a long stretch of beach perfect for spending the day.
Sineu: One of the most authentic farmer's markets on the island still with lots of livestock as well as the usual bits and pieces. A lively market which is well worth getting there early.
Inca: One of the biggest markets on the island, the old leather capital of Mallorca, Inca, hosts a market on Thursdays.
Ses Salines: The home of the best salt on the island. The traditional village also has a Bronze Age settlement called "talaia Joana' from 9th Century BC.
Alaró: Near the Tramuntana mountains this village is a great stop to explore this area of the island. Particularly popular town for cyclists in the winter.
Sóller: Famous for their 'fet a Sóller' products this town is well known for their orange production as well as other produce. Take the tram to Port de Sóller to make your visit even more complete.
Once you've picked your day, it's reasonably easy to find the market once you get to town; usually, they are hosted in the main square. We recommend getting there early to beat the crowds. The market usually starts at around 9 am and goes on until 1 pm - 2 pm.
For other tips on how to shop the market like a pro, take a look at our blog post: "Markets: Shop Like a Local".