Some towns in Majorca have bigger markets than others. The biggest market is on Thursdays at Inca, which is half way between Palma and Alcudia. The most traditional is the Wednesday agricultural and livestock market at Sineu right in the centre of the island. The market at Santa Maria on a Sunday is also popular as it literally sells everything - think flea market combined with fresh fruit and vegetables!
The smaller towns have markets that focus on local produce, such as fruit and veg, and more often than not these days, you'll find stalls of trinkets and jewellery that seem to have a world-wide appeal. Markets open at 8am and run until 1 pm.
The larger markets all follow a similar pattern - fresh produce around the main square, specialist food stalls fanning out from there, then cheap clothes, household goods and craft stalls for the tourists. When shopping at the markets in Majorca, make sure that you keep valuables safe, and enjoy a lovely day out. The locals love it if they see that you are making an effort to blend in, no matter the quality of your spanglish!
The larger markets all follow a similar pattern - fresh produce around the main square, specialist food stalls fanning out from there, then cheap clothes, household goods and craft stalls for the tourists.
A complete list of village markets can be seen below:
Tuesdays: Alcudia, Artá, Campanet, C'an Picafort, Llubí, Porreres, Santa Margarita
Wednesdays: Andratx, Capdepera, Colonia de San Jordi, Llucmajor, Petra, Pòrtol, Port de Pollença, Santanyi, Selva, Sencelles, Sineu, Vilafranca
Thursdays: El Arenal, Ariany, Campos, Consell, Inca, San Juan, San Llorenc, Ses Salines
Fridays: Alaró, Algaida, Binissalem, Sa Cabaneta, Ca'n Picafort, Maria de la Salut, Pont D'Inca, Santa Eugenia, Son Servera
Saturdays: Buger, Bunyola, Cala Ratjada, Campos, Costitx, Lloseta, Mancor del Vall, Santa Margarita, Santanyi, Soller
Sundays: Alcudia, Felanitx, Llucmajor, Muro, Sa Pobla, Pollença, Porto Cristo, Santa Maria, Valldemossa
Inca Market is Mallorca's largest weekly market and is held on Thursdays. Buy everything from fruit & vegetables, olives & olive oils, leather goods, jewelery, clothes, gifts and souvenirs. Read more about Inca Market.
Sineu Market is a wonderfully authentic market held every Wednesday morning in the pretty rural town of Sineu in central Mallorca. Along with the usual fruit, vegetable and local produce stalls, there is a livestock market, where farm animals are bought and sold. Read more about Sineu Market.
The walled town of Alcudia in the north (just a couple of kilometres from the beach resorts of Alcudia) also has a very good market held on Tuesdays and Sundays. It makes for a great day out as you can explore the old walls and other historical monuments of Alcudia whilst you are there. Read more about Alcudia and its market.
Santa Maria del Cami , just off the motorway to the north of Palma, hosts a large market every Sunday. You'll find plenty of fresh local produce from the area, as well as a small organic produce section. Read more about Santa Maria del Cami Market.
Also on Sunday, and just a few minutes up the road from Santa Maria is the town of Consell which hosts the island’s largest flea market every Sunday. The goods here range from second hand clothes, toys and furniture to jewellery, antiques and a vast selection of bric-a-brac.
Sundays are clearly a popular day for markets, as Pollenca in the north hosts an arts & crafts, local produce and nic-nacs market on Sunday mornings. Pollenca is well worth a trip in its own right as it is a very pretty traditional Mallorcan town, so factor in some time to have a look around.
Down in the south east of Mallorca is Santanyi, whose weekly market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The centre of this lovely sandstone village fills up with stalls selling local arts & crafts as well as fruit and vegetables. Read more about Santanyi and its market.
Over in the west is the popular town of Soller, and their market is held on Saturday mornings. You can really make a day trip for this one, as there is plenty to do and see in Soller and Port de Soller - they are linked by a handy traditional tram. Read more about the Market in Soller.
Another nice town to visit and make a day of is Andratx in the south west of Mallorca. Its market is held on Wednesdays.
During the summer, many of the coastal resorts have night markets, selling arts and crafts, jewellery and clothing. Check the events calender to find out when and where they are on.
Markets in Palma de Mallorca
Fresh produce in a number of specialised markets
Palma has a range of markets from flea markets to organic food markets. Slightly lacking the atmosphere of some of the smaller town's markets, Palma nevertheless offers it's residents a decent selection of market goods.
One of the better food markets is to be found in Palma. The Olivar Market is a huge & colourful indoor shopping experience, with a great range of fruit, veg, meat and a separate, well stocked fish market.
Placa Major hosts a craft market throughout the year - see below for times. During the summer months you'll find a summer craft market down in La Llonja, along the seafront.
Llotja del Peix (Fish Market) - Get here early as the night's catch goes on sale and mullet, prawns, sardines and sea bass are hawked by women with operatic voices. A: Es Moll de Pescadors T: 971721182 Hrs: Mon-Sat 6AM
Mercat Artesanal, Placa Major- Lively craft market on the Placa Major; with buskers and open-air cafes. A: Placa Major 31 Hrs: Everyday from 10am-2pm in July, August, September & over Easter; Friday & Saturday only in January & February; extended hours (10am-8pm) at Christmas (16th Dec - 6th Jan) and 10am-2pm on Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday for the dates not specified above.
Mercat Olivar - Palma's main market, in a hall near Placa d'Espanya. Fresh produce on the ground floor, meat and cheese upstairs, plus cheap tapas stall and a public library. A: Plaza Olivar T: 971724650 Hrs: Mon-Sat 7-2pm
Pere Garau- Local farmers bring their produce - including live animals - to this lively market in the east of the city. A: Placa Pere Garau T: 971273283 Hrs: Mon-Sat 7-2pm
Rambla - It may not match its Barcelona namesake, but Palma's Rambla is similarly lined with flower stalls. A: Passieg de la Rambla Hrs: Mon-Fri 8-2, 5-8, Sat 8-2
Rastro (Flea Market)- A Palma institution which takes over part of the main ring road each Saturday morning. Plenty of bargains but lots of junk too. A: Avinguda Gabriel Alomar i Villalonga Hrs: Sat 8-2pm
Santa Catalina Market - Fresh fruit and vegetable market just west of the city centre. A: Placa Navegacio T: 971230710 Hrs: Mon-Sat 7-2pm
Mercat Ecologic - Organic fruit & veg, cheese & meats, every Saturday morning. A: Pl Bisbe Berenguer de Palou (just off Las Ramblas)
Olivar Market, Palma de Mallorca
Covered Food Market - Open 7.00AM - 2.00PM
When you're tired of tourist sights and want to meet the people of Palma instead, head for this covered market.
It is a feast for the eyes - dazzling displays of flowers, huge piles of oranges, buckets full of olives, fish you never knew existed.The stalls hold excellent quality fruit and vegetables, and there is a separate fish market annexed in an adjacent building.
Those of a squeamish disposition should avoid the meat counters, where the pigs and rabbits look like pigs and rabbits rather than sterile pieces of packaged flesh - and the meat is excellent and very good value for money. The pork chops come highly recommended - cover in honey and mustard and slap them on the barbecue!
Plenty of delicatessen stalls sell all sorts of ham, sausages, cheese and olives. There are several tapas bars where the workers drink brandy with their breakfast coffee, read the paper and generally pass the time of day.
It is open from Monday to Saturday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and Friday from 2:30 pm to 8:00pm. There is a covered car park.