Summer may have ended here in Mallorca, days spent on the beach have become fewer and far between, but there are still plenty of options to enjoy your days here on the island. Cycling through the imposing mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana or discovering the secrets of the most beautiful villages are just some of the activities you could choose from. One of the best ways to spend a beautiful autumn day is to visit some of the local markets in Mallorca: there are gastronomic markets, agricultural markets, second-hand markets to name but a few. Whenever you come to Mallorca, whether it be autumn or summer, there is always a market to visit.
It is quite common for markets to be held in the varying towns on the island on different days of the week. Plus, markets are also the perfect way to get to know the different towns on the island. What a great way to immerse yourself in the Mallorcan culture by seeing first-hand all of its traditions. We know that once Mallorca seduces you, you will never want to visit anywhere else.
Markets in Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is the largest city in Mallorca and it is also its capital, Palma hides a multitude of secrets in its magical streets, walking through the city you will discover an assortment of hidden nooks and crannies that will leave you speechless. As if this wasn´t enough, there also lots of markets to discover in Palma de Mallorca, second-hand book markets, vintage clothing markets are just some of the surprises that Palma de Mallorca has in store for you.
If one of the highlights of your day is enjoying a delicious meal prepared with fresh ingredients and top-notch products, then you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the city´s food markets. There are four markets in Palma de Mallorca which are dedicated solely to gastronomy:
Santa Catalina Market
Located in one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Palma de Mallorca, the Santa Catalina market has adapted to modern times by perfectly blending two key elements. On the one hand, traditional stalls such as butchers, fishmongers, and greengrocers, and on the other hand, it has introduced several stalls where they serve freshly made food. The combination of these two elements has made the Santa Catalina market a must do stop when it comes to sampling the city´s vibrant culture. This covered market brings together some 50 of the best small, local artisan food producers, sellers, and experts in their respective field. It is also the place for many people from Palma, to meet up, do their shopping and enjoy a wonderful breakfast at this fantastic place.
The Olivar market is one of the most legendary markets in the city of Palma de Mallorca offering dazzling displays of flowers, fruit, and vegetables, although it has also recently introduced various places where you can have a quick snack, it is still a very traditional market. Located a few meters from Plaza España, another main meeting point in the city, this market offers its visitors an amazing array of fresh and high-quality products making it the perfect place discover the secrets of the cuisine of Mallorca.
San Juan gastronomic market
The gastronomic market of San Juan is located in the Escorxador, which is the city´s old slaughterhouse. Today the Escorxador has been reborn into a cultural space and meeting point. In recent years, it has gained popularity among the locals for its variety of bars and restaurants as well as hosting one of the most charming cinemas in Palma de Mallorca that shows movies in their original versions.
Within this modern converted space, is the San Juan market, which is the place to visit if you love tasting different foods. Here you will some of the most famous restaurants in Mallorca showcasing their specialities: oysters and shellfish, Mallorcan cuisine, ham and national cheeses, fideuás, grilled meats, Basque pintxos, tortillas, fried and grilled fish to name but a few. San Juan market is the perfect place to try a little of whatever takes your fancy.
Market 1930 is the latest addition to this select group. Although the gastronomic concept is similar to that of the San Juan Market, we would recommend it for its fabulous location. Situated right on the Paseo Marítimo, Palma de Mallorca, one of the epicenters of the island's party and dance scene, makes Market 1930 the perfect place to dine before going for a drink in some of the most fashionable bars to be found in Mallorca. If partying and dancing are not your thing, don't worry, the Paseo Marítimo is also the perfect place to take a relaxing walk by the sea.
Festivals in Mallorca
Another great way to get to know some of the most charming markets on the island is to visit them during the various festivals in Mallorca. These festivals are usually held on specific dates and their duration is usually quite short, but they are the perfect way to learn about the traditions and the most iconic products of Mallorca. These festivals generally revolve around a theme, such as Olive oil or Sobrasada, honey, fish, and other local products, always giving visitors a chance to taste before they buy the produce. We would whole heartedly recommend you visit the Esporles sweet festival, a paradise for chocolate lovers.
Hotel Astoria Playa
If you are thinking of visiting some of the fabulous markets of Mallorca, then you will need the ideal base to stay. The Hotel Astoria Playa is in Alcúdia, one of the most popular areas on the island. Despite its size, Mallorca´s public transport infrastructure is excellent. It easy to travel from one town to the other and the connections to Palma de Mallorca from Alcúdia are excellent.
Staying at the Astoria Playa, you can have an incredible time discovering all the secrets of the island. In addition, the new Astoria Bike Center means you can rent all the necessary equipment to explore the island by bike. If you prefer to bring your own bike, don't worry, we also have a secure storage area, plus we offer repair and maintenance services Mallorca in your own way. We look forward to seeing you!