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Get Out to Local Markets to Experience the Spirit of Mallorca


November 18, 2015 | Things to Do

One of the best things about travel is the ability to immerse yourself in local culture, enjoy unfamiliar customs and experience life the way it is lived by local citizens. A wonderful way to do that is to shop at local markets, eat indigenous food and leave resort compounds to explore some “back streets.” In Puerto Pollenca on the beautiful island of Mallorca, visitors have ample opportunity to do exactly that. Weekly markets set the cadence of local life; and while it is possible to stock up on abundant souvenirs and gifts for the folks back home, part of the shopping delight stems from the displays of fresh produce, Moroccan spices, freshly baked donuts and even local clothing. The colors are vibrant, the scents or intoxicating, and the experience is exhilarating.

This is not shopping the way it is done in the shops of Milan or Paris; and it does not conform to the tee-shirt shops of most coastal resorts. While you may find those items, visiting local markets will introduce you to life and commerce the way it has been transacted here for decades. Be prepared to bargain! As a bonus, as you stroll the markets, you will encounter friendly residents, get to know the merchants, and experience the exuberant spirit of Mallorcans. You will see some beautiful sights as well.

This charming village on the north side of the island has an appeal all its own. Historic buildings that remain in its old town include a Jesuit convent repurposed as a government building or Town Hall. The largest local market is held here on Sunday mornings and it is a “must visit” attraction. It is here that you will find the fresh produce that might form the basis of an impromptu picnic, or the perfect trinket to bring home to the neighbors.

Another market experience can be yours on Wednesdays. The midweek market, open normally from about 8 a.m.. until noon or 1 p.m.. is set up adjacent to the Virgen del Carmen Church. From its beginning in the mid-1980s with only about 50 booths, it has grown to include more than 200 vendors, and is known for indigenous foods in addition to its fruits and vegetables, clothing, gifts and souvenirs.

A bit further afield, on the streets of Inca, is the best known market of the island. Known for its leather goods, this is the place to purchase shoes, leather jackets, bags and a wide assortment of other specialty items. If you have your own transportation, it is well-worth a trip, but our resort hotel staff is also available to help you arrange half-day or full-day excursions to Inca and to other nearby market towns.

Majorca markets are only some of the pleasures you will experience on holiday here at this special Mediterranean retreat. The staff at our hotels in Puerto Pollenca, as well as in our resorts in other areas, is eager to help you plan vacation excursions and arrange sightseeing to make your days enjoyable and memorable. No matter what your preferences, from quiet days on the beach to a full menu of active pursuits, we will work with you to make your dreams real.

We can only hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to visit our local markets, and to experience life in Mallorca style. We love sharing our fresh produce, and introducing you to our island specialties. It is our pleasure to serve you at our network of Hoposa Hotels and Apartments.

We look forward to welcoming you soon to our family of guests!

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