If you love a car-boot sale-style rummage, then Consell Flea Market is the place to be. The market is vast, with seemingly endless sellers touting household junk, toys, antiques, plants, books, and so much more. There are a couple of excellent stalls selling vintage linens and some overpriced but unique warehouse-style vintage furniture shops on the edge of the market. Haggling is a must, and if you get stuck in and trawl through the piles of junk, there are some excellent bargains and hidden gems to be found. There’s a large car park and some barbeque and bakery stalls if you get peckish.
You should combine a trip to the Consell Flea Market with one to Santa Maria del Cami, as it is just up the road, and for a very pleasant Sunday outing, you can follow up the trip with a visit to one of the town’s many excellent cafés for lunch. Popular with locals, this market not only has a huge section of island produce (including some organic stalls) but also sells household goods, clothes, shoes, bags and other items. It gets very busy, so you may need to jostle to get served, but it’s all part of the experience.
The weekly market at Inca takes place every Thursday morning and is the biggest on the island. It sells everything from food to clothes, baskets and souvenirs, and as Inca is also the home to most of the leather industry in Mallorca, it’s a great place to buy a range of traditional, and great quality, leatherwork. If you don’t have access to a car, there is a very efficient (and cheap) train service from Palma, which only takes half an hour.
Santanyi is a pretty sandstone town (and the source of the stone used to build Palma’s famous cathedral and many other buildings in the capital) located in the south-east of the island. Worth a visit just for a wander around and a look at its many art galleries, the town also has a market that takes place twice a week. Local fruit and vegetables, cheese, wine, homemade jams, as well as clothes and crafts are all on offer at this quintessential traditional market.
There are many different markets in Palma, but for an authentic, straight-off-the-boat, fish market experience Llotja del Peix is the only one. Open Monday to Saturday on the Paseo de Marítimo quayside, you’ll need to get up early (it starts at 6 am), but the array of seafood on offer is an incredible sight, and the deafening noise of all the stallholders hawking their wares is quite something.