When in Palma, you really have to find the time to visit the neighbourhood of the old fisherman´s quarter, Santa Catalina.
Santa Catalina Tomas, born in 1531 in Valledmossa, is the patron Saint of Mallorca. Having led an exemplary life, many women on Mallorca are honoured to take her name, and there are fiestas and many places of interest named after her.
Despite its modern changes in recent years, this lovely little neighbourhood has retained its character and still gives off a close-knit community feel. It is not unusual to hear neighbours, who have lived here all their lives, still shouting a greeting across the road to one another.
At the heart of the community of course is its market place, Mercat de Santa Catalina.
You can still see the traditional family-run stalls heaped high with glorious row upon row of gloriously fresh fruit and veg and hear the fishmongers shout out the days prices.
Its position above the largest of Palma´s marina´s, has seen a new breed of international visitors join the older residents, drawn largely by this wonderful Market, the oldest in Palma.
It is not unusual to jostle for position in a queue with chefs and stewards shopping for the discerning palate of the super yachts moored below.
New stall holders have arrived to satisfy demands, with hand made burgers, spices from around the world, fresh pastas and an international wine merchant.
Beyond the walls of the Santa Catalina Market, the international mix continues.
You will find a Swedish Yoga Studio, French and Norwegian bakeries, juice bars, an eclectic range of designer shops and an unlimited choice of international restaurants.
This is an area of Santa Catalina is not to be missed whatever the Mallorca weather.
Mercat open 07.00am -17.00 Monday to Friday 07.00am -14.00 Saturday.