When in Palma, make sure to visit the neighbourhood of the old fishermen´s quarter, Santa Catalina, named after Mallorca´s patron´s Saint Santa Catalina Tomas.
This delightful bohemian neighbourhood has retained its character and still has a close-knit community feel despite the changes in recent years and a newer breed of trendy resident and shopper. It is not unusual still to hear neighbours, who have lived here all their lives, 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 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 marinas, has seen the arrival of a new international crowd joining 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 stallholders have arrived to satisfy international tastes, offering hand made burgers, spices from around the world, fresh pastas, international wines and a hugely popular sushi bar.
Bunched together in the tightly knit streets this area has become a mecca for the latest trendy restaurants such as Duke, Basmati, Rotana offering Lebanese food and Sumac Peruvian/ Japanese fusion to name but a few. Every palate is catered for. It has also become the go to late night destination for bars and boogying.
So come hungry and be ready to shop in this fantastic little neighbourhood.
Mercat open 07.00am -17.00 Monday to Friday 07.00am -14.00 Saturday.