A visit to Sineu Market should be high on your list of things to do on Mallorca.
Sitting slap bang in the middle of the island, the beautiful hilltop town of Sineu dates back to Roman times. Dominated by the imposing palace built for King Jaume II in 1309 , the town’s claim to fame is that it served as the capital of Mallorca during the 13th century, a fact its townsfolk are still very proud of.
Today however, its fame derives from its Wednesday market (8am to 1pm) which is the oldest, running for over 700 years, and most traditional in all Mallorca.
Sineu Market takes over the squares, streets and alleys of the town but its heart is the main square beside the church, Placa es Mercadal.
Spilling out into the maze of side streets, each has something different on offer ; fruit and veg beside the church, round the corner for ceramics, a huge selection of leather goods in another street, olives, capers and other artisan foods, linens and embroidery and baskets and wickerwork are all for sale.
But essentially this is still very much a farmers’ market for Sineu´s agricultural hinterland and is unique as the only remaining open market where farm animals are bought and sold.
So expect the sights, sounds and smells of chickens, doves, guinea fowl, lambs, piglets etc !
Because of its central location, Sineu is easily accessible by car from any part of the island in around 30 minutes.
So why not make a day of it and discover some of the islands local products and enjoy the heritage of this wonderful market.
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