A VISIT WITH A TREAT TO YOUR SENSES; THE “OLIVAR MARKET” IN PALMA CENTER
If you are having an early start of the day or you have an unhurried morning or it is nearing lunch time you are sort of peckish this is the place to visit. If you want to have a sensory experience at the same time mix with the locals at an authentic and lively place paying a visit to Mercat de S’Olivar is a must.
This seemingly unassuming market is a must see on a visit to Palma. Filled with lots of local merchants selling beautiful fruits and vegetables and locally produced fresh and cured meat, all sorts of “Jamon Iberico” of all different price-range, cured cheese and any local and Spanish delicatessent that may make your mouth water in an ampulous display that gets to your senses from every corner.
• Monday to friday* from 7:00 to 14:30 h
• *Friday partial opening of from 14:30 h to 20:00 h
• Saturday from 7:00 to 15:00 h
• Sunday: closed
If you are ready you will see massive displays of meat, cheese, fruit and vegetables at the individual stalls. If any of these does`t agree with you, you can sort of get roud it as mostly it is grouped in areas. The seafood section is incredibly alive, with all sorts of fishes that one may even have never seen before, it is a fascinating experience for those who like seeing paces still alive that remind us from the past, where this personal relationship between sellers and buyers, and this contact with the fishes you are going to buy was the only way.
There are numerous places to eat and enjoy a drink in and around the market. All offering fresh products supplied by the diverse market stalls, they are usually crowded by locals who know of their quality and pop in for a tapa or a drink. I recommend a wals around first before deciding where to stop. As usual, the ones full of Majorcans are possibly serving the most tasty food. You can also find places more focused on “Ibericos and wine” these are more with a tourist clientelle in mind due to their prices, but the quality is excellent.
The Mercat d’Olivar is located at the historic city centre of Palma de Mallorca. Constructed in 1951, the bright building in the style of Mediterranean architecture is made up of two connected parts, which open up onto a square, much like two welcoming arms, that invite you to take a stroll and serve as a popular meeting point. After 47 years of bustling activity the Mercat de l’Olivar was restructured and transformed into a trading company. Traders are the merchants operating at the market. In 1998 the company obtained an administration license, which led to a thorough rearrangement that lasted until 2003. The fish, meat, fruit and vegetable guilds got reorganized and obtained their own areas, which are still interlinked, communicating the atmosphere of an airy and collaboratively well organised market hall