If you’re visiting Mallorca, Santanyí will almost certainly be one of the stops on your route around the island. This town in the southeast of Mallorca has plenty of things to see and do, including the famous ‘Mercadillo de Santanyí’ (Santanyí flea market). It’s a beautiful and authentic town that offers a combination of rural charm, history and entertainment (especially due to a small selection of good restaurants). 

In this article, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know to prepare for your visit to this town. We’ll also give you reasons to include this fantastic plan: exploring the Mercadillo de Santanyí in Mallorca, which is already one of the island’s leading street markets.

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Where and when is the Mercadillo de Santanyí on?

The Mercadillo de Santanyí takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. It’s a fantastic option for a stroll, shopping for souvenirs or local cuisine, and then enjoying a pre-lunch vermouth. The market is held in the historic centre of the town, occupying the Plaza Mayor and some adjacent streets, which means there’s a wide variety of offerings. This market can be visited all year round, but bear in mind that during the summer months it tends to be a little busier, although this isn’t a major issue.

How to get to the Mercadillo de Santanyí?

Santanyí is one of the most beautiful towns in Mallorca and is located in the southeast of the island. From the capital, Palma, it takes less than an hour by car; from Sa Ràpita it takes less than half an hour; from Port d’Alcúdia it also takes about an hour; and from Sa Calobra it can take almost two hours by car. Once in the town, you only have to look for the historic centre and its Plaza Mayor to find the Santanyí street market. 

What can you find at the Mercadillo de Santanyí?

At the Mercadillo de Santanyí, in Mallorca, you can buy gourmet products from the island, such as oil, cheese, wine, ‘sobrasada’ (local cured sausage), and olives, among many others. You can also buy fruit and vegetables to prepare your meals at home, a cheaper option than going out for dinner. If you’re looking for craft items, you’ll also find lots of interesting options here, as several artisans have a stall in the mercadillo: wood, ceramics and decorative products are some of the things you can find. This market is also a good option for buying light and comfortable clothes for exploring the island or even a gift or souvenir of Mallorca.

Last but not least, there are plenty of bars and food stalls offering drinks and food to make your visit a more pleasant and enjoyable experience. Don’t forget to take lots of photos of the Mercadillo de Santanyí in Mallorca. The colours and the hustle and bustle are worth capturing and are fantastic as a souvenir of your incredible trip to this Balearic island.

What to see and do in Santanyí?

This is a town to be enjoyed in peace and quiet. Start your day with breakfast in one of the market cafés and take a stroll around some of the art galleries in the area. If you want to go shopping, the Plaza Mayor area is where you will find various local shops selling clothes and local food products. You’ll even find Flor de Sal d’Es Trenc, natural sea salt products much appreciated by lovers of good food. Another exciting activity to do in Santanyí is hiking along the various coastal trails, which pass by some of the island’s best coves and offer spectacular sea views.

If you prefer a day trip, we recommend taking a boat from Colonia de Sant Jordi to the Parque Natural de Cabrera, a small unspoilt island with unique fauna and flora, clear waters and stunning natural beauty. It’s also a great spot for diving enthusiasts. In the late afternoon, once you’re back in Santanyí, make the most of Mallorca’s magical sunset: take a dip at the beach, enjoy a beer on a terrace, or have a relaxed stroll before heading out for dinner at one of the town’s restaurants, some of which feature live music.

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Other recommendations:

  • Play golf or take lessons at the Vall d’Or golf course, about 10 minutes from Santanyí.
  • Visit a winery and taste the island’s wine, which is fantastic, even if not very well known.
  • Enjoy jazz music and theatre at a cosmopolitan and artistic bar frequented by visitors from all over the world: Sa Cova.
  • Experience a free concert at one of the various locations of the Santanyí International Music Festival.
  • Immerse yourself in nature at the Mondragó Natural Park, including a visit to Cala Mondragó, one of the most spectacular coves in Mallorca.

Need more reasons to visit the Mercadillo de Santanyí?

We’re sure you already know the many reasons to visit Mallorca, and after reading this article, you’ll be itching to explore the Mercadillo de Santanyí and visit this charmingly Mallorcan town. Don’t waste any time – start planning your trip now! We can help you find the perfect place to stay, as we know that sorting accommodation is one of the main priorities when organising a holiday. Click on this link to discover places to stay in southern Mallorca: apartments, houses, and country estates for you, your family, or your friends. All that’s left for you to do is have fun!