Take in the staggering array of culinary treats at Palma’s primary market and then sample an inspiring selection of delicacies at a gastronomic kitchen space within the market.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a brief but enlightening drive through lovely Palma de Mallorca, whose horizon is dominated by the 14th-century Bellver Castle. From city hall in the lovely Plaza de Cort, you will begin a leisurely walk to Olivar Market, where you will behold a cornucopia of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables, Mallorcan-made cheeses and succulent seafood. Being the city's main market, it is always abuzz with locals shopping.
While meandering about on your own, you will gain great insight into the gastronomy of Palma. Most of the stalls have been at the market for decades, and you will likely see every imaginable sort of local delicacy from traditional to exotic.
Many of the vendors have their own boats, ensuring the freshest seafood. Local farmers supply the produce, and artisans make the bulk of the sausages and cheeses. Olivar Market is an extraordinary destination to observe daily life as the residents engage in lively conversation and a bit of friendly haggling with the vendors.
Following this eye-opening introduction to the market, you will head for Gastroteca Mauricio to taste an array of representative Mallorcan foods. The menu usually includes Iberian pork, a potato omelet, black bread toast with grilled vegetables and a coiled pastry known as ensaimada. A selection of wines and liqueurs will also be served.