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Although this may seem like common sense to most people, we would take this opportunity to point out a couple of the major differences between street markets in the UK and those throughout all of Spain. Traditionally markets in Spain start quite early in the day, and will begin to break up shortly after lunch before the heat of the Spanish day becomes over powering. Also, and perhaps more significantly, in order to secure the best bargains you will be expected to haggle with the traders. A couple of words of advice, do not start to negotiate if you have no intention of buying, but do not be afraid to say "no" and walk away if the prices do not fall to a level that you are prepared to pay for an item. Common sense as we say, but still easy to forget.
The Llotja del Peix is an early morning fish market that takes place Monday to Saturday throughout the year at Es Moll de Pescadors. You'll need to get there early as the night's catch of mullet, prawns, sardines and sea bass goes on sale at 6am. For more information telephone +34 971 721 182.
The Mercat Artesanal is a lively craft market which takes place on the Placa Major throughout the year. During the summer months it is open Monday to Saturday from10am to around 2pm, and during the winter on Fridays and Saturdays. Certainly during the summer months there is always a friendly atmosphere as it attracts a number of buskers and other street entertainers, whilst others just prefer to sit and watch the world go by from the open-air cafes.
The Mercat Olivar is Palma's main produce market, and is held Monday to Saturday 7am to 2pm in a hall in the Plaza Olivar, which is near to the Placa d'Espanya. The market is spread over two floor of the hall with fresh produce on the ground floor, plus meat and cheese upstairs.
Although the Pere Garau livestock market is not likely to hold much appeal for most of the visitors to Palma, it is nevertheless certainly worth a mention here. The market is held Monday to Saturday 7am to 2pm in the Placa Pere Garau, which is to the east of the city centre. Contact details for more information telephone +34 971 273 283.
As with its larger namesake in Barcelona, the Rambla is a flower market that takes place Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm, and again in the evening from 5pm to 8pm in the Passieg de la Rambla.
The Rastro is a flea market that has over recent years become somewhat of a Palma institution, growing to the point where it now takes over part of the Avinguda Gabriel Alomar i Villalonga ring road every Saturday morning. There's always plenty of bargains, but there'll be well hidden amongst lots of junk too.
The Santa Catalina fruit and vegetable market is held in the Placa Navegacio, which is just to the west of the city centre, every Monday to Saturday from 7am to 2pm.
From late June to the end of September, a night of free entertainment now awaits you at Sa Bimbolla Night Fair and Market. With skilled artesans selling all sorts of arts, crafts and clothing, live music, special perfomances and fire shows, it promises to be the only place to be on a Sunday night in Palma. The party starts at 6.00pm and continues until 2.00am. It's held at Sa Possessio, Gremi Velluters 14, Poligon Son Rossinyol, which is just on the northern outskirts of Palma. There is plenty of free parking, or if you haven't a car you can take either a number 11 or 12 bus from Palma.
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