Santa Maria: Holy Mary!

Published on: 14/05/2024

Guide – Santa Maria

Or rather: Holy Mary of the Way. Because that's the name of the village north-east of Palma de Mallorca: Santa María del Camí. But hardly anyone says that. Almost everyone just talks about Santa Maria. And this Santa Maria has one of the largest Sunday markets on the island. In summer and winter, whether it's raining or the sun is shining: market time is from 7 am to 2 pm. Around 500 stalls offer their wares for sale. So get into the hustle and bustle, into the colourful variety.

Cod & sobrassada
A stroll around the market is really refreshing. The selection is so huge, the mix of products so varied and the people selling them so special. In the end, almost no visitor goes home empty-handed. It's ten o'clock and the streets are gradually filling up. There are pieces of dried cod (bacalao) next to herring, cheese next to pickled capers, ham next to cured pig's ears. Roasted almonds next to unroasted almonds, hazelnuts, prunes. Then again, stalls with typical Mallorcan sausages of all kinds invite you to try them: Longanizas, camaiot, butifarrón are cut into mini bites. If you're a little hungrier, there's a slice of bread with sobrassada sausage.

Flowers, seeds, fruit trees
You stroll past flower stalls with bright geraniums and can buy all kinds of herbs in pots, from laurel and juniper to myrtle. Or do you need a few more flower bulbs? Or seeds for sweetcorn, cabbage or parsley? Perhaps you want a mandarin, orange, grapefruit or pistachio tree, a ginkgo, pine or tomato seedling for your garden or patio? You'll find what you're looking for in Santa Maria.

Clothing at a special price
Loofah sponges, olive soap, black pumice stone: beauty is taken care of. And don't miss the "New collection" of jumpers, blouses, scarves and children's clothes, which are advertised on signs at bargain prices! Shoes, belts, handbags, basket bags, tablecloths, tableware - everything is on offer.

Organic food
In addition to fruit and vegetables, the organic section of the market also sells bread and flour made from ancient grains such as Farina d'Espelta or Sagó de Blat. Bulgur, muesli and couscous are also for sale in jute sacks. It's hard to know what to look at first.

Bodegas on the market square
The Bodega Can Rubí, now an institution for over 100 years and an integral part of the market square, invites you to a wine tasting. The simple grape juice is tapped directly from large, bulbous wooden barrels. Fancy an organic drop? Then Jaume de Puntiró a few doors down is the place to go. After such a market tour, cafés and bars around Plaça Nova will tempt you with a café con leche and a hearty tomato bread, the typical pan de tomate.

Village of contrasts
Once the hustle and bustle of the market is over, the village of 7,500 souls transforms back into a cosy village surrounded by vineyards. Several bodegas, both large and small, are located here. Some make wine in the conventional way, others have dedicated themselves to organic production, while others also produce vegan wines. Many of the grape juices carry the Denominación de Origen (D.O.) Binissalem designation of origin. And it's not just wine that thrives around Santa Maria. There are also plenty of almond trees, which bathe the landscape in a sea of pink and white blossom in January and February.

Grapes at the church portal
The town's church dates back to the 13th century. If you take a closer look at its sandstone portal, you will discover bunches of grapes with luscious berries carved into the stone! And the former monastery, the Convento de los Mínimos, dating from the 17th century in the Renaissance style, captivates with its enchanting inner courtyard surrounded by venerable walls. Between banks, tapas bars, bakeries and small shops, it rests in the centre of the village as a testimony to the past.

The flavour of Santa Maria
Around the Plaça Hostals in Santa Maria there are numerous places to shop and eat. Livingdreams, for example, is a lifestyle store for decoration, customised furniture and fabrics. And because the building is large, Restaurant 19 has also been set up there, serving light Mediterranean cuisine. Right next door, the Celler Sa Sini awaits guests in the mood for Mallorcan specialities. The desserts and the huge selection of homemade cakes are legendary. Quaint tapas bars also offer small, tasty portions on the Plaça: from stuffed aubergines to albóndigas in tomato sauce. There is simply no way around the meatballs in such places on Mallorca.

For a more refined meal, head to the sensitively renovated Molí des Torrent restaurant-mill just outside on the Carretera de Bunyola, which has been run by Germans for many years. The ambience is unique, the cuisine stunning and the service heart-warming. 

Tongue fabrics from the textile manufactory
Fans of typical Mallorcan tongue fabrics will find them in Santa Maria in the Artesanía Textil Bujosa manufactory, which has been producing the cooling, natural Mallorcan fabrics since 1949 and is now in its third generation. It is one of the few that still exists on the island. The fabrics are a jack of all trades and can be used in a variety of ways, as furniture covers, curtains, cushion covers and bedspreads.

Good infrastructure
The rural surroundings for hiking and cycling, the authentic village life of Santa Maria and the central location attract many foreign residents with and without families who have a second home on Mallorca or live on the island all year round. This is not least due to the good transport links via the motorway. The Balearic capital of Palma de Mallorca can be reached by car within half an hour. There is also a train connection. The Academy International School is located in Marratxí, eight kilometres away, which also has a shopping and fashion outlet centre.

Wide range of properties
Those interested in real estate will find a wide range of properties on offer: traditional village houses and flats in the centre, villas and fincas with large plots outside, including views of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011. Incidentally, Mallorca is an ideal location for teleworking and working from home - thanks to the island's high-speed internet.


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