Health-conscious holidaymakers can make the best out of self-catering deals to Mallorca by shopping at the local organic market.
One destination that is rapidly becoming a hotspot for a healthy holiday is Mallorca, with its wide assortment of shops and increasingly popular weekly local markets.
Now home to around 500 organic farms covering around 72,000 acres, Mallorcan co-operatives, such as Això és Vida, are teaming up to create seasonal hampers packed full of “ecologic” fruit and vegetables with distribution points throughout the island.
The timing couldn’t be better, as increasingly more people go organic in a bid to stop environmental damage and to enjoy the superior quality and taste of organic produce.
Where to go for the best produce
The Santa Maria del Camí organic market is into its fifth year of trading, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Held in the Plaza Nueva every Sunday morning, the market comprises 12 vendors peddling organic foodstuffs to a mixed clientele of locals and tourists. A range of natural cosmetics will also be available soon.
The market starts early in the morning and winds up about lunchtime.
Not only can you pick up superb cuts of organic meat and fresh, locally sourced fruit and vegetables, but this is also a chance for you to take part in Mallorcan daily life, while practising your español – locals love to see visitors getting into the spirit of things.
Alternately, head down to the capital, Palma, where several organic stores – the largest being Terra Verda (C / La protective No.10) – have a wide array of organic products, including cereals, pasta, herbs, spices and tea, to choose from.