Sineu, a small town geographically located in the center of Mallorca, is known for its famous weekly market. There is an abundance of cafés and restaurants to explore. Stroll through the cosy streets, enjoy a great coffee or meal, shop some souvenirs and breathe in Mallorcan history.
How to get there
The town is well connected with various transport options from Palma. For instance, you can take the train or bus from Plaza España. Another option is renting a car, it’s an easy drive on the motorway, direction Inca.
Sineu is a city full of history. The Romans called it Sinium, while the Moors called it Yiynau. During the era of King Jaume II a palace was built which would be the residence of many Mallorcan kings. Today the palace is used as a nunnery.
While Sineu is now a small Mallorcan rural town, it was once one of the most important cities on the island, and still has many of the hallmarks of this golden age. On a quiet stroll through the oldest parts of the city, you will find many ancient houses and ancestral monuments.
Every Wednesday morning, the village comes alive attracting hundreds to the most traditional market on the island. You can hear the cattle that farmers carry, where they bargain sheep prices and where locals and tourists can buy livestock, clothes and traditional crafts. Going towards the church, passing the winged lion, are the stalls selling leather, lace and pearls. Finally you arrive at Sa Placa, where the action is the most animated of all, since the local housewives buy the food of the week. Cubes of olives, threads of tomatoes, bags of snails that twist. They are all here, along with many fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. Arrive in Sineu early, before the tourist buses get there, to capture the flavour of a traditional rural market. Good shopping includes dried figs and apricots, pottery from Portol and baskets from Sudan.
One day in Sineu
There are lots of things to do in this charming town! Whether you’re a gourmet, an art fan or a shopping lover, we help you find the best places to visit!
In the Morning
Breakfast and Best Views
Start your day with a tasty breakfast while enjoying the best views of the area at Es Mirador, located at the Plaça Es Fossar. For those with a sweet tooth the traditional bakery Forn Ca’n Toni offers delicious pastries. Try the typical Mallorcan ensaimada with hot chocolate.
Buy some fresh fruit and other Mallorcan products at the weekly market that takes place every Wednesday. It’s one of the most traditional markets on Mallorca and the only one with living animals.
Head to the restaurant Sa Pamboleria for a tasty 3-course menu. Before, it was an old mill that has been turned into a restaurant offering a great variety of Mallorcan dishes.
In the Afternoon
As an art lover you should visit Ricardo Gago’s impressive gallery and art shop Can Gili. Let him tell you stories about his colorful paintings and detailed sculptures and buy some prints for your loved ones at home. You might also like to visit other galleries in Sineu such as Cati Gelabert Niell or Art Sineu. S’Estacid, an unusual gallery of modern art, is located in the old station.
Head to Sa Plaça to enjoy some authentic Mallorcan ice cream, coffee or snacks at Sa Gelateria. Don’t miss the almond or orange granizado made with natural ingredients – so refreshing!
In the Evening
Celler Can Font
Dine in one of the town’s most famous and oldest wine cellars, the Celler Can Font. The antique interior has been well preserved with huge wine barrels surrounding the tables. It will transform your Mallorcan dinner into a special experience. If you prefer Italian food instead, head over to Tomassini, where they serve original pizzas and pasta.
Have a cocktail or gin & tonic at é Cafè, a cafeteria that turns into a pub with live music at night. A perfect way to enjoy the rest of the evening.
Can Joan Capó
Spend the night at Can Joan Capó, a restored old townhouse with great attention to detail. Next morning, enjoy your breakfast in the hotel’s beautiful garden or take a swim in the pool.