Every Thursday morning
Now that it's autumn, and certainly for the rest of the year, you may want something to do other than lounge in the sun on the beach. Luckily, nearly every town and village on the island has a market at least once a week where you can browse all sorts of products to your heart's content and spend as much or little as you like.
Pretty well every market has a vast array of stalls selling clothing, toys, bags, fresh fruit and vegetables and locally made products – great for souvenirs or for stocking up the larder if you are staying in a villa somewhere.
Over in San Lorenzo (or Sant Llorenç des Cardassar to give it it's full local name) the council have decided to give their weekly Thursday morning market more of a foodie orientation by calling it a Gastro Market. The clothes, bags and craft products remain, but food retailers selling produce in jars, bottles, bags and cartons have been encouraged, so that market browsers can buy oils, preserves, wines, hot and cold ready to eat tapas and takeaways!
In addition, to make it more of an occasion, musicians play in the streets and many of the local bars and restaurants do special meals and food at excellent rates so visitors can make a good day of it.
If you didn't already know, San Lorenzo is the administrative hub for the Cala Millor area and is a typical sleepy Spanish town for most of the time – not Thursdays obviously – and so the council received a grant to pay for public transport from the nearby coastal resorts for visitors on market days.
It really is a pleasant little village and well worth a trip at any time, but particularly on market days. I've already got my morning planned; a big bag of home made crisps, a cold beer in the main square and a delicious roast pork knuckle to takeaway please!