Sineu is located in the geographical centre of the island and ever since the Arab occupation, it has been the breadbasket of Mallorca. The Archduke Luis Salvador mentioned the market of Sineu in his books about the Balearic Islands published at the end of the 19th century. At that time, the weekly market already took place on Wednesdays,
Of course, over the years, the market has changed. For example today grain is no longer weighed, but it is till still the meeting point for the farmers of the Pla, (or the plain) of Mallorca, who visit it to buy chicken or choose from the many rabbits on the stall.
Anyone who visits the church after going to the market will find it well-worth while.
At the market the local farmers offer fresh, ripe fruit which no supermarket can compete with: cherries, peaches, apples and, above all, the sweetest melons. The country women sell home-grown aromatic herbs: rosemary, lavender, and basil. The fresh fruit comes from their orchards, as well as beans, garlic bulbs and the ripest tomatoes.
If you arrive to the market at 9 o’clock in the morning, you will still be smelling the aroma of spices packed in small bags. The whole market is a pleasure to the senses. Potters have their clay pots on sale and next to them are the basketmakers with their traditionally made typically Mallorcan baskets. Giant watermelons, excellent for quenching the thirst of the farmers and the local inhabitants of Sineu are even directly sold off the back of a truck…straight from the fields. The fresh melons and watermelons of Sineu market have been prized for generations.