Do not, on a rainy day, ask your child what he feels like doing, because I assure you that what he feels like doing, you won't feel like watching. ~ Anonymous
With over 300 days of sun a year, Mallorca does not have many rainy days. But, when it rains, it pours. Certain months of the year are more prone to rain – namely, September and March/April. The last few years, we have gotten more freak storms that devastate communities like the one in 2018 when the entire island came out to support families who had lost everything. For those rainy days when you need to entertain the children, and yourself, here’s a list of affordable and fun ideas.
Indoor Markets #
Mercat de l’Olivar is the largest indoor market in Palma. This is the Supermarket of your dreams. You will find all types of fresh produce, pastries and dried fruits. They have stalls with accessories for your kitchen and fashion finds for you, too. You’ll be able to sit and have tapas, an aperitif and more.
Location: Plaça de l'Olivar, 4. 07002 Palma de Mallorca Spain
- Monday to Friday* from 7:00 to 14:30h *. Friday partial opening of from 14:30 h to 20:00 h
- Saturday from 7:00 to 15:00 h
- Sunday: closed
- Festival days: consult the website
- Find them on IG @mercatolivar
Mercat de l'Olivar- In English, Catalán and German, this website offers a great visual experience to tickle your tastebuds. With special tastings, festivals and events, make sure to check out the latest on their website. This is definitely not a one and done to check off the list.
Check out our Ultimate Guide Markets for more great ideas >>> ULTIMATE GUIDE Markets
A Tour of Mercat de l'Olivar
Following along on this great video tour of the market, living vicariously through the host.
Shopping anyone? #
Furniture. Try looking at pre-loved items on this rainy day. If you are slightly depressed with the rain, imagine how vintage furniture and art feels. Here’s an article on where to find quality furnishings at affordable prices >> Vintage Furniture is IN!
Clothes. If you are still in the mood to shop, here’s an article about pre-loved clothing. Most of the shops are in and around Palma so make a day of it and get a bite to eat at Mercat de l’Olivar or Santa Catalina Market to tame your appetite. Here’s our list to add to your favorite places >> Your Guide to Pre-loved Fashion in Palma
If you are in Palma, the Museu Fundación Juan March Palma is a must see. Located in an historic mansion off the Plaza Major, this is a free and fun visit to see a stunning permanent collection of over 70 Spanish works of art including works by Dalí, Picasso and Miró. The Collection includes innovative examples of 20thCentury works, a temporary exhibit space and events to enlighten, inspire and entertain. If you are looking for special gifts, the Museum Shop offers many unique treasures that will please the most discerning connoisseur.
Location. Carrer de Sant Miquel, 11, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
- Saturday 10:30 AM-2 PM
- Sunday Closed
- Monday-Friday 10:30AM-6:30 PM
Find them on IG @fundacionmarch
Museu Fundacion Juan March. In English and Spanish, the website offers sustenance for the most intellectual among us of all ages. Make sure to check out the latest exhibits and have this on your travel list for visiting friends and family.
Phone: +34 971 71 04 28
Not to be outdone, make sure to include another iconic musuem on your travels, the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Mallorca or Miró Mallorca. The Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca is a cultural centre based on the art studios that artist Joan Miró bequeathed to the public. It offers visitors an insight into his artwork and underlying creative process in the place where the artist lived and worked for almost 30 years.
The Fundació aims to offer an interdisciplinary public service with a view to promoting knowledge, social links and participation, both at a local and international level. It is a centre for contemporary artistic creation and for reflection on subjects associated with Joan Miró’s work.
Location Visit Miro Mallorca . Easiest is to have a car or take the bus. Parking is super easy. This place is handicap accessible.
Opening Hours and Fees. Link for times and fees. You can arrange guided tours, events and so much more. This is a must-see when visiting or living on Mallorca. They have studio space for artists so you’ll get glimpses of early works by up-and-coming talent. The café is currently closed until further notice.
Find them on IG @miromallorca
Miro Mallorca. In English, Catalán and Spanish, the website is updated regularly to show the latest in events, hours, studio tours and more.
Phone: +34 971 701 420 or email to [email protected]
I want everything that I leave behind to stay just as it is when I am gone. ~ Joan Miró
Near Alcudia, here’s one of our favorites: Museo Sa Bassa Blanca. Fully immersed in the natural setting of the northern coast, this museum is a collaboration between Yannick Vu and Ben Jakober with philanthropist George Coulon Karlweis. Beginning in 1993, the property has been lovingly restored and enhanced to be declared a fully-protected biologic preserve, the property has interior spaces and outside gardens that provide a glimpse at the wealth and diverse of the island. Truly, this is a must-see.
Location. Sa Bassa Blanca, Camí del Coll Baix s/n Alcudia. This is worth the effect to find this magical place.
Opening Hours and Fees
- Wednesday to Saturday : 10am to 6pm The galleries close from 1pm to 2pm, but the Sculpture park and the Rose Garden are open. The galleries and the ticket office close at 5:30 pm .
- Sunday : 10am to 3pm The galleries and the ticket office close at 2:30 pm .
- Monday, Tuesday : closed
- Sculpture Park and Rose Garden: 5 €
- General entrance fee: Adults: 10 €; seniors 65 and over: 8 €; youths 7 to 18: 7 €; children under 6: free. Includes: NINS gallery, Sokrates space, Sculpture Park and Rose Garden.
- House Hassan Fathy (guided tour, by appointment only): adults 25€; Seniors 65 and over 20€; youths 7 to 18: 10€ .
- To visit the Hassan Fathy House, please contact 971 546915 or [email protected] .
Find them on IG @msbb_fundacionjakober
Museo Sa Bassa Blanca – Easy to access, this website provides virtual tours, virtual visits, videos, exhibits and more in Spanish, Catalán, English and German. Make sure to keep this on your list for rainy days when friends and family need stimulation.
Museo Sa Bassa Blanca
A video that shows the interior spaces and garden areas, this is a must see!
In the Southwest?
Check out our article on Port Andratx where we include the Museum Liedtke and the CCA. Click here to read more >> Port Andratx - Laid Back Luxury in a Trendy Fishing Village and scroll to Arts & Culture to see more.
In the mood for a movie, check out our article on Movies in English – if that is your native language and you want a mindless day of musing. Click here to read more >> Mallorca for Movie Buffs – in English
For other offerings, you’ll find films and international productions in their original language at CineCiutat. Check out our article about CineCiutat and get the latest on showtimes, location and special events. Click here to read more >> Cineciutat Shows Films in Original Version
Other Ideas #
For inexpensive (affordable) options to entertain the children and visiting friends and family, here’s an article with a full list of activities wherever you find yourself on the island. Make sure to check it out >> What to Do When It's Raining on Mallorca
Final Thoughts #
While we all love the sun, sand and sangria, these rainy days are treasures. My husband used to wake up and say, “Another day in Paradise.” After a while, he came to treasure water for the garden and golf course, fresh splash in the sea and a cleaning of the air. He’s definitely a sun worshipper and enjoys his sailing but he’s since found this list and more keeps him quite occupied. The island is full of treasures both inside and out. Please share yours with us at [email protected]
By Lucky d'Angelo
10 April, 2021