Shopping in Mallorca
Like most Europeans, Spaniards and people in Mallorca are passionate about
fashion, and they dress in style. There are many shops to choose from, and
especially leather and leather products are reasonably priced compared to
Scandinavian prices. Typical products bought by tourists are bags and shoes. In
the small inland town of Inca you will find several factory
outlets for manufacturers such as Farrutx and Camper, and here you can really
make a bargain.
Mallorca is also known for its artificial pearls, and the city of Manacor
east of Mallorca has for years been the headquarters of the island's pearl
production. Here beautiful chains, rings and earrings are made from traditions
that are hundreds of years old. But be aware that the beads from Majorica are
artificial, even if only experts are able to see the difference. You will also
come across local artists who create beautiful works of glass, ceramics, sea
shells or paintings.
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The stores are usually open from 0930 to 1330, and from 1630 to 2000, but
this varies. The larger shopping centers in the cities, on the other hand, do
not have siesta, but are open continuously from 1000 to 1900 or 2000. For
example, the El Corte Ingles center in Palma is open until 2200. Most of them
stay closed on Sunday, although some local businesses can to keep open.
Don't forget that you pay VAT and that on all purchases over a certain amount
of euros you can get a refund of the VAT on departure. Not all stores have a VAT
refund scheme, so look for the Tax Free Shopping badge at the entrance to buy
expensive products. Remember to bring a completed and stamped form and receipt.
Shopping is done in Palma
If you need to get serious out of the shopping plans while in Mallorca, then
you will not be outside Palma town. The most important shopping areas in Palma
are the avinguda Jaume III streets [see photo first in the article]
and Passeig des Born. Here you will find everything that is fashionable
and trendy. Avinguda Jaume III is only 30 years old, yet has become one
of Palma's most elegant avenues. Here you will find shops with fashion clothes,
shoes, jewelery and everything from gift items.
In the area around Plaza Major you will find a number of specialty
shops. Porto Pi, located approx. two kilometers from the city center (along the
road by the harbor), is the most modern and largest shopping center in Mallorca.
In Joan Carles I Street you will find the C&A shopping center, which
specializes in affordable clothing for both genders of all ages. Close by you
will find the Arlequin store, which is Palma's most famous toy store. If you
love books, go to the Ereso bookstore. Ereso is located in the street Carrer
Pelaries. This street is also close to C&A.
The Old Town also has some shopping streets. Try Via Sindicato or
San Miguel Street.
Markets in Mallorca
At Plaza Major there is an outdoor market with mainly craft products
every Monday, Friday and Saturday. NB! The market is only open in the morning /
Mercat Olivar at Placa de Olivar 4 is a large
market hall offering seafood, meat, fruits and vegetables in large quantities.
It is open from early in the morning until 2 pm. 1400. Mercat Olivar is located
well north of the Old Town and the port area of Palma, not far from Placa
d'Espanya and the railway station with the veteran train to Soller.
Eating in Mallorca
There are countless restaurants throughout Mallorca, not least tapas
restaurants. The Mallorcan cuisine stands out with fresh vegetables, garlic and
olive oil. You get many kinds of sausages and shellfish, as well as most of the
meat and fish. Majorca has access to good ingredients, and the island has many
Some local specialties: Bocadillo is a baguette or bread. The order
may be different types of cheese or ham. At most bars you get bocadillo
and something to drink if you ask for it.
Sobrasada is a famous sausage in Mallorca. It is tasteful, yet
gentle. The sausage is used both as a main course, accessories in pots and as
Perhaps the biggest local favorite is Pa amb Oli, who is Mallorca's
answer to the bruschetta in Italy. The dish is a bread slice rubbed with garlic,
dipped in olive oil and sprinkled with salt. Common toppings are tomato, some
cheese and ham. Sometimes it is also served with sardines. It is perfect as a
Majorca is not the world's most famous gourmet destination, but it is
reasonably priced to dine outside, and the portions are large and filling. And
the food in Spain is good! Of course, there are very good (and expensive
restaurants) for those who want a memorable evening at a good restaurant.
Some select dining options in Mallorca
Ca's Xorc at Sóller attracts holiday super celebrities thanks to Chef
Welander's qualities and restaurant charm. One specialty is mountain goat with
spices and vegetables from Mallorca. The address is Carretera de Deiŕ.
Call +34 971 63 82 80 for reservations.
On the northwest coast of Mallorca lies a small village called
Puigpuñyent (about 20 kilometers from Palma). The Gran Hotel Son Net's
restaurant offers top-class Mediterranean delicacies. A highly acclaimed
restaurant with a menu that guarantees great dining experience.
Of course, Palma town has many good restaurants. If you are here for shopping
then combine this with going to the Grand Cafe Cappuccino on the Paseo
Maritimo 1 promenade for a lunch you will not forget. Try for example.
Sobressada sauce and Serrano ham. See also our Palma Travel Guide for more
information on eating in Palma.
Wine, beer and nightlife in Mallorca
Mallorca has a long winter tradition, which can be traced two thousand years
back in time. Wine production temporarily ended during the Arab dominions, in
the 800- to 1200-century. And in the last century, wine production has become a
new enemy of tourism, as its citizens realized that it was more money to make.
The grapevines expired and very few vineyards continued to keep the tradition
alive. But now the trend is turning, as more tourists are interested in trying
local wine, which surprises most people positively with their good quality. For
example, try the wines from producers like Ferrer, Marcia Batle or Ribas.
Of beer, it is often the Catalan light mushroom Damm you will get served if
you do not ask for anything special. San Miguel is also widespread, and of
course you get the ubiquitous Heineken and Carlsberg.
Be careful about the drinks, most of the bartenders in Mallorca are far more
generous with the amount of alcohol per drink than their Norwegian counterparts.
In general, in Mallorca you will always find a nightclub that is open.
Although some bars and pubs close early, you will find nightclubs and discos
that don't close until people start thinking about going to the beach.