Mallorca is a shopper’s heaven. Spanish design counts among the best both when it comes to furnishings and clothing. On the island you’ll find all kinds of leather goods, such as jackets and bags, pottery and Mallorcan textiles in typical patterns. There is also Majorica pearls from Manacor and last but not least; shoes! At the tourist resorts most shops are open from morning to evening every day. In the villages and in Palma official opening hours are the norm, on week days 10.00 am-1.30 pm and 4.30-8.00. Saturday only mornings and Sundays closed. The big department stores stay open all day, and take no siesta. The greatest range is obviously to be found in Palma. Here, you will find everything from simple little shops to exclusive boutiques. Why not visit the large and elegant department store El Corte Inglés, with virtually everything on offer, or C & A, a large department store with clothes at relatively low prices? The Spanish chain stores Mango and Zara sell fashion at good prices.
Most villages and markets have their own market once or a couple of times per week. This is where the villagers do their purchases, and if there is a place to find everything between heaven and earth, this is it. Fruit, vegetables, household utensils, clothes, shoes, sometimes even live animals! Bargaining or haggling is not common practice on Mallorca, but on the markets a discussion of the price may be worth your while. The vendors normally set out their goods at about eight in the morning, and will continue until the siesta.
Here are a few examples of markets worth a visit.
Monday: Manacor, Montuiri, Calviá
Tuesday: Artá, Alcudia, Porreres and Santa Margalida
Wednesday: Andratx, Capdepera, Lluchmajor, Santanyi, Sineu, Sencelles and Puerto Pollensa
Thursday: Arenal, Campos and Inca Fredag: Alaró, Algaida, Binissalem, Lluchmajor and Son Servera
Friday: Puerto de Alcudia
Saturday: Bunyola, Campos, Santanyi, Cala Ratjada, Sóller and Palma (flea market at Polígono Son Fuster) Sunday: Alcudia, Felantix, Pollensa, Santa Maria, Consell (flea market) and Valldemossa
There are plenty of shoe shops on Mallorca, in particular sandals, slip ins, flip flops and other ladies’ summer footwear. Usually, the prices are a little less than back home.
Wherever you are on Mallorca, there is beautiful pottery for sale, the manufacture of which is an old tradition, and with a bit of luck you can buy very nice things at reasonable prices.
Wine, beer and spirits are cheap in the Mallorca supermarkets, in particular the larger ones.
The world’s third finest pearls are manufactured from fish scales in Manacor. Visit the factory and take the opportunity to purchase pearls at a good price.
Leather and leather goods
On Mallorca you will find good quality leather products at reasonable prices, in particular jackets and belts. The best purchases are done in the town Inca, the main town for leather production on the island. Go there on a Thursday, which is market day.
The olive oil from Mallorca is by many held to be among the best in the Mediterranean, and you are bound to find some locally produced olive oil to bring back home.