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Shopping in Palma de Mallorca

International chains, designer shops and modern department stores can be found in the area around Avinguda Jaume III. El Corte Inglés, the most popular department store in Spain, is also found along this modern avenue. H&M, another major store, is located in the Can Puig building, along Can Granada. There is also a modern shopping mall and hypermarket complex, the Centro Comercial Porto Pi, 2km (1 mile) from the city centre.

 

Key areas

The main shopping district in Palma is Plaça Major, where an outdoor craft market is held every Monday, Friday and Saturday morning. The roads around the square also lead to small, specialist shops that sell traditional items which are great to bring home as souvenirs. Another popular shopping area lies along Avinguda Jaume III and Passeig des Born, flanked by upmarket boutiques such as Loewe, Massimo Dutti, Mont Blanc as well as high-street brand Zara.

Markets

Palma is home to a variety of markets selling fresh fruit, seafood, organic produce and second-hand clothes and offers an opportunity to get a glimpse of local life.

The main market in Palma is Mercat de l'Olivar, on Plaça Olivar, home to a large collection of fresh produce ranging from colourful fruit to fish, vegetables and tapas.

Another interesting spot is the fish market, Llotja del Peix, at Es Moll de Pescadors. If you get here early, you’ll find the market bursting with energy as fishmongers hawk their catch of mullet, sardines and sea bass.

Pere Garau, in the eastern side of the city, is where local farmers from the countryside gather with their live animals. It’s quite a bustling place to visit especially on a Saturday morning. Palma’s Rambla is another good spot to people watch and although it’s not as busy as its counterpart in Barcelona, it’s equally lined with flower stands and pedestrians.

Opening hours

Most shops open Monday to Friday 0900-1300, 1630-2000 and Saturday mornings. Hypermarkets stay open all day, and the main department store, El Corte Inglés, Avinguda Jaume III 15, is open Monday to Saturday 0930-2130.

Souvenirs

There are several souvenir shops clustered around the city hall at Plaça Cort. You can find anything from local artisan shops selling leather to find handicrafts. Majorca Pearls are also highly popular - they are of great value and are locally produced. Pottery, olive wood and hand-blown glass are also typically Mallorcan and make for great souvenirs.

Tax information

IVA (value added tax) of 21% is charged on most goods and services in Spain. Upon departure, visitors from outside the EU, who have been in the EU for less than 180 days, can get a VAT refund from the airport, on goods worth €90 or more.

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Hostal Apuntadores

With good-value facilities for budget travellers, this guesthouse has long been one of the top economical accommodation choices in Palma. Set in the heart of La Lonja, amid a myriad of bars, cafes and museums, Hostal Apuntadores has an excellent location to boot. One of the biggest draws of the hotel is its roof terrace with arguably Palma's best view.

Palau Sa Font

Just off the sea front and two minutes away from the Cathedral, Palau Sa Font is a small, atmospheric hotel converted from a 16th-century episcopal palace. Rooms are on the small side, featuring minimalistic designs and soothing pastel colours, but the rooftop swimming pool is cosy and private.

Puro Hotel Palma

A product of contemporary style and chic architecture, this ultra-modern design hotel draws a trendy crowd to its funky interiors, hip bar and a small rooftop swimming pool. Originally an 18th-century town palace, Puro has been transformed into an oasis where new-age luxury meets Spanish history. The hotel's Opio Bar and Restaurant is also a popular nightspot for a stylish crowd.

Dalt Murada

Originally a property of Mallorquin nobles, this elegant, family-owned Renaissance townhouse near the cathedral contains 14 tastefully decorated rooms. Most of its sleeping quarters, featuring chandeliers, canopied beds and tapestries, are centred on a citrus-shaded courtyard. Check in to the penthouse suite, which has a terrace, a Jacuzzi and views of the cathedral.

Santa Clara Urban Hotel and Spa

Fusing stylish urban designs with rustic traditional architecture, this hotel is an excellent representation of modern-day Palma. As its name suggests, it is also a fully equipped spa, so be sure to check out its Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam bath too. There's also a rooftop terrace with sunbeds.

St Regis Mardavall Mallorca

Known as one of the leading hotel brands in the world, St Regis Mardavall lives up to its reputation by providing the finest service, facilities and setting in Palma. Set 9km (6 miles) away from Palma’s city centre, the hotel enjoys an exclusive spot overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. As well as 24 hour butler service, the hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant, Es Fum, and a spa.