Mallorca Festival Park Shopping Review
On the MA-13 road, about 10 minutes out of Palma in Marratxi, you will come across a little slice of Americana in the form of the Festival Park...
From high-end designer boutiques to quaint artist's workshops, high-street shops and traditional produce markets, the island of Mallorca offers a wide variety of options for a spot of retail therapy. Whether you're on the lookout for a hand-made souvenir, a designer swimsuit or a unique piece of arts and crafts, you're sure to find it all here.
With its blend of cosmopolitan flair and deep-rooted traditions, the island of Mallorca appeals to all tastes and budgets. Come to Palma for a shopping weekend and discover hidden treasures in the city's art galleries, antiques shops and designer boutiques. Or head over to the seaside resorts for the best beachware, as well as yachting clothes and accessories. Those looking for authenticity should explore the inland towns where local potters, leather workers, glass blowers and produce growers have their workshops and sell their crafts at the weekly markets. There's a whole world of possibilities in Mallorca.
Here's our guide on where to go shopping when visiting the island.
Passeig des Born & Avinguda Jaume III – High-street brands
Passeig des Born is well-known for its popular high street brands like Zara, Massimo Dutti and H&M. Make sure you follow the street down towards the Cathedral and the harbour and turn right along Sant Feliu to check out Rialto Living for designer clothing, art, home furnishings and a café. Whilst you are there, it’s worth exploring this quaint pedestrianised street for boutique shops and art galleries too.
Passeig des Born branches at an enormous C&A (the end of the street away from the harbour). Turn left and you will find yourself on Avinguda Jaume III where you’ll spot the likes of Cortefiel, Mango, Loewe, Rituals and Kiko. An El Corte Inglés (Spain’s main department store) is also placed here with convenient parking.
Plaça Cort – Design & art galleries
For a distinctive shopping experience on the island, be sure to stroll around the maze of pedestrian cobbled streets behind Passeig des Born and head towards Plaça Cort. Here you’ll find various upmarket boutiques, shoe shops and high-quality furniture shops. The area is also littered with art galleries and cafes. Need to refuel whilst shopping? You’ll find crowds gathering to buy an ice cream from Eisladen Giovanni L (the best ice cream on the island) which you can enjoy sitting by the old olive tree in Plaça Cort.
Carrer Colón – Traditional shopfronts
When standing in front of the City Hall in Plaça Cort take the next left onto Carrer Colón to see some more of the islands impressive history. There are a great variety of shops in this zone, some of which date back a hundred years and have maintained their old storefronts.
Plaça d'Espanya – Big department stores
Plaça d'Espanya is more home to the transport hub in Palma than a shopping mecca but the main reason to come here is to visit the enormous El Cortes Inglés department store which is just a few minutes’ walk away. Similar to John Lewis in the UK, this one-stop-shop has everything you may need for the home plus fashion and accessories and an excellent supermarket on the lower ground floor.
Along the same road (Avinguda d'Alexandre Rossello), you will find all the big Spanish brands like Zara, Massimo Dutti, Mango, Bershka and Springfield. Another appeal to this area of Palma is the Mercat de L'Olivar food market. This traditional Spanish covered market contains many fresh produce stalls as well as a fish market.
Plaça Major – Traditional markets & shoe shops
The main interest of Plaça Major is the outdoor craft market, which is held there throughout the year. The square, whilst not as impressive as some of Spain's grand 'plazas' on the mainland does host the usual street entertainers and is home to some cafes and restaurants. It’s a nice place to sit and watch the world go by.
From the square, above a touristy shopping mall, you may leave by proceeding straight ahead onto Carrer Sant Miquel to find Desigual and a Pull & Bear as well as a wide variety of clothing, hardware and pastry shops. One interesting shop is the Alpalpateria Fornes, which sells all sorts of articles made of woven straw, from shoes to shopping bags. Alternatively, you can take the Carrer Sindicat exit from Plaça Major where the shoe shops seem to go on forever.
Santa Catalina – Trendy lifestyle retailers
Santa Catalina is the area to the west of Avenue Argentina (by Es Baluard Museum). Whilst best known for its trendy restaurant and bar scene, there are specialist shops popping up all over the place. Here you’ll find anything from interior design and art to health food shops and maritime fashion (for all sailing enthusiasts, here you have Helly Hansen). Look out for 'b connected' for fashion and interiors, they have two stores on Plaça Verge del Miracle and Carrer Dameto.
If in the area, you should make a trip to the Mercat de Santa Catalina market which sells fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. It's probably best just to wander around the streets browsing before finding yourself a nice place for lunch or a drink.
Unió & La Rambla – Food & fashion boutiques
The streets of Unió and La Rambla feature architectural gems of buildings lining the way. There are a number of beautiful Modernist and Gothic structures to admire - remember to look up. Most famous is the old Gran Hotel at Plaça Weyler. Here there is again a mixture of shops, from fashion boutiques to chocolate shops, and even a Nespresso boutique. You will probably find yourself tempted by Chocolat Factory’s mouth-watering displays along Plaça des Mercat before reaching La Rambla, famous for its flower sellers lined up on the central reservation.
The capital city of Palma is the main shopping hot spot on the island, but there are pockets all over Mallorca where you can spend many hours of browsing.
Palma de Mallorca
For the shopper, the compact size of Palma is of great advantage. The main shopping areas you should visit in the city are Passeig des Born, Avinguda Jaume III and the pedestrianised cobbled streets and ancient passageways around Plaça Major and Plaça Cort.
Marinas & ports
Marinas are usually great shopping destinations on the island. Puerto Portals, Port Adriano and Port d'Andratx are generally tailored towards designer shopping. Affordable fashion and gift boutiques can be found in Cala d’Or, Port d'Alcúdia and Port de Pollença.
The holiday resorts all have supermarkets and beachwear shops for your essentials and some will have weekly markets selling all sorts of souvenirs and local produce, including fruit and veg. Some markets are better than others, check our markets guide to find out which ones are worth a visit.
Perhaps you're wondering what you should bring from the island as a memento of your trip. Here are our favourite souvenirs from the island.
1. Ensaimada: A fluffy, flaky, light pastry, ensaimada is Mallorca's most traditional souvenir. Planes coming back from the island are always full of people carrying several of the recognisable octogonal carton boxes where these delicacies are kept fresh. Horno Santo Cristo in Palma has been baking ensaimadas since the start of the 20th century.
2. Leather goods: Leather goods have been designed and manufactured in Mallorca for many centuries. Products such as jackets, bags and wallets can all be bought from showrooms and markets all around Mallorca but the most popular leather good is probably shoes – from the traditional 'avarques' sandals to the modern Camper shoes, local shoe manufacturers are among the best in the world.
3. Olive oil: The island has been producing extra virgin olive oil since the Middle Ages, with ancient olive mills still standing in many old country houses. Look out for smaller specialist producers at the markets for a taste of something special. True local olive oil should be labelled 'Oli de Mallorca', that guarantees its quality.
4. Pearls: Manacor locals have been creating artificial pearls for over 100 years. There are several pearl factories that you can visit to watch the manufacturing process, and each comes with large showrooms to display their products. The main companies are Orquidea, Majorica, Madreperla, Ondina and Crisali. Their factories can be found on the main road from Montuiri to Manacor, around 30km east from Palma.
5. Hand blown glass: Glassblowing has been a part of Mallorca's history since the 2nd century BC. The three major players in glass making on Mallorca are Gordiola near Algaida, Lafiore on the road from Palma to Valldemossa and Menestralia in Campanet. Each has a factory that you can visit to watch the glass blowers in action, alongside their showrooms of brightly coloured products.
6. Wine: There are dozens of vineyards scattered around Mallorca's central plains, with the most prominent area for growing wine being Binissalem. With over 40 autochthonous grape varieties to choose from, they produce full-bodied reds, fruity whites and fresh rosés. Most vineyards offer wine tasting tours and have shops where they sell their vintages, which you can often also find at the local supermarkets.
7. Pottery: Another traditional craft with roots dating back to the Neolithic, the most important pottery areas in Mallorca are the villages of Pòrtol and Sa Cabaneta of Marratxí, where there are large deposits of red clay that can be used in the workshops. The traditional local ceramic piece is the 'siurell', an ancestral earthenware figure painted in bright colours that double as a whistle. They come in all shapes and sizes (the most common design is a man on horseback) and are painted white with flashes of red and green.
8. Textiles: The Mallorcan traditional fabric is the Roba de Llengües (cloth of tongues). This is made from lengths of cotton (70%) and linen (30%) yarn, parts of which have been waterproofed so that, when the threads are dyed, only some pieces soak up the colour creating distinctive faded edges. The fabric is used to make a variety of products, including curtains, shoes, upholstery, cushions and bedspreads.
Mallorca has a rich tradition of arts and handicrafts, many of which can be seen and bought at the islands local markets, especially in inland towns like Arta, Pollença and Inca where the traditional crafts have been kept alive.
Traditional crafts in Mallorca
The island is home to many skilled craftspeople who have been producing handmade goods using ancient techniques for generations. Especially well-known are Mallorcan leather goods, pottery (the most typical ceramic piece are the "siurell" figurines), the beautiful blue and white Roba de Llengües cloth made using the ancestral "ikat" technique which uses a resist-dye method, glassware made with traditional glassblowing techniques, and woodwork. These are sold at most markets in Mallorca as well as at shops and boutiques all around the island.
Art galleries in Mallorca
The narrow, cobbled streets of Palma's old town centre are dotted with small art galleries exhibiting and selling paintings, sculptures, photographs and other artworks by local artists and international stars. However, the island's capital isn't the only place on the island where you can marvel at contemporary art pieces. There are artists' workshops and art galleries all around Mallorca, especially in cosmopolitan hot spots such as Deia, Pollença, Andratx and Santanyí.
The island of Mallorca has shops for all tastes and price ranges including a good selection of luxury and designer boutiques. Most of them can be found in the capital, Palma.
Passeig des Born
The beautiful Passeig des Born is one of Palma's most well-known shopping streets within which you will find sophisticated men and women’s fashion designers like Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Mulberry and Spain’s popular Uterqüe boutique. Looking for lavish jewellery and watches in Mallorca? Make sure you visit Relojería Alemana located along the Passeig des Born and in some of the marinas. Numerous international interior design shops are popping up around the city, from Scandi brands like Hästens beds to boutique-style shops like Born Decoración bespoke furniture store.
El Corte Inglés
There are two El Corte Inglés department stores located in Palma, each encompassing a range of renowned international designers in store. One is located on Avinguda Jaume III (which branches off from Passeig des Born) and a bigger one is located near Plaça d'Espanya (Palma’s main transport hub).
Other hotspots for designer shopping are, of course, the marinas. Puerto Portals, otherwise known as the ‘Millionnaire's Marina’, takes the crown for glitz and glamour when it comes to designer fashion. If you are after an extra special swimsuit or a sensational dress, then it’s likely you will find it here. Port Adriano and Port d'Andratx also have a selection of designer shops if you really want to spoil yourself whilst on the island.
To experience some of the traditional markets on the island, you need to get out of Palma. Mallorca is very well connected by bus and train services, so you should be able to easily find public transport from the capital to the nearby market towns.
The biggest market is on Thursdays at Inca, which is halfway between Palma and Alcúdia. The most traditional is the Wednesday market at Sineu, right in the centre of the island, which still offers traditional agricultural produce and livestock. The market at Santa María on a Sunday sells everything - think flea market combined with fresh fruit and vegetables.
The smaller towns have markets that focus on local produce such as fruit and veg, and you'll find stalls of trinkets and jewellery at every market on the island. Markets tend to open at 08:00 and run until 13:00.
FAN Mallorca Shopping
Mallorca’s largest shopping mall, FAN, opened its doors in 2016 and is perfectly located less than 10km from Palma’s City centre and 5km from the airport. Five EMT Palma public bus lines link up with FAN or its surrounding area, with numbers 18, 28 and 31 stopping right at the entrance. Otherwise, it is easily reachable by car via the Ma-19 and has plenty of parking.
Centro Comercial Porto Pi
You can find a smaller shopping mall and hypermarket complex, the Centro Comercial Porto Pi, just 2km from Palma’s city centre and a couple of hundred metres from the cruise ships.
Mallorca Fashion Outlet
To the north of Palma is Mallorca Fashion Outlet a large out-of-town shopping outlet village which you can access by train or metro if you do not have a car. Here there are outlets for brands like Levi's, Calvin Klein, Nike, El Corte Ingles, Mango and much more.
Most independent shops are open from around 10:00 - 13:30 and 17:00 - 20:00 Monday to Friday, and on Saturday mornings.
Recent changes in Mallorca have allowed for a spot of Sunday shopping, although not all shops have embraced this. El Corte Ingles and famous high street brands on Passeig des Born and Avenida Jaume III are now open every day. Lidl, Eroski and Aldi are dominating the Sunday supermarket trade around the island, as Mercadona and Carrefour still shut on Sundays.
Souvenir shops in the large resorts stay open every day throughout the summer months. Throughout the summer, Palma and many other resorts also boast night markets where you can pick up souvenirs, trinkets and arts and crafts; in Palma, you should definitely try La Lonja.
On the MA-13 road, about 10 minutes out of Palma in Marratxi, you will come across a little slice of Americana in the form of the Festival Park...