In Mallorca you can find lots of souvenirs shops, since its economy is related mainly to the tourism they improve the ways of showing Mallorca.
I bought this lovely gift to my mother. It is written in this in spanish : " I was in Mallorca and I remembered of you".
In Manacor, you can find a factory and an exposition of jewellery and pearls.
They made artificial pearls. The Pearls of Mallorca are made from natural marine products, which they laboriously process to obtain a finished article with excellent presentation.
For the shopper, the relatively small size of Palma is of great advantage. Avinguda Jaume III, as well as being the best-known street in the city, is also the newest. Although it is hard to believe, only 30 years ago the street didn't exist. Today it is one of Palma's most elegant avenues, lined with sophisticated shops offering men's and women's fashions as well as jewelry and gifts. Galerias Preciados, one of Spain's most popular department store chains, is also present. For a thorough shopping spree you shouldn't forget the side streets of Bonaire, Sta. Maria del Sepulcro, Sant Marty etc. Some nice pastry and gelato shops are also present.
Following the broad street down its gentle slope, you'll find it branches at the Placa Joan Carles I, in which is found the department store C&A, which specializes in off-the-rack clothing for all ages. Turning onto the pedestrian street, the Passeig del Born, we find a small hut and an interesting variety of shops ranging from the fashion accessories of Loewe to the alpagateria (traditional rope shoes) of Cesteria del Centro.
Returning to the square in front of C&A, turn right onto carrer Unio on the left, is Palma's best known toy shop, Arlequin, which always has a window display to send a shot of nostalgia through the veins of even the most jaded visitor. In Placa Sta. Catalina Thomas you will find two chocolate shops, Can Frasquet and Cas Net, whose mouth-watering displays are difficult to resist.
After this, carrer Unio takes a dog-leg to the left and enters the pedestrian street La Rambla, which is the street of the flower sellers in Palma.
Pearls made in Mallorca, Spain are a faithful imitation of a fine natural pearl and are famous worldwide. Mallorca produces 50 million artificial pearls every year.
Approximately 100 years ago, in the town of Manacor on the island of Mallorca, it occurred to some residents to produce a pearl of high quality, with a specific shine, shape and weight, similar to that of natural pearls.
To make these "artificial pearls" a crystal nucleus of high density is produced, with a specific weight very similar to that of the natural fine pearl.
Mother of pearl and ocean substances are obtained, which together with dyes hardeners, etc., produce a mother of pearl solution which is adequate to bath the nucleus. The actual technique is a closely guarded secret. But it is known that it involves a solution made from the scales of multitudes of fish.
The nucleus is bathed in this solution then dried by a heated rotating wheel. This operation is repeated until several layers are accumulated over the nucleus. The thickness of the layers will guarantee the quality of the pearl.
Selection of fine pearls is a very meticulous process, ensuring the elimination of any defective pearls. There are ten quality control points throughout the process of the production of the “Perlas Elegancia” pearls.
So if you're after the island's famous pearls, Mallorca's second largest town (Manacor) is the place to come. This industrial city has been cultivating pearls since 1890, and numerous shops here sell the little gems. The best place to get them is the factory on the outskirts of town, where you can take a tour of the manufacturing process before you buy. Don't come looking for a bargain though; artificial pearls, such as those cultivated in Manacor, look very like (and last longer than) the real thing so they can be quite expensive.
Mallorca pearls are superior to natural ones because they are less prone to deterioration caused by perfume, make-up, nail varnish and perspiration. Just clean them regularly with a soft cloth and warm water.
Every Thursday from 9am-5pm, the town of Inca has one of the finest markets on the island. If you've got the shopping bug, you can usually find some good deals.
What to buy: Ceramics, leather*, clothes, food, nick-nacks, you name it!
*Inca is known for it's leather.
What to pay: Check out many different vendors. They often have the same objects, for different prices.
Porto Pi shopping centre is situated right at the western end of Paseo Maritimo just by the port. This is a medium sized centre with plenty of varied shops as well as restaurants & cafes.
Lots of buses - including No. 1 - run right past the door. If you feel energetic it is about a 20 - 30 minute stroll from the centre of Palma. This a very pleasant walk if you take the route along Paseo Maritimo which has views of the Cathedral & harbour.
What to buy: We were a bit disappointed with Porto Pi shopping centre. Although there were quite a lot of shops there was nothing of interest to us and we only stayed for a short time. The walk back along the prom was the best bit.
This tiny little shop is absolutely crammed with salami of all shapes and sizes along with other specialities from the island such as olives, garlic, cheeses and wines.
What to buy: This shop specializes in a salami type sausage that is made from the meat from the Mallorcan black pig
What to pay: As much as you want!
Mallorca's capital city of Palma is the perfect spot for some shopping There is an abundance of charming little non-corporate shops to amble your way around at a leisurely pace, taking in some tapas at the local bars now and again for some rest.
The clothes shops are stylish and funky and resonably priced. They go from local cheap and cheerful up to the most exclusive designer stores.
I love food and household item shopping when in any Spanish town and Palma is no exception. Pictured here, a central Palma delli pacekd full of delicious items to tempt te taste buds.
There is also the department store Corte de Ingles which has a fantastic food hall.
Palma is the perfect shopping city.
What to buy: Garlic, Tinned tuna (better than UK ), herbs, spanish sausage. Mallorcan olives in a slightly peppery sauce are particularly good. Spanish onions and tromatoes are particularly good, as is their bread.
There is a huge variety for a sweet tooth, including the local nougat and sweets with almonds. The cake shops are heaven for a sweet tooth and so delightful packaged and presented. Leather items and bags are also a good buy.
Marvellous cheese shop, has a sit down area to try cheese plates, we tried 6 cheeses from Mallorca, all really tasty with bread and a drink, prices reasonable. Would have liked to take some home too, airport regulations these days suggest otherwise..
This shop is indeed special - from the outside and especially inside. At the first glance I thought it is a shop at the Rodeo Drive or rue cambon but you dont need to have fear to entering this place. The prices are middle-ranged and the service is very nice but the clothes are absolutely fantastic and worth of its money. According to the shop owner everything is hand-made and not "made in china". If you like to have something special this is the place to get it.
the market in the less pretty towns still have tourists, but more local people than tourists, and it's nice to be in a place that feels more real. felinitx is not the most beautiful town in mallorca, and its sunday market is not that different from any market you'd find in the united states or western europe: the same toys and trinkets and cheap clothes on racks. but on a sunday morning it's pleasant to watch people go about their business and chat at the local diner and order coffee, women gossipping and buying sausages and cheese.
What to buy: inland mallorca is famous for its sausages. there is also a popular mallorcan sugar cake, quite dry, but delicious.
Palma is often considered Spain's most affluent city and shops are certainly something the Mallorquen's can boast about.
Make sure to visit the markets and central shopping areas, or Porto Pi shopping centre just out of the city centre. This place is good to visit when the weather is poor as it is indoors. The Plaza Major is great in the sun and is nice for a leisurely cappuccino or glass of spanish beer while people watching
In the centre of Soller you'll find an Ice-Cream-Bar with nice garden with a huge choice of fancy Ice-Cream... I just love it!!!!
What to buy: Try the special tastes of ice-cream and don't miss to have a fresh orange juice... Soller is the mainplace of the orange valley
What to pay: very cheap, really!!
If you rent a house or villa in Mallorca, and wish to buy your own local food, go to the Carrefour in Palma. It is one of the most incredible grocery stores anywhere. I love tiny little village shops for bread, meat and cheeses, but the Carrefour simply has everything you need, all in one location. We still went to the local village bakery first thing every morning for our fresh little pastries, but for everything else, it was "off to the Carrefour!".
What to buy: Mallorca only has leather goods as a specialty. Don't come to Mallorca to shop, come to experience the beauty of this island. The Carrefour has a great seafood and meats section!
What to pay: Average.
One of the best known goods from this island: the fake pearls, on this day, before we arrive at Porto Cristo to see the caves, we stop at Manacor to see the pearl industry...
This picture was taken in the factory outlet, where I bought something for Ana...