In my experience its really hard to find good information about Mallorca which isn't aimed at the bottom of the market. But this site has a real magazine feel to it and has got some fantastic boutique hotels and hideaways listed. Plus there are loads of descriptions of where to go and what to see.
If you are a fan of this brand you will love this outlet store. It's well signposted once you are in Inca, with a large car park. The styles are generally a season behind but knock down prices are amazing. This place can get pretty busy in the summer so be prepared, but at these prices it's all worth it!
During your holiday it's always worth a visit to one of the markets which are to be found in many of the island's villages.
The most fascinating of these takes place every Wednesday in the small town of Sineu, close to Inca. Apart from the usual stands selling fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products, there is a large choice of Mallorcan hand made arts, pottery, leather goods etc as well as the farming community offering all kinds of live animals.
Here you can buy almost anything, cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, hens, goats, ducks, or even a kitten to take home. It's also particularly interesting to observe the locals bartering. Remember, never accept the price at a market, always deal.
The market in Sineu opens at 8:00 but get there early as it soon becomes very busy. After you have finished your shopping and sightseeing trip, take a lunch in one of the excellent cellar restaurants or taverns around the market square (the best are close to the church).
To arrive to Sineu you can either rent a car or take the trains which leaves from Plaza de España in Palma. Driving will take about 25/30 minutes but it will really worth the time.
Cacao Sampaka, part of a Spanish chain owned by pastry chef Albert Adria (brother of Ferran – he of El Bulli fame), is a haven for chocolate lovers. Poshly packaged, delicious, additive-free artisan chocolates, infused with spices, herbs and some downright weird flavours – anchovy and hazelnut anyone?
Pl. Marquès del Palmer, 1
07001 Palma de Mallorca
Tel: 971 71 43 09
Here the credit card reigns supreme. One floor alone devoted to all those brand names which women die for. Tommy Hilfiger, Liz Claiborne, Mondee...soft music, the most pleasant of sales assistants and it is so easy to put it on le plastic.
The shoe floor is exquisite, even to me. Nothing less than three figures on the price tags.
I’m told King Juan Carlos of Spain comes to Palma for his holidays and has done so for many years. So. If it’s good enough for him, then it’s good enough for...
Follow the noise of the credit cards
Although Palma is usually thought of as being where the airport is, it exists in its own right as a vibrant and atmospheric city. For those addicted to shopping, this is the place. Along the main thoroughfare the shops are those in the exclusive bracket. The Burberry Shop rubs shoulders with Lacoste and Gant, while Balenciagga sneers at the browser by having no prices on the shoes.
And if the weather isn’t so good? Just go into El Corte Inglese, that monument to the shopaholic. Just think of Debenhams and multiply it tenfold in quality and quantity. And there are two of these in the city! The larger boasts seven floors with two underground, one of which is a supermarket with wine racks occupying a quarter of the floor space with several thousand bottles.
And the deli section...How many different olive oils are there?
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