A great day to combine shopping with the city’s culture and cuisine
Palma’s main shopping areas are open to the public on Sundays and public holidays. The city offers you the opportunity to enjoy a day’s shopping in its streets and avenues, rounded off with visits to cultural centres, museums, bars and restaurants.
Sundays and public holidays are special days when the city shows its best side, free of traffic jams, queues and bustle. Palma’s main shopping areas stay open, including the Passeig del Born, Calle Jaume III, the avenues, the old town, the district of Es Molinar and S'Arenal. There is a wide range on offer - shopping centres, jewellers, bookshops and shoe shops, as well as shops selling exclusive brands, perfume, clothes and accessories and a dense network of small traders ready to offer personal assistance.
But Sunday is also a day for enjoying the city’s fine museums and cultural centres. The Casal Solleric in the Passeig del Born is an old palace converted into a cultural centre, which holds magnificent exhibitions and is also home to a tourist information office. Nearby is another exceptional historic building in the Modernist style, the Gran Hotel, now the home of CaixaForum Palma, with outstanding exhibitions and a fascinating bookshop specialising in art.
Another interesting place to visit is Es Baluard, the Museum of Contemporary Art, with its superb permanent collection of works of art. It also offers unbeatable views of the city from the section of the city wall into which it is built. And you can also visit historic buildings such as La Seu, the Cathedral, the city’s Gothic gem, and the Almudaina Palace. In the ancient, narrow streets and the outskirts, you can marvel at the magnificent palaces of Palma’s old aristocracy, with covered, architecturally unique patios that are sometimes open to the public. There are also numerous small shops where you can find unique and unusual souvenirs of Mallorca.
And of course, Palma’s best bars and restaurants also welcome you to enjoy their relaxed atmosphere on Sundays and public holidays. You can grab a bite to eat at historic establishments such as the Bosch Bar, where they prepare delicious llonguets, traditional Majorcan rolls that are halved and filled with cold meats and cheeses, served hot or cold. And the Bar Lírico is the perfect place to read the newspaper while enjoying a good breakfast.