Without doubt, there are many, many really good shops in Mallorca,
Without doubt, there are many, many really good shops in Mallorca, but until relatively recently they were not maximising their potential because of restrictive opening hours imposed by various
levels of government. Take Palma for example, a few years ago, nearly every shop would close at 13.30 for around 4 hours for siesta, and on Saturdays would pull the shutters down in the afternoon
until Monday morning.
Whilst these hours may have suited the Spanish lifestyle and working day, it was way out of kilter for the 56 million foreign tourists who visit the country every year. Realisation finally dawned
on Spain's bureaucrats and now the country's shops have very liberal opening hours. In Palma, most shops don't take siesta, they open very late on certain evenings, and partly because of the cruise
ship arrivals with thousands of visitors, they open on Sundays!
Shopping in Soller
The effect has been very noticeable; in the Balearic Islands, retail figures have increased by 13% - and we're in a recession remember – and now foreign retailers at the higher end of the market
have been encouraged to open, especially in Palma which has become a shoppers' paradise over recent years.