Let’s face it: one of the best things about visiting a new place is the shopping. Finding things that are unique to that particular destination so that, when you go home, you can soothe your holiday blues with these souvenirs or ‘recuerdos’ that you can treasure forever.
Here at Nakar Hotel, in the heart of Palma de Mallorca, there are endless shops on your doorstep, from indie boutiques and high street stores to high-end luxury. But why shop for things that you can buy anywhere else? Instead, check out these local products that are unique to the island.
Camper and CAMPERLAB shoes
Just a few minutes walk from our hotel, on Jaume III in Palma, you’ll find the red bridge logo of the Camper shop, the contemporary footwear brand from Inca, a town in central Mallorca. With over 145 years of shoemaking heritage, Camper continues to create design-driven styles inspired by the Mediterranean.
From classic sneakers to statement heels and boots, Camper styles are renowned for their unconventional design and colour palette. CAMPERLAB, Camper’s experimental sibling brand, plays with surrealistic shapes and shades favoured by the fashion crowd. Explore the store on Carrer Sant Miquel in Palma, and ReCamper stores, selling previous collections at lower prices, in Inca and Mallorca Fashion Outlet.
Basket bags or ‘senallas’
It’s important to support local artisans here on the island. And a great way to do this — and look good at the same time — is by purchasing one of the omnipresent basket bags you will see on the shoulder of every Mallorquin, male or female, at the local farmers’ markets or the beach. There are plenty of styles to choose from — the more battered the better— at stores across the island. In Palma’s Old Town, Mimbreria Vidal is a small shop open since 1955, where three generations have sold wicker and esparto products over the years. Hats, baskets, bags, rugs and more, this lovely shop respects handicrafts from the island.
Mallorca produces a lot of wine. A lot of good wine. So what better souvenir or gift than a nice bottle of red or white? There are bodegas, or ‘wineries’, across the island, but most are in the central region, from Santa María to Binissalem. Why not visit a vineyard for a wine-tasting tour and select a local variety to take home with you? Check out Macià Batle in the traditional village of Santa Maria del Camí, an award-winning bodega established in 1856 that produces modern wines made with carefully-selected grapes from local vines. Or, if you drive deeper into wine country, you’ll certainly find your perfect wine in Binissalem, where there are multiple vineyards: Tianna Negre, José Luis Ferrer and Biniagual.
In Palma, Arquinesia is an exclusive perfumery with a luxurious range of scents, soaps, creams, and candles made using organic and vegan ingredients native to the Balearic Islands.
The store is tucked away down a narrow street in the city centre, a peaceful haven where your sense of smell will embark on an intoxicating journey. Best sellers include the Fig eau de parfum, the Orange liquid soap, and the Secret Garden scented candle. A thoughtful gift for someone or a special treat for yourself.
Mallorca is famous for pearls, but if they aren’t really your style, perhaps you’d prefer the handmade jewellery at Es Taller de na Marina in Santanyí (@estallerdenamarina on Instagram), inspired by the Mediterranean, using glass the colour of the sea and organic shapes. Isabel Guarch is another well-known Mallorquín designer with concessions in El Corte Ingles as well as a store in central Palma on Plaça del Mercat.
From diamond wedding bands to gold rings inspired by the nature of the Mediterranean, this family business makes a range of beautiful pieces using gold, silver, quartz, coral and precious stones. For more pop pieces, check out Now or Never, a youthful brand with fun, irreverent statement earrings and necklaces in the shape of rainbows, snakes and smiley faces. Guaranteed to make you smile, even when you get back at home.