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Shopping

Palma de Mallorca is the centre of the shopping scene with sprawling malls, shop-lined streets, and daily stalls and markets where tablecloths or leather goods can be scooped up for a song, with a bit of haggling.

The main shopping street in Cala d'Or, Avinguda Tagomago, is a bustling flurry of souvenir shops, chic boutiques, leather shops and galleries. The stretch of shops in Pageura known as El Bulevar features supermarkets, clothing shops and souvenir shops, while the pedestrian promenades on Cala Millor and Magalluf's seafronts are jam-packed with stalls selling buckets and spades and tourist trinkets.

Markets are a great place to shop on the island of Mallorca and the Monday market in Calvia is the place to go for porcelain, jewellery and leather goods, as are the Wednesday markets in Andratx in Palma and Thursday's Inca market, but brush up on bargaining skills. Near Cala Millor, the Friday markets in Son Servera and Monday markets in Monacor are a great place to find unique goods and fresh produce as well as souvenirs such as espadrilles, embroidery and basketwork. The weekly Sunday market in Pollensa's old town is one of the liveliest and definitely worth a wander for everything from local crafts and olive wood carvings to ceramics and lace.

Nightlife

Though not as raucous as its Balearic neighbour Ibiza, Mallorca is still famed for its nightlife, most of which is centred around its holiday resort towns. Of these, Magaluf is the most vibrant, closely followed by el Arenal and Palma.

From raging bars to quieter pubs and tavernas, Magaluf has got it all. The resort's infamous Punta Ballena strip is literally overrun by partygoers in the summer time, wending their merry way from one seething watering hole to another. The ever-popular BCM Planet Dance can accommodate up to 5,000 people and regularly features big-name DJs behind the decks. There are many other popular clubs and dance and live music venues as well; while those planning a bachelor or bachelorette party in Mallorca should head to Dorado Night City on the edge of Magaluf, where much of the entertainment has an erotic edge to it.

Some of the most popular clubs in el Arenal include Woody's Bar, Uforia, Riu Palace and Zorbas, a double-storey disco that's chiefly popular amongst 20-30 year olds. In Palma itself, Pacha Mallorca has a big reputation (and can charge a hefty admission during summer), while Tito's, located on the seafront near Paseo Maritimo, is one of the more exclusive clubs in Mallorca. L'Havanna is good for Latin music and dancing, and Black Cat is the most popular gay bar on the island of Mallora.

Meanwhile, Paguera, Puerto Pollensa, Cala Millor, S'Illot and Sa Coma are all quieter resorts, which cater more to families. Visitors shouldn't expect much pulsating nightlife in these areas, as the evening's entertainment will more likely consist of a pleasant paseo (stroll) along the waterfront, before heading out to a tavern for a few quiet drinks and a relaxed meal.

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