Mallorca is rich in popular handicrafts, and has turned traditional pieces of the islands culture into souvenirs to sell to visitors. A good example are the popular siurells,(Siurells are clay whistles, which have been made on Mallorca since Arab times.
They come in all shapes and sizes - the most common design is a man on horseback - and are painted white with flashes of red and green.
They are cheap, children love them, and the artist Joan Miro was much influenced by their brightness and simplicity). ancestral earthenware figures painted in bright colours.
Also part of the local handicrafts are ceramics, costume jewellery, earthenware, wrought iron and artistic glassware.
The main shopping areas in Palma are Avinguda Jaume III and the Passeig des Born for up-market boutiques and the pedestrian streets around Placa Major for small specialist shops. There is alsoa modern shopping mall and hypermarket complex, the Centro Comercial Porto Pi, 2km from the centre.
For the shopper, the relatively small size of Palma is of great advantage. Avinguda Jaume III, as well as being the best-known street in the city, is also the newest.Although it is hard to believe. only 30 years ago the street didnt exist. Today it is one of Palmas most elegantavenues, lined with sophisticated shops offering mens and womens fashions as well as jewellery and gifts. Galerias Preciados, one of Spains most popular department store chains, is also present.
For a thorough shopping spree you shouldnt forget the side streets of Bonaire, Sta. Maria del Sepulcro, Sant Marty etc. Wonder the back streets of Palma and you come across numerous contemporary art galleries. This is one of the best, featuring work by Mallorcan and international artists