The fiestas are over, Palma had a blast this year, but it is now dead. Not only have I noticed it but quite a few fellow residents have commented to me on how quiet the city is. Fourth quarter employment may have been up last year, but I am eager to see what the stats are for the first quarter of this year. Granted, the winter sales may have helped with some part-time extra shifts, but we are not talking full time. I get the impression that the sales have been successful, but while I’ve been snooping around for a good bargain, I’ve heard little but Spanish or Catalan being spoken. Very few foreigners about in Palma.

There are plenty of hotels open, remember, "it’s better in winter", but the restaurants don’t appear busy. In fact, a number of bar and restaurant owners I know close during February because the city is "dead". One friend of mine has been forced to close his restaurant. Despite the prime location on the Paseo Mallorca, it just did not happen. And look at the problems businesses are having along the Paseo Maritimo in Palma; most of the seafront businesses are up for sale.

On our Facebook and website the argument is raging over winter flights, some people claim there are, others disagree. Sadly, Majorca, even Palma, just can’t seem to crack the problem.

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Stuart Mead / Hace 10 months

Max. You are completely right. I’m only saying that I used to go to Soller up to five times a year or more sometimes. The last time I went in March last year I found that the prices had gone up and the portions in restaurants went down and in some cases weren’t even cooked properly. The cost of the tram went up leaving me at the mercy of taxis if I could find one. Then the tourist tax which wasn’t to bad but apparently is going to double this year. Then the anti tourist lobby. Mind you I never found Soller to be to friendly anyway. I only went because I’ve family that live there. But like others I won’t be going there anytime soon.

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keith / Hace 10 months

I would just like to thank Majorca for the way it as treated the tourist that have stuck by them through thick and thin .Not only have they saved me money ( 20 years, three times a year including winter ) they have opened my eyes to all the places i have never been to.I have now started to really travel and hey , there is more to life than having holidays in Majorca and there is people out there that value our money.

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Max / Hace 10 months

To Stuart 1) after years of hard work and practically living on planes, I never go on holiday. I stay here. Luckily thanks to said hard work, I could afford to retire early and relax. No poor life for me, BUT: 2) I am on record on this site for consistently supporting local employment and for us expats to ‘give back’. And a strong voice against the new rental laws which will destroy local businesses. I just think the island is totally mis-managing itself and we are too overcrowded. But judging by your writing I am sure you don’t understand the complexities.

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Stuart Mead / Hace 10 months

Well saidMax/Palmadave. I hope that when you go on holiday you get the same reaction. You both don’t like tourists. Well believe me there’s thousands not going to Majorca cos of you and your cronies attitude. Have a nice poor life.

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palmadave / Hace 10 months

Well said Max.

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Max / Hace 10 months

It IS better in winter because there are no idiot tourists clogging up the roads and streets. I love winter here. I just wish we could rid ourselves of the cyclists too. Yes, I am selfish.

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Richard Pearson / Hace 10 months

Whilst the social and administrative costs of hiring and keeping staff remain so high there will be no solution to this problem.

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Henry James / Hace 10 months

Why would anyone go to Palma from the tail end of January onwards when even if you could get a flight,it's only 11c,just about the same temperature as Manchester which is fully open and cheaper whereas by your own admission,Palma is dead.? You aught to try getting out to some of the other resorts,they have been closed and dead for some time now and will be for at least another two months,"It's better in winter",yeah right.

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Jason / Hace 10 months

A nice apartment to rent would be good as well !!!

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S. / Hace 10 months

With the majority of Mallorca's Urbanisations becoming ghost towns in the winter. Attractions during every winter, would bring tourists, increased flights, and make hotels open. It is a continuous annual problem for the Island, which will not be improved,until the authorities address this anomaly.

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