Which is the day of the week when shops enjoy the most sales in Palma? Well the answer is simple: Sunday. Yes, you have to take into account that only a small number of shops are open, but those which do open enjoy record sales. So the question has to be asked: why don´t more shops open on a Sunday, especially in the summer?

In the city centre around Jaime III all shops have the green light to open their doors for business. But only a handful do so, which is a scandalous state of affairs, especially when Palma is full of cruise ship passengers all desperate to find a souvenir to take home.

Palma city council and the Balearic government need to change the licensing laws so that all shops can open on a Sunday, not just those in the city centre. Hundreds of small retailers have gone to the wall in the last five years and I suspect that others will follow if they continue with their present trading practices. Times are changing and smaller shops need to react, not just the larger ones. It is quite outrageous that some shops do not even open on a Saturday afternoon. If the smaller shops want to continue with their five and a half day week, fine, but don't complain about poor takings during the winter.

Palma is a tourist capital and every oppurtunity needs to be seized to ensure that tourists can buy and at the same time local businesses can make a profit. At the moment it is a case of opportunity missed.


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Mick Holten / Hace over 5 years

I love the fact that 4 of you have put a minus against my comment. Well if you are anti shops opening on a Sunday making the island look delightful 7 days a week, then I think all the restaurants, bars and cafes should also CLOSE on a Sunday. I worked in Hospitality for 30 years and worked every Saturday and Sunday, but I was offering a SERVICE to the locals of Mallorca and the tourists. This is exactly what the shops if they opened in Palma would be offering. Palma looks horrible on a Sunday with all the shutters pulled down. A total wasted opportunity.


Mick Holten / Hace over 5 years

Totally agree with you. So backwards to the rest of the cities globally. Basically they are not offering a "Service". Modernise your ways please and changing your rules with opening hours.


Andy Rawson / Hace over 5 years

If you take away the winter months and Sundays, Palma 365 should be renamed Palma 165. So backward and lazy.


e devlin / Hace over 5 years

Had 10days holiday in Majorca in May staying in can pastilla, but most days we go to Palma either by bus or cycle there. Decided to go into Palma for my birthday which was a Sunday, it was so disappointing, hard to find a bar that was open, it's like the whole city closes down for the day, we had to return to can pastilla to eat and have a drink, come on Palma there are people there on a Sunday looking to spend money.