Shopping is not something that you would usually associate with Mallorca, but the Spanish island’s Festival Park is a bargain-hunter’s dream that will be the highlight to any family holiday.
When staying in a Mallorcan villa, why not take a break from the sun, sea and sightseeing for a bit of retail therapy at one of Europe’s best shopping malls?
One of the bonuses about the shopping complex is that it is not just great for shopaholics – the fairground rides, kids’ games, cinema complex and many restaurants will keep the whole family entertained.
Festival Park is easy to reach from almost any location in Mallorca. Situated just a short drive from Palma, it is next to the Inca Highway at the Sa Cabaneta and Santa Maria exit. There is plenty of parking available, but for those without a car the public transport is regular and there are buses and trains that take you straight to the shops.
Clothes shops dominate Festival Park, but there are also jewellery stores, craft stalls and a spectacular puppet shop that will be a favourite with the kids. Bargains can be found all over the park with savings of between 30 and 70 per cent to be had on a range of popular brands. Some of the shops, where lucky holidaymakers can save heaps of money, include Diesel, Roxy, Quicksilver, Miss Sixty and Mango.
There are also a number of sports outlets, including Nike and Reebok.
But the pedestrian-only complex, which is designed like a traditional Spanish village, is not just about shopping, there are plenty of other activities to keep the family entertained.
A day care centre is available to drop off those little ones who are too young to appreciate retail therapy and you can guarantee that they will be looked after safely. There are slides, a bouncy castle, carousels, a bungy jump, pedal cars and donkey rides to entertain the kids.
If you want family-fun then a ten-pin bowling alley could be just what you need.
There is also a 20-screen cinema complex and laser games.
When you have exhausted all the shops and entertainment there is still more on offer at Festival Park, as the complex has more than 30 restaurants, cafes and bars.