Mallorca attracts millions of tourists each year looking to enjoy a relaxing break on the beach, whilst they soaking up the sizzling Spanish sun. While many are content lounging by the pool or the beach, others look for adventure. Over the past six weeks I have spent my time working in the hotel industry and many people have asked me what there is for them to see and do on the island. PALMA. Palma is the city that welcomes each and every tourist that arrives on a flight to the island, but many do not hang around to discover the treasures they can find within. This blog post is going to focus on a couple of things you can do on a day out in Palma, what you can see, where you can drink and where you can enjoy some of the most delicious dishes the city has to offer.
What to See
One of the most iconic images of Palma is the cathedral. Steeped in history, this breathtaking building is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. Located in the historic district of Palma, it is surrounded by quaint little streets and alleyways where you can discover shops that are bursting with local delicacies.
An area that often doesn’t catch the attention of those visiting Palma for the day is the area of Santa Catalina. Once an old fisherman’s village, it is now one of the hippest areas in the city, array with wonderful cafes, second hand shops, cool bars and lovely interior design stores. One of the highlights of this area is the market located in the centre. Here there are number of bars inside the market, set amidst the day to day running market, where you can pick up fresh fruit and vegetables.
Although the city itself is located on the seafront and home to its very own beach, if its quaint beaches you are looking for, I recommend hopping on the number 3 bus out of the city centre and discovering the boutique neighbourhood of Illetas. Here you will find lovely little shops, beach clubs and coves where you can meander around and discover a different side to Palma.
Where to Eat
Finding a place to eat on holiday can often be very overwhelming. Many a times have I been abroad, frantically scrolling through TripAdvisor looking for a place to eat. More often that not, I am let down with my spur of the moment choice which was driven through starvation.
If breakfast is what is first on your list once you have arrived to Palma, I have the most wonderful recommendations for you. As you know I am a breakfast addict and would go to the end of the earth to find my favourite meal. Two places that have the most wonderful coffee and breakfast selections in Palma are Mama Carmens and La Molienda. Both places have quaint little hipster vibes and a fabulous section of options on their menus.
If you are looking for a little taste of Spain, look no further than La Rosa Vermuteria. This little gem just located of Born specialises in Vermut and all things Spanish. I recommend trying their pulpo and tortilla, you will absolutely not be disappointed.
A summer holiday would absolutely not be complete without a daily dose of ice cream. Hidden away in the very oldest corner of Palma, you will find a 700 year old ice cream parlour called Ca’n Joan de s’aigo that is steeped in history. Its fabulously extravagant decoration matches perfectly with its traditions old recipes. Tuck in to its famous almond ice cream with a side of ensaimada. Bliss.
One of my favourite places to eat in Palma is a place called Balagan. Located in the Santa Catalina neighbourhood, this Swedish run establishment will not disappoint. Its sheek interior design, attention to detail and mouth watering food will have you recommending it to all your friends. They have a fabulous mix of dishes all using interesting flavours and combinations using the freshest of ingredients.
Where to drink
After all of this food the next thing that you will need is something to wash it down and of course help you sleep on the bus ride back.
By night the Nakar Hotel and its roof top terrace is a wonderful place to watch the sun go down over the beautiful rooftops of the city. Their cocktails are an absolute dream too.
Just around the corner from Nakar we have Brassclub. Here you will find a fabulous array of interesting concoctions with flavours that you might never have imagined putting together. With a inside and outdoor seating area, the ambience is sheer class.
Hopefully you can fit all these in during your whistle stop tour of Palma.