P A L M A D E M A L L O R C A
Palma De Mallorca is part of the Balearic Islands, a small archipelago off the coast of eastern Spain. Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and is home to the historic capital of Palma. Palma may be a small city but it is jam packed with things to do, beautiful gothic architecture and an abundance of places to eat and drink. The bay of Palma hosts an impressive marina, attracting large superyachts as well as accommodating the islands ferry terminal which can get you to the likes of Ibiza in a matter of hours.
The city is stunning, after being based in Mallorca for 10 years now I still find myself lost and discovering new streets and Plazas within its old town.
Food & Beverage
Cappucino's Cafes can be found dotted all over Mallorca typically in prime locations. My favourite of these cafes is the Cappucino San Muguel, found right in the heart of Palma, as you walk through the ancient arches of this cafe the property opens out into a courtyard with beautiful local flowers and a water fountain in its center. The open-air courtyard is a fantastic place to enjoy the sun and tuck into one of the famous Cappucino's club sandwiches.
Realto Living is a great place to visit if you’re doing some shopping on Palmas main high street. This place consists of a coffee shop, restaurant as well as a clothing store. The property is a stunning traditional building kept very original inside with some modern features. A great place just to pop in for a coffee and a look around.
Santa Catalina is a small district of the city, teaming with life. Here you’ll find some of Palmas best bars and eateries. Some of my favourite restaurants here have developed a modern twist on Tapas, the traditional way of eating lots of small portions, but with a variety of different cuisines. Not just traditional Spanish flavours. Nuru is easily one of my favourite places for dinner but if you’re looking for something more relaxed, Naan is a fantastic place to sample some street food.
Ombu & Koa are two restaurants with the same owner, both of these restaurants are well within my top 5. Ombu for me is one of the best places to grab some lunch. The menu is a real mix of traditional tapas and more modern creations. The best way to get a feel for this place is to order a mix and share it out between you. The chicken and pistachio crochets and the tuna tartare here are to die for.
It took me a while to find Palmas best Espresso Martini but El Neo is where I found it. This cocktail bar is found in the district of La Lonja. I've enjoyed many of their amazing cocktails during my time in Palma and also their food! On the lower and upper level of the property you can be seated and enjoy some of the most amazing food to come out of Palma, rosemary infused ostrich, patatas bravas, tuna tataki and the most mouthwatering tempura prawns.
Tast Club, Fera & La Bodega are three more places I can recommend for lunch in Palma. The list goes on but part of the fun is finding the hidden gems yourself right?
Hotel Can Alomar, this small boutique hotel seems to be hidden in plain sight. Although the hotel's main terraces are found above Palmas Louis Vuitton store, the hotel entrance is down a side street and seems to be missed by the bulk of the foot traffic. The hotel features a fantastic restaurant called Tokio de Lima. The food here is stunning and a great place for a group meal. I recommend visiting the hotel for a few drinks on the terrace during the Christmas period. Although it can get a little chilly, this is a great setting and hosts a great view of Palmas Christmas lights.
Hotel Sant Francesc is another of Palmas boutique hotels, this one found in the old town. This is easily one of the most tastefully decorated hotels I’ve been to, this may be down to preference but the place oozes style and class. The hotel features a rooftop bar with a pool where sushi and cocktails are served during the summer months. If staying here is a little beyond budget, pop in and check out the rooftop or simply enjoy a break from exploring the old town with a coffee in the lobby bar.
Garritos. There is nowhere better to be on a Thursday night. If you are looking for a party, this is the place to be, set on two levels with a gallery style atrium Garritos boasts a large space for people to dance and mingle. Thursday nights seem to attract a real mixed crowd, yachties from the cities marina and shipyard, locals, music heads and tourists. The music here is the main reason I personally love this place, amazing deep house sets play until the early hours of the morning mixed by DJ’s from all over Europe.
Another great venue is Hostel Cuba, found right on the edge of Santa Catalina, Hostel Cuba covers all bases. An upmarket hostel, rooftop cocktail bar, as well as an underground nightclub. This is one of the best places to watch the sunset over the bay of Palma and the famous cathedral.
Palma Cathedral is a truly stunning piece of architecture, moorish and gothic influence makes for a dramatic looking building. The cathedral hosts the worlds largest stain glass window, which you can only fully appreciate when you are able to see the suns rays penetrate from the inside.
I couldn’t recommend a trip to Palma more. A fantastic, vibrant city packed with culture and atmosphere.
Text & Iamges: Alex Ballyn
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