The Balearic island of Majorca is famous for its family friendly resorts and vibrant nightlife. Capital city Palma however is completely different, offering a cosmopolitan culture for visitors to explore and sample. Palma is a fascinating mixture of old and new, with Roman ruins, Gothic cathedrals sitting alongside numerous art galleries and restaurants almost effortlessly. This combination makes Palma a great city to explore. Here is what’s on offer:
Eating in Palma
The tree-lined promenades of Passig d’es Born offer a picturesque eating experience with a vibrant atmosphere. A popular dining spot for tourists and locals, the numerous bars and restaurants cater to a variety of tastes. Why not try your first authentic Spanish tapas or taste one of the unique local dishes, such as Palma’s own Sopa Mallorquina (a dry soup, served with bread).
Fish lovers should go to Casa Fernando, named the best fish restaurant in Palma by the Vintage Holidays blog, can be found in Ciudad Jardin. Casa Fernando brings simplicity back to your dining experience and involves you with the preparation of your meal.
On the Portals Nous Yacht Club waterfront you will find the Tristan, the most exclusive restaurant on the island. It features luxurious interiors and a delectable choice of pasta and meat dishes.
If traditional Spanish tapas are what you want, La Bòveda restaurant offers some of the best in Palma. The small and quiet restaurant, which was featured in the Guardian’s ‘Top Ten Eats in Palma’, often features live music, the makings for a perfect romantic meal.
Palma today is full of trendy boutique hotels, restaurants and cafes, but reminders of its multicultural history can be seen all around the city. Remains left behind from the Roman Empire and Talaiotic settlement are a must-see on your holiday to Palma.
The Roman Catholic cathedral, La Seu, is visible throughout Palma, thanks to its 44 metre tall nave. La Seu was built in 1601 on the site of an Arab mosque and features the world’s largest stained glass window. Close by you’ll find the Arab quarter; a maze of narrow streets where museums, courtyards and the Bays Arabs can be found.
Palma’s Bellver Castle is famed for its unique circular shape and gothic architecture. The castle’s hilltop location has stunning, unspoilt views of the harbour, making it a top tourist destination for those on Majorca Holidays.
For a more relaxed pace, visit the Parc de le Mar, sometimes known as ‘Park of the Sea’. Built around an artificial lake, the park offers a selection of cafes and restaurants. Regular outdoor concerts and the nearby art gallery make this area popular with locals and holidaymakers alike.
Evening Entertainment in Palma
Whether it’s a quiet drink in a small bar, or something livelier, Palma’s variety of bars and clubs offer a diverse, colourful night out. For an authentically Spanish experience, L’Havanna is a Latin night club, featuring live acts and salsa dancing. Bar Barcelona is perfect for sociable drinks with friends, look out for the jazz and soul nights hosted in the upstairs bar. This bar is accessible via one of the two glass lifts is Tito’s; a club located 50 metres above the Paseo Maritimo. The interesting shape and panoramic views make it a top night out on a Palma holiday.
This guide was written by Hannah Knott of lowcostholidays