Resort

Spain,
Palma de Mallorca

Introduction

A mix of gothic cathedrals and modern marinas, Palma de Mallorca boasts a Mediterranean majesty like no other Balearic Island. With excellent boutique hotels popping up all over the medieval city and top-notch restaurants serving fresh seafood hourly, plus 158 sandy beaches, Palma is an unmissable stop on the island-hopping itinerary.

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Essentials

  1. To narrow down the choice of beaches (calas), we recommend a dip in Cala Major.
  2. Take the vintage train from Plaza d’Espanya to Sóller for a day trip through orange orchards and palm trees.
  3. If you’ve overindulged in Mallorcan specialities, head to the Llevant Natural Park, a 1.576-hectare park with eight trekking routes, surrounded by vineyards.
  4. Mallorcans are proud of being Catalans and of their island dialect, Mallorquí. Avoid talking politics and focus on your tan.
  5. The Es Baluard art museum is a must.

Two-hour tour

  • Tapas Trail — Thursday night is quite fun in the capital. Start the night by going on the tapas trail 'La Ruta Martina.'

  • The Modern Museum Es Baluard — Seventy permanent pieces by Picasso, Dalí, Miró and others.

    10 Plaça Porta Santa Catalina

    +34 971 908 200

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  • La Seu Cathedral — The Spanish-Gothic building was finished in 1601. It boast a Barceló altar piece and Gaudi's canopy.

Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Brondo Architect Hotel

    Can Brondo 4

    +34 971 720 507

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  • Dependable chain

    AC Ciutat de Palma

    Plaza Puente 3

    +34 971 222 300

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  • Premium

    La Residencia

    Son Canals (s/n), Deiá

    +34 971 639 011

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Cappuccino

    San Miguel 53, Calle San Miguel

    +34 971 719 764

  • Leisurely breakfast

    Ca'n Joan de s'Aigo

    Carrer Can Sanc 10

    +34 971 710 759

  • Mid-morning ice-cream

    Ca'n Miguel

    Avigunda de Jaume III 6

    +34 971 724 909

  • Lunch with friends

    Forn de Sant Joan

    Calle Sant Joan 4

    +34 971 728 422

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  • Lunch on your own

    Duke

    36 Calle Soler Santa Catalina

    +34 971 071 738

  • Sunset cocktail

    Purobeach

    Carre Pagell 1

    +34 971 744 744

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  • Best barbecue

    Parrilla Asador Txakoli

    14 Calle Fabrica, Santa Catarina

    +34 971 282 126

  • Dinner for two

    Es Raco des Teix

    Calle de Sa Vinya Vieja 6, Deià

    +34 971 639 501

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  • Dinner with friends

    La Parada de Los Monstruos

    Carrer de Sant Llorenç 9

    +34 971 718 450

  • Dining alfresco

    Bahía Mediterráneo

    Paseo Marítimo, 33 5º Piso · Plaza Mediterráneo, 2

    +34 971 457 653

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  • Drink after dinner

    Randemar

    Passeig Es Través, Port de Sóller

    +34 971 634 578

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  • Late drinks

    Palma Café Gallery

    57 Avenida Joan Miró

    +34 871 949 734

  • Late bite

    Café Port Pesquer

    Calle Contramuelle Mollet

    +34 971 715 220

  • On the tiles

    Pacha Mallorca

    Calle de Córdoba, Calvià

    +34 971 594 356

  • Beach Burger

    Route 66 Diner

    Sant Magí 23

    +34 971 736 222

Reading

  • Newsstand

    Fiol Llibres

    45 Calle Olmos

    +34 971 721 428

Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Sobrasada — Sausage from Sobrasada

    Calle Sant Domingo 1

    +34 971 714 887

  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Rialto Living

    3C Carrer Sant Feliu

    +34 971 713 331

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  • Something for the kids

    Imaginarium

    11 Plaça Weyler

    +34 971 714 340

  • Something for someone you love

    Alberto Francia Florists — Bonbons from La Pajarita

    13 Sant Gaietá,Trav. Jaume III

    +34 971 710 909

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  • Something for yourself

    Camper

    17 Calle San Miguel

    +34 971 726 254

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Basics

  • Pharmacy

    Farmacia Bagur

    Aragón 70

    +34 971 272 501

Transport

  • Mallorca Bus — Buy a 10 bus trip 'bono' at newstands

    +34 971 434 980

  • Buy a pass — Buy a Palma Sightseeing 24-hour bus ticket.

  • Rent a bike

    Palma on Bike

    Avenida Gabriel Roca 15

    +34 971 718 988

Limousine/car

  • Luxury vehicles with driver

    +34 639 317 573

    http://avantgardelimousine.net

Fitness

  • Gimnas Olímpic

    10 Calle Reina María Cristina

    +34 971 753 909

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  • Running route — Follow the bike path from Portixol to C'an Pastilla (3km one-way).

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