TRAVEL // PALMA DE MALLORCA TRAVEL GUIDE

As you guys might have seen on Instagram, together with lovely Julia from Madonna Magazine,I spent two days on wonderful Mallorca. (Today you can find our travel story in MADONNA magazine). Two fun days s of exploring Palma de Mallorca.

In the past I wasn’t really fond of Mallorca and the first thing that always came up on my mind while thinking about Mallorca was the ”Ballermann”. You know, all those drunken people, party, clubs & ”Schlager”. We have been totally disabused. Mallorca is so much more than than sun, sex, booze and high-rise.

I already fell in love with the beauty of this island on our way to the hotel. Our hotel was located directly on the waterfront and only a few minutes away from all the hotspots of the city.

Perched on the crescent-shaped Bay of Palma, the city has a long and interesting history, hints of which can still be seen in the architecture which veers from Moorish and gothic to modern.

Palma is a sophisticated spot with a marina that overflows with yachts, but Central Palma is a sleepy spot, dominated by sunny squares and latticed courtyards. Taking pride of place is the Le Seu cathedral, a gothic masterpiece that dominates the city’s waterfront.The maze of cobbled alleys nearby announces the presence of the Old Town; an area packed with traditional restaurants, pavement cafés and hidden squares. Rather wonderfully, shops selling traditional crafts such as glass ornaments, handmade lace and olive wood carvings sit side-by-side with upmarket boutiques. Absolutely amazing!

By the end of a trip to Palma, you will have experienced all that Spain can offer in just one island capital. Isn’t that great!?

So here are my Hotspots & Tips for your perfect trip to Palma de Mallorca.

HOW TO GET TO PALMA DE MALLORCA 

Sunny Palma de Mallorca is only a 2 hours flight from Vienna. With FlyNIKI you can reach the stunning island everyday for about 59€ (one way).

WHERE TO STAY

COSTA AZUL HOTEL

COSTA AZUL HOTEL is  recently renovated boutique hotel in Palma, with fresh, innovative design directly located on the waterfront of Mallorca. Its exceptional views over Palma Bay and its prime location – facing the sea and a short hop from the Cathedral of Mallorca, make this hotel the perfect location for a short trip. You can also find a rooftop pool, spa and gym, a beautifully decorated restaurant and a lavish breakfast buffet. Tip: Make sure to book a room with sea view and enjoy a fantastic view from your bed. Really stunning!

WHERE TO RELAX & ENJOY THE BEACH

NIKKI BEACH CLUB
The super fancy NIKKI BEACH CLUB is located in Magaluf, only a 20 minutes drive from Palma.
Here you can relax, listen to great music and enjoy one (ore two ;)) Mojitos on your super cosy sun bed. I can tell you, this is pure relaxation at the highest stage.
We also enjoyed a fantastic lunch here and can highly recommend the fantastic Tuna Tataki. Great music, drinks, summer, sun and super yummy food! What more could one want!?
Tip: Don’t forget to make a reservation! 
 
NASSAU BEACH CLUB
The Nassau Beach Club and Restaurant is directly located on the beach of Palma de Mallorca—750 meters of pure sandy beach, a view of the cathedral. The Restaurant offers a stunning view at the sea and coast line.112_Nassau-beach-Club-Restaurant
PURO BEACH CLUB
A perfect place to spend day and night in an Oasis of Happiness, starting with a massage by the sea followed by a refreshing swim in the pool and sunbathing. Taste an international menu with Miami – Marrakesh – Melbourne influence and have a few drinks watching the best sunset in Mallorca.
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WHERE TO EAT 

What do you eat in Palma? Well, of course tapas, tapas, tapas… anywhere you can get it where the menu’s chalked up in Spanish, rather than in a plastic portfolio in five different languages.You can find traditional bars next to super trendy, upmarket newcomers. Not so easy to choose……
I for sure had one of the best dinners ever in Palma. I truly was in vegetarian heaven…….
BON LLOC
BON LLOC was the first vegetarian restaurant in Mallorca. They offer healthy, balanced food that is respectful with the environment.
Their specialty is no-frills vegetarian food, made with love and sensitivity, giving each dish the time it needs, using fresh organic ingredients from the market. A quality product is the fundamental element in their kitchen. I enjoyed the best vegetarian food ever here. Every single dish was crowned by consummate taste!
We can highly recommend the Gazpacho with strawberry and thyme and crunchy filo dough! The whizzy combination of the gazpacho with strawberries is simply amazing!
ES REBOST
ES REBOST is located on Palma de Mallorca’s main shopping street, Avenida de Jaime III, in the heart of the old town. All the products are based on locally grown and ecologically sourced ingredients. Although the interior is very modern, the majorcan design reflects throughout the place.
You can choose between delicious Majorcan salads, sandwiches, soups, farmers’s bread and other typical majorcan specialities.
I was absolutely stunned by the great variety of gluten free bread and dishes. Perfect Mallorca etno food!

WHERE TO SHOP

Let’s call this sight seeing – shopping. Make shopping a pleasant way to explore the Old Town of Palma. Palma’s small size and pedestrianised streets are the perfect place to do so. The leafy Passeig de Born is a first-stop for high-street shopping in Zara. But guess what, they are currently refurbishing it and it was closed. For that ” ‘aah, Spain!’ – I love your fashion -feeling”, the boutique-stuffed alleys just around Born are pure paradise – find small lovely boutiques selling unique fashion pieces. During any given stroll you’ll stumble across small emporiums devoted to local cheese, chocolate, cured meat and olive oil, which your taste buds will thank you for later, but your love handles won’t – for sure;)

My favorite boutiques……

CHRISSY’S CLOSET  A super cute boutique that stirs every fashionistas blood. Super cool designer clothes and trendy it-pieces bargains. I also found my “Barbie” bathing suit here. CHRISSY’S CLOSET is a must when shopping in Palma.4075342_orig UNICO UNICO is a vintage store at its best. Here you can score great vintage clothes & accessories. They have a great selection of vintage lewis denim & unique vintage sunglasses. Carrer Costa de sa Pols 16.image18

WHERE TO PARTY 

We actually weren’t in a party mood during our stay, but we asked our lovely guide Toni for some tips….

If you’re looking for cocktails in a grand setting, HOSTAL CUBA (C/ Sant Magi 1). This is a  trendy meeting place in Palma.The Hostal Cuba and Gastro Bar were built in 1904 and occupy a magnificent location in the Santa Catalina neighbourhood. Enjoy the wonderful view over Palma and the bay from their rooftop bar.image6-14

At the Paseo Maritimo you can find Palma’S main bars and clubs – if you don’t fancy enjoying some nightlife it still makes for a nice night-time stroll, with the swaying masts of the yachts in the bay to one side and the cathedral looming above. If you are looking for a superclub experience then Tito’s is the place to be.

WHAT TO WEAR IN PALMA DE MALLORCA 

Wear something cool and trendy. Dark colours just don’t really work during the day in the heat, so use translucent white cotton and linen basics. Add a tan, statement jewellery  as a foundation and add a tan, sandals and statement jewellery in combination with some ”it” designer pieces for nights out. image1-24

DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT … 

…seeing the Cathedral! Known as Le Seu, it’s Palma’s unavoidable star attraction. Sitting on the edge of the Parc de Mar looking at the wonderful Bay of Palma. I can highly recommend doing a ”sight-seeeing”- run. Beside doing some ”sight-seeing shopping” this is one of favorite thing to do lately. Here you kill two birds with one stone – your sport programm & sight seeing! Tip: be an early bird & start your run before sun rise! Enjoy the breathtaking view over Palma & wonderful sunrise.

…visting a winery! We visited Marcia Battle. The winery is located in Santa María del Camí (Majorca) and contains the latest facilities, machinery and advanced technology. They make excellent wines that display the special characteristics of the land and the varieties native to the island (Mantonegro and Prensal). I normally don’t drink alcohol, just because I don’t really like the taste, but here I tried some and fell in love with their Rosé – oh so good!

Tip: Make sure to have enough space in your suitcase to bring home some wine & other goodies like ”Flor De Sal” and olive oil ;)

THANK YOU MADONNA & FLY NIKI FOR THIS WONDERFUL TRIP TO PALMA DE MALLORCA!

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