Palma is the capital of the Spanish island of Mallorca, a haven for sun seekers, with its amazing beaches such as Playa de Palma around a 10-15 minute drive from the airport and capital. Palma also has amazing high-end shopping experiences, with plenty of historical and cultural treats. With so many restaurants and cafes offering Spanish tapas and other culinary delights. It really is a great place to visit and unwind from the everyday stresses of life.
The highlight of Palma has to be the Old town, as it is an amazing place to just walk around and enjoy the amazing laid back lifestyle and beautiful historic streets. Located in the Old town is the breathtaking Cathedral of Palma, also known as ‘La Seu’. This gothic style landmark is beautiful and boasts one of the largest stained-glass windows in the world as well as other statues and relics.
Where to stay?
Palma Old Town
Palacio Ca Sa Galesa
Located in the historic old town of Palma is the beautiful 5 star Palacio Ca Sa Galesa hotel. We were lucky enough to stay for one night (wish is could have been more) in this amazing palace which dates back to the 16th century, with only 12 rooms you really get the feel that the staff are your own personal assistants and it is never hard to find a quiet place to yourself in the hotel.
With an amazing rooftop terrace that is a stones throw away from Palma Cathedral and has private Haimas, if you prefer, ask to have your breakfast, lunch or dinner served on the terrace.
Palacio Ca Sa Galesa also has a Fully-featured spa and treatments area, with a revitalising pool, Finnish sauna, steam bath, sensations aroma shower, gym and much more. It really is the perfect place to unwind and find peace and tranquility.
Visit Website: palaciocasagalesa.com
Playa de Palma Beach
Located right on the beachfront at Playa de Palma, this modern 4 star hotel makes the perfect beach getaway. With its amazing selection of artwork, fantastic roof top pool bar, a large downstairs swimming pool and fine buffet restaurant (with all inclusive options), makes HM Tropical the perfect holiday destination.
Visit Website: hmtropical.com
Where to eat?
This modern restaurant had plenty of style and the food and service was delightful. With a large selection of amazing tapas to choose from and great wine selection, this really was a lovely place to share and enjoy a bite to eat. We had the choice to either sit at a table or sit at the bar, which makes Tast a great social venue to eat with family or friends. With 4 locations in Palma (Tast Union, Tast Club, Tast Avenidas and El Nautico) it is never hard to pop in and enjoy amazing Spanish tapas food in Palma.
Visit Website: tast.com
Hard Rock Cafe Mallorca
Located a short walk away from the centre of Palma is the Hard Rock Cafe Mallorca. Famous rock music and music memorabilia the Hard Rock Cafe has become a major tourist trap in many of the major cities worldwide. The Hard Rock Cafe in Mallorca does not disappoint and has some great views over Palma harbour.
For the month of October Hard Rock Cafe Mallorca will be launching it’s vegetarian menu with many dishes to choose from. We tried the Pico De Quinoa Arugula Salad, which was a excellent fresh summer salad that we could enjoy whilst watching the world go by on the outdoor terrace. We also tried the Grilled Ratatouille Wrap, which was amazing! It had a little hint of spice and makes a great lunchtime or evening snack, it was a personal favourite of mine.
Visit Website: hardrock.com
Things to do?
Cathedral of Palma
The Cathedral of Santa Maria, Palma which is often called ‘La Seu’ is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral located in the Old town in the city of Palma. It is 121 metres long, 55 metres wide and its nave is 44 meters tall, a real towering landmark. It boasts one of the largest stained-glass windows in the world and it often referred to as ‘The Cathedral of light’ as when the sun shines through the window the whole church lights up with amazing colour.
S’Hort del Rei
S’Hort del Rei gardens are located just outside of the Almudaina palace. It is a relaxing area, where street performers entertain, art and craft stall holders showcase product and artists can often be found working. It has many statues and sculptures by the likes of Miro and is a great place to walk around
Palma Aquarium opened in 2007 and is a short walk from Playa de Palma beach, it has over 700 different species from the Mediterranean, Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The largest tank is 85 metres deep and is the deepest shark tank in Europe. It is a great local trip out if you fancy a change from the beach and pool views.
Feature Image: Cathedral of Palma at night, credit to: Andrés Nieto Porras