Palma is the vibrant capital city of Mallorca (Majorca), full to the brim with a fascinating history, a fantastic dining scene, art, history and culture as well as the added bonus of having a beach right on its doorstep. The city is fringed with palm trees, which makes me so happy. It is just over a 2 hour flight from London, making it perfect for a city break, and we flew with Jet2.com. One of the many advantages of flying with Jet2.com was that 22kg of checked in baggage was included.
I was invited to visit Palma on a press trip with a fantastic group of bloggers on behalf of Jet.com and Jet2holidays and here is my round up of the top ten things to do and see in Palma, as well as where to stay.
Top 10 Things to do in Palma, Mallorca
Visit Rialto Living – a lifestyle concept store
Rialto Living is an amazing lifestyle concept store filled with lots of interior design, fashion, art, gifts, books and accessories, all beautifully presented and hand picked by the founders Klas Kall and Barbara Bergman. There is lots of inspiration here for home decor as well as a wonderful cafe to relax in with coffee and a slice of delicious cake.
For more information visit their website here.
Location: Carrer de Sant Feliu, 3, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Castell de Bellver
Gothic architecture has always interested me, and the Bellver Castle, a 14th century circular castle standing on a hill, offers 360 panoramic views of Palma, as well as a great insight into Palma’s history with its museum. A must visit and those views will take your breath away!
Location: Carrer Camilo José Cela, s/n, 07014 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Cathedral of Mallorca
The Palma de Mallorca Cathedral or ‘La Seu’, as it is lovingly known in Mallorca is an example of stunning Mallorcan architecture and also the city’s landmark. It overlooks the gorgeous harbour and was built in honour of Palma’s patron saint, San Sebastian.
Location: Plaza Almoina, s/n, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum
For any art lover, a visit to Es Baluard, the museum of modern and contemporary art of Palma, is a must. It exhibits a vast collection of contemporary art from the Balearic Islands.
From its rooftop you can get alternative amazing views of Palma. I especially loved peering through these windows.
Location: Plaça de la Porta de Santa Catalina, 10, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Dinner at Mercat 1930, a gastronomic market
One thing I absolutely love is tapas, and so dining at Mercat 1930, which is a gastronomic food market with 13 stalls each serving up the most delicious food, was a real treat. From Paella to Pamboli with Serrano ham, it was a food lover’s heaven!
For more information visit their website here.
Location: Avinguda de Gabriel Roca, 33, 07014 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
I always put visiting a food market at the top of my list for every destination I go to and so was delighted that a visit to Olivar Market was part of our itinerary! This was filled with gorgeous displays of fresh fruit, olives, cheese, fish, meats, condiments and tableware. A great place to see the Mallorcan people in their daily lives and to get a feel for what the local specialities are.
Location: Plaça de l’Olivar, 0, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Fornet de sa Soca
A visit to Fornet de la soca is a must and master baker Tomeu Arbona is the owner of this traditional panadería, and proud to offer Mallorcan specialities made with local produce and from authentic recipes, which he has sourced from the island.
You can try local artisan breads, empanadas, Coca, ensaimada, and Sobrasada (a delicious flaky pastry made with lard which is to die for), just to name a few decadent local specialities.
Location: Carrer de Sant Jaume, 23, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Golden hour drinks at Ginger Beach, Palma Beach
Ginger Beach is a colourful beachside bar and restaurant, which does fantastic cocktails, perfect for a golden hour sundowner! It’s walls are perfect for those Instagram shots too.
Location: Carretera de l’Arenal, 18, 07610 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Walk alongside the harbour
Take a leisurely stroll alongside the harbour and soak in the mediterranean tempratures as well as the palm trees!
I have to admit an aquarium is not usually on my list of things to see in a city but the Palma Aquarium, which is just over 10 years old, is a real exception. Walking through I learned so much about fishes, coral and even about the way plastic is impacting sea life and I really urge you to put the Palma aquarium on your list when visiting.
It’s been developed by Coral World International, and is a beautiful aquarium and great for all ages.
Location: Carrer Manuela de los Herreros i Sorà, 21, 07610 Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain
Where to stay in Palma
GPRO Valparaiso Palace and Spa
We were hosted by the luxurious Valparaiso Palace hotel, which is set in the exclusive Bonanova district, a secluded location in Palma de Mallorca. The rooms were spacious, bright and had the amazing bonus of a balcony, with a sea view, which I absolutely loved. There was nothing better than waking up and stepping outside in the balcony and soaking up the views and fresh air while being mesmerised by the view!
The food at the hotel was amongst the top food we had in Palma, and the restaurant, Mar Blau bistro, was gorgeous with lovely views of the pool and the sea.
On the last day we were treated to a Mallorcan meal and the speciality for dessert was called Cardenal, which is a cream-based dessert with layers of baked meringue. It was sublime!
The buffet restaurant laid on an incredible breakfast spread and definitely worth getting up for. There was a fantastic selection of cold meats, cheese, breads, juices, cereals, cooked breakfast as well as even a gluten free zone!
You can read more about Valparaiso Palace Palace and Spa here.
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Disclaimer: I was hosted by Jet2.com & Jet2holidays but all views and photos are my own.