From medieval and Moorish-style fortresses to boutique stores and plush hotels, the resort city of Palma invites all to discover its Mediterranean delights. Often bathed under a warm canopy, temperatures in the Balearic Islands reach highs of 30 Celsius in August but enjoy temperatures of over 20 from May to October, with little rainfall.
The island of Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands off the east coast of Spain, provides a dazzling spot for spring and summer vacations and the capital of Palma, though not boasting the best beaches on the island, is a big draw for many visitors. Over half of the island’s 900,000 plus populations resides in the city and it proudly features an array of historical sights alongside old town charm as a perfect complement to its vibrant, city nature.
Where to stay
There are plenty of top-rated hotels in and around the city, many boasting acclaimed restaurants, rooftop pools, plenty of history within their walls and accommodation that you will find difficult to leave, even if you are on holiday! Upon arrival at the airport, which is just 8km away from Palma, make sure you arrive at your accommodation in style with an airport transfer, such as SIXT ride, to start your holiday off in style. Once you arrive at your hotel you will surely want to start enjoying the delights of your accommodation straight away, so where to stay?
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular is a five-star offering in the heart of the historic centre of Palma, blending art, architecture and design perfectly to offer its guests a stylish abode for their travels. For a truly opulent stay, opt for one of the hotel’s 10 suites where you will find amenities to make you feel like royalty and design features from the hotel’s 19th century beginnings. Boutique Hotel Can Alomar is another fine five-star hotel and describes itself as an urban luxury retreat. Suites are spacious, comfortable and provide a memorable stay, while the location in the city’s most luxurious shopping area is sure to please shopaholics. Puro Hotel Palma with its spa facilities, access to a private beach, rooftop pool and central will surely please, as will the five-star Hotel Nixe Palace and the beach-side, adults-only five-star retreat that is Hotel de Mar Gran Melia.
What to do
As mentioned, Palma holds some interesting historical sights, and these will be a big draw for visitors to the city. Possibly the first place you will want to tick off your list will be the gothic 14th century cathedral, La Seu, which overlooks the Bay of Palma. An icon of the city, this magnificent place of worship, in which work began in 1306, boasts a museum, work by Modernist architect Gaudi and a dazzling large rose window. Bellver Castle – a medieval fortress – is another must-see, if not for its spectacular views of the Bay of Palma from its hilltop location, but for its distinctive circular shape.
Fans of contemporary art should head to Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, whose building is incorporated into the old city walls, while the Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation – an attraction celebrating the 6,000 works of the painter and sculptor – is a must-visit for art enthusiasts. Palma also boasts the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, the 11th century Arab baths, stunning architecture, endless shopping opportunities, Mercat de Santa Cataline food market and some rather fine beaches.
Where to eat
With its enviable position on the coast of the Med, it will come as no surprise that there are some delightful restaurants serving up some of the finest ingredients and dishes here. There is a great selection of highly rated restaurants to dine at if you are looking to get something booked in before you travel. If you choose to stay at the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular then you will be in luck as their resident restaurant and bars are sure to please, from the garden and terrace relaxed dining to the gastronomic journey that is Quadrat to the rooftop bar.
Adrian Quetglas is must-visit for those who like to dine on innovative cuisine such as chicken with smoked pears, soft wheat and foie gras; and black tomato cream with candied cuttlefish and frozen old Mahon cheese. More Mediterranean cuisine can be found at Sadrassana Restaurant, which is based in a 19th century Majorcan manor house, while La Bodeguilla, Krishna, Restaurant Sumaq, Aromata and Beatnick should all be sought out for a delicious meal while on your travels.