Palma de Mallorca is a gorgeous island in Spain that’s home to incredible beaches, cool hotels and plenty of restaurants. We loved the laid-back vibes and the sunny weather, and we also liked that we never got bored – there is so much sightseeing to do here! This is our quick guide to Palma de Mallorca:
WHERE TO STAY
- Hotel Cort is a 5 star boutique hotel centrally located in Placa Cort, and has a lively restaurant and rooftop terrace. This city hotel is perfect for travellers who enjoy being in the centre of it all!
- Palacio Ca Sa Galesa is a 16th century mansion that’s been converted into a 5 star hotel. This is a very special property, and the ideal hotel for those looking to relax and unwind. Their spa is incredible and there’s views of the sea from the terrace.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
- Playa C’an Pere Antoni certainly isn’t the nicest beach I’ve been to, but it’s the closest one to Palma’s historic centre. The water wasn’t very clear and the sand wasn’t soft…. but the sea was a beautiful shade of blue and it was only a 15 minute walk from our hotel.
- As you get further away from the city centre the beaches begin to get nicer. Cala Major is a popular beach that’s only 12 minutes away from the centre by taxi.
- Illetes is a beach that came highly recommended to us by the receptionist at Hotel Cort. It’s ten minutes further than Cala Major, but the beach is suppose to be the nicest within a reasonable distance of the city centre. If our second day in Palma hadn’t been overcast we would have visited this beach.
- Cathedral de Mallorca is one of the biggest landmarks in Mallorca. If you have the time to visit then go ahead, but if you’re short on time in Palma then save yourself the 6€…. I though the outside was more impressive than the inside. The stain glass windows looked particularly nice mid afternoon with the sun shining directly on them.
- Poble Espanyol is an outdoor Spanish architecture museum that is a 30 minute walk from the historic centre, but it’s worth it to venture this far! The 6€ entrance fee give you full access to the grounds, which are perfect for photos and a leisurely stroll. We walked here, but there was nothing to see during the walk (it was mostly residential areas) so I’d recommend paying for the short cab ride. It shouldn’t cost very much and it will save you some time.
- Palacio Real de La Almudaina is conveniently located in the middle of the touristic area. The views of the water from here are beautiful, but Paul and I both felt that it really wasn’t worth the 7€ entrance fee. We got some amazing pictures from the Palace’s terrace… but the interior wasn’t anything exciting. I’d probably go again just for pictures though.
WHERE TO EAT
- Tast is a pintxo bar that’s popular with both locals and tourists, and it’s always busy! The food was great and the price was even better. We paid 1.90€ for each glass of wine, and 1.65€ for each pintxo. The only thing I’d advise is to skip dessert. It didn’t taste as good as it looked and we were charged 4.50€ for each plate. Two can eat and drink for around 30€ here.
- Noodle Bar is a modern restaurant that’s a great option for lunch or dinner, and the prices we’re really reasonable. It’s located in Placa d’en Coll so you people watch while you eat. We paid 11€ for a plate of udon noodles with beef, and it was big enough for both of us to share for lunch (with an appetizer too).
- This restaurant at Hotel Cort is a MUST when you’re in Palma. Breakfast, lunch, tapas or dinner – all of it is good here! We had the ham croquets and tomato bread for 11€ before dinner one night. If you’re here during breakfast be sure to order the fresh orange juice!
- Ensaimadas are traditional in Mallorca, and you can’t leave the island without trying one at Forn Fondo! They’re kind of like Mallorca’s version of a croissant… only a little bit sweeter and some have fruit on them. Forn Fondo is THE place to go for ensaimadas. For just under 3€ each we tried both the classic and one with peaches.