In a place that has as much to offer as Palma, you just have to get out there and experience as much of the city as you possibly can. Take the time to explore the rest of this surprisingly diverse island.
Discover the old town with its hidden Andalusian courtyards, visit the Le Seu cathedral, or drop in at one of the Arabic baths or the famous Almudaina palace. Sóller is a memorable highlight, and one of the most picturesque places you could ever hope to visit.
The town is set among orange plantations on the northern coast of the island, against a stunning mountain backdrop.
As the capital and beating heart of the Balearics, Mallorca is a highly diverse destination with something to offer travellers of all tastes. Whether you’re after culture, picture-postcard landscapes, peace and tranquillity or simply want to sample Europe’s largest non-stop party at the legendary Ballermann 6, then Mallorca is the place for you!
Art, culture & events
Arena de Palma
Arena de Palma
Arena de Palma
Mallorca owes its reputation as one of THE party islands mainly to the Playa de Palma: between April and October, the density of discos and bars here is unparalleled. Wherever you go – Ballermann 6, Oberbayern or any one of the lesser-known discos in the island’s capital – a lively atmosphere and Mediterranean flair await you.
Tito’s, right next to the yacht harbour of Palma, covers several storeys. The bar with the exterior lift made of glass and – so it is said – one of the loveliest views across the night-time Mediterranean, is one of the most popular clubs in Palma.
The biggest and, for many the best, club on the Playa de Palma is the Riu Palace. The dance floor is enormous, with techno, dancefloor and chart music inviting you up. Four bars and several suites round off the offer.
Abraxas has only recently been reunited with its old name. In the meantime it was known as Pacha, named after the famous big club on Ibiza. This star-studded disco – sunk partially into the cliffs – doesn’t usually fill up until 2 a.m., when the typical Ibiza house sound fills the night.
Cuchara Paseo Mallorca (Santa Catalina de Siena 4) has the ambience of a high-class traditional Spanish tavern. Its specialities include gambas al ajillo, Galician lamb and beef, and the selection of wine is also something to be proud of. Cuchara is closed on Sundays and bank holidays.
Koldo Royo (Ingeniero Gabriel Roca 3) has long since been a permanent address amongst gourmets. The restaurant serves up traditional Spanish dishes which, prepared with a great deal of imagination and skill, have been bearing a Michelin star for many years.
Light Mediterranean food in the mid-price range is on offer at Restaurant 801 (Placa Comtat del Rosello). It is worth taking a detour to the restaurant – in what used to be a branch of a bank – for its striking design concept alone.
And if you prefer to get away from the tourist centres, then stop off for a couple of tapas or other snacks at the Taberna de Caracól (Carrer de Sant Alonso 2). You will find the small restaurant in the old town, around the corner from the Museu de Mallorca.
Placa Mayor in the heart of the old town is the ideal starting point for a leisurely tour of Palma’s shopping district as it links four of the Mallorcan capital’s busiest shopping streets. There is a seemingly endless choice of stores selling shoes, bags and jewellery, as well as designer boutiques and perfumeries.
The Avenida Alexandre Rosselló is also lined with boutiques, bijoux cafés and department stores. However, anyone planning to do their shopping here should be prepared for some heavy traffic and bustling crowds. Passeig des Born is a hotspot for designer goods, especially shoes and clothing.
Remember that most shops close for siesta between 13:00 and 17:00. Only a handful of supermarkets and beach stores are open on Sundays. Most other stores are shut for the day.