Roughly a two hour flight and a short taxi ride from the UK lies the centre of Palma, an underrated weekend break destination that is definitely worth a visit. From culture, history and shopping, to a picturesque waterfront and fantastic food, Palma really does have it all.
The current place to stay is the Scandinavian owned Hotel Tres. Located down a cobbled street in the old town, this boutique hotel has great views from the rooftop terrace which also comes complete with a sauna and splash pool.
Turn right outside the hotel’s front door and you will find yourself on the Passeig des Born, perfect for people watching or whiling away the hours at the stylish shopping area. From the Passeig des Born, look north and you can’t help but notice the beautiful Gothic Cathedral Le Seu, but if you have something more modern in your sights, walk 15 mins south to Es Baluard, the museum of modern art, keep going and you reach the stunning Port de Mallorca and then segue into the boho area of Santa Catalina.
The bustling Plaza Major is teeming with shops and cafes. Veer to the right and down the steps and you come to the La Llonga district, and the Teatre Principal home to both the theatre and the opera.
Sight seeing can make you hungry and Palma is fully equipped to offer you fine food and drink. Head to one of the many patisseries for a standard, but exceptional Majorcan breakfast of coffee and croissant. Get a spot in the sun and relish this simple, but wonderful start to your day.
For lunch I can highly recommend the indoor market in Santa Catalina. Filled with fresh produce, many of the stalls have the option for you to pull up a stool and eat. For less than €10 you’ll get a plate of freshly cooked fish or a local speciality and a glass of wine. Majorca also has an impressive nine Michelin starred restaurants. One of such restaurants, Marc Fosh, is located in the contemporary Hotel Convent de la Missó and offers a 10 course degustation menu with optional wine pairing; a phenomenal experience in a quiet and relaxing venue, booking is highly recommended.
If you want to experience a more lively dinner then head to one of Palmas hippest hangouts, Vermuteria La Rosa. Don’t be put off by the queue because it is definitely worth the wait. Vermouth is their speciality and the simple tapas are mouthwatering. But if the queue for La Rosa does defeat you then head to the acclaimed Casa Gallega, pintxo bar and restaurant. Make sure you go hungry as the generous pintxo’s are deceptively filling.
Like most Mediterranean cities, Palma doesn’t sleep and there are many late night bars to keep you entertained till the early hours. But, if like me, you are done after a late dinner, head home, get up early and make the most of that coffee and croissant in the morning sunshine.