72hrs in Mallorca
Mallorca has been an unbeatable holiday destination for decades due to its Mediterranean appeal, culinary traditions and historical attributes. The island has many corners of escapes that are tranquil and peaceful, while the main city Palma resembles an idealistic epicentre of the Mediterranean's envious way of life, with a rich cultural agenda. This 72 hours post is packed with insider tips on where to eat, drink and stay in Mallorca on a three-day break.
Over the past 10 years, Palma's capital city has been consecrated with numerous boutique hotels, giving the tourists more offerings for their stays. Due to the high standards and nearly perfected atonement of hotel offerings, visitors are spoilt for choices. As in any holiday getaway, hotels are a personal aspect when away, and openings such as Posada Terra Santa, Hotel Sant Francesc, Can Alomar and Hotel Tres to name a few, define what is to have a luxurious, genuine and personally catered for boutique hotel stay.
The old town of Palma is an absolute stunner, you could spend weeks in the city alone, and still uncover blissful finds every day. The inner city is compact and pleasant with pedestrianised narrow streets making it easy to discover on foot. We recommend visiting the arty neighbourhood of La Lonja-Borne, here you can find the popular Viveca Palma store for that authentic and genuine product display you always wanted to have for your home. It is more than a store, it is a way of life, a way of conceiving what can become a dream home. You can find it on a little entry through Carrer de Sant Feliu nº 17. The owner can tell you stories of her upbringing, as she travelled through Tunisia, Kenya, Morocco, Peru, Thailand and other places that have taken her and her family to hand-pick the finest selections of homeware and decor.
On the same street as Viveca Palma, you can spot Rialto Living just a few steps from Boutique Hotel Can Alomar. It is known for designer clothing, art, furnishings and has a pretentious café. Whilst in the area, we recommend walking 15 minutes going up until you get to Carrer Rosa nº5. You can find the local's favourite vermouth place La Rosa Vermuteria! It is always packed, so be sure to get there as early as possible unless you don't mind squeezing yourself among the crowd to order a drink.
We love venturing around the Santa Catalina neighbourhood during the evenings, as it is home to some eclectic shops and boutiques that we love to explore. B-connected Concept Store on Calle Dameto 4-6, is a must visit and we especially loved the surprising encounters in The Window Photography & Hand Made Design Store on Calle Soler 21B. Limited edition photography can be enjoyed at this store among unique crafts. Santa Catalina is also home to the hipster culture in Palma, expect to find some quirky concept spaces in every street. Have a snack and juice at Ziva To Go, a raw vegan café to boost our day of venturing around. On the must-eat list you can find Bros, a small and casual wooden decked restaurant in the heart of the neighbourhood. They have the most amazing ratatouille with cod fish and the menu is really good value for your money! For dinner you must reserve for Koh, the Thai and Asian restaurant on Carrer de Servert nº15. They have good service, amazing food and a vast selection of craft beer!
If you fancy a day of being off the beaten path but not too far away from the city, you can go for a dip in the fishermen's village of Portixol. With its mini-harbour and small curve of sandy beaches, you will desire none other than to live there. For lunch we recommend heading to Ca'n Punta or a vibrant evening place Tapas Club.
To get a taste for a more authentic, bohemian feel that the island is best known for, we recommend venturing out to towns outside like Valldemossa, Deía, Sóller and our favourite resort area of the island for beaches, Alcúdia.
You can find Alcúdia on the north-east part of the island, a popular Balearic resort for holiday makers. The crystal clear, shallow waters of Alcúdia make the location very popular for families with young children, and the beach is without a doubt its major attraction. It is beautiful on the eyes and in the distance, you can see the little sister island of Menorca.
This is a picturesque post on our ideal itinerary for your 72 hours in Palma de Mallorca. Click on hashtag #TandLMallorca for our Instagram feeds in the city.