72hrs in Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is lively, intimate and full of life!

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 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.

Interior designer Íñigo Güell and his family moved from Madrid to an alley in the centre of Palma de Mallorca. There they have mounted their new shop-studio Viveca Palma.

Interior designer Íñigo Güell and his family moved from Madrid to an alley in the centre of Palma de Mallorca. There they have mounted their new shop-studio Viveca Palma.

Viveca is a shop, and a study of landscaping and decoration. Located in one of the most charming alleys of the city, this small but well-appointed place was once a garage. Street address - Sant Feliu nº 17.

Viveca is a shop, and a study of landscaping and decoration. Located in one of the most charming alleys of the city, this small but well-appointed place was once a garage. Street address - Sant Feliu nº 17.

Expect to find wood, textiles, some art, crockery ... all these elements co-existing in this space. Íñigo mixes wooden vases bought in the Moroccan Atlas with bamboo lamps, cushions made with African Masai tribe fabrics, Nordic furniture from the 30s to the 60s, iconic Wegner chairs, French garden tables, linen dyed with aniline, Wicker cactus, folk crafts or small sculptures in maple boxes. 

Expect to find wood, textiles, some art, crockery ... all these elements co-existing in this space. Íñigo mixes wooden vases bought in the Moroccan Atlas with bamboo lamps, cushions made with African Masai tribe fabrics, Nordic furniture from the 30s to the 60s, iconic Wegner chairs, French garden tables, linen dyed with aniline, Wicker cactus, folk crafts or small sculptures in maple boxes. 

Connecting with the arts through new exhibitions at the Gerhardt Braun Gallery.

Connecting with the arts through new exhibitions at the Gerhardt Braun Gallery.

The ensaïmada de Mallorca is made with strong flour, water, sugar, eggs, mother dough and a kind of reduced pork lard named saïm. Our faves are (1) Horno Santo Cristo - C/Paraires nº2 (2) La Pajarita - C/Sant Nicolau nº 4 (3) D'Horno - C/Carnisseria nº 9 (4) Forn des Teatre - Plaza Weyler nº 9 (5) Ca'n Joan De S'aigo - Carrer Can Sanç nº 10.

The ensaïmada de Mallorca is made with strong flour, water, sugar, eggs, mother dough and a kind of reduced pork lard named saïm. Our faves are (1) Horno Santo Cristo - C/Paraires nº2 (2) La Pajarita - C/Sant Nicolau nº 4 (3) D'Horno - C/Carnisseria nº 9 (4) Forn des Teatre - Plaza Weyler nº 9 (5) Ca'n Joan De S'aigo - Carrer Can Sanç nº 10.

Can Casasayas Plaça des Mercat - These two façades, clearly influenced by Gaudí, are twin sisters.

Can Casasayas Plaça des Mercat - These two façades, clearly influenced by Gaudí, are twin sisters.

The Museu De Sa Jugueta is located just behind the Sant Francesc square. This toy museum covers 400 square meters of entertainment, spread over 3 floors. In the second and third are exposed half of the antique toys from the private collection of Ton Boig Clar of over 7,000 pieces ranging from the mid-nineteenth century to the late twentieth and constitute a broad cross-section of all toys from all over the world at different times. This picture of the giant heads is the bar and restaurant of the building on the ground floor. 

The Museu De Sa Jugueta is located just behind the Sant Francesc square. This toy museum covers 400 square meters of entertainment, spread over 3 floors. In the second and third are exposed half of the antique toys from the private collection of Ton Boig Clar of over 7,000 pieces ranging from the mid-nineteenth century to the late twentieth and constitute a broad cross-section of all toys from all over the world at different times. This picture of the giant heads is the bar and restaurant of the building on the ground floor. 

Expect dolls, ships, trains, cars, cardboard horses, cribs, children's theaters, bicycles and tricycles in perfect condition, table toys, footballs, pedal cars and more.

Expect dolls, ships, trains, cars, cardboard horses, cribs, children's theaters, bicycles and tricycles in perfect condition, table toys, footballs, pedal cars and more.

Los Payasos de la Tele (English: The TV Clowns) is the name by which a trio of popular Spanish clowns are known. 

Los Payasos de la Tele (English: The TV Clowns) is the name by which a trio of popular Spanish clowns are known. 

Nice Modernism!!! We visited the CaixaForum, this time to see the exhibition on the Ming dynasty.

Nice Modernism!!! We visited the CaixaForum, this time to see the exhibition on the Ming dynasty.

Rialto Living is a lifestyle concept store including interior design, fashion, art, gifts and a café/restaurant. Klas Kall is the founder and is known also for being one of the designers for the GANT brand. Barbara Bergman is the co-founder who also works as a graphic designer. 

Rialto Living is a lifestyle concept store including interior design, fashion, art, gifts and a café/restaurant. Klas Kall is the founder and is known also for being one of the designers for the GANT brand. Barbara Bergman is the co-founder who also works as a graphic designer. 

Enter the café/restaurant from Rialto Living have a snack or lunch after shopping. It has the same opening hours as the shop, Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 20:30. 

Enter the café/restaurant from Rialto Living have a snack or lunch after shopping. It has the same opening hours as the shop, Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 20:30. 

Bros - In the heart of Santa Catalina and only meters from its flagship market, the menu offers seasonal dishes that completes the varied menu. Seasonal ingredients cooked with current techniques and ideas that renew traditional recipes.

Bros - In the heart of Santa Catalina and only meters from its flagship market, the menu offers seasonal dishes that completes the varied menu. Seasonal ingredients cooked with current techniques and ideas that renew traditional recipes.

Delicious Majorcan cuisine at Bros - C/Cotoner nº 54, 07013 Palma de Mallorca.

Delicious Majorcan cuisine at Bros - C/Cotoner nº 54, 07013 Palma de Mallorca.

Apple pie could never get any better than this at Bros.

Apple pie could never get any better than this at Bros.

Amazing views from the rooftop of the Hotel Sant Francesc. 

Amazing views from the rooftop of the Hotel Sant Francesc. 

The Tribeca concept store on C/ Sant Feliu nº 15 has amazing decor, furniture, books, Japanese and American stationery and so many beautiful things.

The Tribeca concept store on C/ Sant Feliu nº 15 has amazing decor, furniture, books, Japanese and American stationery and so many beautiful things.

Gerhardt Braun Concept is located at one of the most prestigious streets in the centre of Palma (Carrer Sant Feliu nº 17). Here you can find the latest trends of high quality clothing, designer furniture, artwork and more.

Gerhardt Braun Concept is located at one of the most prestigious streets in the centre of Palma (Carrer Sant Feliu nº 17). Here you can find the latest trends of high quality clothing, designer furniture, artwork and more.

For a day away from the city, head to Port d'Alcúdia where there is a beautiful blue flag, fine white sand beach.

For a day away from the city, head to Port d'Alcúdia where there is a beautiful blue flag, fine white sand beach.

The port area is relaxing by day and by night, and there is a wide choice of bars and restaurants which offer local Majorcan, as well as other Mediterranean and European dishes. The fish restaurants around the port are a must if that is your preference.

The port area is relaxing by day and by night, and there is a wide choice of bars and restaurants which offer local Majorcan, as well as other Mediterranean and European dishes. The fish restaurants around the port are a must if that is your preference.

Alcudia has almost 10 kilometres of golden sands stretching from the Port of Alcudia through to Playa de Muro.

Alcudia has almost 10 kilometres of golden sands stretching from the Port of Alcudia through to Playa de Muro.