Palma - Mallorca's vibrant capital

Mallorca Portixoll

The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca (Majorca) in Spain is all about magnificent blue hues, golden sun rays, excellent food and remote areas to relax and bask in the Mediterranean sun. With beaches such as Alcúdia and Pollença; at the northeastern peak of the island are reminiscent of the Caribbean; sandy dunes lilted with chiringuitos, blue skies, shallow waters and the most idyllic backdrop ever makes this island one of our favourites ever visited.

For those that prefer to get out and about, the island of Mallorca offers lovely routes for you to take. Though rather busy with tourists in the summer months (we recommend visiting as of late Spring and Sept-Oct.), head out early enough to avoid the hustle and bustle from crowds. A sincere advice of ours is to stray away from the obvious Ramblas and get lost down the back streets to find less obvious places to eat and be where the locals are.

Making a clear exit 15 minutes away from the city centre we entered our favourite little spot of Portixol: it was a two-time stop off for us as we obsessed over the food at The Tapas Club. We were spoilt with the different choices of salads, and the appetisers weren't your average snack sizes, these chefs have a lot of soul. The prices are very reasonable, oh, did we mention you can have a cocktail with a view of the blue sea?

We are big foodies and decided to indulge in the typical Mallorquin gastronomy by trying a local's qualitative choice, Casa Julio Restaurant Bar, located on street address Previsión nº4 (Trav. Colón). The service and food were served in a timely manner and was very good. We tried a bean soup and chickpeas dish accompanied with a generous portion of chopped potatoes. For the main dish, we ate the fried eggs with spicy sausage (sobrasada) and a tempting steak with fries. 

Craving international food one night, we decided to try the Wasabi Blue Japanese Restaurant. It is located next to Hotel UR Portofino on street address Trafalgar nº41. The staff are lovely and love to have a chit chat every now and then with their customers. The cooks put on a brilliant show, chopping the food up for you on the main bar. The tuna poki mai was amazing along with the prawn and vegetable tempura. Music was a resemblance of a chillout atmosphere as well. The perfect dining date for a couple or an impressive evening with family and friends. 

We especially loved the north-eastern towns and Alcúdia was the ultimate odyssey. While soaking up the sun's rays we could enjoy the sight of the little sister island Menorca in the distance. An island hopping tour would be essential, perhaps?

Below you can view a summarised list of places we recommend (and been to) in Palma de Mallorca.

FAVOURITE TAPAS BARS & RESTAURANTS

La Rosa Vermutería
Forn de Sant Joan
Restaurante Koh
Can Cera Gastro Bar
De Tokio A Lima
Claxon
Tomeu Restaurant
Restaurante Es Pes de Sa Palla

FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOTS

Rosevelvet Bakery
Simply Delicious
Gran Café Cappuccino
Harvest Cuina
Xurreria Rosaleda
La Despensa del Barón
Simple Smart Food Bar
Café Botiga Es Pes de Sa Palla

FAVOURITE PLACES FOR DRINKS

Can Cera Hotel
Weyler Cocktail Bar
Abaco
Bar Flexas
La Cantina de Frida

FAVOURITE GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca
Es Baluard Museum
Royal Palace of La Almudaina
Gerhardt Braun Gallery
Museu de Sa Jugueta
Mama Carmen's on Carrer de Cervantes nº 21 serve specialty coffee, delicious sandwich bites and home cooked pastries.

Mama Carmen's on Carrer de Cervantes nº 21 serve specialty coffee, delicious sandwich bites and home cooked pastries.

Come low season and expect many streets and squares to have few traffic! A calm walk down the narrow alleyways is always a fun thing to do.

Come low season and expect many streets and squares to have few traffic! A calm walk down the narrow alleyways is always a fun thing to do.

La Seu (Palma's Cathedral) embellishes almost all artistic styles since the Middle Ages.

La Seu (Palma's Cathedral) embellishes almost all artistic styles since the Middle Ages.

The former Sa Llotja maritime trading exchange, Catalan Gothic façade, currently holding exhibitions.

The former Sa Llotja maritime trading exchange, Catalan Gothic façade, currently holding exhibitions.

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