exploring Palma | Mallorca travel diaries

After a few blissful days of chilling by the pool and paddling in the shallow crystal clear water on Puerto Pollensa’s cove beaches, we were ready for part two of our holiday: exploring, sampling local cuisine and living like locals. We chose the cutest Airbnb apartment for our stay in Mallorca’s capital, nestled between typically Spanish townhouses and little tapas bars. I’ll make sure to do a post about it because it is very Pinterest-worthy! For the six or so days that Dave and I spent here, we split our time between day trips to other beautiful areas of the island and exploring Palma’s scenic city centre. Here are a few of the things that we got up to in the city of Palma!

Admiring the architecture

Mallorca is probably one of the most picturesque places that I have visited (so far!). I’ve always loved Spanish architecture but I honestly did not expect it to be this beautiful. Perhaps it’s the mix of palm trees, water and these historical buildings that creates such a perfect backdrop. Everywhere I turned, there was a postcard scene right in front of us. The area around Parc de la Mar is probably the most scenic, with stunning views of the cathedral and a water fountain to cool off as you walk past.

Window shopping in the many alleys

The old town of Palma was full of these whimsical little alleys with boutiques selling cute beachwear and pretty jewellery. It took all of my willpower to only window shop and not actually pick anything up! However, when I’m on holiday, I do like to look for a special little souvenir to remind me of my time abroad, and there were plenty of places dotted around Palma to find something cute to take home.

Cooling off by the marina

Usually, a city break in the middle of summer would not be ideal but because Palma is located on the seafront, it’s easy to get away from the stuffiness of city life and just relax by the water. I know that there is a beach in Palma a little further west from the city centre but we didn’t actually get to see it. We weren’t too worried about that, however, as we had all the beachy fun on the first part of our holiday in Puerto Pollensa! We had a lovely stroll along the harbour, admiring the luxe boats and enjoying the breeze before heading back into the city centre. There are a few restaurants and bars along here but they were super pricey as you can probably imagine.

Romantic walks

Palma is a very romantic destination and we found plenty of beautiful spots to walk around. Below is the infamous fountain spot where we repeatedly photobombed a couple’s selfies with the most ridiculous faces, then unashamedly proceeded to ask them to take some cute snaps of us; we have our classy moments haha. We found that it was much nicer to walk around later in the day when the sun wasn’t as hot, usually before heading somewhere for dinner and cocktails. Since Dave and I eat quite early and it was also in the middle of summer, it was still really light outside but without the excessive heat, making it perfect for exploring this picturesque city.

Palma by night

After a nap and a much-needed break from the sun back at our apartment, we would get ready for the evening, music on my little portable speaker, and have a drink by the balcony before heading out. This was also prime sitting-by-the-fan time for Dave, the fan becoming his favourite companion in Palma haha. Dining out was quite hit and miss around the city centre due to the numerous tourist traps but we did come across a couple of hidden gems, which I will write about in a separate post! On one of our nights, we decided to check out the skybar at Hotel Hostal Cuba for some cocktails and scenic views over the city. While the views were beautiful, the drinks were very overpriced and really not that great. I would probably still recommend it for the incredible view but would also advise to stay away from the less-than-lovely Prosecco and wine! Maybe just stick with a well-known brand of gin… However, it’s definitely an Insta-worthy spot.

What was really lovely about staying in Palma was how well connected it is to the rest of Mallorca. This meant that we could use Palma as our base and explore the rest of this beautiful island. Some of the places we visited were nearby and others a little further away but still within very easy reach from the centre by bus. I’ll be writing up more blog posts about them so keep your eyes peeled!

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Have you been to Palma before? What do you look for in a typical summer destination? 

29 Comments

  1. cityofsimplicity18
    March 13, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    This looks lovely! I’ve always thought that Palma was a proper tourist trap but it looks like you managed to escape all of that!

    Sammy x | http://www.cityofsimplicity.co.uk

    • milenkamillie
      March 14, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Thank you! It definitely can be but we tried to stay away from that side of it! xx

  2. March 13, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Beautiful photos, it looks like you had an amazing time! I love the little alleys with the shops, the decor just looks amazing with all the branches and circular lanterns hanging from them.. so cute! xx

    • milenkamillie
      March 14, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Thank you! Yesss I was obsessed with that particular alley! There were lots of pretty ones but this was definitely the nicest one! xx

  3. March 14, 2017 / 1:17 am

    Looks amazing! I was planning a trip for the next month and wasn’t sure where to go, but this place sounds like a great option!

    • milenkamillie
      March 14, 2017 / 10:12 am

      Thank you! Aw yay I’m glad I was able to provide some holiday inspo! x

    • milenkamillie
      March 14, 2017 / 11:56 am

      You’re welcome! It is really lovely! Thank you for your comment 😊 x

    • milenkamillie
      March 15, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      Thank you so much! x

  4. March 14, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Aaah you’re making me want to go somewhere sunny really bad now 🙁 It indeed looks really romantic, love your pictures ! 😀

    • milenkamillie
      March 15, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Ahaha apologies! 🙈🙊 I got the same feeling just writing up this post haha! Thank you so much! ☺️ x

    • milenkamillie
      March 23, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      Aw thank you so much! Me toooo after writing up this post 🙊 xx

  5. March 15, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Your photos are absolutely stunning Milena! I haven’t visited Mallorca yet but just looking at your photography makes me want to go. Your outfits are also very cute! I love your blog look too – have you been tweaking it? 😉
    Viola xo | A Piece of Viola

    • milenkamillie
      March 23, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Viola! That’s really kind of you ☺️ Mallorca is a great place to visit but I would recommend any other month than August, which is when we went 🙊 Far too busy! And aw thank you! I keep tweaking it here and there – it’s so difficult to be completely happy with your own blog, isn’t it! Especially when there are so many amazing ones out there! xxx

  6. March 15, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    Oh my wow, Milena! This trip is FOR SURE noteworthy. Beautiful everything, yourself included in that! I love that the Mallorca had palm trees, something about palm trees that I love; perhaps its knowing that the weather is nice and warm. Your photos really mimic the beautiful sights. It’s funny because I always tend to think that pictures never so a place (or thing) justice but you’ve surely proven that wrong. I felt like I was right there looking up at the Mallorca or standing right there by the marina….don’t even get me started on the beautiful romantic walkways…. lol Your pictures and descriptions capture little details which helps us readers feel like we’re right there with you!

    xo, JJ

    • milenkamillie
      March 23, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Awwww thank you so much for your lovely comment ☺️ it’s always difficult to capture a scene exactly as you see it and I often struggle with that but a few of these turned out quite true to life! Awww this is honestly such a lovely comment ☺️ I’ve been feeling a little meh about my blog lately but just reading comments like this reminds me why I fell in love with blogging! I’m hoping to stick to more adventure-y posts like these now ☺️ Thank you for being a loyal reader Jenny! I have so much catching up to do with your blog posts 🙈 can’t wait to see what you and Andrew have been up to! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      March 23, 2017 / 7:05 pm

      Hehe thank you lovely! 💛 xx

  7. March 16, 2017 / 8:14 am

    Sounds great, makes me wamna go on holiday so bad. I can’t wait to read the next installments x

    • milenkamillie
      March 23, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      Thank you! Aw same here after writing it up! There should be some more very soon! x

    • milenkamillie
      March 23, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      Thank you! I would definitely recommend going, but maybe a little earlier in summer as August was so, so crowded! x

  8. March 24, 2017 / 12:00 am

    Aw, what a lovely post! Me and my girlfriends all visited Mallorca in 2013 – the year we turned18! And we did take a day trip to Palma. It is such a beautiful city with lovely architecture as you mention! I wish I’d taken more photos that time myself so it was really lovely to see yours and travel back down memory lane! One sad memory from Palma is that I lost my (kind of expensive) sun glasses in a shop there, traumatic haha. You look so gorgeous in that black evening outfit with the skirt an the crop top!! You’re really pulling off the vacay outfits! xx

    • milenkamillie
      March 30, 2017 / 11:36 pm

      Aww thank you! That sounds like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to go on a girlie holiday like that! It’s annoying to look back and realise that you don’t have that many photos of a beautiful place. I have that same feeling with Paris 💔 Oh noooo that’s such a shame – it must have tainted the holiday a little 😔 losing things is never nice 😔 Thank you so much – that’s really lovely of you hehe! xxx

  9. April 14, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    You take such lovely photos Millie! Palma looks gorgeous, you’re making me super excited for hot and sunny Mexico! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      April 15, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Aww thank you so much, Sophie! Palma was so picturesque but so, so hot haha! Aww I hope you have an amazing time! xxx

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