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