Fly to Majorca
Why visit Majorca?
It has year-round blue skies, tons of history, a long and lovely urban beach, and a surprisingly lively restaurant scene.
Portixol, a fishing village that’s just a 20-minute bike ride out of town, is dotted with waterfront bars and restaurants, and a favourite spot for rollerbladers.
You probably didn’t know
In 2014, Majorca’s Serra de Tramuntana mountains made it onto the UNESCO list of cultural landscapes – this is prime hiking territory.
Suggested reading about Majorca
Read Helen Walsh’s The Lemon Grove (2014), and Rafa: My Story by Rafael Nadal (2011). The tennis player is a native of Majorca.
- Population: 400,000
- Annual visitor numbers: 10 million (2014)
- January mean temperature: 12˚C
- August mean temperature: 26˚C
Things to do in Palma and Majorca
Celler Sa Premsa
When you visit Majorca, the menú del día is a bargain lunch deal offered in restaurants across the city – a good option is Celler Sa Premsa, where Majorcan favourites like tumbet (a tasty stew of aubergine, potato and pepper) are served up in traditional surroundings. Three courses and a glass of wine will usually set you back less than €15.
Mercato del Olivar
Local cheeses, olives, Iberian ham and sobrasada (spreadable sausage) make for vibrant scenes at the Mercato del Olivar, a covered market in the centre of town of Palma de Majorca. When you fly to Majorca, tiny tapas bars are scattered around the place for those who want to stay and soak up the atmosphere, while an oyster and champagne bar also draws in the crowds.
Cappuccino, a homegrown café chain, is a good call for excellent coffee and reliable service – plus, they’ve managed to bag some of the best buildings in Palma de Majorca. The Calle San Miguel branch is one of the best, occupying a beautiful 19th century palace.
A relative newcomer to the Palma restaurant scene, Ombu wins fans for its upmarket take on tapas (think Spanish broken eggs with Iberian ham and patatas bravas with sobrasada foam) and its creative cocktails. There’s a lovely terrace but it’s small, so make sure to book ahead.
Santa Catalina is Palma’s creative district and restaurant Nuru plays along; the art on the wall is by Spanish actor Jordi Mollà and the chef in the kitchen, Chus, has ten years of experience from El Bulli and Nobu, so the food is excellent.
When you visit Majorca, at the little Portixol local Sa Roqueta, you can select their lobster from the tank and get it served up with some garlic oil and veggies, no frills necessary. Check the price with the owner, Toni, before you buy, or your lobster may end up having the last laugh.
Swanky Purobeach has remained at the centre of Majorca’s nightlife for years. Its pool, which overlooks the sea, draws the crowds early, and many stay around for cocktails and summer tunes long into the night.
By day, locals of Palma de Majorca camp out on the terrace at Bar Bosch, enjoying toasted bread rubbed with tomatoes and olive oil as they read the papers. By night, it transforms into a lively meeting place. This spot has been running since 1936 and the visitors’ book has even been signed by Majorcan artist Joan Miró.
Sailing crews from visiting superyachts linger around the Plaça de la Drassana in La Llonja – and the streets leading off it. Agua is a dark and narrow dive bar run by Rich and Lee, two burly ex-New Yorkers who support live music nights and general debauchery.
The Ruta Martiana is a bar crawl – Spanish style – that only happens on Tuesdays. The action takes place around Sa Gerreria where local bars offer beers and pintxos (Spanish bar snacks) for the bargain price of €2 a pop.
When you travel to majorca, go to Rialto Living, just off the Passeig des Born, is a cool concept store occupying a beautifully renovated former palace. You can buy everything from food and fashion to books and homeware.
We have Majorca to thank for the Camper footwear brand. There are a few Camper shops in the city, but the one on Passatge Galerias Jaime III is probably the easiest to find. There’s also a factory outlet in Inca in central Majorca for die-hard fans.
Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Palma is spoilt for galleries and museums, but Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is one of the best, with permanent works from Picasso, Dalí and Miró. There’s a very nice restaurant on site, too, which overlooks the bay of Palma.
Escape the city and climb up through pine woods to reach the 14th century Bellver Castle. The view is the real draw here, though the museum is worth a
quick visit too.
Train ride to Sóller
A rickety old wooden train departs regularly from the Plaça d’Espanya, winding through mountains and Majorcan countryside to reach Sóller. A pretty town in its own right, it has orange groves galore and some good lunch spots.
Events to look out for whern you fly to Majorca:
- Festival Saint Sebastian (January)
- Nit de l’Art (September)
- Palma Marathon (October)
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