No longer just a favorite for Europeans, Palma de Mallorca, Spain is now the perfect destination for island-bound Americans. Located on the south of the island and known for its’ scenic coastline, monumental mountains, vibrant nightlife and brand new luxury hotels, it’s easy to understand why this Spanish Balearic island continues to be a beloved and thriving destination.
Being the largest of the Balearic Islands, Palma is home to some of the world’s best sun-kissed beaches and offers the perfect combination of a luxurious relaxed lifestyle along with a lively cosmopolitan city, making it an attractive destination all year long. The days begin with visitors lounging around at first-class beach clubs, trendy restaurants and cafes as well as their five-star hotel rooftops. When the sun sets, tourists flock over to the capital’s thriving nightclubs and bars where world renown DJ’s spin their sets till dawn.
Tourists who visit Mallorca typically spend most of their time away from the city’s center and old town which in fact boasts a deep artistic and cultural heritage including influences from the Romans and Moors. Palma is full of outstanding religious architecture, breath-taking museums and iconic buildings. A trip to the island wouldn’t be complete without strolling through the very hip and trendy neighborhood of Santa Catalina, home to the trendiest shops, fresh fish markets and fancy restaurants, making it the perfect area to get lost in.
We can promise you one thing, whether you choose to relax, party or indulge in history, Mallorca won’t disappoint. Who doesn’t love sunshine and mild temperatures all year round? Whenever you’re visiting, we want you to know where to find the best of the best.
From the most upscale and tastiest places to eat to the top nightclubs to party in, click here for our full guide on how to make your Majorcan vacation unforgettable. Below we’ve named our favorites.
Searching for where to stay? Nestled in Palma’s busy old quarter, Hotel Convent de la Missió is simply a charmer. Housed in a an old monastery dating back to the 17th century, this modern and chic hotel includes all-white elegant rooms, generous balconies and a Michelin-starred dining experience all in one building. For a boutique style feel, Posada Terra Santa Hotel is a splendid 16th century mansion once owned by Spanish Aristocrats that has now been transformed into a stylish and cozy four-star hotel. Leather sofas, quirky artwork and a quick walk from Palma Cathederal all make this a perfect stay for those who are searching for a hotel with some character.
Feel like going Michelin? Marc Fosh, previously named (Simply Fosh) offers creative Mediterranean cuisine made with local market ingredients, fresh herbs and plenty of wine. Chef Adrián Quetglas offers a seven-course tasting menu at his newly opened Adrián Quetglas Restaurant where you can find fresh market cuisine, traditional Russian recipes and a dinner menu with the possibility of adding wine pairings.
Move over Ibiza! Believe it or not, Palma de Mallorca holds some of the best nightlife in the entire Mediterranean. Here you can find some of the most lavish and expensive venues in Europe and also the most famous stars partying right beside you. With A-list DJs, three floors, 15 different bars and a capacity to hold about 7K clubbers, BCM Planet Dance is a world of its own. It’s the biggest nightclub in Mallorca and has also been nominated as the 5th best club in the world, offering the ultimate clubbing atmosphere. If you’re seeking a more low-key evening, Palma has a serious cocktail scene going on. Head to Ginbo Cocktail Bar if you’re into loungey music and tasty gin as they serve over 60 different varieties and flavors of gin behind the bar.
When the party’s over (if indeed it ever ends), Palma offers a wide variety of tours and excursions for those who want to explore the blue waters of Southern Mallorca. Check out Excursiones Magic Catamarans Mallorca, a tour operator which gives tourists the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable sailing experience on spectacular yachts and cruises. You can find full day excursions or quick two-hour trips of Palma Bay and the beach of Es Trenc.
Are you dreaming of a Majorcan getaway yet? Soon enough Palma will have you falling head over heels. Don’t forget to check out our guide of all the best places to stay, eat, party and explore in Palma de Mallorca here.