Once you’ve made your way to the city, it’s always a good idea to get your bearings. We reckon the best way to do this is on a walking tour. Most of them are free – you’re just asked to give a tip to your guide at the end if you’ve enjoyed it – and lots of companies offer them so you’ll have loads of options. They’ll take you on a tour of all the main sights, which you can then pop back to later for a closer look if you fancy – win, win. If you’d rather keep your step count a little lower, a hop-on hop-off bus tour does the trick, too.
After all that walking, you’ll be more than ready for a spot of lunch, and a break from the midday sun. We reckon La Boveda’s* the place to go. This restaurant’s one of the oldest in Majorca, and it’s earned itself a great reputation for the traditional tapas that it plates up. So there’s nowhere better to get a taste of Majorca’s foodie scene. The Jamones Ibéricos – Iberian ham – and the Pa Amb Oli – olive oil-drizzled bread rubbed with tomato – both come highly recommended. After a meal here, you’ll be fuelled up and ready to sightsee.
Now’s the time to re-visit your favourite spots from your morning tour. Big-hitters like the La Seu Cathedral are sure to be on your list – carefully crafted out of sandstone over 500 years, this towering building’s definitely worth a second look. Head inside through a museum and you can see the huge stained-glass windows from another angle. Make sure you stop by the Parc de Mar Lake, too.
Art-lovers will want a closer look at the Es Baluard Museum. This place is all about modern art, and it’s clocked up a collection of over 700 pieces. Or, stop by the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, which houses much of artist Joan Miró’s life’s work. You can even see his studio, which has been left untouched since his death. Look out for the open tins of paint and works-in-progress perched on easels around the room.
If you’re a shopping fan, chic Sant Nicolas is the place to go. You could easily spend a couple of hours browsing its style-stuffed maze of boutiques. Or, if you’re after a spot packed with food and drink stalls, opt for Olivar Market or the Mercat de Santa Catalina.
Take a break at Ca’n Joan de S’Aigo, the city’s most treasured café – it’s been in business for over 300 years. What should you order? Well, it’s known for its delicious Ensaimada, a type of Majorcan sweet bread, and homemade chocolate that locals swear is the world’s best.
Why not keep the relaxation going? Now that the heat of the day’s settled down, it’s the perfect time to head to the city’s beach. Unravelling for 750 metres, this golden-sand stretch is just a stroll away from the town centre. You can opt to buy some drinks at one of the beach clubs dotted along the sand – that way you can stretch out on one of their loungers. Or, simply find a spare spot and roll out your beach towel.
No fear – our Palma and more excursion’s got you covered. With lots of pick-up spots at hotels all around the island, you don’t need to worry about organising your travel plans. You’ll be taken right to the heart of the old town, and a guide will show you all the city’s hotspots.
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Author: Hannah Stratton
*in partnership with La Boveda.
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