The Palma scene has been growing exponentially over the past couple of years, and we at Flyavel are all for it. The sand, sea, and culture makes Palma de Mallorca a destination that is ideal for all ages and budgets. Even if you only have a couple of days in the capital of Mallorca, you will find yourself captivated by the beauty and personality found on every street and in every smile. But if you still need some convincing, here are just some of the reasons why Palma de Mallorca is the ultimate summer retreat:
Palma de Mallorca might be a seaside city—ritzy and glamorous—but that doesn’t mean you can’t stretch those bills in your wallet. There are many markets in Palma for more than just reasonably priced snacks and groceries. From retro and quirky second-hand stores and vintage outlets at the city center to high-end department stores and designer boutiques, shopping on a budget in Palma is pure joy. Be sure to save enough room in your luggage for all the souvenirs you’ll wind up buying!
Food, Glorious Food
Thanks to the creation of the San Juan Mercado Gastronomico, Palma has morphed into a foodie’s paradise. The market can be found in an 110 year old abattoir with mind blowing architecture. There are 20 stalls to choose from. Each serves up food for all diets and worthy of any Instagram feed. Of course, the San Juan gastronomic hub isn’t the only worthy spot. The culinary scene in Palma is vast, meaning you can try traditional sweets like ensaimadas (sugary pastry spirals), fresh caught seafood, breads baked daily, and 5-star restaurants throughout the region.
Every Day’s a Party
Sure, you can lounge on a beach all day, but you know you’re going to want to party it up when the sun goes down, too. Palma is close to Barcelona and Ibiza, two of the world’s nightlife capitals, so it’s no surprise there are a number of venues that come alive overnight night here too. Up for a hipster bar? Dancing on a rooftop terrace? Knocking back cocktails near the beach? In Palma, you’re guaranteed a party.
No summer retreat is complete without a visit to a beach. Well, Palma has a couple of beaches. And each has crystalline water as blue as the cloudless sky overhead, and golden sands that sparkle like treasure. The closest beach is Ca’n Pere Antoni and is within sight of the famous cathedral and has a cycle path running along it. However, if you are looking for some drinks after hitting the surf, Flyavel recommends Portixol, a small beach encircled by restaurants and taverns.
History & Culture Everywhere
The region has a vast art scene that includes attractions like the Es Baluard contemporary art museum and the Miro Foundation. In fact, Palma has more art galleries per capita than anywhere else in Spain. Furthermore, Palma has over 2,000 years of history, was once occupied by both Byzantine and Moorish empires, and has a number of historical sites that have been loving preserved. Be sure to visit these landmarks, such as the Casco Antiguo (Old Town) and Bellver Castle.
Tip of the iceberg
Palma is just the tip of the iceberg - the entire island is breathtaking. It is full of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered - from beaches to mountains, you'll find it all. In fact, did you know that the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range which forms the northern backbone of the island has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco? It truly is, like Unesco says, a terrific area of great physical and cultural significance.
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Flyavel travellers aren’t lying when we say that Palma de Mallorca is worth a visit or several. The beaches, spectacular nightlife, budget-friendly accommodations and dining options make this area in Spain a favourable option for anyone looking to let loose without emptying their bank account. Whatever you’re looking to do in the summer, Palma has it all.