Mallorca

by Marian Camps, Guest Contributor

I have never been to Mallorca but is definitely on my list. I have asked my friend, Marian Camps to share with us her local tips. She recommends staying in Palma and renting a car to see the other sites in this very easy to tour island.

 

PALMA DE MALLORCA (CITY)

 Cultural tours:

  • Cathedral: A must. It’s the only cathedral built in front of the sea. Construction started in XII century. Gaudí and Miquel Barceló contributed in the XX century. http://www.catedraldemallorca.info/principal/
  • You can complete the Cathedral tour walking through the historical district. You can visit the Plaza de Cort (Town Hall), Plaza Santa Eulalia, Plaza de Montesion (this is my school, it was built on XV century) and Plaza San Francisco
  • Casa Estudio de Miró. http://miro.palmademallorca.es/
  • Museum El Baluard. The exhibitions are not very impressing, but the bar and the view it’s totally worthy http://www.esbaluard.org/es/
  • Bellver Castle – Only if you are curious about castles (there is nothing really there more than the building). You also have a very nice view from Palma (it’s the only one in the world with a circular base)

What to do:

  • Ramblas, Borne and Jaime III are the commercial area. You can have an ice cream at Can Miquel, and you must have breakfast (or an early dinner) in Can Joan de S’aigo (http://www.canjoandesaigo.webs-sites.com/ ) Best ensaimadas and ‘cuartos’ from Mallorca. You can order them with hot chocolate or ice cream
  • If you want to walk across the sea line, the place is El Portixol. There are so many nice places to eat there: Hotel Portixol (expensive), Restaurante Club Naútico Es Portixol and Restaurante Club Marítmo Es Molinar (one of my favorites for fish and Paella), Cocco (modern and couzy place)
  • The most typical bar in Palma is Bar Bosch. You should ask for a “Llagosta”, it’s based between Es Born and Jaime III (shopping area)
  • Another great place to eat (breakfast, lunch or brunch) is Es Rebost, they have pretty good products from Mallorca http://www.es-rebost.com/es/
  • If you visit Palma on Saturday, you should go either to Mercat de S’Olivar or Mercat de Santa Catalia. These are permanent markets, and on Saturdays you can have brunch there, a really nice experience.

Where to eat:

Palma has very good restaurants, so it’s very hard to choose without knowing your taste… This will be my first recommendation:

Palma Centro:

Zona Portitxol (Frente al Mar):

REST OF MALLORCA

PLACES TO VISIT

Tramuntana Zone: (one of the most beautiful areas):

You can have a route among this places in 1-2 days. The views and the small villages are amazing.

  • Deià
  • Esporlas
  • Banyalbufar
  • Valldemossa
  • Soller

Zona Nord-Este:

  • Alcudia
  • Pollença
  • Orient

Another really nice tour could be Cabo Formentor, it’s a very nice road heading to the sea.

What to do

Lunch and Dinner

Beaches

If you feel like, this is a short list (there are dozens of them, it will depend where you are staying)

  • Playa de Es Trenc
  • Playa de Ses casetes des Capellans
  • Cala San Vicenç. Pollença
  • Cala Deià
  • Puerto de Banyalbufar
  • Illetes (very close to Palma)

Only few of them, you can find much more at http://www.platgesdebalears.com/caplaibFront/portada_isla.en.jsp?cIsl=MA

WHERE TO STAY:

PALMA DE MALLORCA

Hotels  in the Historic Center

Expensive:

More affordable: all of them are very well located and they are good value for money

Inexpensive:

  • Hotel Colon http://www.hotelcolonpalma.com/es/. Cheap,comfortable and decent. Even though it is not located in the very center it is very convenient. Near the center, bus and train stations, etc.

Outside of Palma

  • http://es.somhoels.es/ -they have various hotels throughout the island and is well regarded.
  • http://www.fontsantahotel.com/es/hotel -located in the south of the island, closed to one of the best beaches, Trenc, are some ancient thermal baths reconverted into a a hotel and spa. This place is geared more for couples rather than families.

 

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