Next week we are taking off to chase the sun, which seems to have disappeared in this part of the UK. As well as spending some time on the coast of majorca, we will be getting our culture fix in Palma, the islands capital.
We’ve chosen a hotel overlooking the Marina and the cathedral, which is a must see whilst in Palma, partly influenced by Antoni Gaudi, when he was invited to oversee the project, from 1901 – 1914, and his influence is apparent. Our hotel is also near to the Santa Catalina area of the city, which is the place where all the local Majorcans and creative types hang out and I’ve heard there are some great bars and restaurants.
The view from the rooftop of our hotel
Santa Catalina Area Palma
I came across this bar and restaurant, Cantina Patron Lunares, which is in a building that used to be frequented by the local fisherman after work, for drinking, playing card games and generally kicking back after a long morning at sea. It’s been converted into a bar and cantina, serving from breakfast through to the evening when you can eat fresh seafood or grills or just have a drink and watch the people of Palma gather to socialise. I love how they’ve captured the ambience of the old place with carefully chosen items such as reclaimed fishing nets and photographs of the old sea dogs themselves.
Palma also has some great traditional Tapas bars and restaurants in and around the old quarter, such as Bar Espana and Taberna De La Boveda, where we have reserved a table for our first night, as well as some swish cocktail bars such as Abaco. We first went there about 15 years ago when it was Palma’s no.1 place to see and be seen and it’s still going strong today, unchanged with it’s displays of cascading fruit and cages of parrots, depicting a decadent scene. Although our daughter is only 12, the children don’t get left out, as they serve amazing alcohol free cocktails, complete with sparklers and umbrella sticks, which she’ll love.
For shopping Palma has a department store, el Corte Ingles, Spanish High Street stores such as Zara and Mango and winding streets of interior, shoe and linen shops. On Friday morning when we will be there, there is an artisan market in Placa Major and if we tire of shopping there are various museums, such as the Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation.
Palma is a great city for a short break, as it’s small and compact but with plenty to see for all the family and every where on the island is accessible if you want to combine it with a holiday by the sea.