“You’re going to Mallorca? You? Really?”
That’s the reaction I got from most of my friends. Can’t blame them really. I usually tend to go for more adventurous or exotic locations than that, but sometimes a girl is simply in need of some summer sun. A cheap flight to Palma de Mallorca seemed like the perfect medicine to escape the changeable Irish weather!
Looking to spend a few days in Palma too? Let me guide you through some of my best moments in and around the city and discover the best things to do in Palma de Mallorca !
- Gorge yourself on tapas and wine on La Ruta Martiana
The Sa Gerreria neighbourhood has gone from a no-go zone to a hip nightlife district and not only during the weekend. On Tuesday night, over 20 bars participate in the “Ruta Martiana”. Hop from bar to bar and nibble on the tapas on offer, add a small glass of beer or wine and repeat all over again in the next bar. A perfect way to discover some nice bars and mingle with fellow travellers and locals. Don’t expect any gastronomical wonders, but for 2.50€ per tapa and drink, you can hardly expect more!
- Discover the Moorish history of Palma
If you have been to southern Spain, then you know how influenced the culture and architecture is by the Muslim presence back in the Middle Ages. I didn’t expect to find the same influence in Mallorca I must say. In Palma, you can retrace the Moorish history perfectly just by walking through the old town. From the narrow little alleys to the Arab baths and from the squares to the Palau de l’Almudaina, this city has a lot of history to tell!
- Cycle along the bay to discover some hidden coves
Let’s face it, you’ll probably want some beach time while you’re there. You don’t need to go far for that. In fact, you don’t even need to get out of the city: the Platja de Can Pere Antoni is only a 10 minute walk from the old town! But if you are looking for somewhere quieter, then renting a bike and cycle along the bay might be the perfect option. There is a cycle path all along and you need to be prepared to pass a few uninspiring resorts, but when you finally discover that little cove or nearly deserted beach, you’ll know it was all worth it!
- Go hiking inland
Mallorca is so much more than beaches. Take a local bus and go inland to discover a whole other side of the island! The GR221 is a hiking route that will take you through the Serra de Tramuntana in 5-8 days, but if you don’t have the time nor energy you can still go for a few lovely day hikes! I hiked from Valldemossa to Deia, two beautiful little villages that blend in perfectly in the environment. It took me about 5 hours (photo stops included) and it was truly my favourite time and place in Mallorca. The views, the smells, the serenity: absolutely stunning!
- Visit the local markets
This is something I try to do in every city I go to. It’s a perfect way to discover local products and soak up the atmosphere. In Palma there are plenty of options. If you are looking for cheese, cold cuts, olives and even fish to prepare a delicious lunch or picnic, then the Mercat de l’Olivar is your place. If you want to step it up a bit and discover the best of the best, then go to the Mercado Gastronómico San Juan. The latter has several stalls selling smooth croquettes, finger-licking arroz negro, local delicacies an even Japanese sushi! An absolute delight!
Have you been to Palma or to the island? What is your favourite memory or what would you consider the best things to do in Palma de Mallorca?