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Escape to Palma this winter 2018

Why Palma de Mallorca makes for the perfect city break

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Jose Rains | Mallorca Reporter | Published: 14th November 2017

Whether you're a family, a group of friends or a couple looking for a city break this winter, the beautiful city of Palma has it all. From shopping, international restaurants and a vibrant nightlife scene to historical monuments, museums and stunning architecture. What more could you possibly ask for?

We thought we'd compile a selection of what makes Palma exceptional in winter and give you some ideas as to how to spend your city break on the island of Mallorca.

Superb sightseeing

The capital city of Mallorca has plenty of historical buildings, monuments and museums to visit. As you come into the city from the airport, you won’t be able to miss seeing Palma’s iconic cathedral. This magnificent Gothic building stands tall overlooking the sea. For a closer look, you can take a peek inside for 3€ throughout the year, just beware the opening times vary so do check before you go!

Once you are in the city centre, you will be mesmerised by the maze of ancient passage ways and powerful Gaudí-inspired architecture. It’s possible to stroll around the city for hours just soaking up the atmosphere. Be sure to start on the tree lined Passeig des Born which passes down the west hand side of the cathedral and work your way around all the back streets in the surrounding areas.  If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a little sunshine and some impressive yachts, take a walk along Palma’s promenade around the harbour which starts right in front of the cathedral and continues about 3 kilometres west.

As far as museums go, Es Baluard is probably the most famous in Palma but there are plenty of other exhibition spaces and galleries around the city, including Museu de Mallorca where you can learn more about the history of the island, and the Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miró in Cala Major, dedicated to the work of the surrealist artist.

Exceptional shopping

When it comes to shopping, it’s the never-ending designer boutiques, shoe shops, interior design outlets and independent stores like Rialto Living that make this city different from any other. Don’t worry there are two El Corte Inglés too if you are a particular fan of a department store! Palma also has the usual high-street and designer shops you tend to see in cities, and you won’t be disappointed if you have a weak spot for the Spanish clothing chains. There are a few Zara’s, Massimo Dutti’s, Pull & Bear’s, Bershka’s and Mango’s dotted in various locations around the city.

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Brilliant bars

After a refreshing drink? Then the city will be of service day or night. There are so many drinking establishments, from traditional Mallorcan cafes to modern bars and rooftop terraces, that you'll be spoilt for choice. Whilst exploring Palma's streets, you'll come across endless independent bars and cafes where you'll find anything from a simple ‘Café con Leche’ to one of Spain’s legendary large gin and tonics in most places. Sky Bar (on the rooftop of Bar Cuba) and Es Baluard Museum bar are popular choices for an early evening tipple as the sun goes down. Palma also offers a great selection of cocktail bars and a vibrant nightlife perfect for late night drinking and parties.

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Bijou boutique hotels

When choosing Palma as a city break, we highly recommend you stay in the city centre so you can maximise your time without travelling around too much. Mallorca's capital has more than its fair share of options for accommodation thanks to its rise in visitors in recent years.

For couples looking for a more indulgent breakaway, the charming city offers an ever-growing number of boutique hotels. A few of our top picks include the Santa Clara Urban Hotel & Spa, which blends historic charm with modern design. It's perfectly situated just a short stroll away from the attractions of Palma city centre and boasts beautiful views of the cathedral from its rooftop terrace. A highlight is that you have the chance to unwind in its spa & wellness centre after a hard day of sightseeing and shopping. And they are offering a 10% discount for bookings between the 1st of November and the 20th of December!

Or perhaps you would like to stay in a 700-year-old palace? Otherwise known as the 5-star Can Cera Boutique Hotel, its celebrated architecture includes a famous courtyard, high ceilings and palatial decoration. This place is located in the heart of the old town, where you are surrounded by a maze of cobbled streets, boutique shops and little museums. Once again, staying here means you are just a stone throw away from the main attractions.

Those with a passion for art, antiques and old palaces, will love the award-winning Art Hotel. This 4-star hotel was once an antique's shop and these days is still filled with fetching vintage furniture within its comfortable yet elegant accommodation with all the modern facilities you can think of. Set between the Rambla and Costa de Sa Pols (which used to be the antique's dealer street), it is perfectly located just a stone's throw away from all the action and even has convenient parking spaces for guests.

Finally, Palau Sa Font is a sleek, hip, small hotel near the marina. This 16th-century palace has been renovated with a contemporary style, using designer furniture and modern artwork, and complete with a plunge pool. This winter, they are offering a 12% off on bookings from November to March made at least 14 days in advance. There is also an 18% discount when you book 3 nights in November and December (excluding Christmas and New Year).

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Family-friendly accommodation

Palma is not only perfect for a city break with your significant other but also for a family get-together with several accommodation options especially suited for all ages. For impressive views overlooking the city centre, we would highly recommend the Castillo Hotel Son Vida. Built in the 13th century, this estate embodies beautiful tropical gardens and amazing sports facilities on tap for all the family including a golf course. Whilst it's a short journey away from the city, it's a top choice for many city breakers who want extensive facilities but within easy reach of the centre. With the free shuttle service into the heart of Palma, you really do get the best of both worlds. 

For families and groups who prefer to have their own space, Palma has short break apartment rentals to offer. Whether it’s 1, 2 or more bedrooms that you need, you'll find something suitable.

Excellent eateries

Spoilt for choice in this city, we thought we would share some of our top restaurant picks to make decisions a little easier for you. If you want to try some traditional Mediterranean food with a twist away from the beaten track try Quina Creu, a quirky, bohemian restaurant enjoyed by locals and those tourists ‘in the know’. The interior is chic and stylish, mixing the traditional Mallorcan style, stone walls and a colourful tiled floor, with modern funky furnishings. We recommend it for its traditional tapas, cocktails and setting.

For a special occasion, we suggest you book a table at Nuru. This hidden treasure can be found in Santa Catalina and is the perfect destination for a more sophisticated palette. It stands out from the crowd thanks to its well presented, modern fusion cuisine, made with only the freshest ingredients. This place also boasts some of the best service to be experienced on the island.  

And last but not least, if Mediterranean food just isn’t your thing, then Duke is an age-old favourite in Palma known for outstanding international dishes from around the world (including Peruvian, Indian and Japanese). Its homemade dishes, along with its friendly service and great atmosphere, create the perfect concoction for its visitors. It's like a home away from home. So get yourself down to Santa Catalina to sample some of its many delights.

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There are tonnes of things to do in the city of Palma in winter. From sightseeing to guided tours, sports and more.

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