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Palma Boat Show 2019's top hangouts

Mallorca’s biggest yachting event kicks off next week

Featured in: | Jose Rains, Mallorca Reporter | Published
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The 36th edition of the Palma Boat Show will take place between Saturday, April 27th and Wednesday, May 1st in its usual spot around Moll Vell pier, close to Palma’s majestic cathedral. With more than 40,000 people expected to attend over the five days, the city’s restaurants, bars and hotels are gearing up for an influx of visitors.

Whilst there will be plenty of things going on within the show, as exhibitors travelling from far and wide showcase what the global sailing and marine world have to offer, we always love the buzzing atmosphere the Palma Boat Show creates around the whole city at this time of year. So we thought we would share some of our favourite places to visit over the next few days where you can rub shoulders with locals and other boat show visitors at the same time.

The show will be open daily from 11:00 until 20:00, apart from Saturday’s late-night “The Night of the Sea” event, when the show goes on until 23:00. Regular tickets cost €6 per person.

Es Baluard Museum Bar for socialising

Just a stone's throw away from all the boat show action, Es Baluard Museum is located along the ancient wall that frames Palma’s old town. Its bar is actually a bit of a hidden treasure because you have to go through the museum entrance to get to it but it is well worth the trip. This is the kind of place you can walk into for a casual cocktail, beer or fish-bowl gin and tonic – or go for a multiple-course meal with friends, family or work colleagues thanks to their extensive international menu. The bar's terrace provides ample space for people to gather and socialise whilst sipping on their favourite tipples, making it one of the most sociable settings in Palma over the weekend.

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Ombu Restaurant & Bar for cocktails & tapas

Here you can sample some of the best tapas and cocktails Palma has to offer and, being just a few minutes’ walk from the boat show into town, we think Ombu Restaurant should be on your Palma ‘must-visit’ list. There is outdoor seating, great for soaking up the atmosphere on the city’s main shopping street. The rustic Spanish-come-contemporary décor is exquisite, and the food and cocktails certainly won’t leave you disappointed. There’s even a group menu and a private dining room, perfect for large groups.

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Hostal Cuba Sky Bar for drinks with a view

For some of the best views over the port, we would recommend visiting Hostal Cuba Hotel’s Sky Bar. A sophisticated setting, this is the place to indulge in a bottle of bubbly and watch the sun go down. It can be reached on foot within 10 minutes from the Palma Boat Show but be sure to arrive early so you aren’t disappointed, as we think this place will reach its capacity early doors over the next few days.

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The Boat House Restaurant for refreshments with a nautical style

Further away from the hustle and bustle of the show, a scenic 15 to 20-minute stroll along the promenade westbound, you will find The Boat House Restaurant. This quintessentially nautical restaurant and bar is suitably in keeping with the boat show theme. This is an all-day establishment, so why not try the ‘Captain’s Breakfast’ on the way to the show, quench your thirst with an early evening Aperol Spritz or enjoy a leisurely dinner from their internationally inspired menu?

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Assaona Gastrobeach for beachside dining

Feel the sand beneath your toes at this trendy gastro-beach club – Assaona provides its patrons with a little taste of paradise. It has everything you could possibly need for a relaxing afternoon including Balinese beds, scrumptious cocktails, premium wine, tasty food and, of course, sea views. To get here, it’s a half an hour walk eastbound along the seafront, well worth it for the sea and cathedral views if you fancy stretching your legs. Alternatively, it will be a five-minute taxi ride.

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Chakra Bar for creative cocktails

For a memorable experience, head to Chakra Bar in the trendy district of Santa Catalina. Just under a 10-minute walk from the boat show, this place can only be described as a funky cocktail bar. Based on an Indian theme with modern Bollywood entertainment, there really isn’t a place quite like it on the island. Their mixologists are famous for serving up some of the tastiest creative cocktails, so if you think of yourself as a cocktail connoisseur we highly recommend a visit to this establishment.

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Fabiola Gastronomic Garden for some social dining

This is THE place for a big group meal. Fabiola Gastronomic Garden is a lot more than just a restaurant, it's an experience that will awaken your five senses. Delicious international food to share, scrumptious cocktails, a stunning décor that makes you feel like you are in a lush garden in the middle of the city, and a hand-picked soundtrack that creates the perfect setting for a sociable evening. They also offer special menus for groups starting at €33 per person.

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Nikki Beach for a beach club escape

If you are visiting the boat show in the morning but looking to swap the city experience to relax poolside in the afternoon, we would highly recommend a trip to the world famous Nikki Beach for a late lunch and pool party. It’s just 10-15 minutes in a taxi from Palma and guaranteed to be a day to remember!

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Adrian Quetglas for a Michelin-starred experience

Give your taste buds the time of their life at Adrian Quetglas – its fresh market cuisine and avant-garde techniques create a five-star experience. The lunchtime offering is popular for its wonderful value for money, a five-course tasting menu for €33 while, at dinner time, you can expect a seven-course feast. For the full experience, there’s the opportunity to choose a wine pairing at both lunch and dinner time. Being just over a 10-minute walk away from the show, we expect this restaurant to be a popular choice so do book in advance.

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Tito's for some late night fun

If you are looking for a place to party until the early hours of the morning, then Tito's is at your service. Tito's is the biggest and best nightclub in the capital – it has different rooms with different music genres, so dress to impress and get ready to dance the night away. 

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Check out our handpicked restaurant and bar listings and enjoy all that Palma has to offer during this very special weekend.

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