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Palma Boat Show 2018's top hangouts

Mallorca’s biggest yachting event kicks off today

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Jose Rains | Mallorca Reporter | Published: 27 Apr 2018


Palma Boat Show 2018's top hangouts

The 35th edition of Palma Boat Show will take place between Friday 27th April until Tuesday 1st May 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 5 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 10:30 until 20:00, apart from Saturday’s late-night “The Night of the Sea” event, when the show goes on until 23:00. On Tuesday 2nd May there will be an early close at 18:00. Regular tickest 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 tipple’s, making it one of the most sociable settings in Palma over the weekend.

Ombu Restaurant & Bar - for cocktails and 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, best 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’ starting at 35€ and a private dining room, perfect for large groups.

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.

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.

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 bar can only be described as a funky cocktail bar. Based on Karma Sutra / Chakra 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.

De Tokio a Lima – for a sophisticated meal


De Tokio a Lima Restaurant resides within Boutique Hotel Can Alomar on the beautiful tree-lined Passeig des Born. For us, this place provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Palma Boat Show. The trendy fusion of Mediterranean, Japanese and Peruvian cuisine means you are likely to find something to suit an array of taste buds.  If you can get a table on the terrace, it’s a truly magical setting as you sit above the city amongst the trees.  The cocktails here are an absolute must!

Titos – for some late night fun


If you are looking for a place to party until the early hours of the morning, then Titos is at your service. Titos 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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