Travel Guide: What to do in Palma de Mallorca

Are you planning to attend the Palma Boat Show from 25 to 28 April 2024? Discover Fraser’s insider tips to make the most out of your stay.

Whilst there are many enchanting parts of the city, the main attractions and shops are situated around the massive Gothic cathedral down by the seafront. This area, Palma’s old town, is full of ancient passages, historic monuments and magnificent architecture. Here you will find no shortage of sights or refreshment stops within its many pedestrianised lanes, quirky cafes, galleries, and boutique shops. And since these attractions are all packed into a square kilometre, the old town is easy to explore.
 
 

STAY

The Hotel Convent de la Missió is a sublimely converted 17th Century convent in the heart of the old town, offering 27 beautiful, white-on-white minimalist rooms and a Michelin starred restaurant - one of the hottest on the island.

In the same area, right by the cathedral, you’ll also find the Palacio Ca Sa Galesa, a quirky, 12-room hotel full of character. Expect antiques and stained glass, plus a spa which sits within original Roman baths. The sun terrace has amazing views.

Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden is an idyllic luxury hotel and spa in the Old Quarter, with a lovely garden and outdoor pool. The nostalgic interiors featuring vintage furniture, faded colours and classic tiling give it a whimsical edge, and the equally elegant rooms have a plush boudoir style. The high-end cuisine and spa seal the deal.

 
 

Hotel Convent de la Missió

 

Palacio Ca Sa Galesa

 

Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden

 
 
Hospes Maricel
Hospes Maricel is a wonderfully romantic hotel right on the Mediterranean, just along the coast from Palma in Carretera Andratx. There are 44 peaceful rooms, a wonderful restaurant on a beautiful sun terrace and an infinity pool which tumbles directly into the ocean.
 
 
 
Hotel Antigua Palma - Casa Noble
Hotel Antigua Palma – Casa Noble is a superb luxury hotel located in the heart of the old town, just 100 metres from the cathedral. Enjoy the sumptuous, elegantly decorated rooms, spa with hammam and indoor pool, the tranquility, the particularly attentive staff and the rooftop.
 
 

EAT

Quadrat Restaurant: enjoy Mediterranean cuisine with a nod to local ingredients and Mallorcan cooking in this restaurant occupying the former stables of a mansion (now the Hotel Sant Francesc) in the centre of Palma. It is only open for dinner from Thursday to Sunday (with a tasting menu option) and for lunch on Sundays, when you can order a set menu on which rice dishes take centre-stage. The inner garden terrace is a pleasant bonus!

La Bodeguilla is a family establishment run by two brothers. Sample wines and tapas in the wine shop and the two-storey dining area where barrels are used as tables.

The setting of Aromata, in the stunning patio of an aristocratic propert, for chef Andreu Genestra’s more informal dining option in the Mallorcan capital comes as a very pleasant surprise. His contemporary cuisine, influenced by the island’s culinary traditions, is centred on several meticulously prepared tasting menus (one shorter version at lunchtime, with the option of choosing specific plates; and two set menus, both with a slightly more gastronomic feel, in the evening).

 
 

Quadrat Restaurant

 

La Bodeguilla

 

Aromata

 
 
Dins Santi Taura

The One Star Michelin Restaurant DINS Santi Taura is located amid the attractive surroundings of Palma’s cathedral, on the ground floor of the El Llorenç Parc de la Mar boutique hotel. In the elegant, contemporary style dining room, chef Santi Taura demonstrates his passion for traditional Mallorcan cuisine, taking everyday recipes from the islands and bringing them up to date, using native ingredients and prioritising flavour over and above anything else. 

 
 
 
Adrián Quetglas

Adrián Quetglas is a One Michelin Star restaurant where you couldn’t ask for more, except perhaps for it to be closer to home! Located in the heart of Palma, overlooking the Torrent de Sa Riera, it boasts an intimate, bistro-style ambience with attractive bonuses such as a vertical garden and highly attentive service. The goal of the owner-chef is to democratise haute cuisine and showcase cooking full of nuances and variations (including from his native Buenos Aires) with a strong focus on Mediterranean flavours and influences from his time working in London, Paris and Moscow.

 
 

VISIT

Castell de Bellver. This large, 14th century castle overlooking the town of Palma now houses a museum.

Catedral de Mallorca has the largest rose window in the world out of all the cathedrals in this style. The “Eye of the Gothic”, as it has become known, measures 13 metres in diameter and has 1,236 sheets of glass that create a wonderful display of colors.

Palma Aquarium with its 3D cinema, dive and/or sleep with sharks is a visit not to be missed.

 
 

Castell de Bellver

 
 

Catedral de Mallorca

 
 

Palma Aquarium

 
 
 
Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma

Housed in a superb setting in the heart of Palma’s old city, the Museu Fundación Juan March is a cultural hub and a museum with a permanent collection of 20th-century Spanish art. The Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma include the works of Spanish artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Juan Gris and Antoni Tápies.

 
 
 
The SPA Hipotels Gran Playa de Palma

The SPA Hipotels Gran Playa de Palma is located in the beautiful Playa de Palma, 15 minutes from the centre and 5 minutes from the airport. The SPA is located inside the Hipotels Gran Playa de Palma, a modern four-star hotel that has a hydrotherapy circuit, where you can enjoy experience showers, a steam bath, sauna, heated pool with and water beds.

 
 

Looking for support to plan your visit to the Palma Boat Show and beyond? Contact Fraser’s Palma de Mallorca team to find out more about the Show and book a viewing on board any of the world-class yachts on display.

The Fraser Spain office, found in Palma, overlooks the many superyachts moored in Porto de Palma. Recently expanded to include a new yacht management division, our Palma office is also home to an outstanding team of sales and charter brokers with a particular emphasis on sailing superyachts.

Thanks to easy access to and from Barcelona, the increasingly popular Spanish market is well covered from our Balearic base, and with recent changes to Spanish charter licensing, more and more yachts are available to charter in Spain. An international mix, our Palma de Mallorca team will be happy to help with your enquiries.

To make enquiries, please contact the relevant team member below. For any crew enquiries, please contact our highly regarded crewing subsidiary, The Crew Network.

 
 

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