When it comes to holiday locations, Palma de Mallorca is one of the hottest places in the Mediterranean. This is because it’s one of the biggest cities of the Balearic islands, then there’s the weather, the Mallorca real estate and the numerous marinas which line up the shore to welcome yacht charter tourists from around the world.
Known simply as Palma to residents of Mallorca, the city is the largest settlement on the island and the capital of the Balearic Islands autonomous region of Spain. Though settled in prehistoric times and taking its name from the Romans, the town began to prosper as a tourist center beginning with the 50s. Today it’s almost doubled in size and population.
Nestled safely in the bay of Palma on the northwestern part of the island, Palma de Mallorca saw the passing of many cultures over the years, including the Moors, the Ottomans and finally, the Spanish. What this means to the curious visitor is that he will find here a place of incredible diversity and beauty, an intriguing mixture of modernity with a touch of ancient.
Downtown Palma is wonderful to behold, as is the old quarter. You’ll find the overall architecture is a blend of the intricate eastern style and the imposing western style. Here is a list of the most important sights to see while in Palma: the Castel de Bellver, the Pueblo Español, the Paseo Maritimo (boardwalk, great for nighttime entertainment), the Catedral de Mallorca, the Museum of Contemporary Arts and the infamous Bull Ring, which used to be very popular with the tourist crowds.
Most of the city’s shopping is concentrated in the El Corte Ingles, the famous chain of department stores which is the largest in Spain. Here, you’ll find shops that sell everything you’ll ever need. Of course, for those more nostalgic sailors, there is some souvenir shopping to be found along the narrow streets of the old town, in quaint little shops.
Once in Palma, you won’t be able to leave without trying the “lomo” or pork loin, the local specialty being served in any restaurant. Among the other delicacies there are the sabrosada which is a sausage made out of pork, the sopas mallorquinas which is basically any type of soup made out of greens and thickened with bread. Connoisseurs will revel in the local wines, Mallorca being the only of the Balearic islands which produces its own wines.
As mentioned before, the nightlife in Palma is very exciting and one needs only to head on over to the promenade known as Paseo Maritimo. This is where you’ll find the best clubs, bars and terraces, all overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and all packed full of merry visitors.
Not a day goes by in Palma that there isn’t some sort of party, and there is no actual yachting season per se. From January to December, there’s always something going on here. For example, in November, there’s the Atlantic Rally for Cruises sailing event, the World Press Photo exhibition in November and December, the Caja Madrid Gospel Festival in December and many more.