Situated at the centre of a beautiful, wide bay on the south coast of the island of Mallorca, Palma contains all the necessary ingredients for the perfect city break. One part fascinating history and culture, one part authentic dining, a sprinkling of fine art museums and architecture and a seasoning of local Mallorquí charm all blend together to form this vibrant, cosmopolitan capital. Perhaps surprising to some, the city is a far cry from the neon-lit streets and beach-side resorts that dominate other large destinations along the coast such as Magaluf and Palma Nova. Instead, Palma offers its visitors an air of sophistication and assured character that is rooted in history. Here you can experience the traditional home-grown cuisine and integrate with the locals who, in summer, continue to frequent the bars, restaurants and cafés until the early hours to relish the long, warm evenings… Be sure to save money on your next trip to Palma by booking a mystery top secret hotel from lastminute.com or Hotwire today.
Palma’s history dates back to before the Romans, who invaded the city in 123 BC, and ever since, each new settlement has put its own individual stamp on the city, resulting in an amalgamation of diverse architecture, town design and historic artefacts. The city you see today has been mainly shaped in the last couple of centuries however, such as the tree-lined Rambla and Paseig des Born built in the 19th century and the striking modernista architecture constructed at the start of the 20th century. During the 1950’s and 60’s the increased number of tourists to the city led to an expansion into the surrounding areas and a boom in new hotels and resorts.
The city lends itself perfectly for sightseeing and relaxing in equal quantities; the historic centre is small enough to explore on foot and the winding medieval streets make the idyllic backdrop for it. When you have tired of visiting the sights for the day there are a great number of waterside cafés and bars to unwind in, or you can head back to your hotel to freshen up before heading out again for a spectacular, seafront dinner. There is such a wide variety of attractions and places of interest that will ensure that no two days will feel the same. From the awe-inspiring cathedral that has acted as a beacon for sailors for over 700 years, to the royal palace, and galleries, museums and Gothic churches, there is something to suit everyone’s taste.
If you think you’ve seen all of the sights you wanted to, head over to Pasieg des Born and Plaça Major and their surrounding streets for plenty of unique shopping destinations. The C/Brossa is an especially one-of-a-kind pit stop for souvenirs, high fashion pieces and interior design picks. In true Spanish tradition the shops stay open until fairly late, so you can enjoy the sunset as you wander amongst the locals and browse to your heart’s content. The nightlife in Palma may not be as legendary as other resort towns on the island but it still boasts a lively, buzzing atmosphere, especially during the summer months. Discerning drinkers looking for stylish bars and discotecas will feel at home in the chic districts of Ciutat Jardi and Portitxol. Those seeking a more pumped-up, Ibiza-style night should head to Puro Beach.
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