We originally wrote this travel guide for Travellink Sweden, published 2016-07-11 on Travellink’s Travel Blog.
Barcelona’s little sister and a popular charter destination for Swedes. That was basically all we knew about Palma when we boarded the plane for a week of much-needed vacation. Instead of letting Google and TripAdvisor setting the itinerary for us we decided to try a new tactic; asking locals to share their best travel tips. So we asked. The cashier at Mango, the waiter at our daily breakfast spot in Plaza España, a trendy couple on the bus and of course; our Airbnb hostess. The result? Paradise beaches with white sand, turquoise water and exceptional beach clubs. We are Nodes have listed our top 6 things to do in Palma de Mallorca.
Mallorca’s best beach club is (without a doubt) Puro Beach Palma. The beach club opened 2005 by the Swedish entrepreneur Mats Wahlström as a complement to the concept hotel Puro Hotel. With its excellent location on a secluded peninsula, 180°-view of the coast and a fantastic pool area, it is not difficult to understand why the beach club was a success from the moment the gates opened.
If a full day at Puro Beach won’t get you in vacation mode nothing ever will! Park yourself on a sunbed by the pool, order a bottle of chilled rosé (We are Nodes recommends Puro’s own house wine for € 27/bottle) and take a refreshing dip in the Zen-like pool to the sound of relaxing lounge music. When it’s lunchtime, head over to the restaurant area to enjoy a delightful meal from Puro’s “M3-inspired” menu with influences from Miami, Marrakech and Melbourne.
Today’s lunch: Salmon and avocado Tiradito with fresh coriander and yellow aji-sauce that is best enjoyed with a bottle of Puro Rosé.
No room for dessert? Take a siesta in the shade and order a Gino for dessert a few hours later. Fresh fruits gratinated with white chocolate and vanilla ice cream does wonders during hot summer days and is the perfect ending to a relaxing pool day!
Price: A regular sunbed costs 40 € for a full day and includes (N.b: during low season, until the end of June) a bottle of water, a small fruit platter, a little after-sun lotion and a smoothie in the afternoon.
Address: Carrer de Pagell, 1, 07610 Can Pastilla
Tel: +34 971 74 47 44
Making a well-deserved stop at the ice cream-parlour Amorino on Plaça de Weyler is an absolute must when your feet gets tired from all the walking. Not only will the ice cream at Amorino make your taste buds jump of joy – they are also a treat for your eyes! With a large selection of ice cream flavours, the staff creates beautiful (and photo friendly) ‘ice cream roses’ in rainbow colors, and the best part is that you are not limited to a specific number of flavours. Regardless of what size of cone or cup you choose; you are allowed to pick as many flavours as you want! It is safe to say that Amorino is any ice cream lover’s dream come true, us included.
Price: One medium cone/cup (note: the portions are in general very big) costs €4.60 and is worth every cent!
Address: Plaça de Weyler, 11, 07001 Palma
One advice we got from several locals was to skip the beach in central Palma (which wasn’t very pleasant) and take bus number 3 from Plaza España to Illetas instead. Just 30 minutes from Palma’s city centre, you will find a small but magical beach with turquoise water that quickly became one of our favorite places in Mallorca. Here you can reserve sunbeds with charming straw parasols for only € 6.50/person (our favorite spot was on the cliff) and swim until the sun goes down.
The nearby beach restaurant has a great view and is well suited for ice cream or coffee, but we wouldn’t recommend the food there. Bring fresh fruits, a lunch box and plenty of water with you, and you will get a beach day to remember. And come early, the sunbeds run out quickly!
Address: Passeig Illetes, 54B, 07181 Illetes.
How to get there: Take bus number 3 from Palma, and get off at the final destination. Once there, you can choose between two different beaches – our favorite is the small beach located on the far right.
Making a day trip to the village Sa Rápita on Mallorca’s south coast and visiting the beaches S’Arenal de Sa Rápita and Es Trenc was well worth the 1.5 hour long bus drive from Palma. When we arrived at the beach and saw the white sand and crystal clear turquoise water, it was hard to believe that we were still in Mallorca and not on a tropical beach somewhere in the Caribbean. Who knew there were beaches like this in Europe?
We have our Airbnb hostess to thank for discovering Sa Rápita. When we asked her which her favorite beach in Mallorca was, the answer came quickly: S’Arenal de Sa Rápita. Said and done. We set the alarm early and jumped on the 8 a.m. bus. Curious as we were, we wanted to see both beaches, so we started our day with a walk along the kilometre-long beach of S’Arenal all the way to Es Trenc (which is said to be one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches). Later, we “beach hopped” our way back to S’Arenal (and the bus station). In this way we managed to see everything and didn’t get too tired from walking in the heat.
It is easy to be deceived by the cooling breeze here, so don’t forget to put on a lot of sunscreen!
Just like the name suggests, Port Blanc is a luxurious port restaurant with white interior and a stunning view over the luminous yachts. You come here to eat seafood, fish and drink champagne – an excellent dinner option before a big night out.
Port Blanc, like most other restaurants, closes at 1:00, which really is a shame; we would have liked to stay there longer! If there is something Palma should learn from its “big sister” Barcelona, it definitely is the night life. There are only two clubs in Palma; Pacha and Tito’s. The clientele consists mostly of young students, and thus it is the bar streets in Santa Catalina (with the Swedish-owned Havana Bar in the lead) and Paseo Marítimo that has become popular for the older crowd. We would have loved a real nightclub close to the port. But who knows, maybe that’s something for the future?
Address: Marina Moll Vell, Local N ° 2, 07012 Palma.
Tel: +34 971 25 54 22
Nassau Beach’s slogan is “sea, sand and sunset”, and yes, we’d say that sums up the vibe at Nassau pretty well. The restaurant/bar is located a roughly ten-minute walk from the beach in Palma, and is well suited for a chilled-out sunset dinner or cocktail. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and when the sun starts to go down, the staff lights up torches that burn nicely in the sunset.
Address: Passeig Portitxol, s/n, 07004 Palma
Phone: +34664 44 90 53
We are Nodes super travel tip: Download the free app Maps.me and have access to maps in offline mode. This app saved us many times, for example on bus rides without names on the bus stops.
Do you have any questions or have you been in Palma and want to share your favorite places? Please comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!