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Central Palma has everything you could wish for in a Mediterranean city - beautiful historical architecture, narrow cobbled lanes just waiting to be explored, tree-lined boulevards with an extensive selection of places to eat, drink, or just sit and watch the world go by.
Are you interested in theatre, music, history, art, cycling, or sailing? You will find it here! How about shopping? The historical centre of Palma is encompassed by the sea to the south and the semi-circle of the Avingudas Avenues which zig-zag around the central area. Why the zig-zags? Well, they follow the route of the original old renaissance city walls which encircled Palma until when they were demolished in order to allow the town to expand.
Get Directions. The Town Hall, Parliament building and other local government offices are also in this area, as well as many cafes, bars and restaurants and of course shops of all descriptions. People live around here too, and despite the throngs of people there are still some quiet little residential back streets. It is an attractive and bustling neighbourhood, with the fashionable Passeig des Born still, as in historic times, the place to promenade, to see and be seen! In the area below the city walls and the cathedral is the Parc de la Mar with its green spaces, and attractive lake and fountain.
There are several magnificent old churches in the area. It is a fairly quiet residential neighbourhood which reputedly has some of the most expensive homes in Spain! However, there are still some run down buildings in the area which are gradually being restored.
Ading Palma red light district Calatrava to the north east, Sa Gerreria used to be the red light area of Palma until about twenty years ago. It has undergone a transformation, new homes and shops have been built and work is still ongoing in places. This is an up and coming area with a bohemian vibe.
We did not check to see how affordable they are! This small area is full of ordinary passers-by in the day time, but I would feel reluctant to go there at night. In and around Carrer dels Apuntadors there is a large selection of restaurants and tapas bars which attract a lot of locals and tourists and therefore this area can be quite crowded and noisy. However, there are still some quiet back streets, and also some good shops and art galleries. Here there are boutique hotels, art galleries and just a few shops and restaurants although you are only a few minutes walk from many more. Ancient convents and churches give this neighbourhood a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
There is also at ground level to the west of the entrance to the underground stations, the historical Soller Railway Station. This is where you can board the year old train to Soller - one of the top tourist attractions on the island.
This is a fairly commercial area with the Palma tax office and social security office as well as many shops and restaurants. Palma was founded by the Romans in BC. In A. The origins of the current customs, religion, culture and language of Mallorca date back to this time. In more recent years the historical centre of Palma has greatly benefited from the increase in local wealth generated by the tourism industry and has been gradually undergoing sympathetic restoration and conservation, resulting in the delightful city centre that it is today. Overlooking the sea Sa Llotja is a beautiful turreted 15th century building built as a commercial exchange for the Guild of Merchants, and the Consolat de Mar is a 17th century building which is now the headquarters of the Balearic government.
For visitors there are the tours by open top bus, with The City Sightseeing Touror the possibility of hiring a horse and carriage with driver to take you sightseeing. In recent years there has been some concern over the welfare of these horses, although most of them appear to be well treated and not overworked. You will be spoilt for choice when trying to decide where to eat in Palma. There are many types of cuisine from traditionally Spanish to the latest fusion food, and the prices range from very affordable to well over the top!
Here is a selection of a few of our favourite cafes and restaurants:. They may re-open in Summer Make sure to call, or check online prior to making plans to visit. Furnished with chandeliers, antiques and marble topped tables, the cafe is a delight and is popular with locals and tourists alike. Their delicious cakes and pastries and even their ice creams are all homemade and very well priced. Bar Bosch Located at the top of the Born this is probably the best spot in Palma for people-watching. The terrace is so popular there is often a queue for tables. They do excellent tapas and sandwiches, and there is now a restaurant on the first floor.
Celler Sa Premsa Located in a vast high-ceilinged room decorated with wine barrels, an olive press and ancient bullfighting posters, this restaurant looks pretty much as it must have done when it opened in and somehow that is rather charming! Probably best to book in advance. Quina Creu Pay a visit to this very popular tapas bar and restaurant - famous for its quirky decoration, lively atmosphere, friendly service, and inventive Mediterranean fusion cuisine - all at affordable prices. Aromata This restaurant is located in a typical Palma old town patio with old stone walls and arches - the perfect setting for the creations of yet another Michelin starred chef, Mallorcan Andreu Genestra.
Best to book in advance. Can Eduardo This well-established fish and seafood restaurant is located right above the wholesale fish marketSa Llotja de Peix, in the port area across the Paseo Maritimo from Es Baluard. Can Eduardo has amazing views of the Cathedral to the east and the Paseo Maritimo with the Castle of Bellver in the distance to the west. The fish, as you would expect, is excellent and there are also Palma red light district few meat dishes on the menu.
Locally caught fish is fairly pricey but this restaurant provides good value for money if you want to experience the best the Mediterranean sea has to offer. Bar Abaco This is a Palma institution - an amazing cocktail bar which opened in in an old Palma mansion house. Decorated in baroque style it is filled with fresh flowers, fruit cascading across the floor, artwork and sculptures, classical music in the background, a courtyard with a fountain, and upstairs the sitting rooms and kitchen of the old mansion are decorated as they would have been in the 17th century.
It is expensive but you are paying for the ambience - and all of those flowers and fruit cost money! Central Palma has shops galore! In most areas there is a good selection of shops of all kinds from small specialist shops and delis to department stores and exclusive deer boutiques. Supermarkets, bakeries and pharmacies are to be found in every area. Look out for the Forn des Teatre - a fabulous bakery opposite the Grand Hotel with its traditional modernist exterior and a great range of bre and sweet or savoury pastries.
Not the most affordable of shops, it is nevertheless a wonderful place for browsing, and making a small Palma red light district or two! Affordable Mallorca Tip : Please note that small shops may close over lunch and siesta time, but the larger shops usually stay open all day until about 8.
Many shops are closed on Sundays. There are also bars and stalls in the market where you can have a drink or a meal - anything from oysters or sushi to the typically Mallorcan tapas. Along the Passeig de Sagrera, the palm lined boulevard on the seafront near Sa Llotja there is often a handicraft market in the evenings during the summer months. With Palma 's seafront on your doorstep there are plenty of sports opportunities such as running, cycling or rollerblading along the shoreline track, and if you are interested in watersports there are various possibilities around the bay to go sailing, jet skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, fishing or scuba diving.
Palma city beach, Can Pere Antoni is also within a few minutes walk if you want to swim and sunbathe or play beach volleyball. This municipal sports centre also offers classes in yoga, pilates and tai chi. There are also several private fitness studios in the central area of Palma. The Parc de Estacions hosts the Ice Parkan ice-skating rink from late November for about 2 months over the Christmas season. Classic car enthusiasts can enjoy many events in Mallorca with car shows and rallies. For more information see the Classic Car Club Mallorca.
If spectator sport is your thing you will be spoilt for choice with the yacht regattas - hardly a month goes by without some major event on the yachting calendar. The annual boat show takes place at the end of April, and then there are the regattas:. Es Baluard has exhibitions of contemporary art and workshops on various themes. The traditional and beautifully restored Teatro Principal presents a full programme of drama, music, opera and ballet, and the modern Teatre Xesc Forteza hosts smaller scale productions - mainly concerts.
The Hotel Saratoga is a great place to go to listen to jazz in their top floor Blue Jazz Club one phrase removed here. The Cinema a la Fresca shows films for free on a big screen in Parc de la Mar regularly during the summer months - occasionally these are in English. Carnival is celebrated before the start of Palma red light district with Sa Rua and Sa Rueta - exuberant parades of floats with music and groups of participants in fabulous costumes - Adults take part in Sa Rua and children in Sa Rueta. At Easter there are many solemn religious processions that take place during Holy Week.
Other major fiestas celebrated in Palma are as follows:. Living in these neighbourhoods is great for people who like to be kept busy and entertained. The downside is that the town can become overcrowded with both locals and visitors, and therefore noisy and disruptive, and during very hot summer weather quite uncomfortable, but on the other hand it is quick and easy to escape to the beach or the countryside.
Affordable Mallorca Tip: This is a safe place to live - crime is usually restricted to petty theft; pickpockets or bag snatchers often operate in crowded places such as markets or in bus queues. Scammers sometimes work in pairs - one will engage you in conversation or try to sell you a flower for example, while their accomplice empties your pockets! It is also a good idea to not leave any valuables on show in your parked car. Just be aware and take care as you would in any other city. Much of the old town is pedestrianised, and there are some areas where traffic access is restricted, but with priority given to residents.
There are also parking permits for residents. BiciPalma is a public bicycle lending initiative aimed at helping residents make short journeys around town. It makes paying fees a lot easier if not finding a spot.
Most residential properties in this part of Palma tend to be apartments of all sizes some of which are new and purpose built, while others are in older buildings. Some of the older homes have wonderful architectural features such as stonework, mouldings, arches or interesting roof terraces. Palma Centre really does have it all - the historical areas are well preserved and undoubtedly charming and full of character, and yet there are also sophisticated shops and restaurants, an interesting art and music scene, plus the pleasures of the beach and the mountains are never far away.
Shopping and Markets Central Palma has shops galore! Sports and Recreation With Palma 's seafront on your doorstep there are plenty of sports opportunities such as running, cycling or rollerblading along the shoreline track, and if you are interested in watersports there are various possibilities around the bay to go sailing, jet skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, fishing or Palma red light district diving.
The Hotel Saratoga is a great place to go to listen to jazz in their top floor Blue Jazz Club one phrase removed here The Cinema a la Fresca shows films for free on a big screen in Parc de la Mar regularly during the summer months - occasionally these are in English. Living In Palma Centre Old town Living in these neighbourhoods is great for people who like to be kept busy and entertained. In general the prices are high because of the location, but bargains can still be found! Charm Factor Palma Centre really does have it all - the historical areas are well preserved and undoubtedly charming and full of character, and yet there are also sophisticated shops and restaurants, an interesting art and music scene, plus the pleasures of the beach and the mountains are never far away.Palma red light district
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