Mallorca is an island I really want to discover more of as the whole island has so much to offer and the north is potentially more beautiful than the south but there’s something special about Palma old town that is definitely worth a visit. This is more of a diary entry from a week away in the sun with four of my best friends including some of our fave finds, favourite ice cream parlours and flavours and my favourite holiday pics. If you’re planning a long weekend, a chilled week in the sunshine or a simply want some inspiration then have a read. Here’s my little guide to Palma de Mallorca…
This was our first girls holiday all together. Knowing that we get very very busy, we had this booked in since January and even had a joint bank account which we’d all been putting money into since last year. I’d recommend doing this if you’re a group of friends that likes to shop and not save! It means then when it comes to booking flights and accommodation the money is already sitting there in one account ready to go.
As the trip got closer, we were all super excited and definitely in need of a break but we were all super busy in the run up so no one had time to do any extensive research into beaches, restaurants, things to do etc and to be honest all we really wanted was sun, sea and sangria- which is certainly what we got. We arrived in Palma old town (only 10 minutes from the airport FYI) and had a few hours before getting into our Air Bnb so I sat with the suitcases in a cute tapas place in a square by the cathedral and had a little scout around the web for some top finds. I do like to just stumble across places on holiday but when you don’t really know the area, it’s always good to do a little research to avoid finding all the good things on the last day!
Eating out is one of my favourite things about holidaying and exploring a new city and luckily we found some absolutely gorgeous foodie spots! Here’s some of our favourite finds.
For Brunch: La Molienda
With similar vibes to London coffee spots like the Grinds, it’s a little piece of home away from home with a Spanish twist. The alfresco dining being the first thing and and the #nodecaf rule ;). You can get a matcha latte, an orange cappuccino, a peanut butter chocolate sandwich and eggs on oats or keep it simple with a long black and avocado bagel. We sat outside here on our first morning enjoying a long lazy brunch before heading to the beach.
Koa was by far my favourite restaurant in Palma and made our last night on the island perfect, from the food to the wine to the friendly service and buzzy atmosphere. Koa is about fusion and creativity and you can still get your favourite tapas with a modern twist! I had the salmon with yuzu-miso sauce and teriyaki vegetables which was divine.
Forn De Sant Joan is opposite and more classic and formal but you can still laugh the night away here and enjoy the most mouthwatering food. I had rigatoni, caramelized onion, mozzarella and truffle cream. Yup I know! I’m still dreaming about it now!
For Ice Cream: Los Lannini
Okay so this is technically an Italian Gelato place but when on holiday you gotta go where it’s the best right! And this is the real deal! They have a huge range of flavours including my favourite combination pistachio and hazelnut- try it! They also have beetroot, orange and rosemary and 72% dark chocolate. They are clearly very popular and a super lovely family run business.
For Gorgeous Sea View: Roxy Beach Bar
Right on the waters edge, we had relaxed lunch and read our books here. The food isn’t the best but the location makes a trip here worth it even if just for a drink, a swim in the sea and to lust over the moored yachts.
Now let’s talk about the night life. Palma is not about the trendy bars and night clubs however there’s a couple of lovely spots for a post dinner drink and most of our dancing was done in our apartment! Some of the places we enjoyed a lovely night cap were Havanna Bar, Hotel Hostel Cuba Rooftop, Jazz Voyeur Club (if your lucky enough to be there when Vermella is playing then be prepared to have your mind blown) and we also had a drink in the famous cocktail bar Abaco (a dreamy renovated Mallorcan house; although it is pretty expensive.)
Our top find of the week within 15 minutes of Palma old town by taxi, was a place called Zhero Beach Club. After 3 days of sandy beach life, I hate to say it but we really wanted a pool day. Opposite the Gelato place I mentioned before is this Ibiza vibey beach club with chilled music and breath taking views. We spent 3 days here, it has a cute pool, lovely comfortable sun beds, a rocky but quiet beach with stairs down into the ocean and does the best sushi!! It’s also opposite that most amazing ice cream parlour! Did I mention that? For 20 euros each, you can spend the whole day on a sun bed by the pool and get a glass of processo, this is so worth it for at least one day of your trip.
Leave me a comment below if you have any questions about a trip to Palma or if you have any other recommendations for this pretty spanish Island.
Love, Lottie x