How to spend 48 hours in Palma, Mallorca

Cathedral in Spain
Cathedral in Spain

How to spend 48 hours in Palma, Mallorca

by Mary Del Rosario
Stripes Europe

The Balearic Islands, an archipelago of islands in Spain, is a treasure trove of inviting beaches, warm weather, tapas and water activities. One treasure to uncover is Palma, the Balearic Island’s capital and largest city. Whatever calls you to the sun-kissed island of Mallorca, some time in its capital is a must. For a vacation you won’t soon forget, follow this itinerary.

What to do

Palma is a stress-free and easy city to navigate. For a capital city, it’s relatively small, so experiencing all the major highlights on your first day is possible. The Palma Cathedral, or La Seu, is one of those sites that is not only a must-see, but it’s also one that you literally can’t miss, as it commands the city. This Gothic-style cathedral sits on the top of Palma’s Old Town and boasts a spectacular view of Parc de la Mar, the old port. Since you’ve spotted the port, saunter your way down there next. The Passeig Maritim, a palm tree-lined walkway by the harbor, is peppered with restaurants and bars that not only provide sumptuous eats but offer the best views of the port. Seeing the lucky souls docking off from their yachts is a memory I can still picture. Another can’t-miss site is the Royal Palace of La Almundaina, a stunning fortified palace that was once used by Mallorca’s monarchs.

For those who love to shop, be sure not to overlook Passeig del Born, a tree-lined street that’s peppered with chic shops selling brands from Louis Vuitton to Hugo Boss. If you’re hungry after, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the many restaurants to choose from.

Where to eat

Though fan-favorites while in any city in Spain, tapas, paella and sangria are not the only items to look out for while eating out. Popular dishes belonging to Mallorca include “arrós brut,” dirty rice that’s filled with meat, vegetables and spices, “trumbet,” a dish with fried eggplant and potatoes in tomato sauce and roasted suckling pig, which is typically served with potatoes. For an authentic Balearic dining experience, check out Adrian Quetglas. Located in Passeig de Mallorca, this restaurant mixes its native roots with an international twist. For a nautical ambiance, head to Canblanc Port at Passeig Maritim. The linguini with lobster and Galician clams still has my tastebuds drooling.

If your sweet tooth is looking for a treat, be sure to order an Ensaimada, a sweet yeasted loaf heavily dusted in powdered sugar that’s best paired with a piping hot cup of coffee. You can find these sweetened delights at almost any bakery.

Of course, if you feel like you’ve taken all of Palma’s charm in during your first 24 hours here, a simple car ride will take you to easy day trips in other regions of the island.

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