Gloria traveled to Palma de Mallorca and put together her favorite places for us
From Berlin, it doesn’t even take three hours in the air before you arrive in the sun, or more precisely: on Mallorca. The largest of the Balearic Islands has plenty to offer. You won’t just find countless aesthetic highlights like the wonderful architecture, the Mediterranean vegetation, or the tradition-rich businesses that shape the island on nearly every corner. Berlin gallerists are also settling in this Spanish spot, there are superfood restaurants, and a number of day trip options on offer. Oh, and the wonderful beach – of course you can’t miss that. Gloria has put together a list of the best ports of call on Mallorca. If it keeps raining around these parts, then it might just be time to jump on a plane!
Hotel: Hotel Cort
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This boutique hotel lies in the heart of the old city directly on Placa de Cort with magical views of a roughly 600-year-old olive tree and the town hall opposite. A total of 16 rooms and suites were individually designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán for the design hotel and furnished with a lot of love for detail. Especially eye-catching are the traditional Mallorcan blue-white tiles that symbolize the Mediterranean Sea and make a nice connection with warm elements like leather and wood.
Plaça de Cort, 11
7001 Palma de Mallorca
Museum: Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró
In the last years of his life, Spanish artist Joan Miró worked and lived with his wife Pilar in Cala Major, not far from Palma. Shortly before his death, he gifted a large part of his property to the municipality, which then established the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró. Next to a multitude of his artworks, you can also view the house and the artist’s studio, which gives a very authentic glimpse into his work.
Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca
C. De Saridakis, 29
07015 Palma de Mallorca
Favorite Place: Passeig del Born
The Passeig del Born is certainly the most beautiful promenade in the city and houses boutiques from Zara and Uterqüe all the way to Louis Vuitton and Loewe. Surrounded by magnificent house facades and giant, shade-giving trees, here you can indulge your urge to shop on a whim and still stop by Bar Bosch at the end for a small cortado.
Passeig del Born
07012 Palma de Mallorca
Excursion: Cala Banyalbufar
The bay at Banyalbufar, a small and idyllic place located about 40 minutes away from Palma by car, is a true insider tip. If you go down the steep stairs to the bay surrounded by bluffs, you’ll catch sight of the crystal clear water. Even in the high season, you’ll be more likely to run into the villagers than into tourists. A real gem.
Cala Banyalbufar is on a mountainside of the Tramuntana-Mountains in the northwest of the balearic island, Mallorca.
Dinner: La Rosa Vermutería
The tapas and vermouth bar on the small side street Carrer Rosa opened in 2015 and has quickly become the new trendy spot. Alongside classic tapas, Chef Oswaldo has also created special dishes that pair especially well with his beloved vermouth drinks. An unbelievably lively place, both afternoon and evening, and in any case an absolute must on every trip to Palma.
La Rosa Vermutería
Carrer de la Rosa, 5
07003 Palma de Mallorca
Café: La Molienda
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For a good breakfast and probably the best coffee in the city, head to La Molienda. The three founders and owners of the café were the first to specialize in modern coffee culture in Palma. Majo takes care of the kitchen, where he’s responsible for a pretty tasty breakfast made from regional organic ingredients: “healthy and conscious eating” is important here. Miguel and Toni take care of the coffee, which is made only with the best beans from roasters like Right Side Coffee, The Barn, and Origin Coffee Roasters. In short, a true mecca for coffee lovers!
Carrer del Bisbe Campins, 11
07012 Palma de Mallorca
Beach: Es Trenc
Whoever loves long, unadulterated stretches of beach should take a day trip to Es Trenc. This almost Carribbean-like white sand beach with azure waters is about 50 minutes away from Palma by car. Even in the high season, you can find a relatively quiet spot to happily while away the day on the beach’s 3.5 kilometers. Thanks to the tireless work of bird and environmental protection groups, this natural beach with a delicate system of dunes running behind it will hopefully be with us for a long time to come.
Superfood: Ziva To-Go
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Petra Wigermo, the owner of the vegan raw food to-go place in Santa Catalina, opened another shop in Palma’s old town at the beginning of the year. Alongside the usual smoothies and vegan salads, the new Ziva To-Go offers a fantastic brunch buffet on the first Saturday of the month. Also new are various detox programs that range from light, couple-day-long raw food or smoothie regimens all the way to a week-long green juice detox.
Ziva to Go
Plaça de la Navegacion 11 A
07013 Palma de Mallorca
Calle Protectora 1
07012 Palma de Mallorca
Dinner: Ca Na Toneta
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An absolute highlight and a must for all foodies: the magical organic restaurant Ca Na Toneta in Caimari, about a 40-minute drive from Palma. Sisters Maria and Teresa Solivellas use only the best regional ingredients for their dishes, many of which they’ve grown themselves. Whoever snatches one of the popular tables on the terrace can expect a really excellent, six-course tasting menu and certainly an unforgettable evening.
Ca Na Toneta
Carrer de s’Horitzó, 21
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Translation: Melissa Frost
Gloria Brachmann lives in Berlin and travels the world as a flight attendant. Before she turned her profession into her passion and started the blog "Come fly with me", she worked as a Contributor for L'Officiel Homme and as freelance Styling-Assistant.