For most people, the word ‘Palma’ conjures up images of palm tree-lined beaches, heaving chiringuitos and tanned people drinking sangria in seaside restaurants. Yes, Palma de Mallorca is divine in summer, but with the city’s exciting cultural and culinary treasures, we can promise you that a winter visit is at least as memorable, if not more so.
Gorge on to-die for dishes in a Michelin guide restaurant
Visitors and locals keen to throw their tastebuds a curve ball can rejoice as the capital’s fine-dining scene is arguably one of its most flourishing highlights. From Santa Catalina’s Sumaq to the old town’s Bala Roja, no less than seven of Palma’s top chefs have cooked their way into Michelin’s Spain guide this year. More than the ‘Michelin Plate,’ Adrián Quetglas, an intimate, bistro-style restaurant and Marc Fosh, Palma’s well-known laidback gem, have been awarded the tyre company’s illustrious star.
Be drawn in by classic scenes and contemporary drama at Cineciutat
Cinephiles are in for a real treat as Cineciutat’s screenings include vintage classics, foreign-language films, documentaries, independent stuff and the more intelligent blockbusters. The cosy four-screen cinema, recently refurbished, is a firm favourite with local film aficionados, not least because of its soulful vibe and friendly volunteers. The fact that the cinema is just a stone’s throw from S’Escorxador, which boasts 20-odd stalls sellinga galaxy of tasty Mediterranean treats, only adds to its Saturday night appeal.
Marvel over breath-taking vistas from Castell Bellver
If Castell de Bellver’s 14th-century architecture and unique round tower haven’t convinced you to trudge up its 450 steps, then maybe the promise of vistas that leave you positively speechless will. The kaleidoscopic views include Palma’s greens woods, the city’s terracotta-coloured rooftops and the glittering blues of the Badia de Palma. Locals time their jog to coincide with sunset or can be found sitting along the wall, in companiable silence with a friend or with a book in hand.
Visit Pueblo Espagñol and walk from Cordoba to Granada in minutes
Pueblo Espagñol is an exciting mosaic of Spanish architecture and includes theCourt of the Myrtles from Granada’s Alhambra and Córdoba’s Christ of the Lanterns. Visitors can explore its 18 buildings, 15 streets, and 12 squares before enjoying warm winter rays on the café’s sunny terrace. Pueblo Espagñol also hosts a fabulous Christmas market which takes you even further than mainland Spain as it boasts all the dazzle of an Austrian ‘Weihnachtsmarkt’.
Enjoy Oysters and Fizz at Mercat de l’Olivar
Visit Mercat de l’Olivar’s fish section and you’ll see well-dressed Mallorcans graze from the 39 stalls selling anything from oysters and canapes to ‘boquerones’ and sushi. Naturally, wherever there’s sustenance in this land, the opportunity to sip on a chilled glass of wine or champagne is never too far away. Combine the above with a distinctly Spanish convivial vibe and it will not surprise anyone to learn that a dash to the market could easily become a four-hour affair.
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