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Palma, a mix of Roman, Byzantine and Moors architecture

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

Wherever you are staying on the island, you have to go to Palma for at least a day.

Start off with a stroll around the area of Santa Catalina, with its Mercat , then walk down the avenida de Jaume III, where you have a look at the El Corte Inglès and other boutiques. The serious Spanish shopping starts when you turn onto Passeig del Born, with Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Uterque.

In that area, I have to mention the restaurant Ombu. I actually like going there in the evening and you must try the Huevo de Oro (a chocolate dessert to die for).

For a light lunch, I really like 13% tapas, they have an original menu for lunch with a choice of different and unusual tapas. It doesn't have a terrace but in the summer you are glad to be inside.

Now you are really close to the Palau Reial de l'Almudaina, a 14th century Arabian fort used by the Royal Family for various events and the Catedral de Mallorca, the two main landmarks of Palma, so enjoy!

Then you can get lost in the nearby backstreets and get to see the Banys Arabs, so Arab baths from the time of Moorish rule surrounding by a tranquil garden. Go past the Basilica de Sant Francesc next to the Placa Quadrado with a beautiful Art Nouveau house.

In the evening the cathedral looks just as impressive. Don't miss out on the views and drinks from the rooftop bars, so here are a few... the trendy Nakar hotel and the 49 steps Bar & Grill. Another two of my favorite restaurants for the evening are La Vieja de Jonay and Sadrassana . To be honest there are so many amazing restaurants that it was really hard to choose ;)

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