You know a place is keen on their food when they put on an annual gastronomic fair to celebrate the octopus! The Fira Gastronomica d’es Pop (‘Pop‘ being Catalan for Octopus) takes place over the last weekend of June, where local restaurants show of their Mediterranean cuisine credentials. One must-do restaurant is Michelin-starred Restaurant Sa Llotja. It’s an upmarket venue in a splendid location featuring an elevated terrace overlooking Porto Colom’s marina.
Palma city, located in the bay named after it is impressive from the moment we approach by sea or air. It‘s a city that offers you a lot of opportunities for cultural, gastronomic, shopping and leisure experiences. Being a destination known for its idyllic beaches and picturesque sea and mountain villages, Mallorca has a capital that rivals with the most beautiful capitals in Europe. Recently, it was ranked as the second best city to live in the world.
Palma is divided into five districts, 89 quarters and an old town which harmoniously combines the monumentality of the Cathedral and churches such as Sant Francesc and Santa Eulalia with ultra-modern buildings and charming shops in which you can buy traditional products and crafts. These shops compete with the luxury of the big brand stores located in the streets of Jaume III and Paseo del Borne.
Starting from the Cathedral, we find the most visited areas and mandatory stops are Plaza de Cort, where the City Hall and an olive tree dominate the square; Plaza Mayor is full of life both in its centre and under its arcades. Strolling around the area of D’alt Murada - Calatrava becomes a unique experience for the senses. Enjoy its narrow streets and Arab influences that give it a special appeal. The urban reform carried out recently, the magnetism and luxury of the houses and apartments are reasons why it has become a highly requested area.
Near the Avenidas, one of the busiest parts of the city, you stumble upon the district called Gerreria, one of the most traditional neighbourhoods in Palma that has undergone a extensive transformation to become a modern and active district with a wide range of newly built, top quality apartments. Las Ramblas and the streets Sant Miquel and Sant Jaume are lively and colourful shopping areas, ideal for walking around and taking in the atmosphere. Enjoy the delights of the island in emblematic cafes such as Ca'n Joan de s'Aigo or Cappuccino Grand Café.
The old town is loaded with cultural places of interest, such as the Museu de Mallorca, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and Baluard and fabulous real estate. Here are houses and apartments which combine the distinct character of the city’s architecture (Mallorcan courtyards, exposed beams, stunning façades) with the luxury and quality of the old town.
La Lonja is one of the great examples of Gothic architecture in the city. Here a kind of Bohemian neighbourhood has established itself, popular real estate buys here are refurbished buildings and penthouses with sea views. The district has a wide variety of restaurants and an incredible, magnetic atmosphere.
Santa Catalina is another area with an eclectic and charming history, located on the outside of the walls of Baluard, home to thetraditional Mercado de Santa Catalina. A few meters from the Paseo Marítimo, this district boastsnumerous restaurants and trendy cocktail bars and has become very popular in terms of property investment.
Continuing along the Paseo Marítimo, towards the Playa de Palma, we come across the district called Portitxol-Molinar. This is an old fishing district, now known for its terraces, restaurants and charming houses on the seafront. It has a fantastic promenade running the length of the beach which is ideal for walking and playing sports such as jogging, biking or rollerblading.
Portixol has become one of the most desirable areas to buy a property. With the majestic Castillo de Bellver, the only circular castle in Europe which is situated in a forest considered the Palma’s green lung, as the backdrop the neighbourhood Bonanova, is a quiet residential area with stunning sea views. Bonanova is a popular area of Palma here you will find a large selection of villas with pools and sea view apartments.
Even though the laid back tranquillity of Porto Colom is one of its main attractions, the town really comes to life in April each year by playing host to the TriStar Mallorca Triathlon which attracts over 600 participants. And if you’re partial to glass of wine or two, a visit to the nearby vineyards of Pla y Llevant is an absolute must. Several vineyards open their doors to the public offering tours and wine tastings.
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