Not my favorite place, but there are nice elements. I’d recommend Corsica instead, which has very similar landscapes.


  • ***Coquietier Cocktail Club: “classy cocktails” – very good crafted drinks, central Palma walking district. Good for a pre-dinner drink.
  • ***Mercat de Santa Catalina: big indoor market, open every day but Sunday. Good for local wine/cheese/meets/fish etc., and a fun spot for a beer or some excellent sushi at ***Arume.
  • ***Arabella Spa at the St Regis Mardavall: Awesome spa. Neighborhood odd, but the hotel itself is gorgeous.
  • **PANORÁMICA PLAYA RESTAURANTE, on the east side of the Bay in the Cala Blava area, was the best of many similar seafood restaurants. Pretty good, though nothing I’d seek out. 

East Side

  • **Ponderosa Beach in Can Picafort. Good restaurant (seafood) with a nice beach club. Make reservations well in advance.
  • **Playa es Trenc: near Campos, on the SE side of the island. Billed as “the most unspoiled beach on the island”. Very crowded, like the Jersey Shore in the summer. Warm shallow water. Ponderosa was nicer.

West Side

  • *Can Prunera: Modern Art Museum. More about the house, not much art. Skippable. The town of **Soller, however, is quite lovely and worth visiting. There’s a great Indonesian restaurant across from the museum.
  • The ***Sierra de Tramuntana is beautiful, especially Banyalbufar, which has a great cove for swimming. If I came back I’d stay somewhere in the mountains, not in the flats.

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