Probably my favourite kinds of holidays are city breaks. I just love to explore new places! So on my birthday, we took a bus into the city of Palma to do just that! I thought I'd put together a post about what we got up to whilst we were there for anyone else who is thinking on taking a day trip on their holiday.
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One of the first things we saw when we got off the bus was Palma Cathedral and I think it's pretty self explanatory why we were immediately drawn to it. I mean it's quite hard to miss it... The cathedral itself was built in the 1600's and the gothic style architecture is simply stunning, but the thing I loved most about it was the cute gardens and courtyards that you come across as you are walking around. There was even a local artisan market outside of it the day we went! We didn't actually go inside as we had lots we wanted to do in the day, but if we ever go back I highly suspect we will pay to actually go inside which I'm sure is equally as beautiful.
Plaza Almoina, s/n, 07001 Palma de Mallorca
MARINA PORT DE MALLORCA
If boats are your thing then the harbour in Palma is the place for you! People from all over the world come to this place to dock their boats/yachts (there was a surprising number of English ones there!) and if you're anything like me you'll love having a nose at how the other half live! Unfortunately, you can't go and explore the boats up close and personal, but you can walk along the road and there is a viewing platform you can go up to get an overview of the port. And the cruise ships and 5 story yachts are definitely a sight I wouldn't have wanted to miss!
Avinguda de Gabriel Roca, 35, 07014 Palma
We didn't really go in too many shops whilst we were in Palma but whilst walking around the site of the Cathedral, we did find this hidden gem which had some beautiful jewellery making and home supplies. From the prettiest coasters to stunning embroidered handbags this shop is just so Pinterest worthy. They even had strings of beads, leather cords and gemstones. Trust me to find a shop with jewellery making supplies in...
Calle Palau Reial, 3, Palma
When we first arrived in Palma, we wanted to have a quick pit stop and get a plan of action together for the day so we stopped at Varadero Mallorca for a couple of drinks. The views from this cafe were so stunning, on one side there was the Cathedral and on the other side you could see all the cruise ships docking. It actually turns into a trendy bar in the evening which we didn't see, but I've heard it's got the best views of the cathedral which lights up at night! And on our way out I caught a glimpse of some tasty looking cakes that I wish I had sampled too...
Carrer de Moll Vell, s/n, 07012 Palma
We stumbled upon Cafe Antiquari in an area of Palma which was full of great places to eat and catch up with friends. We sat outside of the cafe despite a slight downpour (don't worry we were under cover) and ordered some drinks. The waitress was a bit slow but as we weren't in a rush so that didn't really matter to us and we just sat and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. Unfortunately, they weren't serving lunch until later in the day, so we ended up moving on to somewhere else but if you get the chance I would definitely check it out!
Carrer Arabí, 5, 07003 Palma
CAFETERIA LA BIONDA
After finding Cafe Antiquari weren't serving food we went out to find somewhere we could eat quickly. We came across this plaza which had lots of restaurants with outdoor seating, including Cafeteria La Bionda, so we thought we'd give it a go. We shared a pizza and chips which was our normal lunchtime snack. The service was quick and the pizza was good, so no complaints from me. You need to be aware that it is located in the middle of a tourist trap, so people do come around trying to sell you things, but if you're happy to just keep saying no and are looking for quick food like we were then it's perfect.
Plaça Major, 4, 07002 Palma
I'd love to know if you do visit any of these places and if you have any more to add to the list, please write it in the comments below.