PALMA de MALLORCA - May 2017

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View over the bay from the cathedral

The historic old town

 

Wonderful city to visit for a long week-end break.  The old part of Palma is enchanting with wide tree-lined avenues  and fountains dotted around.   Strolling along the narrow side streets  is a real pleasure as you never know what is round the corner -  a lovely square, a church, a tapas bar etc...

May is the perfect to visit as the weather is not too hot.

Brondo Architect boutique hotel

 A delightful boutique hotel,  well located within the old town .  Each room is individually decorated and one appointed.  The staff is super friendly  and very helpful.

 The main lounge area looks like a very large open plan kitchen  leading to an outside terrace with tables, sofas et cetera.  A very pleasant area to have a drink or breakfast  which is very generous with freshly squeezed orange juice, croissants, fruits,  eggs cooked which ever way you want.  The only downside it hasn't got a swimming pool.

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Now that is a roundabout !

  • Placa Mayor

  • Catedral de Mallorca

El Catedral from the sea

A visit to the marina is a must

 

 

Possibly one of the largest marina in the Med. in fact the harbour hosts many marinas. There is a nice, friendly bar/restaurant, La Cantina,  thatserves the best sangria (red wine, fresh orange juice, vermouth, martini, banana liquor, Cointreau and Spanish brandy !!!) and why not try the a strawberry gin. The paella is succulent as well as the plate of baby squids and grilled prawns. 

Small or large !

Reial Club Nautica de Palma

Sailing on Halcyon

Cala Portals Vells

The black  pearl !

I' had to take precautions as I forgot my sunglasses

A bit about Tapas

A tapa,  in Spanish cuisine ,  is an appetiser or snack that is served hot or cold. Tapas have evolved into  sophisticated entres in selected bars and  restaurants. The word "tapas" is derived from the Spanish/Portuguese verb tapar, "to cover". The original tapas were thin slices of bread or meat which drinkers in Andalusian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips. This was a practical measure to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry.

The Tast Club (tast.com) i👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Is the best tapas restaurant in the old town.  It is not a cheap place to eat  but the tapas here have taken another culinary dimension !  Each Tapas is presented like a piece of art  and tastes divine.  The restaurant is also beautifully decorated.

Another tapas restaurant worth visiting is La  iBodeguilla. It has a friendly,relaxed atmosphere and it's full of locals.  This place serves the best ham croquettes I have ever tasted.

A little about the Mallorca pearl

 

The Mallorca pearl is famous worldwide. It is  manufactured artificially  through a process developed by a German engineer, Hugo Heusch, who founded a company that he later transferred to Manacor in Mallorca to produce his ‘Majórica‘ pearls.

The  manufacture of  the Mallorca pearl is now a big  contributor to the economy of the island   alongside tourism.

Back in Palma - September 2017

 

AH Art Hotel

Art Hotel

 This time we stayed in this delightful family run hotel located in the old town of Parma . Playa de Major  is a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Pepe the oowner transformed the old building from an antique centre into a 13 bedroom luxurious boutique hotel. The place has been carefully designed with a lot of attention to details and antique furnishings and paintings can be found throughout.

One must not forget the staff who are  Particularly helpful  and always smiling.  Breakfast is plentiful  with freshly squeezed orange juice and a variety of local produce such as cheese, ham, fresh fruits and breads. 

 I can highly recommend this hotel and I can't wait to stay there again.

 

Fabulous trip to Port de Soller

The town of Soller and its port lie on the North West cost of Mallorca, some 50 km from Palma. The journey there by train from the main station in Palma is great fun and takes you over the mountains. As you arrive in the town of Soller you can spend time seeing the sights or jump on a tram to the port which is a 3 km ride downhill and then discover a quaint little seaside resort with cafes and eating places along the promenade. A great day out 😎