Summer in Palma: 3 essential things to do
The sun, the Mediterranean Sea, the “clink-clink” sound of bubbly glasses of Cava toasting while the sun sets, picnics by the seashore… All that is a marvellous summer in Palma de Mallorca. If you’re looking to live the best experience in the largest of the Balearic Islands this summer season, here are 3 essential things to do to ensure you experience an unforgettable summer in Palma.
Let’s hit the beach
Let’s see, what would summer be without a beach plan? Yes, we know you probably already jotted this down in your to-do list, but let’s be honest, one cannot fathom a holiday in Mallorca without going to one of its incredible beaches. Therefore, it is one of the 3 essential things to do!
If you are not a local resident and are here on holiday this summer, don’t worry if you choose to stay in the centre of Palma, the capital city, in fact, you probably chose the best location. By staying in the city centre you’ll be near the best restaurants, bars, spas, landmarks and main shopping area, as well as being just a walk away from the sea promenade (“Paseo Marítimo”), the Port of Palma and the Playa de Palma beach (in front of the famous Cathedral).
From June to August, the Mallorcan beaches and “calas” (coves and small beaches) fill up with people searching for paradise: fine, white sand, turquoise water and a wide range of water sports available. However, some people prefer secret and almost deserted beaches, small and made up of tiny pebbles, for example. And yes, there are many of those here too! However, since we’re only talking about “must-visit” beaches and coves in Palma and nearby this time, these are Platja de Palma and Ses Illetes. And, if you want to visit a great beach a little further away someday, we suggest heading up north to Platja de Muro.
On a route around Palma
In Palma, there are a vast number of gastronomic routes in which the only purpose is, in fact, enjoying the best food and share the experience with your loved ones and friends. Depending on your taste and personality, in Palma you might want to go for one type of route or another. In this case, we are going to talk about two of the most famous ones: the Wine Route and the “Ruta Martiana”, ideal to enjoy a tapas night.
Fancy some wine? Do you love wineing, or have you never truly lived the experience? Whichever the case, the Mallorcan wine route through some of the best wine houses, called “bodegas” in Spanish, will surely impress you. This route takes you to some of the best bodegas and establishments where wine is an art form. And hey, this is no joke, wine is serious business in Mallorca! Typical “cellers” (wine houses from Mallorca) such as Tianna Negre, Macià Batle, the Ramanyà or Jaume de Puntiró are just some of the incredible spots that await you in this tasty wine route.
On the other hand, if you’d rather stay in the heart of the city of Palma or you want to get to know it by exploring the best tapas spots, the Ruta Martiana was tailor-made for you. This route takes you along some of the best bars and gourmet restaurants with “tapas bar” or section in the city, where you can enjoy a delicious typical “tapa” or “pincho” along with a glass of beer or red o white wine at a reduced combo price. Juicy potato Spanish omelette (“tortilla de patatas”), Piquillo peppers filled with seafood, Balearic beer, mini burgers, anchovies… Mmm!
Fancy a shopping trip?
What about a stylish cosmopolitan plan? That’s the best thing about Palma: its versatility. It offers both the best beach and shopping plans in the city!
Right in the heart of Palma, you’ll be able to find some of the best shops and boutiques for all kinds of style. From Zara and H&M to high-end brands like Sandro, Uterqüe, Massimo Dutti or others such as Calzedonia, all of them along the famous Jaime III street. Right there, in the same area, you’ll also find the large shopping centre of El Corte Inglés and, if you continue down Jaime III street you’ll end up in the Paseo del Borne, where there are numerous chic cafés and other lifestyle stores like Rialto Living.
Whichever the time or season, going on a shopping spree around Palma is always a great idea. However, going window-shopping during the summer is particularly charming. If you want to know a little more about shopping in the city, check out our post on Shopping in Palma.
Fancy learning even more about a fantastic holiday in Mallorca? Then don’t miss this other ever-so-popular post either, where we tell you about the Top 4 things to do in Palma. See you soon!