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24 hours in Palma de Mallorca—secret cocktail bars, mouth-watering tapas & dreamy art-nouveau architecture

I'm not usually an advocate of the quick trip. Travel for me is usually about slow movement, extended explorations and immersing myself into a new place fully but with holiday restrictions at work and a desire to see a friend I hadn't seen in a year I did a 24-hour jaunt to the Balearic island of Mallorca

Mallorca was the second of the Balearics I'd visited, the first being a fun weekend at Mimosa in Ibiza but I've since gone on to fall absolutely head-over-heels in love with Menorca's most beautiful beaches and the magical city of Ciutadella too. 

Due to its size and ease of getting around, Palma de Mallorca is a great option for a last minute weekend away but of course if I'd had more time to spare I would have loved to have stayed longer. Along the cute cobbled streets I discovered the most incredible buildings—pastel pink structures covered by intricate and colourful mosaics dating back to 1909 or elegant stained glass conservatories attached to the front of grand town houses, you don't have to wander far to be impressed with the cities magnificent architecture. I was impressed by a building called Edifici Casasayas, inspired by Gaudi and Can Forteza Rey—an amazing art-nouveau building along the main city road. 

front of the building called can fortes rey in palma
Can Forteza Rey

Down by the harbour walls I also came across the incredibly detailed cathedral of Palma named La Seu, as well as Llotja, an impressive gothic building with dramatic arches. 

La Seu Cathedral detailed arches in Palma de Majorca
La Seu Cathedral

Aside fro the cities stunning buildings, Palma also has some fab boutique shops with the streets around Plaça’s Mayor, Mercat and Cort offering the most exciting options. One of the most famous artists to live in Palma was Joan Miró, who stayed on the island until his death in 1983, now you can visit his studio, left just as it was when he died to take a guided tour learning more about Miro’s life, painting and sculpture. 

Where to eat and drink in Palma de Mallorca...

I always like to find the most amazing tapas restaurants in any Spanish city and in Palma I found small chain Tast. With three restaurants in the city each offers a wide selection of dishes to get any evening off to a good start. My friend and I shared fried Camembert, salt cod fritters, spinach croquettes, a type of chorizo from the Navarre region and padron peppers, all were incredible.

Later we hunted out hidden cocktail bars, finding Brassclub to check out their cool sculptural lamp made of 3000 bottles hanging from the ceiling and their delightful signature cocktails. Back in the centre of town Door 13 is a speakeasy that we loved owned by the most fabulous French guy. You need to ring a bell to be let in, but once inside the vintage surroundings and sleek artwork will seriously impress, but the main event is the cocktails, all invented on site, expertly blended and served in fun and unique ways.

two cocktail glasses on the bar at Door 13 in palma de majorca
Cocktails at Door 13

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