Paseo Marítimo: it’s easy-going on Palma’s seafront promenade
You absolutely must have a stroll along Palma’s Paseo Marítimo sometime. Ideally, start from Porto Pí and saunter in the direction of the centre – all the way along the seafront, with the cathedral always in your sights, past yachts, restaurants, hotels and bars. And so much more besides. Let’s walk the promenade! On the Avenida Gabriel Roca, to give the street its official name, you’ll also see an international specialist medical centre – the Centro Médico Porto Pí – which has a range of multilingual medical specialists. It’s valuable to have this medical advice on hand, not only to holidaymakers but also particularly to the residents who own their own property here in Majorca.
They’re the lucky devils – those who live right in front of the sea on the Paseo Marítimo or Passeig Marítim…because the location is second to none. To have a home in Palma right by the sea, with a view of the yacht marina and the Bay of Palma – there’s something to be said for it! Life on the Paseo Marítimo is colourful and varied, starting with the nightlife in the mini harbour of Ca’n Bàrbara. If you’re dying to go dancing, the almost legendary Club Garrito here is the place to be.
Paella, burgers, seafood
When you get hungry, you can really fortify yourself in the Mercat 1930 gastronomic market. Feast your way from stall to stall, trying the pinchos, pizza, sushi and Spanish classics such as ham croquettes and Iberian ham. This temple of gastronomy is housed in a building from the 1930s, hence its name. A little further in the direction of the cathedral, the Restaurant El Pesquero welcomes diners at lunchtime and in the evenings, and you can enjoy not only the delicious seafood but also the beautiful view of the harbour. Also by the water is C’an Eduardo, which is famed for its paellas and located on a pier. Music fans are right at home in the Hard Rock Café Mallorca, where they serve enormous burgers along with the good music.
Art and dance
The finest of culture and art can also be found on the Paseo Marítimo. International and home-grown musicians play at the Auditorium. Ballet is on the programme too, if you feel like seeing “The Nutcracker” and such fairy-tale performances. Another highlight is the Es Baluard art museum, which has been integrated into Palma’s old city fortifications. It includes a restaurant with a large outdoor terrace and – as you may have guessed – a view of that deep blue sea.
International boat show
Across from La Lonja (the former maritime trade building), the Paseo Marítimo becomes the stage for a first-class boat show every year. This is where the Palma International Boat Show takes place! For all future recreational skippers and boat enthusiasts, it’s the opportunity to take a look at the very latest of the latest in the nautical realm.
Residence of the blue bloods
The Almudaina Royal Palace is jaw-dropping in a completely different way. Its origins date back to the 13th century. This dignified building was the seat of the emir and later the residence of the Christian kings. It’s still used today by King Felipe VI for official receptions when he is staying in Majorca. And you can visit the Almudaina Palace. You’ll have the unmissable chance to look at the former chambers of the past royals.
Cinema by the cathedral
Beneath the cathedral, the man-made lake in the Parc de la Mar sparkles in the sun, with the Gothic cathedral reflected in it. In summer, the space in front of the lake becomes an open-air cinema, with films flickering on the giant screen under the open sky.