Sun, sea and Aperol Spritz; check, check and check. But wait, there’s more to Palma – so much more. The capital of the Balearics is a perfect city-break destination, with its combination of stunning architecture, fashion-forward boutiques and its multitude of bars and clubs for when the sun goes down (or even when it’s up if you can’t wait that long). Plus, for a small island, Majorca’s vibrant dining scene punches well above its weight, with an abundance of mouthwatering tapas, and cutting-edge international cuisine.
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So where to begin? Maybe by checking out the authentic local beach bars known as “chiringuitos” where you can grab a bite without even having to brush the sand off your toes. El Chiringuito Beach House, situated in Playa de Palma, is just such a place, serving up tasty Mediterranean food, including fresh ceviches and rich paellas. The bar also serves up excellently made Aperol Spritzes and, as day turns to night, banging tunes from its in-house and visiting DJs, live musicians and dancers.
If you are after truly local flavours, 5illes Mallorca, a chain of three restaurants in Colonia de Sant Jordi, follows a zero-kilometre philosophy by sourcing ingredients from nearby markets and fishermen. EAT&DRINK offers exceptional tapas with a Mediterranean twist, PORT serves delicious sushi, kebabs, and homemade burgers, and BEACH&SUNSET is the perfect spot for aperitivi with unparalleled views of white sands, clear blue waters, and the glimmering light of those perfect Palmesan summer sunsets.
For a touch of early 20th-century glamour, Chalet Siena was originally built in the 1930s but has been updated stylishly, merging its retro styling with contemporary flair. The bar offers multiple terraces with perfect views of the Mediterranean and its resident DJs and bartenders’ bottle flaring performances keep the party going as the sun begins to dip over the horizon.
Siso Beach, an avant-garde space where the sea, the sun and gastronomy come together to offer a unique experience for the senses. They have a carefully crafted menu to enjoy throughout the day, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, and of course Aperol Spritz, all with views of the beautiful Son Matias beach.
Now, you’re in Spain, so you should only eat Spanish food, right? Wrong! Ventuno’s Italian aperitivi with Aperol Spritz are a must-try and genuinely as good as anything you would find in Italy itself. That's why, in this small place located in Santa Catalina, in the centre of Palma de Mallorca, people gather to enjoy Aperol Spritz with friends.