It'll come as little surprise to know that Majorca’s honey-coloured capital is blessed with quality beachfront spots and old-fashioned terraces. It means that when you're done exploring the halls of Palma's almighty cathedral or in need of a beatific spot for a sundowner after an epic day trip to the UNESCO-protected Tramuntana mountains, you won't have to look very hard. Here's our pick of the best of them.
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Cassai Beach House
Another fixture of Palma’s enviable bar scene is the stylish Cassai Beach House, a swish outpost in an unbeatable location overlooking the island of Cabrera on Majorca’s south coast. Grab a seat on the sunny seafront terrace with an ice-cold Aperol Spritz and watch the boats bobbing along the shoreline. Or opt for the shade of the restaurant, a converted old fisherman’s house retrofitted with rustic wooden décor giving this fab spot oodles of charm.
21 Carrer Major
Il Chiringo Beach
The name ‘chiringo’ quite literally means ‘beach bar’ in Spanish and, living up to its promise, this casual, inviting seaside spot is right in the midst of the sand and surf. Settle in for a cinematic sunset as you graze sweet, moreish Korean barbecue, perfectly plump little bao buns and colourful, crunchy vegan poke bowls as you raise a glass to the enchanting Mediterranean evening.
Enjoy the Aperol Spritz ritual with the island’s cinematic sunsets
19 Paseo Mar, Palmanova
Justly proud of its status as the only remaining beachfront venue along Playa de Palma from the 1930s, the emphasis at Chalet Siena is on refined relaxation. It’s a casual, friendly sort of joint, with a little bit more pizazz than your typical beach shack. Join the locals for sunset on the lively outdoor patio and toast the warm summer evening with an effervescent Aperol Spritz. An array of light bites – think bruschetta with Manchego cheese, savoury croquettes or impeccably fried, salty squid rings – are brought to your table on a dainty afternoon-tea style tower. Historic atmosphere, yards from the surf? Sign us up.
1 Carrer de la Missió de San Diego
Chiringuito Beach House
Another spot that sets out to prove the beach shack experience doesn’t have to mean rough-and-ready. Chiringuito Beach House in Playa de Palma is a stylish, design-led space that successfully pairs an ambitious menu of small plates with a lively, attractive setting to create a note-perfect aperitivo experience. The venue’s charming take on the Italian ritual includes thin ‘cristal’ bruschetta laced in popping tomato topping, with kamado-style candied artichokes, dinky fried anchovies and Nelapese gyoza with rich peanutty sauce – the perfect foils to energetic conversation and a palette-cleansing Aperol Spritz.
Enjoy the Aperol Spritz ritual with your best pals and divine small plates
35, Carretera de l'Arenal
Cassai Gran Café & Restaurant
Situated in an exquisitely pretty, centuries-old stone house, Cassai is beloved by the Instagram set, but offers plenty of substance to match the style. It’s the brainchild of Catalina Socias – owner of a successful lifestyle brand and boutique hotel – and sister venue to the Cassai Beach House. Grab a table on the leafy stone courtyard and complement your joyful early-evening Aperol Spritz with a round of angler fish croquettes, sweet padron peppers and fried calamari.
5 Carrer Sitjar
The folks at Anima Beach like to describe their bar as a ‘paradise on the sea’, and they’re not wrong. Thanks to its striking aesthetic – feast your eyes on that rectilinear pool, luxe daybeds big enough for your whole holiday crew and the fun feather-lined parasols – you’ll feel like you’ve ascended to another plane. And that’s before you’ve settled in at the perfect moment, right around sunset, for a tall Aperol Spritz and a round of roasted croquettes, creamy mozzarella wontons and dainty slivers of Iberian ham.
Enjoy the Aperol Spritz ritual with Palma’s trendiest beach bums
Autopista de Llevant
This Italian-run corner bar is forever buzzing with the lively chit-chat of friends who gather to enjoy uplifting tunes in a good-looking spot with zero pretensions. Inside, it’s all colourful wallpaper and quirky lamps, but the real action is out on the street, where knots of early-evening patrons nibble parmesan with white truffle honey, or – the house speciality – sliced white veal with a luxuriant blob of tuna mayonnaise. The perfect springboard to a memorable Palma evening.
60 Carrer de Sant Magí
Rocking a soothing palette of Mediterranean bone-white with pastel blue trim, this impeccably put-together chiringuito revels in its sunny seaside setting. The paella is the main draw – you have to reserve it in advance – but if you’re hankering after something lighter, go for the clams in white wine sauce and healthy green vegetables with a side of Iberian croquettes. The perfect accompaniment to a ravishing round of summery orange spritzes.
Enjoy the Aperol Spritz ritual with knockout paella just steps from the beach
174 Casetes des Capellans, Platja de Muro
And if you’re still hungry for more…
For high-end tapas with knockout views of the marina, give Mar de Nudos a punt (6 Carrer del Moll).
For indulgent truffle mac & cheese or tender lamb kofta, swing by uber-contemporary Siso Beach (6b Avinguda de Son Maties).
For a plush beach-bar experience with luxuriantly plated morsels of Mediterranean light bites, get to Emege (45 Carretera de l'Arenal).
For an easy-on-the-eye plate of deftly seasoned sunset seafood by the marina, Can Blanc is a must (Passeig Mar).
For an Insta-worthy sunset, head to Ventuno Beach – a sandy sister venue to Palma’s favourite Italian corner bar (Playa del Mago).
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