Palma

Many visitors to Mallorca bypass Palma, thinking of it as nothing more than a big city with a busy nightlife. However, Palma can offer much more than many of us might expect. Just taking a walk through the old part of the city to admire the Cathedral, ancient palaces, castles and those narrow stone streets with plenty of bars, restaurants and delicatessens make a visit worthwhile. Here we give you a brief summary of some of the attractions.
 
Museums
 
Palma offers a wide range of museums to visit. A must-see is the Palma Cathedral which is a jewel of gothic art. It combines Renaissance with Baroque, as well incorporating additions by Gaudi and Barceló. Also not to be missed are the 14th-century Bellver Castle which houses the city history museum as well as Roman art from the island, the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation exhibiting Miro’s work, the 11th-century Arab baths, the Almudaina Royal Palace (once the residence of the Moorish rulers, and later that of the Mallorcan kings), and lastly the Contemporary Spanish Art Museum exhibiting work from Picasso, Barceló, Dali, Miró, Gris and Tàpies, among others.
 
Food
 
Palma is a city that knows how to welcome people with a variety of offers, from the always-reliable tapas, to organic restaurants, to high-end cuisine.  Here we will share with you two outstanding restaurants:
 
First, the Refectori Restaurant, which is run by top Mallorcan chef Tolo Trías, and is located in a restored convent. Its menu proves how daring Tolo is with his cooking which has represented Mallorcan cuisine in several competitions. Tolo is an example of how Mallorcan cuisine is catching up with Spanish nouvelle cuisine.  The second restaurant, Ca Na Toneta, has a completely different approach to food. This warm, family-run restaurant represents the down-to-earth, traditional Mallorcan cuisine. All the ingredients come from their own well-tended garden, and even the lamb comes from nearby mountains.
 
We must also mention how enjoyable it can be to go delicatessen-hopping in the old quarters of Palma where you can taste ham, sausages, cheeses, jams, sobrassadas, llongonissas, ensaimadas, olives or pastries in shops like Agape, La Pajarita, La Montana, La Favorita, Son Vivot, and others.

Wine
 
In Mallorca more and more wineries are starting to produce top-quality wine, to the extent that this area might soon become a landmark among connoisseurs. Here we give you three examples:
 
Malvasía de Banyalbufar has rescued the local Malvasía grape from extinction. In doing so, they have breathed new life into some of the neglected, weed-choked terraces of the picturesque coast where the village of Banyalbufar is located. The wine produced is mainly consumed locally but prestigious wine magazines are already noting its quality.
 
Son Campaner is located in the village of Sencelles. This winery plants Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and local star Manto Negro. They produce a deliciously fruity and spicy blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz:  certainly one of the best wines around in this price range, retailing at about €6.
 
Finca Son Bordils is located in the south of Inca. They produce full-bodied reds from Cabernet and Merlot, spicy Shiraz, fruity cocktails of Merlot, local stars Manto Negro and Callet, Cabernet, silky Chardonnay whites, Mosacatels and native Prensals. Their wines have been highly praised.

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