Palma de Mallorca
Winter is the ideal time to visit Palma de Mallorca, to see the museums and art galleries of the capital and to enjoy them almost in privacy. If it is Es Baluard, the museum for contemporary art, or La Seu Cathedral, there is wonderful sightseeing in Palma.
The streets of the old town of Palma are a shopping paradise especially when prices start to fall in January. The well-known fashion brands are lined up along Paseo del Borne and Jaume III, while young labels, accessories, costume jewellery and shoe shops can mainly be found in the small streets of the old town.
If you would like to have a nice lunch on your shopping outing and are looking for a good restaurant here are some that we have tried and tested: Basic Restaurant is very close to the big El Corte Inglés Palma on Avenida Alexandre Rosselló, and offers an amazing lunch at a very reasonable price. If you like to sample some Michelin star cooking try either Simply Fosh for a well priced daily menu or Andreu Genestra who also has a restaurant in Palma called Aromata.
When the sun shines on the weekend the Darsena at the Paseo Maritimo, offering spectacular views of the harbour, is the place to go. Another option is the Mar de Nudos set on the marina and facing the cathedral.
If you fancy a stroll by the sea the promenade from Portixol to Can Pastilla is wonderful and you can take a rest in one of the many cafés or restaurants along the route.
Want to dance the night away?
January signifies a buzz of colourful activity: the processions of the holy kings on the evening of the 5th of January are legendary and a must for families. On the 19th and 20th people meet on the streets of the old town to celebrate the patron saint of Palma Sant Sebastian. There is live music in different plazas in the city, traditional BBQ’s on the streets and marvellous fireworks.
Apart from the many events in Palma there is also a lot to discover in the villages and countryside of Mallorca. Enjoy long walks on the deserted beaches, play a round of golf without waiting or visit one of the top live music events in the local clubs and bars.
Excursions in Mallorca
Serra de Tramuntanta
There are a wealth of walks around the mountain region of the Serra de Tramuntanta from easy to strenuous. The best thing about starting and finishing in the monastery town of Lluc are the two restaurants. Try the one in the main building it has a great atmosphere, especially in the evenings when all the walkers who are staying there relax and enjoy their dinner. They serve excellent Mallorcan cuisine in generous portions, which is a perfect way to end a perfect day in the mountains.
Tip: Go for an early walk and return for breakfast then go to the cloisters and listen to the choirboys practice at 11am. It is a real treat.
Just past Lluc coming from Pollensa direction. You can stop off for a great Sunday lunch (Roast lamb or rabbit with onions are delicious) after a walk through the valley. For serious walkers this is the start of the track to Sa Calobra. Make sure you check for water levels before the walk as heavy rainfalls mean you may have to swim under water to continue your journey.
Keep going past Escorca and you will eventually reach the two reservoirs. There are some lovely strolls around them. At the second one you can cross the damn and keep going, you will eventually reach a plateau where you can sit on the edge and look down over the valley of Sóller. A perfect spot for a champagne picnic on a sunny winters day.
Local bands are playing excellent live music in the small clubs and bars of the villages. You’ll be surprised to find anything from the finest jazz or Spanish flamenco to modern beats.
Pollensa is an insider’s tip for excellent live music! The winter venues for live music vary. Good bands to look out for are The Hustlers a rock ‘n roll band usually found in Mulligans in Pto. Pollensa on a Friday night or Oliver’s restaurant on a Thursday from 21:00 hrs and Port Pollensa’s own jazz and blues band who usually jam on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs. Possible venues are the Royal Yacht Club, El Ancla or Mulligans.
In the town of Santanyi, the cosy restaurant-bar Sa Cova at Santanyi’s market square has excellent live music every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 21:00 hrs. Listen to the best of rock, jazz and flamenco. The bar area itself is not very large, so best to arrive early.
The Jazz Club Llucmajor at the restaurant Ca’n Pelin is an institution for fine jazz. Swing, Dixie and New Orleans are played here every Thursday at 21:00 hrs. The Ca’n Pelin is at the motorway from Palma to Llucmajor, exit 20.
The Lindner Hotel in Bendinat offers a jazz brunch every Sunday from 12:30 – 16:00 hrs.
The Maricel Hotel offers “cool cocktails and jazz” every Thursday from 21:15 – 00:15 hrs. Admission is free.
Visit a Spas
Winter is the best time to relax the body and soul in one of the luxurious spas on Mallorca especially on those rare rainy days!
Restaurant open in Winter
Many of the best restaurants close at the end of November and reopen in March. To find out which restaurants are open in winter – see the abcMallorca 101 Best Restaurant guide for a full listing of the restaurants that are open in wintertime on the island.
Hotels open in Winter
In recent years as there are a lot less flights to Mallorca many hotels now close in low season. To find out more about which hotels remain open during wintertime see the 101 Best Hotel Guide for Mallorca.