Here we bring you the latest news happening around the island – from New Openings to Top Events whether you live here all year or just visit from time-to-time – stay in the know with what’s going on!
Tourism legislation on table after elections
National electoral wins by the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party have been reflected on a local level, with the PSOE gaining more seats than any other party in the Balearic parliament – a first for them. Both the Partido Popular and Més per Mallorca lost seats, but without a clear majority the PSOE will have to forge a pact with the other parties to form a local government. One of the main topics under discussion will be legislation surrounding tourism on the island, such as the tourist tax, tackling ‘booze’ tourism, limiting cruise ship numbers, and sustainability.
Més are also understood to be making a new environment tax a condition for their support of the government. Initially drawn up four years ago, the tax would be levied on businesses that are responsible for pollution. The PSOE were not in favour of the proposal, arguing the tourist tax – also known as the eco-tax – was sufficient.
Early surge in tourist numbers
Spring has already seen a strong boost in the number of visitors to the Balearic Isles, with a rise of 16% in the month of April compared to the previous year. This represents a total of 1.08 million tourists who it is estimated spend €995 million during their stay – which is also a small increase in average spending. Germans still make up the bulk, at around 42% with visitors from the UK coming in second at 20%.
New design hotel for Calatrava
Following several years of construction, the El Llorenç Parc de la Mar Hotel will open its doors in Palma’s La Calatrava neighbourhood. With interiors by acclaimed Swedish designer, Magnus Ehrland, plus facilities that include Palma’s longest infinity pool and dining by top chef Santi Taura, it promises to be another outstanding example of luxury accommodation in the capital.
Fresh dining concept at Puro
Landmark boutique hotel Purohotel Palma has launched a new dining concept with its Beatnik Restaurant & Bar. Inspiration for its decor and vibe was drawn from 1950s New York and the Beatnik movement of the era, with a menu that fuses exotic spices and flavours from around Mediterranean, Asia and Latin America. The restaurant caters for up to 60 diners, the bar offers expertly mixed cocktails, and in the summer the service extends to the hotel’s swish rooftop terrace.
Call for Playa de Palma crackdown
So far this year at least 60 bars and restaurants in the Palma area have received fines for not complying with new bylaws aimed at cracking down on antisocial behaviour in tourist zones. Palma town hall, however, has come under increasing pressure from the hoteliers association and local residents to step up policing in the Playa de Palma area. Hoteliers have even said they will take matters into their own hands and eject rowdy tourists themselves.
Playa de Palma is a long stretch of sandy beach just south of Palma’s cultural centre and ideal for a fun and active holidays for party-going tourists. […] Playa de Palma
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Green light for Nou Llevant developments
Palma town hall has been given the go-ahead for construction to begin on two housing developments in Nou Llevant neighbourhood. Licences were approved for the creation of residential blocks comprising102 and 89 flats, as well as 358 underground parking spaces. Investment in the two projects will total almost €24 million.
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Some five-star hotels across the island’s main holiday resorts have been slashing prices in response to a predicted drop in demand this summer. The resurgence of competition from destinations such as Greece, Turkey, and Egypt is largely being blamed for lower occupancy levels. This is also leading to many four-star properties being forced to lower rates in response.
20-year wedding celebrations
One of Mallorca’s top and most established wedding organisers, Mallorca Hochzeiten, has celebrated their 900th event after over 20 years in business. Comprising a team of just six, between mid-April and late October they organise 60 to 70 weddings per year for an average of 100-150 guests. They offer almost 400 different locations across the island and beyond, with wedding packages tailored exactly to clients’ requirements.
When it comes to the big wedding day, let professionals help plan it to perfection. From the location to the cake, Mallorca Hochzeiten sees to the details […] Mallorca Hochzeiten
Street vendor fine first
Local police have issued their first fine relating to new regulations surrounding the purchase of goods from illegal street vendors. A tourist was charged €100 for the infraction, which took place in Playa de Palma. Applicable to residents as much as tourists, Palma town hall have stressed that while it is the first, “it will not be the last”.
Sa Gerreria aparthotel opens
The regeneration of Palma’s Sa Gerreria neighbourhood continues with the opening of Fil Suites, at the buzzing Plaza Raimundo Clar. The former textile factory offers a choice of accommodation that ranges from standard guestrooms to spacious apartments for up to six guests with self-catering facilities. The hotel also features private on-site parking and a rooftop pool.
Formentor traffic limit extension
Councillor for Infrastructure, Mercedes Garrido, has proposed a month extension to traffic restrictions on the road to Formentor compared to last summer. Strict limits on traffic along the peninsular are likely to be extended from mid-June to mid-September. Buses would still connect Port de Pollensa with Formentor lighthouse and beach.
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Tour operator warning
The crisis at Thomas Cook is putting over 200,000 holiday bookings at risk on Mallorca, analysts have warned. Profit warnings have been reported over the past year at the troubled British tour operator, with factors such as Brexit, competition from low-cost airlines, and a UK heatwave adding to challenging trading environment.
New historic hotel for Palma
Another addition to the Mallorcan capital’s collection of luxury boutique hotels has arrived in the form of Hotel Antigua Palma Casa Noble. Set deep in Palma’s old town, this former family residence opens its doors after a three-year renovation project that combined the building’s historical charm with a stylish modern update. The 27-room hotel also offers guests gourmet traditional dining, a rooftop terrace, and deluxe Arabian-inspired spa.
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Palma traffic amongst Spain’s worst
A recent study has named Palma the second worst city in Spain for traffic jams. The TomTom Traffic Index has indicated that drivers in the Mallorcan capital spend on average 25% of their time stuck in traffic, with only Barcelona clocking up more with 29% of their drivetime spent in congestion.
Cycle tourism clicks up a gear
Figures released by the Spanish Ministry for Sports and Culture show that Mallorca continues to show strong growth as a destination for cycle tourism. The island has become one of the most popular places in Europe for cyclists, with an estimated quarter of million visiting this year – an increase of 25% on 2018 – which is predicted to bring in around €300million in associated revenues. With the vast majority visiting the island outside the hottest months, which includes many professional cycling teams. The phenomenon also plays an important role in decentralising the flow of visitors to the island.
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New vintage boutique
ROUGE by Gallery Red is the latest luxury boutique to open in the heart of Palma. Located in an iconic landmark building just off the Paseo del Borne, the elegant store offers a curated selection of vintage accessories by top fashion designers that include Hermès, Chanel, Dior, Gucci and Prada. A multilingual team of luxury goods specialists is on hand to offer help and advice. “We are proud to introduce this new luxury buying experience to Palma… and are very much looking forward to welcoming local and international customers to our exceptional flagship store,” says Drew Aaron, Chairman and CEO of Gallery RED.
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Express airport parking
Ongoing improvements at Palma Airport now include a new express parking zone for dropping off passengers outside the departures level. There are 62 places and parking is free for the first 15 minutes.
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Hotel revamp targets youth market
MAC Hotels have invested €11million in the comprehensive update of Paradiso Garden in Playa de Palma. As well as raising its rating to four stars, the redesign has focused on new technologies to appeal more to younger clientele. The hotel has also invited 12 German ‘influencers’ to raise its profile across social media platforms, as well as introducing a plastic-free policy and a focus on local produce.
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