Last weekend we flew out to the balearic islands to spend a few days in the beautiful old town of Palma, the capital city of the Spanish island of Mallorca.
We had rented a beautiful apartment on Airbnb and right after arriving from the airport we started exploring the city. The small alleys, perfect climate, beautiful street art, very friendly people and an amazing culinary experience made us fell in love with that small city right away.
What we noticed right away: Lots of good looking cyclists!
The city bike scene in Palma is growing. Some might call it hipster overload, but we call it lots of people on beautiful bicycles. And the reason why someone starts to bike – even if it’s simply for style reasons – doesn’t matter, because cycling helps the city and the planet. 🙂
For breakfast we went to La Molienda. A small coffee place, serving delicious coffee and cinnamon buns. Lots of people arriving by bike and the little outsite seating area in front of the cafe is perfect for people and bicycle watching.
After breakfast we (of course) rented bikes at a place close to the The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu. In the summer it’s probably crowded by tourists, but this time of the year it is really quiet in Palma, which makes it kind of perfect. We biked all along the water for about 15 km. A really easy ride along the beach and on a bike lane in perfect condition. Mallorca in general offers impressive and beautiful bike rides and makes the island a popular destination for amateur to professional cyclists.
But we took it easy this time. Stopped several times on the way to watch surfers, drink coffee and to simply enjoy the sun.
For some after ride drinks we cycled to Santa Catalina. The former fishermen’s district with its rapidly gentrifying streets has still really affordable places to eat and drink. (Glass of Red Wine for 2€). It’s like Williamsburg 8 years ago. Santa Catalina’s Market: the oldest market of Mallorca (that recently went under a makeover) sells the best fish, fruits and vegetables of the island and you’ll find locals have lunch at one of the many cool food stalls.
Dinner: For dinner we tried out Tast. We overheard a conversation on the plane and wrote down the restaurant recommendation. And it was worth it: the very classy tapas bar has really good food and wine. Not on the cheap side though, but prices and quality are in perfect relation. For an after-dinner walk definitely stroll through the small alleys of the old town and explore the beautiful street art, that you can find on every corner.
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