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El Toro – (The Bull)

El Toro

El Toro – updated 01 October 2022

El Toro (‘The Bull’) is a friendly coastal community located next to a cliff overlooking the superyacht marina of Port Adriano.

Expats

There are close to 2,500 residents in El Toro consisting of a mix of locals and expats from Britain, Germany, Scandinavia and other European countries.

El Toro

El Toro is sandwiched between two of the most notorious resorts on the island, Santa Ponsa and Magaluf; however, you would not know this when you are there because it is generally tourist free.

Pure Salt Port Adriano

At the top of the cliff overlooking the beach and the marina, there is a 5-star, adults only hotel called Pure Salt Port Adriano. The hotel is particularly popular with golfers because they have an on-site golf simulator and there are nearby golf courses.

Carrer Gran Via

El Toro has a main street, Carrer Gran Via, which is referred to as 'El Toro, Nation Street' by the local British expats. On this street, you will find a number of popular eating and drinking establishments including the wonderful Med 54, a British-Mediterranean style restaurant and bar.

Other establishments of note are Café Kebab, a firm favourite with the locals and expats, Bohemia (a Spanish bar), Thai El Toro, The Anchor Bar and Bistro 49.

Port Adriano

From Carrer Gran Via, a steep road takes you down to Port Adriano, one of the most modern marinas in the Mediterranean and quickly becoming the preferred marina for superyachts.

El Toro

To the right of Port Adriano, is a lovely small beach called Playa El Toro (official name is Cala de ses Penyes Roges). The beach is 250m long with fine-grained, golden sand and despite being popular during the high season, there is usually lots of room to find your own piece of beach.

Chicken Shack

A very popular eating and drinking haunt is Restaurante Playa El Toro, which is located close to the water and has its own swimming pool. The restaurant is often referred to as The Chicken Shack or Tin Hut due to its tin roof. The food here is really good and the prices are very reasonable.

The Ship

Towering over the Chicken Shack is a very large block of residential apartments nicknamed ‘The Ship’ because from the sea and at night when the apartments are lit up, it resembles a cruise ship.

The Ship is one of the oldest residential complexes in the area and is a mix of well-renovated apartments and apartments that are similar to how they were many decades ago. Residents of The Ship have some of the best views available in El Toro, looking out towards the sea, Port Adriano and the beach.

Portals Nous (Oratori) Beach

Portals Nous Beach

Oratori beach – updated 29 September 2022

Oratori is simply a great beach and the Editor’s favourite. You couldn’t wish for a better location, right next to glamorous Puerto Portals with its numerous bars, cafés & restaurants & home of probably the best beach bar on the island, Roxy’s Beach Bar.

Blue Flag Beach

Oratori is a Blue Flag beach located between Puerto Portals and the small community of Bendinat in the southwest of the island. The beach is very popular with the younger crowd due to its proximity to Portals and the associated foodie and nightlife scene. The beach is also popular with families because of the superb nearby amenities and facilities.

Oratori beach

Golden sand

You’ve got 250m of golden sand, clear blue seas and even an island to swim to. Facilities include sun loungers and parasols, showers and toilets and lifeguards.

Water sports

There are also water sports available, which includes paddle boats and kayaks that you can rent.

Expats & locals

You’ll find an eclectic mix of nationalities at Oratori. The beach is particularly attractive to British and German expats and locals – which is a good indicator of how fantastic the beach is. It is also popular with yachties who moor their yachts at the marina and come ashore to sunbathe and eat in the many restaurants.

Restaurants

For foodies, Puerto Portals offers an excellent choice with varied menus and venues. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on sunny terraces watching the expensive cars drive by or choose a Mediterranean lounge setting or a salon.

Getting to Oratori

The easiest way to drive to the beach is via the MA-1 that runs from Palma all the way through to Andratx. Take the Costa d’en Blanes-Portals Nous exit and then follow signs to Portals Nous.

Finding a parking space can be hit or miss and you’re probably end up having to take a bit of a walk from your car to the beach. Public transport may be your best option.

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Nightlife in Playa De Palma

Playa De Palma nightlife

Nightlife in Playa De Palma – updated 10 October 2022

Nightlife in Playa De Palma revolves around two main areas, the Mega Park near El Arenal and a party street named Carrer Padre Bartolome Salva (known as ‘Bar Street’) in the resort area of Les Meravelles.

Nightlife Playa Palma

Playa de Palma

Around El Arenal, you’ll find a good assortment of nightclubs, bars and beer gardens and in Playa de Palma itself, there are a few beach clubs providing cocktails and a chilled-out lounge vibe.

Playa de Palma is very popular with German and Dutch tourists (hence the beer gardens) and you will find that the majority of restaurants cater mostly to this audience. Seafront restaurants charge typical tourist prices; however, if you look down the backstreets, there are places that you can enjoy a good meal without it costing an arm and a leg.

Bar Street

Bar Street is Playa de Palma’s version of the Strip in Magaluf, just substitute noisy Brits with noisy Germans. It is around 450m long and stretches from the intersection with Carrer del Llaüt to the intersection with Carrer de les Canyes.

On both sides of the street, you will find an assortment of bars, pubs, night clubs and places to eat.

Nightlife Playa Palma

Mega Park

Mega Park is Europe’s largest open-air beer garden with free entry that is just one big party with live sports (three oversized full HD video screens and a giant video cube), live entertainment and festivals. There is also an in-house restaurant, Don Quixote, which sounds Mexican but isn’t. The park has a distinctly German feel to it and the website is only available in German.

Nightlife Playa Palma

Oktoberfest

Nightlife in Playa De Palma steps up at the end of summer when Mega Park hosts it’s classic Oktoberfest celebrations where visitors can get a taste of German food and drink while dancing away to all the classic Oktoberfest tunes. It is a fun celebration that tries hard to match Oktoberfest in Munich.

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Nightlife in Port d’Alcudia

Port d’Alcudia nightlife

Nightlife in Port d’Alcudia – updated 11 October 2022

Nightlife in the port is varied and ranges from quiet, chilled-out bars and Irish pubs to cosy restaurants.

For those seeking something a bit livelier, Alcudia is just 1 kilometre away and there you will find an assortment of music bars and clubs including the very popular Banana Club.

Nightlife in Port D'Alcudia

Beachfront area

Before heading off to Alcudia to dance the night away at Bananas, the marina and beachfront area at Port d’Alcudia is the ideal place to begin your night out. You’ll find a good assortment of nightlife in Port d’Alcudia including restaurants catering for many different cuisines and lots of bars.

Pubs & bars

Popular bars include The Shamrock Bar, an Irish pub with live music at the weekends and a great atmosphere during the week and O’Malleys Irish pub, which is also a great venue. Prince of Wales is a well-known bar in the marina for both tourists and locals.

Bars in Alcudia that are worth a mention because they are usually very busy include Joker’s Irish Pub, Legends and Linekers Bar.

Dollar Street

A nightlife hotspot in Alcudia is Pedro Mas Y Reus (otherwise known as Dollar Street); which is easily the busiest and most thriving place in Alcudia.

In this area you will find a few really good bars such as Shamrock, Mucky O’Marras, Goodfellas Music Bar and Apels Music Pub.

The Bananas Disco Complex is definitely worth a visit, it hosts some popular trendy bars and clubs such as Unik Disco and La Nit Music Bar.

Banana Club

The best club in Alcudia is Banana Club who throw more than 50 theme parties every summer, at least 2 every week and host Foam Paint Parties. There was a time when they used to make Foam Parties, then someone said: “Why don’t we mess this up a little more?”. And they threw paint in it. NEON paint. And TA-DAAAAA: Foam Paint parties were born.

Another popular club in the area is Menta, a disco with a laid-back, Spanish vibe, complete with 7 bars and its very own indoor swimming pool. Menta plays a mixture of Spanish club beats and the latest dance tracks and is ideal for the 18-30 crowd. The club was closed during the 2020 season and moved to Charly Disco, at Can Picafort. We are not sure whether it will return to Alcudia for the 2021 summer season.

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Nightlife in Palma

Palma nightlife

Nightlife in Palma – updated 10 October 2022

If you fancy painting the town red, then the nightlife in Palma will not let you down, there’s plenty of great venues to choose from. Whatever your ‘cup of tea’ is, you’ll find everything within easy walking distance.

The capital city has a year-round, vibrant buzz fuelled by tourists during the summer and kept sizzling by locals and expat residents throughout the winter.

Paseo Marítimo

The liveliest places are Santa Catalina, La Llonja and around the Old Town where you will find lots of busy bars and restaurants. During the summer, a popular area of Palma is the Paseo Marítimo, the wonderful promenade that runs parallel to Palma’s seafront. There you will find many bars and many people of all different nationalities. In addition to the locals and tourists, the city has many expat residents from the UK, Germany and Sweden and also a lot of ‘yachties’ or yacht crew from the various marinas.

Nightlife Palma

Santa Catalina

One of the most popular areas in Palma for nightlife is Santa Catalina, it has many restaurants and international bars and is usually very busy with locals and expats alike. There are a few venues that are always busy such as Hostal Cuba Bar with its rooftop terrace Sky Bar, La Havana Club and LAB Cocktail Bar. If you enjoy Indian food, then we highly recommend Basmati Indian Restaurant, the Basmati menu changes every day, so anyone who goes two days in a row will be able to taste a different selection.

Nightlife Palma

Brassclub

Located in Passeig Mallorca de Palma, one of the most central and cosmopolitan areas of the city, you will find Brassclub, one of the best cocktail bars on the island.

Other bars of note are Chakra Bar & Ginbo, the latter being the best Gin bar in Palma at the top of Avinguda Jaume III.

Craft beer lovers will find many ‘cervecerias’ in the back streets of the Old Town or around Mercat de l’Olivar. The biggest selection of beers can be found at Cerveceria Tramuntana in Santa Catalina which has over 200 different beers to try.

Nightclubs

When it comes to nightclubs, then Tito’s is the hottest club in town (some would say, on the island), you can expect all styles of music across three dance rooms and performances from international DJ’s and artists.

Restaurants

Palma has many good restaurants and a few that are incredible such as Marc Fosh (Palma Old Town) and Adrian Quetglas (Passeig de Mallorca).

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Nightlife in Magaluf

Magaluf nightlife

Nightlife in Magaluf – updated 28 September 2022

Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore it! Nightlife in Magaluf is infamous and the town is the party capital of Mallorca. The Strip (real name Puenta Baena) is a magnet for the young and the not so young and in just half a mile, you’ll find over 50 bars & 5 nightclubs.

Superclub

Magaluf has just one ‘Super club’ and that is BCM Magaluf; which has consistently been voted in the top 10 nightclubs in the world by DJ Mag. This 5,000-capacity club is a must visit venue for anyone that enjoys nightlife.

Nightlife in Magaluf

In the past, many great DJs have played at BCM including Snoop Dogg, David Guetta and Tiesto (to name a few).

Nightclubs

Other nightclubs in Magaluf include Boomerang, Tokio Joes, Bananas & Car Wash, which are all part of the Magaluf Club Pass (MCP). Also included in the MCP is one strip club. The pass allows you entry into all 5 venues on the same night for the price of 1 club ticket. It is a great way to enjoy nightlife in Magaluf on a budget.

Bars

When it comes to bars, there is a lot of choice in Magaluf and it is not our intention to list them all here, instead we highlight a few bars that we believe should not be missed.

Stereo Bar adds a modern twist to Magaluf with a large outdoor seating area. Its either the first bar on the Strip if you’re going uphill or the last! With live DJs & live sports, Stereo is a good place to start or finish your night.

A big favourite in Magaluf is Eastenders Bar, it is not on the Strip but not far away and is the place to go to watch football. If you fancy yourself as a singer, Eastenders Bar also host karaoke. Sunday lunch at Eastenders is legendary

Off the strip

If you fancy a night off the Magaluf strip, or before heading to BCM, then Panama Jacks is a great venue, it is located opposite BCM Planet Dance and is always very busy.

A big favourite among tourists is Crystals Bar at the bottom of the Strip, the VIP Booths here are excellent, and the DJs play chart music until 4am.

For Shisha or for football on giant screens, head to Linekers Bar or if you want drinking games and party music, head to the Red Lion.

Early starters and day drinkers will feel at home in Mulligans or Jack Daniels.

Shows

For something different and a break from the Strip, we recommend the Pirates Adventure Show which for over 30 years, has dazzled over 3 million spectators with a non-stop, swashbuckling show packed with acrobatics, dancing, gymnastics and visual effects that rivals Cirque du Soleil.

There is an 18+ version of the show called Pirates Reloaded or at the same venue, you could try out Gringos Bingo, this is bingo but not as you know it! It is the ultimate night out for adults of all ages. Expect chaos, raves, dance-offs, funny prizes and big prizes!

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San Juan Mercado Gastronomico

San Juan Mercado Gastronomico

San Juan – updated 17 October 2022

San Juan Mercado Gastronomico (The San Juan Gastronomic Market) opened in June 2015 and has established itself as a favourite haunt for local foodies in Palma.

San Juan Mercado Gastronomico

Renovation

The market is located within the S’Escorxador cultural centre in a space which was once the city’s abattoir. The coral pink Modernista building has been renovated at a cost of £2m and is now an impressive home for this gastronomic social and cultural hub.

365 days per year

Within the market, which is open 365 days per year, you’ll find around 20 food stalls, a bar, café, terrace and bistro tables providing the space to sit down and eat what you have purchased.

Gourmand's dream

The main attraction at San Juan Mercado Gastronomico is the food. The market is an assault course of smells and temptations with some stalls serving dishes worthy of top-notch restaurants. The market is a gourmand's dream selling Mallorcan and Spanish delights such as fideuá, acorn-fed jamón, silky croquetas and sobrassada in addition to many international products.

The concept for the market was copied from similar models in other European cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona, London, Berlin and Rotterdam.

The market is open every day of the week from 12 noon until midnight (weekdays) or from 12 noon to 4 pm (weekends).

Lounge Bar

San Juan Mercado Gastronomico has its own Lounge bar with a central cocktail area named ‘The One’ complete with direct access to the terrace area.

On the top floor of the market, you will find a multipurpose space called ‘Cooking4People’ which is used for many different culinary and gastronomical experiences such as show cooking, cooking classes and private events.

Another market of note is Mercat de Santa Catalina, Palma’s oldest food market located in Santa Catalina, one of Palma’s most appealing areas and an uber-chic enclave with painted cottages, art nouveau town houses, designer boutiques, bars and music cafes.

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Seafront Promenade

Seafront Promenade

Seafront Promenade – updated 18 October 2022

The seafront promenade in Palma actually starts from the military port near Port Pi and stretches all the way to Palma Airport. A 4 km section of this is the Paseo Maritimo. This article looks at the part of the promenade that is not on the Paseo Maritimo.

The promenade with its fantastic sea views is extremely popular for walkers, joggers, roller-skaters, skateboarders and cyclists. There are lots of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops to stop at when you need a break, there is also a mini train that chugs along the promenade for those that are feeling less active.

Cathedral

Just beyond the cathedral at Ca’n Pere Antoni, is Palma City Beach. It is a golden, sandy beach that is very popular with the locals and visitors who are staying in Palma and fancy a quick dip in the sea.

Seafront promenade

With Palma Cathedral as a backdrop, Palma City Beach has incredible views, it also has a Blue Flag award for cleanliness.

Seafront promenade

Beach

Being located in Palma, the 750m long and 15m wide beach can get very busy during the summer season so the advice is to get there early to claim your piece of sand. If it is too busy, don’t worry, there is another beach just 1/2km further along at Portixol.

Playa de Palma

From Palma City Beach, the wide pedestrian promenade joins the popular resorts of C'an Pastilla to El Arenal, this part of the seafront is known collectively as Playa de Palma. Look out for the ‘Balnearios’; which are a series of open-air huts serving drinks and snacks.

C'an Pastilla is a purpose-built tourist resort and is ideal for family holidays.

El Arenal

El Arenal is located on the eastern end of the 6 km long Playa de Palma about 15 km away from Palma and around 7km from the airport. It is a very popular resort particularly for the 18 to 30 crowd and is predominantly German.

Tourist attractions

Playa de Palma has a few attractions including Aqualand El Arenal, a waterpark with wave pools, artificial rivers and water slides a plenty and Palma Aquarium; which is one of the finest in Europe and has an excellent reputation for its marine research, conservation and preservation programs. The aquarium has a very impressive display of live coral and many of the corals that you will see have been breed within the premises.

Nightlife

Nightlife in Playa De Palma revolves around two main areas, the Mega Park near El Arenal and a party street named Carrer Padre Bartolome Salva (known as ‘Bar Street’) in the resort area of Les Meravelles.

Oktoberfest

Nightlife in Playa De Palma steps up at the end of summer when Mega Park hosts it’s classic Oktoberfest celebrations where visitors can get a taste of German food and drink while dancing away to all the classic Oktoberfest tunes. It is a fun celebration that tries hard to match Oktoberfest in Munich.

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Palma City Beach

Palma Beach

Palma City Beach – updated 29 September 2022

The closest beach to Palma is Palma City Beach located at Ca’n Pere Antoni, which starts just beyond the cathedral. It is a golden, sandy beach that is very popular with the locals and visitors who are staying in Palma and fancy a quick dip in the sea.

Incredible views

With Palma Cathedral as a backdrop, Palma City Beach has incredible views, it also has a Blue Flag award for cleanliness.

Palma City Beach

Being located in Palma, the 750m long and 15m wide beach can get very busy during the summer season so the advice is to get there early to claim your piece of sand. If it is too busy, don’t worry, there is another beach just 1/2km further along at Portixol.

Beach clubs

You’ll find everything that you need there including toilets, showers, lifeguards, sunbeds and parasol hire plus a good selection of bars and restaurants including two beach clubs, which provide top-notch food and entertainment.

Bay of Palma

Being close to the Bay of Palma and the numerous ships and boats that travel these waterways, the water at the beach is not as clean as it is in some of the island’s more remote bays; however, it is perfectly OK for swimming

A promenade called Avenida Gabriel Roca and a cycle path run along the length of the beach and there are two small car parks at either end of Ca’n Pere Antoni, which fill up quite quickly.

Palma Cathedral

The vast, beautiful and historic Palma Cathedral (‘La Seu’ in Catalan) is without question, the major architectural landmark in the capital city. The awesome predominantly Gothic 14th century structure is located in the heart of the city and the sheer scale of the golden sandstone building makes it impossible to miss. Climbing high above the old city walls, the cathedral is the glory of Palma, a magnificent demonstration of the wealth and strength of the island’s Christian conquerors, from the sea, it is a superb sight.

Tours & experiences

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Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor – updated 17 October 2022

Plaza Mayor is a traditional main square in the heart of Palma Old Town and until 1834 was the headquarters and seat of the Inquisition.

Plaza Mayor

Today, the square holds markets and fiestas and is a good place to begin an exploration of the historic Old Town with its cobblestoned streets and old arcaded buildings.

Placa Major

Plaza Mayor is known as Placa Major locally and was erected on the site of the Convent of San Felipe Neri. It is now a place where tourists and locals go to enjoy tapas and a drink from one of the many ground floor restaurants and bars.

Artist's Quarter

In addition to being a social and cultural hub, Plaza Mayor is also a creative centre and is known as the “artist's quarter”. You will find art galleries, street performers and mime artists in abundance.

Market

The artisan market is held on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday each week from 10 am to 2 pm with the exception of a few weeks per year. You’ll find local crafts and produce at the market.

Plaza Mayor is rectangular in shape and is framed by 3 & 4 story buildings. The first floor has covered passages supported by columns with arches. This is where you will find the cafes, restaurants and shops. Underneath the square is underground parking and a shopping gallery.

Palma

Plaza Mayor is a good starting point to explore Palma. From the square, you have access to Carrer de Sant Miquel, Carrer de Colom, and Carrer del Sindicat, three streets packed with an abundance of shops.

The Spanish Inquisition

The Spanish Inquisition lasted from 1478 until 1834. It was set up to combat heresy in Spain. In practice it served to consolidate power in the monarchy of the newly unified Spanish kingdom. It achieved this via infamously brutal methods such as torture by the rack or Strappado (a form of torture that began with the Medieval Inquisition).

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