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Cala Deià

Cala Deià is a small, picturesque shingle beach framed by the stunning Tramuntana mountains and located on the northwest coast of Mallorca. The rocky, rugged beach has very clear 6m deep waters and is only around 70m long.

The tiny cove beach is mostly made up of large rocks and small pebbles with glistening rock pools and great views. It has two restaurants; which both provide local cuisine such as tapas, paella and an assortment of fish.

Located just outside the beautiful village of Deià, the beach is very popular with locals and visitors and is a favourite destination for artists. It is not unusual to see the occasional celebrity on the beach.

Cala Deià is an ideal location for swimming, snorkelling and diving due to the crystal clear waters; however there are no equipment rental facilities on the beach so you will need to bring your own.

The beach is not considered to be family-friendly due to the rocky beach and lack of sand, it also has multiple jellyfish sightings during the summer months. The beach also has no umbrellas, lounge chairs, water sports activities or lifeguard and access to first aid is minimal. The beach does have toilets and showers.

Many visitors enjoy walking along the cliffs up to the former pirate tower with its terrific views.

You can get to the beach by car and if you arrive early enough, there is a small car park or you could park in the village and walk, it is around 3 km.

Deià is a small mountain-coastal village that has attracted artists, tourists and celebrities for many years. One of the prettiest villages in Mallorca, Deià is part of a landscape awarded World Heritage Site status. The writer Robert Graves famously lived in the village twice with many of his creative, artistic friends coming to visit and Deià quickly gained a reputation as an artist’s retreat.

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Nightlife in Playa De Palma

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Nightlife in Port D’Alcudia

Nightlife in Port D’Alcudia is varied and ranges from quiet, chilled-out bars and Irish pubs to cosy restaurants.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nightlife in Palma

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 fueled by tourists during the summer and kept sizzling by locals and expat residents throughout the winter.

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.

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’s 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.

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.

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.

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

Nightlife in Magaluf

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.

Magaluf has just one ‘superclub’ 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.

BCM is being fully refurbished and you can subscribe to their newsletter via their website to receive information about the opening date, artists & events.

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

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.

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

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.

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 a 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!

Es Baluard

The full name for this museum of modern art is Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma; which is why most people just call it Es Baluard.

The concept for Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art was envisaged by the former King Juan Carlos three decades ago and the museum was official established on 30th January 2004.

Es Baluard currently possesses an important reserve of contemporary art by creators who are either from the Balearic Islands or related to them in some way. It also holds temporary exhibitions and historically has held exhibitions by artists such as Picasso (2006), Andy Warhol (2006) and Joan Miró (2006 and 2008), among others.

30 years ago King Juan Carlos believed that culture was the answer to re-branding Palma and Mallorca as a high-quality tourist destination and today, Es Baluard attracts culture vultures and art lovers from all over Europe. It is a real showcase of Balearic Island art in addition to being an ideal solution for the preservation of art and cultural development in Mallorca.

The museum is located in the Baluard de Sant Pere, a former military fortress dating back to the 16th century and features 'The Aljub', a freshwater cistern which supplied the whole of the Puig de Sant Pere neighbourhood and the boats that came to the port. This is now used for shows and exhibitions.

The museum also has a great restaurant on one of the terraces, Es Baluard Restaurante & Lounge; which is very popular with locals and tourists.

The building is a type of art in its own right with stark concrete and shining steel mixed effortlessly into ancient stone walls with a total surface of 5,027 sqm and 2,500 sqm of exhibition space.

The Museum is managed by the Fundació Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma, the members of which are the Government of the Balearic Islands, the Island Council of Mallorca, Palma City Council and the Fundació d’Art Serra.

Opening times:

  • Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm.
  • Sunday from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
  • The museum is closed every Monday.
  • The ticket office remains open until
  • 15 minutes before closing time.
  • The museum is closed every 1st January and 25th December.

Tranvía de Sóller

The Tranvía de Sóller is one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Mallorca. It is a tram nicknamed ‘red lightning’; which connects the beautiful town of Sóller with the Port de Sóller district.

We’re not sure why the tram is referred to as ‘red lightning’, it is neither red nor very fast. The trams are orange in colour with wooden framed windows, open-sided wagons and wooden benches. The tramline opened in 1913 and some of the railcars and carriages used today date back to this period of time.

The journey from Sóller to the port takes around 15 minutes and passes through Plaza de la Constitución; which is the main square in Sóller and is a very popular meeting place for both locals and tourists. The tram passes cafes and bars with outside seating areas and you are so close to the tables, it is possible to see what people are eating and drinking.

From the square, Tranvía de Sóller passes by numerous orange groves and the old port facilities before reaching its destination.

The history of the Tranvía de Sóller is closely linked to that of the Tren de Sóller (the railway line that has connected Sóller with the island's capital Palma de Mallorca since 1912 with the tramline opening in 1913 as an extension of the route.

From the beginning, the rail cars were powered by electricity and initially, they served the dual function of transporting both people and goods. Freshly caught seafood was transported one way with coal and ammunition being transported in the other direction to resupply the former submarine and naval base at Port de Sóller.

The energy supply was provided by a separate power station located at the Sóller railway station.

Port de Sóller is a very pretty coastal village located in a large and protected horseshoe bay separated from the rest of Mallorca by the Tramuntana mountain range.

For further information about the tram, please visit the official website.

El Toro – (El Toro, Nation Street)

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

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 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.

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.

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 that has quickly made a name for itself with a 5 star rating on Tripadvisor from over 100 reviews.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

El Toro is a quirky and fun place with a terrific mix of personalities. Look out for a VW Chapuza usually parked on Carrer Gran Via that looks like it was abandoned 15 years ago and has grass growing out of the hood. Despite appearances, it is perfectly street legal and a constant annoyance to the authorities.

Uber-chic Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina or ‘Santa Cat’ as the locals like to call it is a former fishing village; which was once a home to fishermen, flour millers and rope makers and is now referred to as the 'Soho of Palma' due to its fashionable mix of cultures.

Named after a former hospital dedicated to Santa Catalina of Alexandria, the area is now 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.

You will find Santa Catalina west of Avenida Argentina and north of the harbour. It still retains a village atmosphere but with an arty, bohemian feel and this is where the locals come when they want to chill and enjoy a beverage or a meal.

You’ll find all kinds of bars and restaurants in Santa Cat, from dive bars to trendy and contemporary establishments offering cuisine from all over the world and every type of drink.

The area is well-known for the Mercat de Santa Catalina, an indoor market and the oldest food market in Palma. Built in 1920, the market is packed with stalls selling fish, fruit, vegetables, meat & other gourmet products.

Chefs from all over the island come to this market to purchase produce alongside local residents and restaurant & bar owners. The market is open from 08:00 hrs to around 14:00 hrs Monday through Saturday. Saturday is the busiest day because locals have a tradition to remain at the market after they have finished shopping to enjoy drinks and tapas.

Santa Catalina has many restaurants and international bars and is usually very busy with locals and expats alike. There’s 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.

Property prices in Santa Cat are extremely high and buyers tend to be International clients. A typical 2 bed, 81 square metre apartment will cost around 550,000 €.

Santa Catalina is very popular for yachties. Being close to the harbour, you’ll often see yacht crew relaxing in one of the many bars, the area is also home of Deep Blue Sea Training where the majority of crew go for Yachtmaster training.

Port de Sóller

Port de Sóller is a very pretty coastal village located in a large and protected horseshoe bay separated from the rest of Mallorca by the Tramuntana mountain range.

Before the Sóller tunnel opened in the 1990s, Port de Sóller was a difficult place to get to with cars having to travel via the Coll de Sóller with tight hairpins every 200m or so. This road is now a popular cycling route with little traffic, especially since the tunnel has not been subject to a toll charge since 2018.

The isolated location of Port de Sóller at the foot of the mountains and the use of the area as a training base by the Spanish military resulted in the village coming through the over development of seaside destinations in Mallorca during the 70s and 80s relatively unscathed and it retains its traditional fishing port charm.

The village’s main role historically was to service the main town of Sóller located a few miles inland and to protect its residents from pirates. During the 19th century when the export of oranges and lemons grown in the area became very profitable, the port expanded significantly and just a decade or so ago, millions of euros were poured into sprucing up the port.

In 1561, Sóller’s beach was invaded by fleets of Turkish and Algerian pirates. The town’s residents managed to defeat the pirates using just using wooden swords and hand-held catapults. This epic defence is re-enacted each year in a festival called Es Firó.

The horseshoe bay has a sandy beach and a pedestrianised promenade with many cafes, restaurants and shops in addition to a few hotels, Many of the restaurants serve seafood; however there are more and more high-class eateries opening in the port due mainly to the opening of a 5-star luxury hotel on the hills above the village.

Sóller is an old Mediterranean town, designed around narrow streets with traditional style residential townhouses and is very popular with tourists & day trippers. The town is connected to Port de Sóller by a vintage tram, the Tranvía De Sóller; which takes passengers on a lovely journey through citrus and olive groves.

Even if you are only on the island for a short time, the narrow-gauge, Tren de Sóller journey from Palma to Sóller should be close to the top on your things-to-do list. One of the most rewarding excursions on the island, the vintage train to Sóller is a very popular attraction with a journey time of around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Sometimes known as the Orange Express, the wooden train was originally introduced to transport oranges and lemons from the Sóller valley to the capital, replacing a stagecoach service, which crossed the high mountains via the Sóller pass on a steep, narrow dirt track, which was exhausting and tediously slow.

Funded by profits of the citrus fruit trade, the Tren de Sóller has trundled along the winding 27.3km route to Sóller since 1912.

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