Sightseeing / giving your legs a break / day with family or friends / bad weather day.
Palma is beautiful and well worth some of your time! Try not to miss this really vibrant city as there is lots to see, do and explore.
Let us take you on one of our coaches for some sightseeing, delicious food and drink or some retail therapy. Cycling related or non cycling related, your choice.
Cycling Related Options
- Rapha – One of most iconic brands deserves an iconic location and Rapha certainly scored on this front. Situated in the charming old town of Palma on Placa del Rosary, Rapha Mallorca offers a wide selection of Rapha products and should you feel the need for some light refreshment, also serves a good range of quality food and beverages from its on site Café.
- Cafe du Cycliste –Conveniently located just a few metres away from the Rapha store, a quick browse around Cafe du Cycliste is highly recommended. Selling a stunning range of premium performance cycling wear and road apparel - a visit to CDC will have you wanting to smarten up your look!
- Pearl Izumi Factory Shop – This vibrant shop run by Natasha and her team, offers a range of Pearl Izumi and Shimano at up to 70% off the retail price. If you are looking for a bargain, perhaps make a point of popping in to her seafont shop in Can Pastilla.
- Bequi sport clothing store – This Mallorcan company, founded in 1979 in Arenal (and now with stores in Alcudia and Seville) the Sport Bequi brand has certainly stood the test of time. The ‘new’ vibrant store in Playa de Palma opened in 2007, a short walk away from their bike rental shop and is well stocked with quality clothing, helmets and accessories, across many different brands.
- Workshop Cafe and Cycles – a city hub for nutritious food, gourmet coffee and road bikes. Husband and wife team and avid cyclists Jakub and Veli have created the perfect fusion of a social club for cyclists; a place to meet after a ride, have a coffee, and exchange news.. as well as a practical bike rental outlet. A delicious breakfast and brunch menu is available, with healthy smoothies and of course great coffee.
More Food & Drink Options
- Mercat de l’Olivar. Dating back to 1951, the Olivar Market is the largest and most important market on the island. Located on the square of the same name, between Plaça d'Espanya and Calle Sant Miquel it is a colourful feast for the eyes comprising 115 different stalls offering fish and seafood, local island specialties; sausages, olives, wine, spices, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as gourmet products, and artisan breads. The market today is no longer just a conventional market however it has earned itself (and rightly so), somewhat of a reputation as the go to place for the travelling gourmet; a venue to enjoy varied tapas and delicious wines in the numerous little eateries located inside.
- Cor Barra i Taula – serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, Monday through to Saturday, this traditional Mallorcan eatery puts a modern spin on traditional local fayre. Centrally located, close to the bustling fresh food market, Mercat de l’Olivar, the restaurant boasts a large bar area, as well as sit down tables, where diners can enjoy an informal meal. Tapas, typical Mallorcan dishes, and local sandwiches known as ‘llonguets’, are the focus of the menu. Check instagram out here to whet your appetite @cor_barraitaula
- Can Joan De S’Aigo – A trio of cafes, established in 1977 and Mallorcan owned and run, Can Joan de S’Aigo’s reputation for their range of homemade cakes, pastries, pies and biscuits is second to none. Served with hot chocolate, and a wide range of teas and coffees - they are always chocca even in the summer, when they cleverly swap their signature cakes for home-made gourmet ice cream.
- Bagel – This cafe opened in 2012 and is run by Stephan and Andrew, who are up before the crack of dawn preparing the authentic bagel dough, ready for boiling before baking, a knack which results in the tastiest chewiest bagels ever. A small menu, but with super fresh and tempting fillings. The majority, but not all of the menu is vegan. Illy coffee is prepared by Andrew who is known as the Barista master, with many repeat customers who claim he serves the best cappuccinos. There are a variety of other beverages on offer includings smoothies, tea, local & South African wines and Spanish and German beers.
Sightseeing / Attractions
- The imposing Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, known locally as la Seu, is a huge 14th century cathedral which stands proud near the waterfront in Palma. It is as impressive from the outside as it is from the inside. One of Europe’s tallest Gothic buildings coupled with its golden sandstone facades and 61 stained glass windows make it a landmark you simply can not miss. Definitely worth a visit.
- Mercat de l’Olivar. Located in the heart of Palma at Plaza de Olivar, this bright and busy market is a real feast for the eyes: fresh fruit, vegetables, local fish, cheese and cold cuts are for sale from the numerous stalls and tapas are served from small eateries, enjoyed accompanied by a glass of local wine.
- Paseo del Borne, is the place to be if designer clothing, shoes and handbags is what you’re after. Also known as the Golden Mile, luxury designers such as Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Carolina Herrera, Escada, Mulberry and Hugo Boss pop up one after the other making Bourne the classy shoppers first port of call.
- Placa Major – this is the Palma’s main square, framed by the most beautiful old arcaded yellow buildings with stunning green shutters, it's a real treat for the eye. Bustling and bursting with life and surrounded by many shops, and eateries, Placa Mayor is simply a great place for sitting in the sun, listening to local musicians with a coffee (or something stronger) and watching the world go by.
- Castell de Bellver – a Gothic-style castle set up on a hill about 112m above sea level and located 3 km to the west of the centre of Palma. Catalan for a “lovely view” Bellver was built in the 14th century in honour of King James II of Majorca and is one of the few circular castles in Europe. Whilst visible from the road, to reach it on foot you can reckon on some 450+ steps there and back. Thankfully however there is the alternative of a gentle and far more pleasant meander along a footpath lined with fragrant pines. It's worth the trip: from the top one can enjoy a 360 degree panoramic view including the lovely Palma bay and the Tramuntana mountain range.
- Palma Aquarium. This large marine park with more than 8.000 fish and 700 different species from the seas and oceans of the world, continues to draw thousands of visitors every year. If you time your trip just right, usually between 13.00 and 14.30 its feeding time for the park's inhabitants and the chance for Visitors to interact with the guides, and ask questions around particular species they are interested in. For an immersive experience with the humpback whales, purchase an additional ticket for the Aqua Dome.
- El Cortes Ingles – Spain’s largest and only remaining department store chain, el Corte Ingles is the only place to go for a true spanish department store experience - With two branches in Palma (Avenida Jaume III and Avinguda d'Alexandre Rosselló) the stores are spread over numerous floors and the tireless shoppers amongst us will delight at the opportunity to splurge on designer clothing brands, a classy piece of homeware, or perfume... or jewelry …. The list goes on.