Portixol

Portixol is one of my absolute favorite parts of Palma – my morning walks almost always leads to this village along the Palma promenade. The former little fishing village of Portixol is located along the promenade – it is an about 15 minutes’ walk from Palma de Mallorca’s old town.

The promenade is as many of you know always crowded and beautiful - when arriving to Portixol it always feels a little calmer due to the relaxed atmosphere.
The promenade is as many of you know always crowded and beautiful – when arriving to Portixol it always feels a little calmer due to the relaxed atmosphere.

Portixol Today

Portixol has gone from a charming little fishing village for many decades to one of the most popular places to stay and spend days when visiting Palma. You can do almost anything in this part of town and the offers are plenty. The sandy beach of Portixol is calmer and more protected than the neighboring beach of Playa de Palma. If you continue south on beach road on foot or by bike you will be able to come all the way to El Arenal.

Portixol is perfect if you want to enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat at any of the restaurants or bars along the promenade. There are traditional (a bit high end) Spanish seafood restaurants as well as many others inspired by other parts of Europe – one of my favorites is the Greek restaurant Can Punta – be sure to pay it a visit during lunch time.

Portixol Hotel y Restaurante

Out on the cape of Portixol is the Swedish-owned Portixol Hotel y Restaurante. Portixol Hotel y Restaurante is another favorite place in Portixol. Not only the location is wonderful – as are the staff, the food and the great pool area in the front row by the sea.

The beautiful, stylish and luxury hotel is located on the Cape of Portixol! Be sure to pay it a visit when you are in Palma - perfect for a lunch or calming, refreshing after beach white Sangria.
The beautiful, stylish and luxury hotel is located on the Cape of Portixol! Be sure to pay it a visit when you are in Palma – perfect for a lunch or calming, refreshing after beach white Sangria.

Some of you might have found my Instagram account which also is called “postcardfrompalma” (follow for more frequent updates). Last week I posted a photo from Portixol Hotel y Restaurante – I was there with five of my best girlfriends and we had a gorgeous lunch in the shade from the sun – overlooking the beautiful surroundings.

Thai Salad served with white Sangria
Thai Salad served with white Sangria

Even though the Hotel and the Restaurants are both very luxurious the prices are completely reasonable – and not more expensive than other restaurants in Palma de Mallorca. The feeling you get from being a costumer is still very exclusive, but you know what I mean when I say that the Hotel and the Restaurant manage to keep it earthy and cozy.

We had a few starters para compartir (to share – typical Spanish tapas style) and as a main course their Thai Salad. It was served with red kale, coconut flakes, cilantro, Gambas, glass noodles and a peanut butter dressing, among more – I will definitely try to make something like it myself soon – but I will probably change the sambas into something vegetarian. Everything was tasteful and the staff were taking well care of all of us!

The six of us sat there for hours – talking and sharing a jug of white Sangria (the base in white Sangria is Spanish Cava instead of red wine – I had an idea of posting my best Sangria recipes, as I have tried to make many – you will have it soon) – perfect when the weather is as hot as it is in Palma during Summer. Portixol Hotel y Restaurante says: “The food, the wines, the view, the service, the ambience. This is how we want our restaurant to be remembered” – and except from the wines that we did not try this time – that is exactly how we will remember it.

 
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Please let me know what you think of Portixol and Portixol Hotel y Restaurante if you ever visit it – I encourage you to!

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Hotel Hostal CUBA & SKY BAR CUBA

Hotel Hostal Cuba is located in Santa Catalina, in central Palma de Mallorca, on Calle Sant Magi 1. Santa Catalina is a great choice for travelers who like walking, good food and city sights – Hotel Hostal Cuba is right next to the small boat Marina and Sa Feixina Park – a beautiful park that lives 24 hours a day.
Hotel Hostal Cuba

Hotel Hostal Cuba’s amazing rooftop

Palma is as I have mentioned many times before famous for its wide selection of bars and restaurants. In the outskirts of Santa Catalina you can find rooftop bars offering both drink and amazing views. One of my absolute favorites is the rooftop of Hotel Hostal Cuba. On the top of the very nice hotel is the even nicer sky bar, Sky Bar Cuba, overlooking the Bay of Palma.

Sky Bar Cuba's bartenders are always nice and welcoming - and talented makers of drinks - try one of their great cocktails or enjoy a glass of wine
Sky Bar Cuba’s bartenders are always nice and welcoming – and talented makers of drinks – try one of their great cocktails or enjoy a glass of wine

Sky bar CUBA

During sunny afternoons the rooftop is filled with people enjoying the view while having a formidable drink. If you have never been to Bar Cuba I would suggest you make a reservation in order to be seated at one of the tables with the best view. To watch the sunset from here is magical – featuring the Cathedral lit up by the special Mallorcan light.

Sky bar Cuba is a quit small and exclusive bar, so even though it is very popular – the surroundings make you feel welcome and well cared for. Sky bar Cuba offers a wide selection of drinks from the best brands and proposals.

SKY BAR CUBA

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Plaza de Cort and Hotel Cort

Plaza de Cort

Plaza de Cort is a square in the center of Palma de Mallorca. One of my absolute favorite squares filled with cozy restaurants and small stores. Plaza de Cort is a famous square in Palma – mostly known for two things. Firstly, Palma’s Baroque-era city court, Consell Insular de Mallroca is located here. This is what has given the square its name – since court is cort in Catalan. Secondly, in the middle of the square is also an old, thick and gnarled olive tree, known to be over 800 years old. The olive tree at Plaza de Cort acts as a natural meeting place for Mallorqins, making it the ideal place for visitors who want to uncover the real Palma, far from the many beach resorts.

Plaza de Cort Consell Insular de Mallorca

Hotel Cort

In the center of this square, in the historic and increasingly cosmopolitan city of Palma is Hotel Cort located. A beautiful, small and boutique hotel where the guests will find themselves in 16 gorgeous rooms and suites designed the urban archeologist Lázaro Rosa-Violán. Hotel Cort is a mix between the old town life in Palma as well as inspired by its proximity to the sea (the closest beach is only a fifteen-minute walk through the old town away).

Hotel Cort’s Mallorquin restaurant also makes it easy for the guests to mingle with locals as well as find new acquaintances in tourists and Palma lovers, dogs and the occasional guitarist strolling by where the kids can run free because the square is (almost) car-free.

Hotel Cort Hotel Cort’s beautiful outdoor seating in the middle of Plaza de Cort

Breakfast at Hotel Cort

One of my favorite times at Hotel Cort is their breakfasts. Hotel Cort serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, at their large and and equally beautiful outdoor seating in the middle of Plaza de Cort. You can sit and ponder for hours while sipping café con leche and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Pictures from turisterna.se and Wikipedia

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A Walk to Portixol

Portixol – the harbor

Portixol is an old harbor, a thirty minute walk from Palma’s old town.

When in Palma you can speak to anyone who live in Portixol, the little fishing village close to town, and you will likely have to listen for a while about how amazing it is. If you decide to walk there – you will realize that the stories were well worth listening too and the small village is beautiful. Portixol is the former fishing village that over the last years has been through significant both improvements and investments. Today, I would say it has become one of Palma’s best hang-outs with many cool places to see and hang out in. Portixol located in a prime location of Palma, since it is so close to both the airport and the city. The village is today a mix of restaurants and small bohemian bars, of both low-key and more luxurious kinds – everything Portixol offer make it a hot-spot for visitors and residents alike.

Portixol lies right on the beach line on the outskirts of Palma, since Portixol is on the coastline there are are also several beaches to choose from, if the weather is nice and you feel like going into the ocean. Since it is just a few kilometers away – the trip offers a beautiful walk – or if you would rather hire a bike. All the way from the cathedral the city of Palma has dedicated a traffic-free promenade right by the ocean. I would call this boardwalk the heart of the community since it provides the area with a free spirited atmosphere loved by pedestrians and bikers as well as inline-skaters and surfers just enjoying the view, waiting for the next set of waves. Along the frontline of Palma’s boardwalk there are also dussins of contemporary bars, cafe’s and restaurants.

Portixol Hotel y Restaurante

Right in the harbor a fantastic hotel and restaurant is located, The Portixol – Hotel y Restaurante. This hotel and restaurant combine old tradition with modern style together with comfort in a very unique and charming way. It is a small and cozy yet super exclusive hotel which is beautifully situated in the Portixol harbor. It offers a wonderful decked restaurant with sea-views where you can choose if you want to eat inside or out and the vibe is cool and trendy. Just go there for a lunch or a dinner or simply just enjoy a cooling drink while enjoying the atmosphere.

All though as mentioned you can find a restaurant to suit any taste in Portixol. Many of the restaurants are particularly famous for their fantastic sea-food. The prices can vary very much – either you will pay a premium for waterfront restaurants or you can hunt out a local tapas bar in the back streets for a bargain bite to eat. Both alternatives are equally nice.

Portixol – History and Culture

Portixol is as mentioned a former fishing village. It is one of many suburbs in Mallorca that have been rejuvenated – both for locals and tourists. There is a high demand on the old, beautiful sea front properties as well as on the former fisherman’s cottages. Potixol is definitely one Mallorca’s coolest spots.

Portixol and things to do

Apart from eating, drinking and enjoying the beach there are a lot of chances to pursue an active lifestyle in Portixol. If you are not a skateboarder or an inline-pro – just hire a bike or a Segway and explore the coast line. Protocol also offer a lively night life – especially during the summer months.

A walk to Portixol
A walk to Portixol

 

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