3 shops you need to know in Palma’s old town

Shopping is, for sure, one of the favourite activities for everyone visiting Palma. This incredible city holds some of the most exclusive brands on the ‘Paseo del Borne’, also known as ‘golden mile’. But in addition to well-known designer brands, the city centre also holds spectacular shops you will absolutely fall in love with.

 

Three shops you need to visit in Palma’s old town

 

1. Rialto Living

 

The ultimate lifestyle store in Palma. Rialto Living has been leading the interior design scene in Palma for over 10 years. This 800m2 lifestyle concept store gathers interior design, fashion, art, gifts, books and accessories of all kinds.

Every item is chosen by the founders Karl & Barbara, who travel all over the world to bring the latest trends right into the city centre of Palma.

 

2. Sluiz Ibiza

 

Colours. That would be the main concept at Sluiz Ibiza, a magical store filled with inspiring interior design objects, furniture, and décor and fashion pieces. Located a couple minutes by foot away from BO Hotel, you’ll find the 600m2 city concept by Sluiz.

Different rooms, different spaces, different colours will get your attention immediately!

 

3. Gallery Red

 

Their description for their store is: ‘a place for the eyes and the mind, a creative lab where the coolest of lifestyle, art, design and fashion meet’. And we would have to agree with exactly what they say.

Visiting Gallery Red is feeling inspired. Go have a look at Plaza Chopin (Can Puigdorfilia, 4) and let us know what you think!

Boat Show in Palma de Mallorca

At BO Hotel we are lucky to be located in the very heart of Palma de Mallorca. Being surrounded by impressive architecture, centuries of history, a varied cultural program and exciting events happening all year, we offer our guests the ultimate local experience.

And one of the things we are constantly doing is looking to gather all the useful information for our guests to enjoy the vibrant city of Palma de Mallorca at its best. At the end of this month, Palma welcomes another edition of the International Boat Show, a world-class event that will take place only a couple steps away from BO Hotel.

 

Foto: Náutica y Yates

The 35th edition of the International Boat Show will take place from the 27th of April to the 1st of May this year and brings in big news: a 15% increased exhibition area. The figures of 2017 showed 19% more visitors than 2016, a 30.187 m2 exhibition area, 244 direct exhibitors, 600 boats exhibited, 220 boats on the water and 67 super yachts. And the 2018 figures already count on even better numbers, as there are already no more vacancies left for exhibitors. After months of marketing, all the available water and land spaces at the nautical fair are now taken. Taking place in the Moll Vell, located 5 minutes away from BO Hotel, the International Boat Show is organized by the IDI (Institut d’Innovació Empresarial de les Illes Balears) and BYBA (Balearic Yachts Broker Association).

Foto: Última Hora

One of the novelties at this edition is the direct participation of large shipbuilders, which are coming to Palma International Boat Show to present their new boat models, joining the large offer that has always characterised the Palma show.

The setting-up of the fair will begin at the start of April, fitting out the site, the berths and setting up the marquees. This year, there is the added difficulty of the construction of a large floating bridge of more than 70 metres in length that will permit a circular route and optimise the exhibition spaces even further.

Featured image: IndependenceYachts

La Lonja: home to Abaco Bar, Jazz Voyeur and BO Hotel

BO Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located in the lively neighborhood of La Lonja, right in the heart of Palma’s old town. The capital city of the Balearic Islands is known for being a vibrant city filled with shops, bookstores, art galleries, cool hotels and superb restaurant. Its centre, and even more precisely its old town, attracts hundreds of visitors every day. In Palma’s old town tradition and history are to be seen at every corner, as the architecture shows the story hidden behind this beautiful city.

 

La Lonja, home to BO Hotel, was born around the La Lonja building, a historical building which continues to be one of Palma’s meeting points. The five pedestrian streets surrounding the building are known for offering a bohemian and fun atmosphere, filled with little bars and restaurants of high-standards, including Ritzi Palma, the authentic Italian restaurant you’ll find at the ground floor of BO Hotel.

 

This neighborhood is also home to two of the most well known bars in Palma, which are an absolute must-visit for a fun night out.

Abaco Bar in Palma

 

The Bar ‘Abaco’ welcomes guests in a unique courtyard decorated with a high amount of flowers, plants, fruits, fountains and even little statues. Behind old doors, this bar steps back in time to an area of opulence, being one of Mallorca’s most unusual bars serving some of the best cocktails in town.

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Jazz Voyeur Club in Palma

 

Located inside a 16th century mansion, the Jazz Voyeur Club in La Lonja opened 11 years ago. Based on the musical style of jazz, this club offers live performances every weekend, including music, photography and audio-visual projects. With a unique atmosphere of intimacy and tons of fun music, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a great drink with friends.

 

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Both, Abaco Bar and Jazz Voyeur Club, are only a few steps away from BO Hotel, so we will be more than pleased to give you directions to get there to enjoy a fun night out in La Lonja, Palma!

Not to miss in Palma: Paseo Marítimo (Palma’s promenade)

Palma is the capital city of the Balearic Islands and it is a popular destination for travelers looking to combine lovely weather, white-sand beaches and a lively cultural and superb gastronomic offer. Perfect for every age and taste, Palma has something to offer to everyone. But today we would like to continue our work on the section ‘not to miss in Palma’ by recommending a walk at Palma’s promenade known as Paseo Marítimo.

 

Paseo Marítimo in Palma

 

Considered a privileged balcony over the Mediterranean, Paseo Marítimo is a wide Street parallel to the sea, starting at the fishing port, continuing by the commercial area of the port and finishing in the military area of the port. The 4-kilometers offer an idyllic backdrop for a long walk or cycling day. From the Paseo Marítimo it is possible to admire many of the most emblematic buildings of Palma such as the Cathedral, the Almudaina and the Bellver Castle.

 

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BO Hotel, located in the bohemian neighborhood of La Lonja, is only 3 minutes away from the bayside promenade. Staying at our luxury boutique hotel in Palma’s old town you will be able to enjoy the stunning views and fresh breeze every day.

 

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The commercial area of the port houses first-class restaurants and some boutiques, known as ‘Moll Vell’. It is the perfect spot to enjoy some luxury shopping and wrap it up with a delicious cocktail overlooking the Mediterranean Sea before coming back to BO Hotel and enjoying a superb Italian dinner at our restaurant Ritzi Palma.

A romantic dinner at Palma’s best Italian restaurant

Best Italian romantic restaurant Ritzi Palma

It is always a great time to show our loved one how much we care. At BO Hotel we truly believe that there is not just one Valentine’s day or one anniversary dinner a year, there is time to enjoy each other’s company every time we feel like it! And what says ‘I love you’ better than a lovely romantic dinner?

 

At Ritzi Palma, a modern decorated restaurant located inside BO Hotel in Palma’s beautiful neighbourhood La Lonja, we take romance very seriously and provide the perfect atmosphere for a nice and relaxing evening. Our restaurant has been beautifully designed to provide a relaxed, yet sophisticated feel for our guests.

 

The most romantic Italian dinner in palma

 

Best Italian romantic restaurant la lonja Ritzi Palma

 

Our gastronomic concept is defined by the exquisite Italian cuisine, but still has some Mediterranean notes. The first-quality ingredients are both, local and international, giving you nothing but the best. The kitchen team, led by talented chef Giancarlo Mellone, is constantly innovating to change the menu according to the season. On our menu you will find signature dishes like homemade pasta and spectacular meat directly from the Josper grill in addition to delicious fish directly from the harbour, colourful salads made with fresh Majorcan ingredients and, of course, Italian homemade desserts.

 

Best authentic Italian romantic restaurant Mallorca Ritzi Palma

 

But the #RitziPalma experience wouldn’t be complete without an outstanding service. First-class service is crucial for us and for our customers, as we want you to visit Ritzi Palma every time you want to have the best Italian dinner in Palma.

 

 

Our sister establishment, Ritzi Puerto Portals, and our Ritzi Palma stand for authentic Italian cuisine, served with warm and professional hospitality in a stylish but comfortable setting. Our authentic Italian restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner. We serve a weekly three-courses lunch menu in addition to our á la cartè options.

 

Enjoy a romantic dinner in Palma’s old town at Mallorca’s best Italian restaurant, Ritzi Palma!

How to get from the airport to Palma’s centre

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Many of our guests have often asked us about the best way to get from Palma’s airport to the city centre. And as we find this information to be very useful for everyone staying at BO Hotel and also for everyone traveling to Mallorca soon, we are happy to share the easiest and quickest way to get from Mallorca’s airport to the city centre in Palma.

The best way to get from Palma’s airport to the city centre

 

First option: Taxi / Cab. As soon as you land in Palma’s airport and get outside the entrance hall, you will see a sign of a TAXI, which you need to follow to stand on the line of travelers waiting for taxis. As the airport is only 15 minutes away from the city centre, the taxi won’t take long and won’t be expensive. You will spend about 20€ to 25€ depending on the amount of bags you have with you and will get to the city centre in no time.

 

from the airport to palma bo hotel

 

Second option: Bus. The public transportation in Palma is efficient and quick and there is a bus going from the airport to the city centre from early in the morning until late in the night. The bus (number 1) costs 5€ per person and kids under 5 years travel for free. It leaves the airport every 15 minutes and takes about 30-40 minutes to get to the city centre (Plaza España).

 

from the airport to palma bo hotel la lonja

 

Third option: Transfer. There are many private companies providing transfer services for every traveller landing in Palma’s airport. It assures you direct transportation to your hotel and there are both, private and shared transfers available. Normally transfers are minibuses with professional drivers, who will be waiting for you at the meeting-point. Many hotels provide specific transfer services, which is why if you’re thinking about this option the best is to contact us at booking@bohotel.com to offer you the best transfer company to get you from the airport to Palma’s city centre, more concretely our hotel, located in Palma’s bohemian neighbourhood of La Lonja.

 

Last, but not least, there is always the option of renting a car. Many companies are located right inside the airport to offer you their wide range of cars of all sizes and types. But if you are looking to discover the city centre from its inside, we don’t recommend renting a car, as parking is highly difficult and expensive in Palma’s city centre. It is much better to explore Palma’s old town by foot and maybe rent a car for one or two days when you decide to visit the rest of Mallorca while staying with us at BO Hotel.

 

We will be happy to assist you when choosing the perfect transportation from the airport to Palma’s city centre!

Rent a car for a day and go to… Alcudia’s Albufera

rent a car and go to albufera mallorca Bo Hotel Palma

Whenever you’re staying in BO Hotel, you will discover the beautiful old town of Palma right from its heart. But we have thought of a new way to offer you interesting recommendations and more tips about this beautiful island we’re lucky enough to call ‘home’ and will now offer you some articles that will go by ‘Rent a car for a day and go to…’ What we would like to achieve is for you to get to know the entire island, as you will quickly see that there is a lot to see all over Mallorca.

Today we would love for you to discover one of Mallorca’s most impressive natural parks. So…

Rent a car and go to… ‘S’Albufera Natural Park in Alcudia’

 

About 5 kilometres south of Port d’Alcudia in Mallorca’s northwest the S’Albufera wetlands amaze visitors every day with incredible bird watching, being a paradise for nature enthusiasts. S’Albufera, the largest and most important wetland area in the Balearics, is a former lagoon separated from the sea by a belt of dunes, which for many centuries – but especially in the last two as a result of human influence – has filled up with sediments converting it into an extensive flood plain. The Natural Park affords protection to some 1708 hectares of marshes and dunes.

 

rent a car and go to albufera alcudia mallorca Bo Hotel Palma

 

The name derives from the Arabic for ‘lagoon‘, but the site has been exploited since Roman times. A British company, which subsequently went bankrupt, drained the wetlands for agriculture in the l9th century; the network of canals dates from this time.

 

rent a car and go to albufera alcudia nature mallorca Bo Hotel Palma

 

Birdwatchers come to Mallorca from all over Europe to see rare migrants here like Montagu’s harriers and Eleanora’s falcons; species breeding here include stonechats, moustached warblers and the long-eared owl. Ospreys leave their breeding sites on the cliffs to come here to fish; peregrines and hoopoes live here all year round.

 

rent a car and go to albufera alcudia birds mallorca Bo Hotel Palma

 

The basis of S´Albufera´s ecological richness is water. The virtually permanent inundation of much of the Natural Park provides favourable conditions for vegetation growth and variety according to the depth of water, proximity of the sea and type of terrain. The range of plant species gives cover and food to a multitude of animals, which in turn are food for many more. Due to the abundance of water the diversity of living organisms (known as biodiversity by scientists) is very high, indeed S´Albufera’s suite of ecosystems supports the greatest biodiversity of any site in the Balearics.

BO Hotel: the perfect boutique hotel, where luxury, style and comfort combine

At BO Hotel we have one aim: to offer you the most unforgettable and luxurious holiday you have ever experienced. We are very fond of the beautiful city of Palma (as we always tell you on our city-lover blog) and we think that this scenario already is an idyllic starting point to spend the holidays of your dreams.

 

 

 

 

But when it comes down to choosing BO Hotel, not only our location plays an important role. Our luxury boutique hotel in La Lonja is an oasis where luxury, style and comfort combine perfectly to become your home away from home.

 

 

 

 

BO Hotel is a four-star plus hotel, which welcomes travelers all around the world and is specially designed and conceived for travelers interested in culture and getting to know the city they’re in in the most authentic way.

 

 

 

 

BO Hotel welcomes you in a charming 19th-century building, which was renovated with impeccable style, combining elegant and discrete modernity with traditional elements and Majorcan style and feel. Once you enter our city boutique hotel, the welcoming atmosphere will make you feel comfortable right away.

 

 

 

 

At BO Hotel, a centrally located oasis in Palma, you will feel the Mediterranean flair of the city, while being pampered at every minute. It all starts with our signature breakfast, the perfect way of starting your day! After walking around Palma’s old town you can come back to us to enjoy some of Palma’s finest Italian cuisine, where chef Giancarlo Mellone and its team amaze hotel guests and visitors with delicious à la carté dishes and a daily lunch menu; after lunch you can do one of our ‘Not to miss in Palma – activities’, which you will find on our blog before wrapping up a perfect day with some room service, a spa treatment or a glass of cava enjoying the spectacular view from our rooftop. Sounds idyllic, right? That is exactly what we are ready to offer you when booking your room with us! And don’t waste more time, book directly on our web to get the best price and some exclusive benefits.

 

 

Come visit BO Hotel, where luxury, design and comfort combine!

New fashion brands opening in Palma

Palma is a cosmopolitan, modern and lively city that we are lucky enough to call our home. With a wide range of cultural, sports, shopping and leisure activities, this city seems to be moving faster day by day. And as BO Hotel is located in the most beautiful part of the city, its old town, we are always the first to know when something new is happening in Palma.

 

In the past years Palma de Mallorca has drawn the attention of many well-known designers and brands, as it has also been becoming an exciting shopping destination for people all over Europe. And during the past months we have welcomed three new brands which we would love to highlight, as they meet the standards and taste of all of us at BO Hotel.

 

New brands opening in Palma

 

 

Sandro: this brand is part of the French group in charge of Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot, Sandro opened its doors in Palma last October. The first Sandro shop in the island is located on the corner of Jaime III and Paseo del Borne, where Loewe used to stand. With 300 sqm and two floors, this shop has become a must for everyone shopping in Palma’s centre.

 

 

Pic: Fashion Network

 

 


Jorge Vázquez:
this Spanish designer has started this year strong. His shop in Palma is the third he opens in Spain, coming after the openings one shop in Madrid and another in A Coruña. Taking over the free space left by Angel Schlesser in Calle Nicolás, the women clothing line has a 100 sqm space right next to some of our favourite shops in Palma, like Essentiel or Patrizia Pepe.

 

 

 

 

Castañer: for many years Castañer has been a shoe brand known by everybody. This is due to its elegant models, its constant innovation, its quality and the clear understanding this brand has of the modern woman and man.

 

 

 

Even though this brand already had selling points in Palma, recently the shoe brand opened its own store at Calle Unión number 8. Ideal!

 

Not to miss in Palma: get lost in Palma’s old town

You cannot imagine how much we enjoy thinking about the next ‘not to miss in Palma’ we suggest our readers, friends and guests. It is hard to stay still and only share one or two per month, as we feel that there are so many things we could recommend about doing, seeing and / or enjoying during your stay in Palma. So today we have thought of something that is actually very easy to do, but is not always on a list of sightseeing in Palma.

Not to miss in Palma: get lost in Palma’s old town

BO Hotel is located in La Lonja, a beautiful, little and Bohemian neighbourhood in the heart of Palma’s old town. La Lonja is actually a neighbourhood consisting of no more than 10 cobbled streets with a main attraction, which is the La Lonja building. But Palma’s old town has more to offer than this emblematic neighbourhood and this is why we would love for you to take one morning or afternoon to just get lost in the little streets of Palma’s old town.

 

 

Once you get started you will see that there are many pedestrian streets you can explore, combined with regular streets that will guide you all around this part of the city. Old manors and amazing architecture will catch your eye while you walk with no clear destination and you will be able to imagine the city’s life in the past centuries. Many of the old little palaces and manors still have their interior courtyards (known as ‘patios’), giving many spots a unique and special charm.

 

Moving around Plaza Mercat and in direction to Plaza Cort, many modernist buildings will also catch your attention, as Gaudi’s footprint is easy to see around Palma.

 

 

Another thing that will amaze you are some little hidden alleys with stairs connecting important streets with one-another and offering even more secrets to unveil while exploring Palma’s city centre. All around little (and not so little) shops await offering Majorcan and international clothing, gourmet products and much more. If you decide to follow our advice and get lost in Palma’s old town, you will enjoy a relaxing tour combining culture, history, shopping, architecture and a city with a story that is dying to be understood and told in hundred of different ways.

 

As usual, the BO Hotel front-desk team will be happy to give you some directions regarding where to go to and is ready to give you all the answers you were looking for about this magical city called Palma!