Art galleries in Palma de Mallorca

If there is one thing the island of Mallorca can be very proud of, is that it has all the ingredients to become an idyllic place to spend a holiday: nice weather all year around, a beautiful mountain range, stunning sea, exquisite gastronomy, authentic towns and villages and a wide range of activities to enjoy. But there’s more: the capital city of the Balearic Islands has also become one of the most a-vanguard cosmopolitan cities when it comes down to style, fashion, art and home décor. And today we would like to offer you a cultural itinerary to discover the most interesting art galleries in Palma, only meters away from the neighborhood of La Lonja, home to our smart city boutique hotel.

 

We will start this tour with the ‘Horrach Moya’ gallery, located at Plaça Drassana, only a couple steps away from La Lonja and BO Hotel. This well-known gallery has over 500 sqm and is a leading gallery offering international contemporary art.

 

 

Next stop: ‘Pelaires’. This gallery is one of the most famous galleries on Mallorca, as it actually is the gallery with the longest tradition in contemporary art in Spain. Without a doubt, a must-visit if you’re in Palma.

 

 

Another one of the art galleries in Palma we like to recommend our guests is the ‘Gerhardt Braun Gallery’, located in Calle Sant Feliu, also just a couple minutes away from BO Hotel. This gallery is focused on international well-known artists and also many rising talented painters from all over the world.

 

 

The paintings decorating Ritzi Palma’s and BO Hotel’s walls have been chosen from this gallery and are also on sale, in case you want to take a look at them while staying with us.

 

Finally, if you want to discover young local artists, you should go visit a gallery called ABA ART LAB, which you will find at Plaza Porta de Santa Catalina.

 

 

And just 2 minutes away from this cool gallery, you’ll find another small gallery called ‘Galería Maior’, which focuses on the promotion of contemporary art.

 

 

If you have the occasion to visit Palma during September, you cannot miss out on the opportunity to enjoy one of the most magical nights of the year: ‘Nit de l’Art’. On this very special evenings gallery, museums and art exhibitions play the leading role not only in actual galleries, but also in shops and all over Palma’s streets. Restaurants and bars play along with this wonderful initiative and open its doors until late to celebrate art in every possible way. Every Palma citizen and visitor takes over the streets to enjoy the most artistic night of the year.

Mallorca’s most exclusive marinas

The Island of Mallorca is known all over the world for the wide range of activities you can experience while visiting it. Here in Mallorca you will be able to enjoy a lovely hike in middle of beautiful natural scenery, practice sports like golfing or cycling, shopping in Palma’s old town or enjoying the Majorcan gastronomy in first-class restaurants.

 

But today we would like to highlight two of the most exclusive and luxurious marinas there are in Mallorca for you to go visit.

 

We’ll start with Puerto Portals, probably the most famous marina in Mallorca due to the high-level of glamour and over 30 years of history. Located in an exclusive location at the bay of Portals Nous, this marina is located 10 kilometres away from Palma’s city centre. When it comes down to nautical services, it has 679 moorings from 8 to 60 meters in length, a nautical school, supermarket, gas station and all necessary nautical services for yachts and boats.

 

 

But Puerto Portals is also famous for its chic stores, excellent restaurants with all kind of gastronomic treats and for its sophisticated night life. This marina remains open the whole year and is also very famous for its first-class events, such as the Classic Oris Rally, the Sunset Market and the lovely Christmas market.

 

 

 

At BO Hotel we recommend for you to visit Puerto Portals, one of the most famous and important marinas of the Mediterranean and once you’re there, enjoy a lovely meal at the Ritzi Puerto Portals where you’ll find Italian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine, incredible sea views and a professional service.

 

On the other hand, we would like to highlight the luxurious Port Adriano, a contemporary design and art work by the architect Philippe Stark. It is located in Mallorca’s Southeast, in the municipality of El Toro. It has 492 moorings, many nautical Service offices, nautical school, offers sailing school, diving lessons and even an artificial beach.

 

 

But this marina has built up a name in the international scene by the luxurious Experience surrounding the moorings on the 4.000 sqm of leisure complex. With 52 luxury shops, high-class restaurants, sophisticated bars and an underground parking of 240 places, Port Adriano has become another ‘it place’ on the Island.

 

When visiting Port Adriano, we would like to recommend for you to visit some of the special and cool events taking place all over the year at this marina: gastronomic fairs such as ‘Food Passion’, Christmas ice rink, concerts, etc. You can check out the program by visiting their web.

Visiting the terraces at La Seu

Palma’s cathedral La Seu is not only one of the most beautiful cathedrals of European cities, but also famous for owning the largest rose window in the world, known as “the Gothic eye”. The construction of this cathedral began in the 13th century during the reign of James II (1276-1311).

 

At the start of the 20th century, the architect Antoni Gaudí adapted the Cathedral to meet new liturgical and pastoral requirements. The Cathedral brings together the last eight centuries of Majorca’s history, and continues to be a living and constantly evolving building.

 

 

Regarding the latest evolution of the building, we are pleased to say that the visits to the cathedral terrace’s have been reinstated a couple years ago. The Levantine Gothic-style cathedral (characterised by using a German-style hall layout) actually has one of Palma’s most spectacular rooftops, offering a wide and open view of Palma’s bay from Mallorca’s most emblematic building.

 

 

When enjoying one of these visits you will have a complete different perspective of the Cathedral and its surrounding area. You have to consider that it is 215 steps that separate us from the highest point of the temple.

 

 

On this tour you will not only be able to enjoy the views, but also some secret spots of the cathedral itself, such as the belfry, the terraces of the buttresses or the passage between the two towers of the main facade. One of the highlights, of course, is being able to appreciate the colours and design of Europe’s largest rose window from very short distance.

 

 

La Seu, Palma’s beautiful cathedral, is only a 5-minute walk away from BO Hotel, which is why we would very highly recommend this tour when staying at our luxury boutique hotel in Palma. If you would also like to visit the cathedral itself, please don’t hesitate to ask our team about visiting hours and days. We will be happy to help!

 

Visits to La Seu terrace can only be made in Summer / early Autumn until the 31st of October.

Visit the Marivent gardens in Palma

Palma offers a large amount of activities to enjoy the city and discover every one of the corners the capital city of the Balearic Islands hides. In addition to some of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, Mallorca offers all kind of cultural activities, contemporary art exhibitions, gastronomic routes, open-air concerts and exclusive shopping, among others.

 

From BO Hotel we would like to recommend a different kind of activity while staying in Palma: spend a lovely afternoon getting to know the Marivent gardens. These are located inside the palace with the same name, Marivent Palace, which has a total surface of 9.155 square meters.

 

 

The Marivent Palace is the summer residency of the Royal Spanish Family and since the 2nd of May of 2016 its gardens have been open to the public, except the 15 days during Easter and from the 15th of July until the 15th of September. Its opening hours are from 9.00h to 20.hh from the 1st of May until the 30th of September and from 9.00h to 16.30h from October the 1st until April the 30th.

 

Visiting the royal family’s garden is free and has an approximate duration of 30 minutes. During your visit you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the garden, which you will find of high botanical interest, as there are over 40 different species, most of them native species which are all identifies with name shields below. In addition to several benches from where to soak up the beauty of the garden, the most impressive part of it are the 12 bronze sculptures donated by the family of Majorcan artist Joan Miró, adding special cultural value to everyone visiting the gardens of Marivent.

 

 

If you would like to get more information about visiting the Marivent gardens or about how to get from BO Hotel to the Marivent Palace, don’t hesitate to ask our front desk team, we will be pleased to help you.

Ritzi Palma, the authentic Italian restaurant in Palma’s old town

BO Hotel is located in the very heart of the city of Palma, concretely in the neighbourhood of Palma’s old town known as ‘La Lonja’. BO Hotel is a superior four-star boutique hotel designed for a cosmopolitan traveller interested in subjects such as culture, arte and, of course, gastronomy. This last matter was the starting point for one of the jewels you’ll find at BO Hotel: the Italian restaurant located on the hotel’s ground floor called Ritzi Palma.

 

 

On Ritzi Palma’s menu you will find a wide range of dishes finding their roots in the fusion of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.

 

 

The responsible of this fantastic flavour and tradition fusion is our Italian chef Giancarlo Mellone, who is capable of transmitting passion, pride and a huge talent in every single one of his creations, which amaze guests day after day.

 

 

Ritzi Palma offers from Vegetarian and Vegan dishes up to spectacular meat and fish dishes. And, of course, the kitchen team at Ritzi Palma is expert in the elaboration of the typical Italian gastronomic highlight: homemade pasta. You cannot leave Palma without trying our delicious pasta made in a Parmesan Wheel with truffle, one of the Ritzi Palma signature dishes, which will make you fall in love!

 

 

The perfect final note when visiting our restaurant in La Lonja is our dessert menu where you will find all kind of homemade sweet temptations, such as our dessert ‘extreme chocolate’.

 

 

All of our gastronomic creations are paired with the best wines, offering the ideal partnership to enjoy Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Our wine list offers Italian, French and, of course, Spanish wines.

 

 

You will also be able to enjoy Ritzi Palma in the ‘lunch menu’ format, because this Italian restaurant offers a superb lunch menu from Monday to Friday including three courses for 18€ (drinks not included). The most authentic Italian restaurant in Palma is open every day from 12.30h to 23.30h.

Cooking lessons in Palma, have fun in the kitchen!

Did you know that at BO Hotel we are lovers of fine cuisine? You will probably notice our passion for cooking and superb food at our hotel’s restaurant, Ritzi Palma. This authentic Italian restaurant where Mediterranean fresh ingredients are used by our talented kitchen team to amaze guests and visitors, is located in the ground floor of our luxury boutique hotel in Palma’s old town.

 

In addition to trying our delicious restaurant, we think it is always a good idea to learn new cooking techniques and discover the country’s gastronomy starting from its roots. That is why at BO Hotel we think that you could have a lot of fun when visiting Palma if you attend a cooking lesson.

 

The good new is that due to our location in Palma’s old town, you will be close to many lovely cooking academies and we are more than eager to recommend three places where you will have fun in the kitchen while staying at BO Hotel.

Lonja 18 Open Kitchen Mallorca

 

Only 1 minute away from BO Hotel you will find the open kitchen concept by Lonja 18, which is an inviting and cosy space to learn to cook Spanish dishes and many other kind of specialties. They offer practical cooking lessons where you will not only learn a lot about this beautiful island, but also improve your cooking technique notoriously. Among their cooking lessons you will find: ‘Spanish cooking’, ‘Paella party’, ‘Tapas & pintxos’, ‘Street food’, ‘Food market tour’, ‘Vegan cooking’ and ‘Local products tasting’. In addition to being a perfect place to learn, they also offer private chef for events and private dinners.

 

 

 

The Galley Club

 

Located in the quarter of Santa Catalina, which you can reach by a 8-minute walk from BO Hotel, The Galley Club is a cooking school specialized on teaching professional chefs for yachts. But in addition to their yachting service, they have lovely courses to improve your skills or learn how to cook local and international dishes.

 

 

 

With over 30 specialized lessons, they have very appealing options such as ‘Summer kids cooking course’, ‘Recipes for singles’, ‘Muffins workshop’, ‘Seafood workshop’, ‘Curries of the world’, ‘Cooking for guys’, ‘Children birthday party’ and many others.

 

 

Vegan Gastronomy Culinary Academy

 

You do not have to be vegan to appreciate this type of cuisine. For vegan and non-vegan, the Vegan Gastronomy Culinary Academy is located inside the Olivar market, on its first floor. This cooking school was set up to train chefs, beginners and just about everyone eager to learn about how to elaborate and create amazing tasteful Vegan dishes. There are 3-hour, 1-week, 2-week and even online courses and they also elaborate and sell their own products to participants and visitors.

 

If you are staying or visiting Palma any time soon and you are looking to experience the Mediterranean gastronomy from the inside, you will find a lovely option at any of the three cooking schools we recommended.

The sports you can practice while staying at BO Hotel

At BO Hotel we certainly are #citylovers, but we have to confess this is not the only thing we are. One thing every team member at BO Hotel enjoys, it’s taking care of themselves. We are firm believers that body and mind go hand-in-hand and that both of them have to be taken care of in the best way we can.

 

Having said this, today we would like to offer you our insider knowledge to tell you what sports you can practice while staying at BO Hotel. Stay active!

 

 

As you already know, we are located in the neighborhood ‘La Lonja’. This is a small area of Palma’s old town known for its cobbled streets, lovely cafés and beautiful architecture. This neighborhood also happens to be very close to the sea and, in consequence, close to Palma’s ‘Paseo Marítimo’ (promenade). While staying at BO Hotel you will find this proximity to the promenade to come in handy, as you can easily access the Paseo Marítimo and take a long and relaxing run by the sea.

 

 

With over 5 kilometres, you will find this the perfect scenario not only to go jogging, but also to practice other sports like hopping on a bike or renting roller skates and going all the way back to the ‘90’s most popular sport.

 

 

You will see that you can stay active directly at Palma’s bay, but if you want to take this sporty impulse to the next level, you can even go from Palma all the way to Portixol, a beautiful little harbour with a long bike road and promenade.

 

 

As you can see, you will not have any trouble practicing some open air sports while visiting Palma, but if you would like to get specific information about other sports like Pilates, yoga or crossfit, don’t hesitate to come by our front desk and get more information.

Historical Palma

BO Hotel is located in the very heart of the beautiful city of Palma, more precisely in the neighbourhood known as La Lonja. In one of our recent post we recommended what to do and what not to miss in this neighbourhood that still preserves the typical Majorcan architecture of Palma’s old town.

 

But today we would like to talk to you about a very interesting and important area of this town, which you will be able by taking a nice walk from BO Hotel: we are talking about Palma’s city walls and Es Baluard.

 

 

Palma’s city walls are a set of towers and bastions united by a system of walls that used to protect the city of Palma. The Arabs who ruled the city finished the total construction of the wall in 1115. Its function was strictly military, but nowadays it has become an important tourist attraction for visitors.

 

From BO Hotel we would like to recommend a pleasant walk along the ‘maritime front’ of the walls, which is the only area of the city walls that continues to be completely preserved.

 

 

This route begins at the port and goes all the way to the Eastern end called ‘Es Baluard del Príncep’, where you will be able to enjoy the most stunning views of Palma: on one side you will be looking at the breath-taking city cathedral, La Seu; and, on the other side you will be looking at Palma’s bay and the city’s promenade.

 

 

Once you are at ‘Es Baluard del Príncep’, don’t hesitate to visit one of Mallorca’s cultural gems, the Museum of modern and contemporary art called ‘Es Baluard’. Inside this museum you will find paintings and artworks by Majorcan artists, by artists who are somehow connected to the island in addition to temporary exhibitions. You can find out about the different exhibitions at their website: www.esbaluard.org.

 

 

To wrap up a perfect day discovering Palma’s secrets, take a seat at the beautiful terrace at Es Baluard’s restaurant and have a cocktail to soak up the spectacular colours of the sunset.

The most exclusive suite in Palma

If you are planning on visiting Palma de Mallorca, BO Hotel is the city-hotel you were looking for. We love to be located in the city center, right in the charming neighbourhood called La Lonja. When we chose a building to become the home of BO Hotel we searched for two things: authenticity and location.

 

When you can relate to the feeling of enjoying the city from the inside, then you are a #citylover just like every member of our team. And even if the whole BO Hotel concept stands for luxury, comfort and citylife, there is one suite at our hotel that offers the most exclusive experience there is in Palma de Mallorca.

 

 

The ‘sky suite’ at BO Hotel is YOUR suite if you want to enjoy a luxury experience in the capital city of the Balearic Islands. With more than 40 square meters, this suite is fully equipped for two persons. And why is it the most exclusive suite in Palma? For starters: the view.

 

 

You will be able to keep an eye of the beautiful Majorcan cathedral La Seu from every corner of your suite. Lay down on your box-spring bed with its anti-vibration system and check out the cathedral by night (a true gem for the eye)! But not only the bed is the perfect place to spot the cathedral; the spacious bathroom with a big bathtub and two sinks also offers stunning views over La Seu.

 

 

But there are many other things that make the ‘sky suite’ the most exclusive suite in Palma de Mallorca. You will be able to enjoy a private 65 sqm rooftop terrace with your own jacuzzi, becoming your favorite place to forget about the routine and relax.

 

 

Other of the services at BO Hotel’s sky suite are: smart tv, free wifi, Illy coffee machine, shower with rain effect, Bose sound system with Bluetooth and a selection of amenities to offer you only the best.

 

 

If you are looking forward to enjoy the most exclusive side of Palma staying in the city center, don’t hesitate to book the sky suite at BO Hotel by clicking here.

A day on a bike in Palma de Mallorca

When staying at BO Hotel you will be right in the heart of the beautiful city of Palma de Mallorca. Thanks to our convenient location in the La Lonja neighborhood you will be close to many places that are worth a visit.

And today we are very happy to recommend a different-kind-of day while your Palma-holiday. We want you to rent a bike and drive the city in style. Your first stop should be ‘Urban Drivestyle’.

This cool rental shop was founded in 2015 and is located near BO Hotel in Calle Sant Francesc number 11. In addition to offering great sightseeing tour, they are also our favorite place for bicycle, e-bike and e-scooter rentals.

As you can read on our ‘sightseeing in Palma‘s city center’ article, there are some lovey places to discover while in the city and renting a bike you will be able to optimize your time, get to know the city, get lost in some of the little streets of Palma’s old town and will still be in time for our last recommendation: heading down to Paseo Marítimo with your bike. Here’s how it goes:

As soon as you’re done visiting the city’s highlights you can drive down Paseo del Borne until you get to Palma’s promenade known as Paseo Marítimo. If you decide to go right you will have a long and beautiful ride ahead of you all the way to ‘Dique del Oeste’, which is where the city promenade ends. If you are heading that way, we would recommend you take a little detour to Castell de Bellver to enjoy the pine woods around the castle.

If when getting to the promenade you decide to turn left, a much longer and enjoyable ride will be waiting for you. It’s the road that connects Palma with Portixol, the charming little fishing harbour you’ll find 3 kilometers away from Palma. This beach resort next to Palma has a long traffic-free promenade specially for cyclists and roller skaters. Once you get there you will see that there is plenty of cafés and restaurants to choose from for a nice dinner or just to have some drinks by the sea.

Additional useful information: as Palma and its surroundings are bike-friendly, you will find a bike parking almost everywhere you go!

What are you waiting for? Jump on a bike and discover our BO HOTEL-Palma-bike-tour!