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: have a llonguet

The beautiful capital city of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, also happens to be our home. At BO Hotel we are lucky enough to have a great staff working hard every day to offer our clients the most comprehensive overview of everything Palma has to offer. The existence of our blog ‘city-lovers’ has always been the extra-way we have to show our clients and the world the cosmopolitan city Palma is.

 

This is why we have thought of a new way to present all kinds of activities, sightseeing and pretty much just special things to do when in Palma. Today we inaugurate our new section ‘not to miss in Palma’. And to start our list of musts in this city, we want to make sure you will not leave Palma without having a ‘llonguet’.

Not to miss in Palma

 

A ‘llonguet’ is an artisan Majorcan bread that has been produced in local bakeries for centuries. Even though the ingredients are the same as always (flour, water, olive oil, salt and yeast), the great secret is in the way they are handled and mixed.

 

 

 

The ‘llonguet’ is an oval-shaped type of bread roll, with a unique texture. Traditionally, llonguets were the first to go in the oven; bakers tested the temperature with them and they also released moisture into the oven.

 

Llonguets are particularly good with tomato, olive oil and Majorcan cheese. You will find ‘llonguets’ at every traditional Majorcan bakery. But even though you’ll find llonguets at every bakery, we strongly recommend for you to visit some of the traditional Palmesan cafés and bars where you’ll get warm and cold variations of this delicious bread roll. Some of our favourite spots to try a llonguet are Bar Bosch, Bar Tony (Plaza Sta. Eulalia) , Bar Isleño (Santa Catalina) or Es Vaixell (Portitxol).

 

 

 

 

If you need some information about the city, where to find these bakeries and bars or any additional insider knowledge of Palma, please don’t hesitate to approach our team at the front desk, as we will be delighted to share some of our best tips with all of you!

Why Palma is the perfect winter get-away?

With Winter comes cold, which means we are up to long and warm evenings by the chimney, reading interesting books, having a glass of wine or enjoying a lovely hot chocolate while catching up on our favourite series. But today we are here to tell you why Palma could be the perfect winter get-away and why you will want to leave your comfy sofa behind to enjoy a perfect winter break!

Palma de Mallorca in Winter

 

We cannot say that it doesn’t get cold on the Balearic Islands, but what we have to say about Palma comes really close. If there is one thing that can win you over once you’ve been in Palma in winter is that the sun is always shining. We don’t know why, we don’t know how, but winter in Palma offers you some of the most beautiful days of the year. The temperatures do drop, but even after a rainy day or a storm, Palma manages to get the sun shining only a couple hours after.

 

 

But there is more to Palma than just a sunny promise. Over the past decade Palma has become a highly entertaining city. When the summer-season is over and the beaches are more of a spectacular scenario to take a walk than a large pool, Palma continues to be a lively city with tons of musical, cultural and gastronomic events taking place.

 

 

In winter, Palma hosts some of the most stunning classical musical festivals, new art exhibitions in its museums and countless art galleries and becomes the favourite spot for foodies all over Europe with cool tapas festivals, competitions and more. One thing is for sure: there will never be a dull moment when visiting Palma in the winter months.

 

In addition to cold, but sunny days and a comprehensive cultural agenda, during the holidays, Palma also transforms into a festive city, hosting beautiful Christmas markets and covering the streets with lights. All over the city you will be able to enjoy the traditional markets, where the Majorcan culture and tradition play a fundamental role.

 

 

Last, but not least, Palma is the perfect winter get-away because all of us at BO Hotel will be pleased to have you staying at our luxury boutique hotel in the city centre. With highly comfortable beds, beautiful views of the cathedral, a new and spectacular signature breakfast, high-end Italian gastronomy at Ritzi Palma and a friendly service waiting for you, we can assure you will have a spectacular winter break!

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.

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.

This is BO Hotel, your hotel in Palma

Are you planning your holiday in Palma? We would recommend for you to read this article about how BO Hotel is THE hotel in Palma you were looking for. It is very important for you to know that BO Hotel is a cityhotel orientated to those who want to live a luxury experience and yet get to know the city from the inside.

 

We declare ourselves as #citylovers, because Palma is a amazing city full of history, tradition, culture and there is constantly something going on. Palma and its vibrant day- and nightlife is the starting point for the concept hiding behind BO Hotel. When staying at our hotel in the center of Palma, we have to main aims: offering you the most comfortable and luxurious stay and showing you the thousand sides of the capital city of the Balearic Islands.

 

 

 

BO Hotel is located right in the heart of the Lonja quarter in Palma, This four-star plus hotel is only a couple steps away from fashionable Born Boulevard and the harbor . The Es Baluard art museum is just a ten-minute walk away.

 

 

One thing is for sure: once you enter our city boutique hotel, the welcoming atmosphere will maje you feel comfortable right away. At BO Hotel you will not only feel the mediterranean flair of this city in this centrally located oasis, but also get the feeling of being at home in Majorca. Immerse yourself in the lively capital of the Balearic Islands with its inexhaustible offer of culture, shopping and gastronomy and let the team at BO Hotel recommend and give you some insider knowledge for you to feel the city vibes at its best.

 

 

 

You are very welcome to check our ‘citylover blog’ to find out about the best places to have a fancy drink, the must-stops for a shopping tour, the most emblematic buildings and many more blog articles that could be interesting for you.

Sightseeing in Palma’s city center

Little by little the small yet Cosmopolitan city of Palma has become one of the most attractive and well-known holiday destination in Europe. Mallorca is, without a doubt, the idyllic choice for thousands of visitors from all over the world looking to spend a couple lovely days enjoying turquoise water and white sand, romantic sunsets, delicious restaurants and beach bars to enjoy Majorcan gastronomy and lively cocktail bars to spend some fun nights. But one of the most popular and loveliest things to do when visiting Mallorca is to take a walk through the quirky streets of Palma’s old town to get lost in its history, culture and tradition.

BO Hotel is located right in the very heart of this lively city, in the bohemain neighborhood of La Lonja in Palma’s old town. We would like to invite you to get lost in these streets, discovering every corner, landmarks and places we think are a must-visit during your stay at our hotel.

  • Palma’s Cathedral: La Seu is the most emblematic landmark of our city. This breathtaking cathedral welcomes all visitors arriving by sea as it is located right at Palma’s bay. Built in gothic style this cathedral dates back from 1229 after the conquer of Jaime I. From BO Hotel we invite you to take a walk through La Lonja, stoppin by Parc de la Mar up to the Cathedral. We strongly recommend that you take a guided tour or go visit it inside where you will find yourself amazed by the light coming through its 61 windows and the spectacular rose window. Its opening hours from Monday to Friday from 10.00h onwards. Closing times depend on the time of the year. On Saturdays you can visit the Cathedral from 10h to 14.15h.

  • Parc de la Mar: Next to the Cathedral of Palma you’ll find Parc de la Mar, built in the ’70s. From this pretty urban park of approximately nine hectares, visitors can enjoy incredible views of the Cathedral of Palma, La Almudaina, the city bay and the salt water lake located in the center of the park which symbolizes the sea.

  • Plaza Cort: This historic square constitutes the nerve center of the city of Palma. You will immediately recognize Plaza Cort, because in its center you will see the famous and ancient olive tree. This tree comes from a historic estate located in Pollensa and has become one of the most visited places by many tourists who want to immortalize the moment next to the majestic olive tree. Plaza Cort also houses the Town Hall of the city and the Palau del Consell de Mallorca. Do not hesitate to have a coffee at one of the coffee shops on Plaza Cort to soak up the lively city atmosphere.
  • Calle de Sant Miquel: A few minutes away from Plaza Cort you will find one of the busiest pedestrian streets in the historical center of Palma. It owes its name to the church of San Miquel, located on the same street which you can also visit while walking fown this beautiful area. Take some time to stroll down San Miguel, because you will find numerous shops where you can buy gifts and articles of all kinds.