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!

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.

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!

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.