37th PALMA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

From April 29th to May 3rd 2020 at Port of Palma

10 essential places to visit during the Palma Boat Show

The Palma International Boat Show brings together more than 30,000 people every year in the port of Palma. Some of these visitors, despite attending the event every year, are still unaware of many of the charms that our island offers. Mallorca, contrary to what many may think, is much more than just sun and sand. And the Palma boat show is a unique opportunity to show the event’s exhibitors and visitors Mallorca’s great gastronomic and cultural offering.

1. Palma Cathedral: listed as a historical artistic site, it is one of the most spectacular exponents of Mediterranean Gothic, and the island’s most emblematic building. Commonly referred to as ‘La Seu,’ it overlooks the Bay of Palma and is built on the former Roman and Renaissance walls that used to protect the city, very close to the Palma International Boat Show. It also boasts one of the largest rose windows in the world, measuring almost 14 metres in diameter. Those who enter this architectural work can marvel at the work of Antoni Gaudí and Miquel Barceló. And discover the secrets that lie within it.

2. The Old Town: the magnificent cathedral, which has been called the cathedral of light, Almudaina Palace, the Plaza Mayor, the old fish market, the city council, the establishments of Born, the bay, the promenade, etc. The city of Palma de Mallorca is a real treasure where surprises can be discovered at every step. An essential stop to rest and recover on this visit is the famous Bar Bosch, well known for its traditional langosta (lobster), which, far from being of marine
origin, is actually an authentic Mallorcan llonguet bread roll. Or for those with a sweet tooth, Ca’n Joan de s’Aigo. A traditional Mallorcan café that stands out for its cocas de patata (potato rolls), cuartos (sponge cakes), ensaïmada pastries and handcrafted ice cream. The Palma International Boat Show is an ideal starting point for visitors to take a tour of the centre of the Mallorcan capital, discover the most emblematic places in the city and taste its traditional dishes.

3. Bellver Castle: this Gothic-style fortification built by King James II during the fourteenth century stands out for its splendid circular central courtyard and majestic cylindrical towers. It currently houses the city museum where there is an exhibition of the history of Palma de Mallorca from the first settlers to the Middle Ages. From its battlements, one of the best panoramic views of Mallorca can also be seen. As it is located on a hill that rises to 112 metres above sea level, in an area surrounded by forest.

4. Drach Caves: four large caves connected to each other that, for centuries, have been captivating those who have lost themselves inside. They can now be explored along a more than one-kilometre route that takes approximately one hour and leads you to one of the largest underground lakes in the world, Llac Martell, where daily live classical music concerts are performed by a quartet. At the end of the concert, visitors can cross the lake and enjoy a boat ride. A totally magical experience.

5. Valldemosa: a municipality in the interior of the island located in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, almost 500 metres above sea level. Although it is a village, there are many things to discover. Stroll through the town falling in love with the beautiful views offered by this municipality in the Serra de Tramuntana. Rest in one of its cafés and taste the delicious and traditional coca de patata (potato roll). And a must-see is the Cartuja Palace, where, during the winter of 1838-1839, the writer George Sand and the composer Chopin had their immortal romance.

6. The traditional ensaïmada: famous the world over, this traditional Mallorcan pastry is one of the flagship products of the local cuisine. And no visitor to the Palma International Boat Show should leave the island without having tried a Mallorcan ensaïmada. The best way to enjoy it? As it has become so famous, it comes in many different flavours. From traditional smooth ensaïmadas to those containing custard, cream or chocolate, or even current popular flavours such as
Kinder Bueno and Ferrero Rocher, as made by some bakeries. Whatever their flavour or dimensions, ensaïmadas are enormously popular among our visitors.

7. Visits to Mallorcan wineries: Mallorcan wine is without any doubt experiencing a boom in popularity. Mallorca is fortunate to have small family-run wineries that today produce some of the best wines in the country. Wineries that have more than 150 years of history and others that are more avant-garde, which stand out for their modern facilities. All visitors to the Palma International Boat Show can visit several wineries in the interior of the island or make an appointment with a specific winery and spend a different, fun and, above all, delicious day there. And discover in this way Mallorca’s traditional flavour.

8. Mallorca from the sea: the Palma Boat Show can be experienced from the land and sea. The Palma boat show exhibits more than 600 boats, 300 of which are on the water. It is the perfect time to take a boat and see the nautical fair and Mallorca from another perspective. Mallorca has a coastline measuring more than 500 kilometres. A trip that takes in some of the most impressive picture-postcard scenes on the Mediterranean Sea. Cliffs, endless sandbanks, coves with crystal clear waters and quaint fishing villages. Images that can only be captured from the sea.

9. Night of the sea: the most anticipated night for both exhibitors and visitors to the Palma International Boat Show. A magical evening with concerts and batucada. A night to enjoy good music and local cuisine in a welcoming and exclusive atmosphere in the Port of Palma. A gathering that enables all boat show visitors and workers to let their hair down and share with other guests their impressions of the industry and generate synergies. In short, the best night of the year.

10. Sunset from viewpoints: there is nothing better to end the day at the Palma International Boat Show than to discover the incredible sunsets that the island offers. Mallorca offers the possibility of enjoying a beautiful sunset from places such as a beach club at Can Pere Antoni, situated very close to the boat show, or fantastic natural locations such as Formentor lighthouse or Sa Calobra. Spectacular views can be enjoyed from any spot, everything depends on your preferred plan. What is certain is that Mallorca will charm all visitors to the Palma International Boat Show with its views, gastronomy, cultural tradition and history.

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