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Scandinavians love Palma de Mallorca

The beaches and tourist infrastructure have made Mallorca a very popular destination for decades, particularly among Norwegians. And with refurbished hotels and a restaurant renaissance in the capital, there’s never been a better time to go.

Historic hotel

Opened in 2015, the fabulous Hotel Sant Francesc is housed in a 19th-century mansion that has been impeccably restored and revamped to create the hottest property in Palma right now. Combining respect for the original architecture, with responsible contemporary design, bespoke furniture and custom-made artwork, the hotel is elegant yet unpretentious. A fabulous rooftop terrace with a pool and cocktail bar offers stunning views of the Palma skyline.

Hotel Sant Francesc

Plaza Sant Francesc, 5, Palma

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Cuban cool

No night out in Palma is complete without a visit to Bar Cuba Colonial, a nightspot that’s famous for its great music, fantastic cocktails and legendary parties. Housed in a beautifully restored colonial style building, dating back to 1904, this café, bar and club is open every day from breakfast till late, playing house music and urban funk that keeps pumping till 4am on weekends.

Bar Cuba Colonial

Calle San Magin, 1, Palma

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Tasty tapas

Few locals or visitors can remember a time when La Boveda wasn’t serving up authentic, inexpensive and very tasty tapas in this loud, friendly and occasionally chaotic bar in Palma’s old town. Tuck into plates of saucy albondigas (meatballs) or fat slices of tortilla (omelet) at the bar, or book a table for a more formal dining experience.

La Boveda

Carrer de la Boteria, 3, Palma

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Beachfront bliss

This elegant beachfront property has been wowing visitors to Mallorca since the 1950s with its palatial 17th-century-style architecture, stylish rooms and a breathtaking infinity pool that practically joins the sea. Situated right on the beach, in a quiet, residential area, Hospes Maricel & Spa is the perfect choice for anyone looking to enjoy the calm and tranquility of the Balearics, in an exclusive setting away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas.

Hospes Maricel Mallorca & Spa

Carretera d’Andratx, 11, Palma

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Stylish shopping

Rialto Living is an upscale lifestyle store concept targeting high-end, design-conscious clientele that features everything from interior design to fashion, art and gifts, as well as a café. In 2007, Klas Käll, the Swedish designer behind Rialto Living, who is also one of the cofounders and designers behind the global Gant brand, opened the store together with his partner, Barbara Bergman (also from Sweden). The business later expanded, now occupying a Baroque-style property complete with original architectural features, to create a superb setting for its products.

Rialto Living

Carrer de Sant Feliu, 3, Palma

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Rural retreat

La Reserva Rotana may only be an hour’s drive from Magaluf, but situated in a beautiful valley just north of Manacor, it feels like it’s on another planet. A working Majorcan farm, the hotel occupies a 17th-century manor house, with its own orchards and vineyards, as well as a private nine-hole golf course and spa.

La Reserva Rotana Golf & Villas Resort

Camí de Bendris, Manacor

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Text: Isabelle Kliger

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