Palma de Mallorca, 11th Feb 04
PALMA SPRING ROUND-UP 2004
Palma, one of the Mediterranean’s most elegant capital cities has plenty to attract the visitor all year round. This a round up of hotel openings, culture, guided walks, eating & drinking and shopping in Palma.
Puro Hotel, C/ Montenegro 12 (Palma Old Town). Tel: + 34 971 425 450 Fax: +34 971 425 451 www.purohotel.com. Opening in March of this year. This stylish boutique hotel features 26 suites and bedrooms with a restaurant, bar, patio and roof terrace with views across the old town. Important features are focused on the sound system in the hotel which includes the latest technology in music and video. Guests can select music and films from an extensive library and Internet access is available in every room. Prices start from 130.00 euros for a single room, per night and include breakfast.
Hotel Tres, Calle Apuntadores 3 (Palma Old Town). Opening summer 2004. Swim and gaze on a panoramic view of the city from the hotel’s impressive roof terrace with small pool. Prices start from 160.00 euros per room per night to include breakfast. Tel: + 34 636 48 50 96 Fax: + 34 971 76 55 07
The NEW Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum was offically opened by the King & Queen of Spain at the end of January and is now open to the public with its opening presentation entitled “Es Baluard Year 0” featuring a selection of sculptures, paintings and ceramics including Picasso, Miró, Rebecca Horn, Masson and Mathieu. The Museum is located along the old city walls and commands breathtaking views across the City and the Bay of Palma. The Es Baluard is open throughout the winter (October – May) and closed on Mondays, and everyday in summer (June – September). For more information go to www.esbaluard.org.
Palau March Museum, which was re-opened last year after extensive refurbishment, is located in a stunning historic palace, close to Palma Cathedral. The Museum houses a contemporary sculpture collection, with masterpieces by Rodin, Chillida and Henry Moore; an 18th century Neapolitan Nativity Scene; murals by the Spanish painter, Josep Maria Sert and The Virgins of Europe, which is a valuable collection of Romanesque and Gothic carvings. It is open throughout the week from April to October extending to Saturdays from November through to March. Check opening times on its website: www.fundbmarch.es.
Museum of Contemporary Art, was reopened towards the end of 2003, and is housed in 18th century mansion located in the heart of the city on one of the main shopping streets of Calle San Miguel. The collection provides an overview of the most significant schools and trends contemporary 20th century Spanish art. Best known Spanish artists include Picasso, Juan Gris, González, Miró and Dalí. Open Monday – Saturday, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUIDED WALKS – Discover Palma’s Modernism on foot
Now the visitor can select from one of four different guided walks: The City & the Sea; The Jewish Quarter; The Convents of Palma and finally the latest edition, Modernism in Palma. This guided tour, which lasts approximately two hours and costs 7 euros per person, helps the visitor to discover the influence of the Modernist period brought to Palma via the great Catalan architects including Gaudi, Domčnech and Montaner. For more information pick up a brochure at any of the island’s tourist offices. Call for reservations and more detailed information. Tel: (+34) 971 177 715 or (+34) 636 430 000.
EATING & DRINKING
Palma now provides a sumptious range of bars, cafes, tapas bars & restaurants, with a price range to suit every budget. At lunchtimes, for example, during the week, many of Palma’s top restaurants feature a “menu of the day” at a special set price from as little as 15 euros per head. Areas of the city worthy of a special mention for a wide range of restaurants and bars include La Lonja in Palma’s historic old town and the two main areas around the Oliver and Catalina markets which feature fresh vegetables and fruit, fish, meat and local produce.
Mallorcan Food Fair Celebrates 20 Years
This fair, now in its 20th year, represents one of the most popular events in the Mallorcan calendar and provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to sample a wide range of products, dishes and wines produced locally. It takes place at Palma's Exhibition Halls, just off the Paseo Maritimo coming into the old town, and will run from March 24th through to April 2nd, 2004. For more information contact the Mallorcan Restaurant Association, Tel: (+ 34) 971 71 33 48.
Palma features a concentration of top international designer names, quality artisan handmade goods and products, and boutiques. The fact that Palma still has many individual, privately, owned boutiques and shops providing a good range of unusual items, not normally found in the large stores.
Prada, Loewe, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Cartier, Mont Blanc, Mandarin Duck, Farrutx, Lacoste and Camper and many more are just a few of the names you will find in the excellent range of small boutiques in Palma. In particular, the concentration of quality shoe shops are very popular with the visitor.
The majority of shops are open throughout the day (although some traditionally close at lunchtime). The City remains good value for the British. On average goods are about a third less expensive than in the UK.
For further information, please contact:
Mallorca Tourist Board, Dominique Carroll / Anna Skidmore,
Tel:(+34) 971 725 396 Fax: (+34) 971 713 540
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