Paradise after dark for five euros or less
Whenever I tell someone I spent a year living in Palma de Mallorca (and usually following an explanation of where Palma is) their response is something like ‘Wow! It must have been like living in paradise!’ And a lot of the time the island was a paradise, though I avoided the heat of summer as much as possible. Living in Spain however can become expensive, especially when you want to ‘make the best of every moment you have.’
Well ladies and gentlemen, I have a poor mans solution to a great night out in Palma. The following video, however poorly made, provides what I thought were five great tips on fun things to do in Palma for under five euros. I warn you. the video is in Spanish. There is closed captioning in English, though it may make the images a little tricky to see. So, to make your life far more fun, I have provided a transcript in full below the video…
…and here is a cheat sheet to our top 5:
- The great Mediterranean sunsets (which I kept calling sun doors, puertas del sol, not sun sets, puesta del sol)
- La Ruta Martiana – the weekly tapas rout
- Free live music, especially at Shamrock and Blues-ville
- Discounted student entrance rates to a club
- A night tour of the monuments
When you hear the words Balearic Islands, Mallorca, or Palma it is likely that you imagine the white sandy beaches and Mediterranean sun, but the islands, especially Palma de Mallorca offer so much more for you to enjoy. If you want to have a great time when the sun has set, for then euros or less, we have five ideas for you that you won´t find in any guide book.
One of the things you need to start your fabulous night in Palma is one of the Mediterranean sunset. They exist nowhere else in the world. One of the best parts of the sunsets is that they are FREE. You can see a spectacular, but different, sunset in every part of the city.
If you are looking for the young crowds in Palma on a Tuesday or Wednesday night you need only look in one place, the Ruta Martiana (Tuesday night route). A beer or a glass of wine with a tapa is only 2 euros. With more than 12 small bars, this is a great place to pass an inexpensive night.
It is not important what type of music you like, Palma offers a wide variety of live music every night of the week. Two examples of great places are Shamrock, on the Paseo Maritimo, and Blues Ville, near the cathedral. Both bars offer live performances of Rock, Reggae, Blues, and more. Have a drink, or two, and have a great night out with your friends for less than 10 euros.
A well known tradition in all of Spain, and especially the Balearic Islands, is a night in one of the best clubs in the world. Every weekend you can find an inexpensive and lively party in most of the clubs. If you leave before the sun rises you have left before the party is over.
If you don´t want to pay for a great night out, or you want something a little more relaxed, you have the opportunity to see the beautifully illuminated monuments around the city. The cathedral is a great example of a place which is more beautiful and more precious at night. Also, if you are in Palma during the holiday season you have the unique opportunity to see the lights all around the city. They create a special sense of magic.
See you soon and safe travels!