We may still be experiencing the dark days of February, but in the Balearic capital Palma, spring has arrived, the sun is out and the city’s vibrant rooftop bars have come to life. From the quirky to the sophisticated, there is a terrace for everyone, with new bars opening all the time. Take your pick from the selection below, try an experimental cocktail and enjoy the best season in the Balearics.
49 Steps Skybar overlooks the beautiful harbour, all shimmering blues and elegant yachts. It creates a sublimely relaxed space where the cool crowds arrive to watch the sunset in a blaze of orange, after all, it has one of the best vantage points in the city. From February 20, the terrace is open with great music, stunning views, exclusive cocktails and tasty tapas treats. http://49stepsmallorca.com/
Es Princep Hotel offers dreamy sea views from its glamorous rooftop terrace Almaq. Soak in the infinity pool or relax on a sun lounger listening to chill-out tunes by day, or visit in the evening for sundowner cocktails and a buzzing atmosphere – you won’t find better views of the Bay of Palma. Set behind the ancient city walls, just 10 minutes from Palma Cathedral, this terrace combines the best of the city with a distinctive beach vibe. https://www.esprincep.com/en
Hotel Saratoga Skybar is a stylish urban retreat located right next to Sa Feixina Park and offering a rooftop bar with a difference. The seventh floor of this boutique hideaway is the Blue Jazz Club, a slice of New York style delivered directly to the Mallorcan capital. There are live jazz performances with a la carte dining, jam sessions and a sun-soaked lunch with music on selected Sundays. With city and harbour views and a rooftop pool, it’s the perfect place for a spring cocktail. https://www.hotelsaratoga.com/
Melia Palma Bay promises unbeatable views across the bay from its expansive roof terrace. Set right by the Paseo Maritimo it makes the most of its location right by the popular Portixol seaside district and has a distinctive beach vibe. Relax in the rooftop pool by day, or head to the roof at sunset for cocktails and dazzling views as the sky is painted gold and red. https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/spain/majorca/melia-palma-bay/index.htm
The Es Baluard Restaurant & Lounge is the perfect spot to combine culture and relaxation. Enjoy a visit to the Es Baluard contemporary art museum, then head to this rooftop lounge bar for quirky cocktails and views across the city to the magnificent Palma Cathedral. Set within the perimeter of the Sant Pere bastion, part of the city’s Renaissance wall, this cocktail spot envelops you in the history of the city. http://www.restaurantesbaluard.com/en/
Icon Roseto by Petit Palace is a short stroll from the elegant shopping street of Passeig del Borne, this ultra-stylish new hotel, set within a historic convent, comes with a rooftop pool and bar where you can enjoy a drink along with views across the city’s rooftops and to the hills beyond. Stop by for a sunset cocktail then head to the restaurant for contemporary Mallorcan cuisine. 971212700
Ca Sa Galesa Terrace tops a 16th-centrury palace-turned boutique hotel with dazzling cathedral and sea views, endless luxury and impeccable service. Expect grand Bali beds – each with its own multimedia centre with music and a television – a beautiful pool and the chance to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with a view, as well as delicious cocktails after a day exploring the city. www.palaciocasagalesa.com/en/urban-oasis/terrace
Can Alomar is a boutique hotel right on the stylish Passeig del Borne and boasting not one but two terraces, where you can enjoy local Mallorcan wines and cosy seating or even a pisco sour thanks to Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant De Tokio a Lima. It is the perfect spot for views of the famous tree-lined boulevard after a day hitting the shops below.
For more information on Palma as a visitor destination, please visit www.visitpalma.com or follow @PassionforPalma.