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Santa Catalina: The new hotspot of Palma de Mallorca

When you visit Palma de Mallorca, the Passeig del Born will probably be this one special street you will remember when you come to the city. Starting at the beach promenade and the cathedral La Seu it’s like a big, inviting entrance to the city centre with more sights like the Plaza Mayor and the old town. A perfect starting point for a day visit to Palma. But maybe you want to explore something different and avoid the touristy crowds? Then be smart and explore the neighbourhood of Santa Catalina in Palma de Mallorca!

Santa Catalina Palma de Mallorca View over haurbour and cathedral La Seu
From Santa Catalina you have an excellent view over the harbour of Palma de Mallorca and the cathedral La Seu.

Sometimes it seems that the Passeig del Born divides the city – on one side there is the spectacular cathedral which resides like a castle over the beach promenade and which is constantly surrounded with visitors and on the other there is this special little gem, an old charming village which I’m certain you will love:

Santa Catalina: The trendiest neighborhood of Palma de Mallorca

Sure, it’s no longer a secret that Santa Catalina became a hotspot in the last few years – the main street is filled with scandinavian real estate offices selling apartments in the area for tremendous prices to their fellow countrymen – but it still has this laid-back mediterranean flair mixed with modern bars and innovative restaurants.

Santa Catalina Palma Nola Restaurant Cajun Creole food
Santa Catalina has a vibrant restaurant scene: A foodie’s heaven!

Nightlife in Santa Catalina

And when it gets dark, Santa Catalina turns into the nightlife hotspot of Palma de Mallorca! Don’t worry about drunk tourists on pub crawls: This is where the locals go to have a good time! You will find a broad selection on restaurants, bars and clubs here, all very different from the usual tourist traps.

Streets of Santa Catalina Mallorca

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Santa Catalina Street Life Mallorca
Santa Catalina Palma de Mallorca House with flowers

Walking through Santa Catalina: The old fisherman’s village of Palma de Mallorca

By day, you take the opportunity and explore the area by foot: Until a few years ago, Santa Catalina was a rather neglected part of town, dark streets, abandoned houses. Almost all houses were restored and now there are parts where it’s like the calm mallorquin village it was decades ago before tourism hit the island.

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Santa Catalina Mallorca Old Town Streets
Wandering around in the narrow streets of Santa Catalina.

Wander around the small curvy streets and get lost in the quiet village! You won’t believe you are less than a 20 minute walk away from the busy cathedral!

Santa Catalina Palma de Mallorca harbour view

On top of Santa Catalina you get to see an original old mill – and you have the most wonderful view over the harbor.

Santa Catalina windmill Mallorca Palma
The old windmill is the landmark of Santa Catalina.

On your return, take a coffee in one of the tiny cafés around the Mercat de Santa Catalina.

The Mercat de Santa Catalina

Many city guides mention the Mercat de Santa Catalina as a sight worth seeing. Unfortunately, it’s not THE authentic mallorquin market you might expect. After a big renovation years ago it’s more of a gourmet market and in my opinion, it lost a lot of its authenticity. And besides, almost everything is overpriced! If you want a better market experience, check out Mercat de Olivar in the city centre or one of the local farmers’ markets all over the island.

Santa Catalina market hall
Less touristy and catering to customers who value high quality: The mercat of Santa Catalina.
Mercat de Santa Catalina Sobrasada Mallorca Food Sausage
Don’t forget to try Sobrasada, the Mallorquinian sausage!

How to get to Santa Catalina in Palma

To get to Santa Catalina just turn left at the Bar Cuba at the Passeig del Born and go straight ahead – you are already there! By the way, the Bar Cuba is now part of an excellent hotel: Click here for the best room rate!*

Santa Catalina Mallorca Bar Cuba Palma
An institution in Palma: The historical Bar Cuba.


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  1. I think that the market would be my choice. I LOVE going to markets and checking out what they have to offer… cheaper and authentic

  2. I remember visiting Mallorca as a teenager and never really appreciating it, I kind of never thought much more of it and went off travelling the rest of the world. But this makes me think that maybe I really should call back in and see what I missed as a grumpy teen!

  3. Ah Mallorca :) I was there when I was a kid, on our first school trip outside of Barcelona, and boy it has changed. There were no tourists back then and today some parts of it can be completely German. The downsides of tourism…but still a beautiful place, as beautiful as I remember it to be

  4. Looks like the perfect day, the markets, the weather, the beautiful houses, perfect! :) I love the little side streets that you have pictured here, it really gives you a little taste of what Santa Catalina is really like.

  5. Big fan of markets during the day and then mingling with locals at local waterholes at night. So cool that Santa Catalina is a local nigh scene, will remember that for sure. We’re not often too taken by the touristy districts so this sounds perfect for an authentic night out :) Thanks!

  6. Santa Catalina looks wonderful–I especially love all the colorful buildings! It’s always nice to find less touristy spots, so thanks for sharing. The market looks like a great one–I would love to check it out!!

  7. Can I just say how much I LOVE the dog waiting patiently outside Le Madelaine? What a cutie! It looks like a great place for people and puppy watching.

    • Unfortunately, he’s probably sitting outside because he wasn’t allowed to get in – and this is already a very dog-friendly exception they made :( In Spain, dogs aren’t allowed in restaurants or cafés, even outside on the terrace! It’s a shame, we also have a small dog, and sometimes we are treated like we are bringing a bunch of cockroaches with us – some people just hate dogs here.

  8. I want to go to Palma de Mallorca so bad! We’re in Madrid now and we went to Barcelona last year but we haven’t had a chance to get to Palma. Great post and beautiful pictures!

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