Palma de Mallorca ...of what I like, part 2

Apart from eating at Palma.....I did things like other tourist would do too...... how can I not right ? I mean, shopping is still a tourist thing ? :p

Please enjoy the photos I have here :

The shopping street at Palma.
Gorgeous isn't it ? I took this from the hill top.
I told you that Mallorca is an Island, right ? so look at the beach

Lots of boats at the Marina

Castle de Bellver, Palma

You can see the Cathedral from everywhere in Palma

A closer view of the Cathedral

Clear cool sea water

El Corte Ingles, main shopping departmental store in Spain

Do the sight-seeing on the Hop and Off !

Big brands are so NORM here !!!!

Gorgeous view again.....

The city centre.....

The Port

From another view, you could see the residential areas.,,,,

Palma de Mallorca ...of what I like, part 1

My last posting was about the hotel that I have stayed in, let me bring you to the city of Palma, to see how beautiful the place is and what you can do for your holiday......

I am going to separate it to 02 is the food there :) then the other one of the nice places to go and etc.

Now food....being a Muslim, it is hard to find a restaurant with fully Halal status,  being Spanish, there would be a lot of "Jarmon" or " Pork " around....but we made do..... check out the places we went to when we were there.

when you go around...of course, you must eat the Spanish food...there are a lot of Tapas around, but you must eat Paella....ITS TOTALLY DIFFERENT from something you get out of Spain. What I had here was seafood Paella. The would ask if you want one portion or big portion. The one below is a one portion which I shared with hubby. How on earth can one eat the whole thing along ????
if you are a non-Muslim and want to try local Spanish home cook food, then you should go to the restaurant below. We were brought there as apparently its  FAMOUS LOCAL was pack that night, even though it was a Monday evening !!
Now the pictures below, came from a cafe that Hubby and I frequented A LOT when we were there.....its right smack at the shopping area, and as you know, cafe there are mostly by the road side...and with the nice weather, it was nice just to sit and watch people....Hubby did quite a lot of sitting as to wait for me while I shopped :p

The cafe's name is Caffe Vergnano 1882 , with the address : 
Passeig de Born des Molinar, 27, 07006 Palma.
Vegetarian Panini which tasted very good.
Tuna Sandwiches always taste nice when you are travelling.

And I love the Vegetable Panini....


then , we were wondering the city, we found some Kebab's you know, Indian / Middle East food, normally would make way into Europe and etc.....and we didn't manage to get any meat to eat, the following was a good deal !!

This place is behind Carrefour Porto Pi which is a shopping mall. So you can go there to shop, then off to the kebab shop behind.....
then while Hubby and I cruised on the motorbike, we found this shop !!!! I was so excited !! A malay restaurant ????

we thought it would be either a Malaysian or Indonesian restaurant with the Sambal name.....BUT it is a Thai restaurant ! owner is a German who loves the Thai food and he actually grew these in his garden.

and they serve these too !!!! Sambal Belachan, cut chilies and also chili flakes !!!
*hot* *hot* *hot*
nice fish cakes
vegetarian green curry 
( but doesn't look green, right ?)
 Thai ice-tea
 Nice jasmine white rice
 and yes.....the tom yum... quite dilute, but nice.

 so, we have done the Western , Cafe food, Thai Food, the Kebabs, the Spanish food, we found the Indian food !!! Remember in my earlier posting, I said the hotel's location is quite good being near to the food outlets ? one of the places is :

Few Indian Food along the road....but this one was great
Nice warm bread or Nan...dip with the sauces.....
Hot Lamb Briyani...good one when the weather was cool.

But of course, there are other restaurants if you want like below :
For those who can't live without KFC :p

and Japanese Food too !!

So folks !!! If you are thinking of heading to Palma for the holidays, you sure won't starve as the food there was awesome !!!!

Pls wait for my next posting on the other things to do ( apart from eating ) at Palma



Hotel Mirador, Palma de Mallorca

Everyone likes to go to Spain....but where they always go would be Madrid, Barcelona, right ? I went to Spain recently....but I didn't even go to those cities !!! In fact, I went to an Island, which apparently the Brits like to go for their hols..... I went to Mallorca....or more specific , Palma de Mallorca.

It is a beautiful Island....the airport, is surprisingly BIG !! but empty ( or perhaps, when I arrived, the timing was weird ). If you read the Hello magazines, you would see quite a big number of Hollywood or European artistes would go there for their holidays.

Anyway, being in Spain, the shopping was great , obviously....Zara is like a normal shop, or even Massimo Dutti was cheap too.....Furla was cheap, everything was cheap ;p

Now, I don't even know about this place when I went there. Someone did the hotel booking for me, just needed my credit card details....and so we stayed at this hotel called, Hotel Mirador. From the website, it looks very nice, overseeing the Marina. I really really thought its next to the Marina....but in actual fact, its across the street from the Marina....all the hotels are !! But location is great. Easy access to everything and as Palma the city of Mallorca is not that huge, so, it was just perfect.

Rate was about 80nett per night incl of breakfast for 2. So, it was not bad....but unless you want chain hotels like Melia, they do have 02 in Palma ( or at least those that I have seen ) 

Now lets see some photos, shall we ? 

The hotel's building from accross the street.

 took this from the hotel...see ? it looks as though the hotel is just by the water, right ?
The hotel's logo.
our's a corner room and they don't have a king size bed or queen, just Hollywood twin bedding.
 another view of the room, its a like a suite, with the curtain in the middle separating the spaces.....both have TVs as well, one for the living hall and one for the room.
 a view of the marina / outside from our room
 the bathroom comes with a jacuzzi bath tub !!!
 no fancy soaps....
 now this is from the terrace above the breakfast place.
 roof top terrace for sun bathing or just hanging out.
below is the pool area....its indoor, so in the winter, you still could go for a dip.

 The pool is not that big or long...but still served its also has the bubble jet, where creates a Jacuzzi alike too :)
The Jacuzzi then walk up the stairs are the sauna room and the steam bath.

So, that's all I have photos for this hotel....I will though, put in the next posting, about things to do in Palma, some attractions, nice sight seeings and etc.... 02 cents worth of thoughts ? let's see :
1) the hotel or perhaps the location is very much more suitable for leisure or holiday makers....
2) BUT...the hotel has meeting rooms too. So maybe can combine both 
3) Location is great, beautiful marina just across, pubs, bars, Indian restaurants, Halal Kebab, all just within 3 to 10 minutes away from left and right.
4) Could walk from the main shopping area too 
5)They have a small room with a computer, for you to have free access to the I did facebooking there for free :)
6) The only thing bad I felt was that, the staffs could smile a bit more....quite feisty senoritas and senors they have at that hotel.

Oh well, in actual, not much negativity there right ? I can't compare with any other hotel as that was my first time in Palma...but perhaps it would give you a guideline should you wish to go there.....then you may like may just don't.

Please wait for my next posting about Palma ya ?