It’s no secret that there are great views to be had all over the island of Mallorca, and these are often best enjoyed reclining with drink in hand. Whether it be watching the sun go down, taking in a majestic mountain range, or looking out over a beautiful cove, we’ve come up with a selection of perfectly positioned bars with some fabulous vistas.
Cafe Sa Plaça De Galilea
Bar, Tapas, $$$
View from the terrace | Cafe Sa Plaça De Galilea
At 460 metres above sea level, Galilea is the island’s highest village. A tiny and blissfully quiet place, there is little more to it than some houses, a 17th-century church, and a couple of restaurants, but one of the best ways to take in the stunning views is over a beer and some tapas at the Cafe Sa Plaça De Galilea. This tiny bar might not look like much from the outside but out back there is a vertiginous terrace with picture-perfect views (and their tapas are pretty good too).
With prime views over the pretty Port of Soller, and a buzzing but relaxed atmosphere, MiniBar is the place to be for sundowners in this neck of the woods. Expect reasonably priced drinks, tasty snacks, and excellent cocktails, served by an impressively friendly and efficient team.
Located on the rooftop of the Hotel Hostal Cuba in Palma’s hip Santa Catalina neighbourhood is the Sky Bar. The panoramic views right across the city and marina are spectacular, with particularly clear sight of the iconic cathedral. DJs and live performers provide music to match the relaxed mood of the bar, and the great cocktails are best enjoyed while watching the sunset. Be warned – the rooftop bar area is pretty small and gets very busy at peak times, so if you’re hoping to catch the sunset, get there early for the best seats.
The semi-circular (and semi-covered) terrace of the Sunset Sushi Lounge at the Jumeirah Port Soller, has dramatic views out to sea, over the Port and of the Tramuntana Mountain Range. A very romantic spot, and perfect for a date, the bar is stylish but relaxed and intimate, and has unrivalled views of the sunset. Not only is the setting sublime, but the extensive cocktail list is fantastic, and if you get peckish the sushi and other Asian-style nibbles are of excellent quality.
Located on a small jetty at the side of the beach at Puerto Portals, Roxy Beach is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer while watching the comings and goings on the beach, or to wind up your day on the sand with a sunset cocktail. You can moor your boat and catch the bar’s own tender dinghy service, so it’s popular with yachties and boat-trippers, but you can also access the bar directly from the beach, or via the steps down the cliff from Portals Nous. Food is simple but good and the breakfasts are popular, but it’s really all about the drinks, the socialising, and the views over the sea towards the chichi and buzzing marina.
Es Vergeret is located in a picturesque old finca high up on the rocks, with stunning views over the sea and Cala Tuent from the terrace. Aside from being an excellent spot to enjoy a drink and bask in the sun, this place is also an outstanding restaurant, offering all manner of Mediterranean classics, with some particularly good paellas.
Part of the city’s main contemporary art gallery, Es Baluard is a gorgeous spot to sip a cool drink on a summer evening. The large and stylish terrace has excellent views of the marina and cathedral, as well as the various large sculptures within the grounds of the gallery. People often gather to watch the sunset over Bellver Castle in the distance too. The outdoor seating ranges from tables and chairs to high stools, or comfier lounge style seating, and the restaurant section also has indoor seating but with floor-to-ceiling windows so you can still enjoy the views.
For bay views on a more expansive scale head to the other side of the island, and the resort of Puerto Pollensa. And for the best G&Ts in town take a waterfront seat at the bar attached to the upscale Hotel Illa D’Or, positioned on pretty Pine Walk at the north end of the port’s sweeping bay. With a name like Gin & Tonic Corner it’ll come as no surprise they take the drink very seriously, with not only an impressive range of premium gins, but a wide choice of tonic mixers. You’ll also have front-row seats for the bay’s stunning nightly transformation at sunset.