The Balearic Islands have always been one of the leaders in tourism as we know it today ever since mass tourism began in the 1960s. An icon of this boom era is the Passeig Marítim in Palma, the harbour of the city, which consists of a long wide avenue bordering Palma bay that offers all sort of hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars, yacht shops and other sea-related services.
In the 1960s many hotels were built here due to its proximity to both the city and the sea and so the area developed from historical fishermen areas to a touristic one. These hotels have had to be refurbished and renewed overtime to adapt to the ever-changing requirements of the industry, but you have a great selection of establishments these days. The area has become a trendy one to stay in if you are visiting the city, whereas for residents, it is a top choice when it comes to having a night out.
One of the well known hotels of the area is the TRYP Bellver, the white building in the picture, which dates from the tourism boom era of the 1960s, that however has been recently renewed both inside and outside. You can imagine that views from its top floors are stunning as you can only see the sea when going out to the balcony, just as if you were on a boat. You can also see Hotel Costa Azul, which was totally renovated back in 2008, to a style I really like.