Winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2017, Salvador Sobral, was discovered in Palma

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Eurovision 17 winner took Palma with storm before going international

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 winner, Salvador Sobral, actually have a past in Palma de Mallorca, where he was an Erasmus exchange student at UIB (Universitet de Islas Balears) studying philosophy.

During his time in Palma, Sobral spend many hours performing in some of Palma’s underground jazz clubs.

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Salvador Sobral

performing at Eurovision Song Contest 2017

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Emotion and feelings beat visual effects

For the first time ever, Portugal summits the most transmitted and exposed television song contest of all times.

The night between Saturday and Sunday, Salvador Sobral, 27, conquered the hearts of the European people, with a soft ballade speaking to every human emotion. The song “Amar Pelos Dois”, triumphed over countries such as Spain, Britain and Germany, without the need of visual special effects, just pure and sincere emotion!

While most of Europe did not know much of this talented young man, the coincidence is different here on Mallorca. Sobral was part of a jazz quartet, touring all over Mallorca and especially in the many clubs in the Palma area.

His last performance on Mallorca, dates back to March 2016, when he played in the Blues Jazz Club in Paseo Mallorca along with bassist Pere Bujosa, drummer José Luis García and guitarist Omar Lanuti. “Jazz is like life, a dialogue, a constant conversation,” said Sobral, who in recent years has lived on horseback between Palma, his native Lisbon and Barcelona.

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A young Sinatra discovered in palma

“His voice reminded me of the young Sinatra,” says the promoter who discovered him in Palma.

Pep Estrada, bassist in various musical groups, ex-member of the quartet ‘Band Bath’ and in 2011 director of ‘the Vamp’ club, the place in which Salvador Sobral performed at numerous occasions.

“I met him through Balta Bordoy, and I immediately saw that he had a very special voice, he reminded me of Sinatra as a young man, I had no doubt that he belonged on stage, he simply had to be heard. At first, he didn’t have much public recognition, but little by little the snowball rolled, and in the end it gathered a lot of excited people attending his concerts. It is a pleasure to have had him in my club”.

“I was immediately struck by his spectacular voice”, confesses one of the spectators who saw Salvador Sobral acting on Mallorca.

Miquel García, the singer and guitarist of the Mallorcan group ‘Roulotte’, saw Salvador Sobral perform in 2011 at the Vamp.

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Performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, with his beautiful ballad “Amar Pelos Dois”, expressed with emotion.

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Performance in 2013 in Palma de Mallorca by Salvador Sobral.

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Mallorca's Top sightseeing attractions

Palma Cathedral

la seu gothic cathedral in palma mallorca on the balearic islands in spain

Palma cathedral La Seu is an amazing sight, both from the inside and outside. Palma cathedral is one of the biggest in Europe, and great artists like Gaudi have worked on the amazing temple. There are guided tours and you can even visit the rooftop terraces offering magical views.

Learn about Palma cathedral La Seu

The Antique Train

excursion with antique train in mallorca

The antique train is a great attraction for young and adults. The ride takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of the Tramuntana, passing through orange plantations, olive groves and green valleys. The authentic feeling of the old marhogany cars bumping along the rails completes the experience.

Enjoy a ride in the antique train

Castell de Bellver

beautiful gothic bellver castle in palma mallorca spain

Castell de Bellver is a unique castle, due to its round shape and splendid location on a hilltop above Palma's bay. Much of Mallorca's most dramatic times are linked to the Bellver castle, and you will also find Palma's historical museum here. It's a great attraction for all ages.

Visit the Bellver castle

Cuevas del Drach

cuevas del drach or dragon caves is a major tourist attraction in mallorca located in the holiday resort of porto cristo

Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) is a great attraction to visit for all ages. Inside the stalagmite and stalactite caves in Porto Cristo, you will meet a true wonder of nature, along with the biggest underground lake in Europe on which an orchester will play a beautiful live concert on before you can enjoy a short ride.

Visit Cuevas del Drach

Santuari de Lluc

santuari de lluc monastery and major tourist attraction in mallorca

Santuari de Lluc is a monastery situated deep in the highest areas of the Tramuntana, in divine natural surroundings. Lluc is a great attraction for everyone, you can discover the ethnological museum, enjoy a concert by the famous child choir, visit the botanical gardens and see the holy Madonna.

Visit Santuari de Lluc

La Granja

two women wearing traditional mallorcan outfits at la granja esporles ethnological museum in mallorca

A visit to the ethnological museum of La Granja in the mountain village of Esporles takes you on an interesting journey back in time to discover how life in mallorca was for the wealthy landowners and their servants. La Granja is a museum suitable for all ages, there is plenty to see and do here for young and adults.

Visit La Granja

Sa Dragonera

sa dragonera island and nature park with much balearic wildlife

Sa Dragonera is an island and protected nature reserve just off the coast of Sant Elm, Andratx. Sa Dragonera is home to indigenious lizards that are very human-friendly, and has become a trademark of Mallorca. About on the beautiful island, you can walk along multiple trails to some of the most amazing vantage points and find ancient watchtowers from the time of pirates.

Visit Sa Dragonera island

Almudaina Palace

the almudaina palace in palma mallorca is a major tourist attraction

The royal Almudaina Palace is closely linked to multiple epochs in the history of Mallorca. The ancient palace was built as the seat for the Moorish governor back in the 10th century, and was the first building in the city of Palma as we know it today. Inside you will discover an impressive collection of ancient artifacts and artworks, along with the authentic surroundings of the palace that is now used by the royalties of Spain when visiting the island.

Visit the Almudaina Palace

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