What springs to mind when you spot a cheap flight to the Balearic island of Majorca? Perhaps you picture yourself sun-creamed up and relaxing on a long stretch of golden sand, taking dips in the clear blue Mediterranean Sea? Or maybe you’re more up for partying around the clock in one of Magaluf’s superclubs?
But what about a city break instead? If you haven’t already earmarked Palma – Majorca’s capital city – as a perfect place to pop off to for a weekend of sightseeing, shopping and café culture, I’d suggest putting it on your wish list straight away. Better still, book up that cheap flight and discover one of the most charming cities in the Med.
As urban hubs go, Palma (or Palma de Mallorca in full) is small and more laid back than cities across the water in mainland Spain, such as Valencia. However, there’s no stopping the Majorcan capital delivering an authentic Spanish city break experience all year round.
The city sits within the curve of Palma Bay in the south west of the island; a spot that’s famed for its beautiful sunsets. A vast golden-hued cathedral called La Seu crowns its picturesque harbour front, behind which are the cobbled streets, discreet courtyards and silent squares of the Old Town.
Palma’s Moorish monuments and avant-garde galleries will have art and architecture lovers in raptures. Head to the Es Baulard gallery, for starters, to see modern and contemporary art work from stars such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró.
Fashionistas have trawled Palma’s Old Town for years, safe in the knowledge that its boutiques always keep pace with Barcelona’s outlets. Bring your eye for style and plenty of spending money to the covered streets of Plaça Major, to the Avinguda Jaume III and to the well-heeled Passeig des Born.
Fortunately for city breakers, Palma’s maze of alleys, nooks and crannies are punctuated with bars serving traditional tapas tit bits including tortilla, squid, fish and cured meats washed down with sparkling cava, cool bottles of cerveza (beer) or Spanish sherry. Or you could sniff out a secluded café and order a sweet snack called an ensaimadas with your coffee, while you cool your feet.
Posted : Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 12:11
Kelly Pipes is a writer and editor who has worked in travel and travel publishing for the last ten years, and has enjoyed every single minute of it. Alongside other projects she shares off-beat travel news and authentic travel experiences on her own blog, Sandwagon.