Destination of the Week: Mallorca
Time and again, Mallorca ranks high on the summer holiday wish list of sun worshippers and nature lovers. One of the famed Balearic Islands, Mallorca beckons from the Mediterranean with secluded coves, startling white-sand beaches, an olive grove studded hinterland, limestone mountains and vibrant beach resorts.
What to do
Starting in Palma de Mallorca will give you an insight into the stylish lives of the local population, with restaurants, shops, nightlife and a sophisticated arts scene. Here, you can explore the Gothic Cathedral and the old Arab quarter, with its intricate maze of narrow alleys, museums and intriguing palaces.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a beach to relax on, with busy resort areas full of facilities for families and water sports, to long stretches of secluded white sand and rocky coves to explore. For sunbeds, people watching and water sports, try Ca’n Picafort Beach, visit Es Trenc for blinding white sand and a paradise island backdrop and Port d’Alcudia for pristine dive waters.
Boat trips, from catamarans to glass-bottom boats and yachts are a fantastic way to admire the coastline, do some snorkelling or indulge in a sunset champagne on the ocean. You can also visit the Tramuntana Mountains for cycling and hiking, take a ride on the Palma to Soller vintage train and discover Mallorca’s wine industry on a vineyard tour.
As night falls, head to one of Mallorca’s mariners for fine dining by the sea, or sample the catch of the day at a charming coastal bistro. When your dancing feet are itching, the top resorts boast nightclubs, bars and lounges, while Palma comes alive with music, cocktails and a vibrant bar scene.
Where to stay
Whether you want a large-scale resort with a private, white-sand beach, an intimate beach villa or a budget-friendly place in the heart of the action in Palma, you’ll find it easy to match your holiday desires with the range of accommodation options in Mallorca.
Hotel Garonda (£££)
If luxury, privacy and romance are on the top of your Mallorca holiday list, the adults-only Hotel Garonda is the place for you. Located on the ocean front at Playa de Palma, the hotel boasts rooms with panoramic ocean views, a spa, an indoor swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a fitness area and 2 restaurants.
Hotel Amoros (££)
Located near the beaches of Cala Agulla and Son Moll, Hotel Amoros is a family-friendly option with a relaxed vibe. There’s an outdoor pool with a children’s area, an onsite restaurant, a bar, table tennis, billiards and darts. All the rooms have balconies, flat screen TV’s and air-conditioning.
Hostel Pura Vida (£)
You can stay in the heart of the Old Town in Palma at budget-friendly prices at the Hostel Pura Vida. The hostel offers a sun terrace offering views of the city, a games rooms, Wi Fi throughout the building, a shared kitchen for guest use and rooms with shared bathrooms.
Where to eat
Mallorca is chock full of dining options, including cafes, tapas bars and Michelin starred restaurants. You can try traditional peasant fare, based on pork, fish and vegetables or sample the new wave of cuisine with creative twists on old classics.
Garnished with a Michelin star and located in the luxurious hotel, Castell Son Claret, Zaranda serves innovative cuisine, fresh from the land and the sea. The degustation menu includes white onion and cuttlefish caviar, paprika spiced octopus and potato veloute and creamed goat cheese with strawberries and basil coulis.
Restaurant Celler Sa Premsa (££)
To sample traditional cuisine such as tumbet (a version of vegetable ratatouille) visit Restaurant Celler Sa Premsa in Palma. The rustic atmosphere is highlighted by giant old wine barrels and you’ll get to sample some of the regions most celebrated wines.
Whether you want a cool glass of wine, a little taste of tapas or a delicious lunch of pasta, salad and seafood, 13% in Palma has something for you. The extensive menu is filled with options for the food adventurer and the finicky eater alike, at fantastic prices.
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