Palma, Majorca (summer only)
Bienvenida to Palma de Mallorca, the sunshine city and capital of the Balearics. Palma lies southwest of the island, and at just shy of 2 and a half hours from Southampton airport, it is a great destination for a city break in winter, just as it is for a longer summer holiday with practically guaranteed sun-baking in store.
Hip, cosmopolitan and buzzing, the Palma of today is world’s apart from the All Day English breakfasts, foam parties and high rises of Magaluf and beyond. It’s here you can really rock the Kasbah, with an old town built in Moorish times; it’s packed with trendy bars and brilliant dining. Pair that with beautiful beaches, beautiful people, art and architecture and it’s a heady island mix.
Just 8km from the city, you’ll find all the major car rental companies at the airport if you need to hire a car, or there are plenty of City Buses to take you to your beachside destination. Passengers are advised to always take a taxi from a signed rank – outside Arrivals.
Top things to see and do
Daytrippers - take the train to Soller through citrus groves, then a tram into the pretty village itself.
Just a few short kilometres out of the city, Bellver Castle is set on a hill – perfect for admiring the island views after your tour of the circular towers.
One of the city’s must-see moments is a wander around the hugely impressive Cathedral with its massive gothic structure and Gaudi altar.
Off the beaten track
Majorca is blessed with both white sand and golden sand beaches top to bottom. But if you’re staying in Palma itself, fear not. C’an Pastilla and Cala Mayor are close by and you’ll also find cool beach clubs for lounging in Portixol.
Most people - and there will be a lot of them in the heat of high summer – reach La Calobra by way of a hair-raising 10km journey through corkscrew bends. But it’s worth the view.
Head to La Llonja and Santa Catalina to eat well near the nightlife. From bites at the Tast Club to Simply Fosh at the Convent de La Missió, you can eat well in Palma whatever the budget.