Majorca is a summer haven for those wanting sunshine and fun. However, this beautiful island is not just about sunbathing and water-sports, the island’s capital, Palma, is a great alternative to explore, or even combine with a beach break at one of the famous resorts on the island.
There are many cheap flights over to Majorca’s Son Sant Joan Airport all year around, with great flight times to suit everyone. I think the main advantage to basing yourself in Palma is that it’s a mercifully short transfer into the city, so no frying on a transfer coach to resort!
I recently travelled to Majorca and as part of my holiday, I used airport parking. I would definitely recommend this service, as the peace of mind I got from knowing my car was safe and ready for me on my arrival back, was definitely worth the very cheap price I paid. Most UK airports offer this service, and I’ve used Stansted airport parking in the past too.
On arrival in Palma, the main attraction that dominates the skyline and the entire city is the huge, gothic cathedral. This is a definite must visit in my eyes, and certainly one for fans of architecture. In fact, the whole city is a must do for fans of art and culture, as you’ll find many examples of different styles dotted around, including sculptures by the famous Joan Miro. I’d recommend a visit to the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art too.
Getting around the city is very easy, with a great public transport network, so there’s no excuse not to get out and about.
Speaking of getting out and about, if you’re into your beaches, as I am, then a visit to Palma doesn’t mean you have to miss out. There are many beautiful beaches near to the city, all easily reached on public transport.
Of course, a city break wouldn’t be complete without a bit of retail therapy – one of my favourite things! Palma has many great boutiques, smaller stores and markets to explore, so take advantage of those saved pennies from booking that airport parking, and spend!
Night-life in Palma is varied and lively. For the best of the action, head to Sa Llotja, or alternatively you’ll find many bars and restaurants all around the city. I’d definitely recommend trying some traditional Majorcan cuisine whilst you there, or sampling the famous Spanish paella. If that’s not for you, don’t worry, there are plenty of international menus for everyone.
In short, I think Palma offers everything a city break should, with the added bonus of being close to beaches and famous resorts, making it a great idea for a twin-centre break. One extra I recently became a fan of was the airport hotel. If you have an early flight, this is a godsend, and most airports have facilities available, at great prices. If you’re flying from Ireland, check out the range of Dublin Airport hotels, to make your holiday that little extra special and less stressful from the travel point of view.
A city break in the sun could be just what the doctor ordered – check Palma out for yourself and see what all the fuss is about!