The eagle-eyed among you may recognise the location of our 2018 summer campaign as the beautiful city of Palma in Mallorca. Not yet been? Here’s what you need to know…
If you’re looking for a stylish getaway, not too far from home, then Palma could be it. Mallorca has a beautiful coastline dotted with fantastic beaches, but for something chic with bags of culture and fabulous food thrown in, then its capital city is a safe bet – and best of all, it’s just a short flight away from the UK.
How to Get There
Direct flights to Mallorca take around 2 and a half hours from the UK and there are lots of low-cost options to choose from, making Palma a great choice for both family holidays or last-minute weekends away.
You’ll find regular flights in high season from Easyjet, British Airways, Ryanair, Jet 2, Thomas Cook and Iberia, and plenty of flights in the cooler months of spring and autumn too.
What to Eat
You definitely won’t struggle to find a great meal in Palma. The bustling ‘Mercat de l’Olivar’ is where to sample some fresh seafood, washed down with a cool glass of cava, (but be ready to brave the crowds). San Juan Gastronomic Market, open all year round, is another great spot to try Iberian hams, Spanish cheeses, croquettes and llonguet (a type of local bread filled with whatever you fancy).
For dinner, we loved The Duke (Santa Catalina, Calle Soler 36), which serves up a blend of Asian, Mediterranean and South American-inspired dishes. In other words, something to satisfy every foodie’s taste-buds. It’s run by a surfer and a gourmet chef, so the vibe is laid-back and the food is delicious.
Or try Spot (Plaça de la Verge del Miracle) a super-cool space that could have been taken from the pages of an interior magazine. People come for the pizza, but there’s so much more to make your mouth water.
The bars of Palma also know how to do a fab gin and tonic. While it can get a little pricy, gin-lovers will be spoilt for choice at Ginbo (Passeig de Mallorca 14A), which has up to 150 varieties of the tipple on the menu.
A few more things on our tasting list…
- Pomada – gin served with cloudy lemonade
- Ensiaimada – a Mallorcan sweet pastry dusted with sugar
- Arroz Brut – translates as ‘dirty rice’, a bit like paella (but a bit soupier)
- Coca de Cuarto – a light sponge cake… and we always have time for cake
- Tapas – a great way to try a variety of local flavours.
What to See
At the heart of Palma’s Old Town lies Plaça Mayor, a great place to start exploring. It’s the largest square in the city and you’ll often find it filled with markets and street performers. The Gothic Cathedral Santa Maria of Palma, also known as La Seu, should also be on the list.
It took 400 years to build and parts of it were redesigned by the famous architect Gaudi, who designed many of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks. You can wander off in any direction from here to discover wonderful architecture and historic sights.
On Sundays, everyone heads to the beach so you might find some restaurants are closed. We visited Illetas Beach, a lovely sheltered cove with two upmarket beach clubs. It’s not huge, so is a great option for early or late in the season.
Or if you’re feeling energetic, grab a bike and cycle along the promenade towards Portixol and Molinar. The beaches at these former-fishing villages are slightly less crowded, and there are plenty of opportunities to stop at a cafe and admire the sea view.
Where to Shop
Like many Mediterranean cities, Palma has a maze of picturesque streets to explore, and you won’t walk far without finding a shop or gallery that tempts you inside. If it’s fashion you’re after then Jaime III is the street to make a beeline for, or head to Paseo del Borne for luxury brands. There is plenty of interiors inspo to be had at Rialto Living (Carrer Sant Feliu 3), which tops many a shopping guide in Palma, and also has a little cafe inside. Nothing works up an appetite like shopping and sunshine!
If you love good design, then be sure to visit Palma’s ‘Concept’ stores. These beautifully curated spaces generally have an eclectic mix of lifestyle products, such as homeware, books, candles and art. There’s also a growing vintage scene in Palma, and there’s nothing more we love than unearthing hidden gems in a flea market.
A Little Further Afield
Looking to escape for the day? Drive or take a cab around 20mins away to the small village of Valldemossa, one of the prettiest in the region. Galleries, cafes and restaurants line the small streets of light-stone buildings, so it’s the perfect place to slow the pace a little and stop for a glass of vino or cup of coffee and a sweet pastry or two.
It’s also popular with hikers and nature-lovers taking advantage of the woodland trails and panoramic views.
Have you been to Palma? Or headed off somewhere else sunny? Don’t forget to stop by our holiday shop and we’ll help you make it a stylish escape.