The largest and liveliest of the Balearics, Mallorca is a party-goer’s paradise, yet much of island retains a laid-back vibe and has successfully shed its reputation for cheap mass tourism to emerge as a destination synonymous with exclusivity and luxury. Beyond the stunning white-sand beaches, there is so much more to discover, from quaint hillside towns to vast nature reserves and underground caves. Why not hike or bike along the beautiful, rugged coastline or the undiscovered interior – particularly enjoyable when the summer heat subsides? The historic capital, Palma, offers gleaming tree-lined promenades, multicultural architecture and a thriving arts scene, while the green shutters and narrow streets of the traditional towns of Pollença and Alcudia ooze rural Spanish charm.
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For those seeking their fix of history and culture, Palma boasts a mélange of architectural gems including the palatial La Seu Cathedral, a 14th century gothic masterpiece that rises majestically from the city walls and looks out across the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors can take an audio guide around the interior or simply admire the view from the surrounding gardens, lined with fountains and exotic palms. Just opposite, the Royal Palace, a former Arabian fort, houses various treasures that tell the story of Mallorca’s rich history.
The quirky, maze-like district of La Llonga offers independent boutiques and galleries, along with a bustling night market, while the charming La Rambla, built along the old riverbed, blooms with the colours and scents of flower sellers. Lovers of luxury can venture further into the city to find decadent boulevards with designer shops and well-known brands aplenty, or stroll along the marina which glistens with opulent yachts.
To take a break, enjoy a strong coffee and a freshly baked ensaimada in one of the many cafés or traditional bakeries. There is also a multitude of fine restaurants to choose from in the capital, particularly in the former fishing area of Santa Catalina, where diners can savour the Mallorcan speciality of fresh salt-baked sea bass in a stylish setting.
Historic Towns and Villages
Venturing away from the island’s economic and cultural hub, visitors will be enthralled by the rustic village of Deià, an unspoilt oasis of orange groves and sheltered coves reached via stunning mountain roads. The location of the esteemed Belmond La Residencia , Deià has become something of an exclusive hideaway, particularly for writers, musicians and artists seeking absolute tranquillity.
Similarly, Pollença Old Town, sat within fertile farmland, offers ample winding streets and squares that become filled with heavenly symphonies in the summer months when the annual festival of classical music takes place.
It is worth taking the vintage tram ride from the rural town of Soller to Palma, a slow-paced but delightful journey through rolling countryside.
Mallorca boasts more than 120 stunning beaches, ranging from white sandy expanses to tiny, pebbled coves with crystal-clear sea, ideal for swimming. Cala Mesquida, on the north-east of the island, is popular with surfers, while Puerto Pollença is a family favourite offering sun loungers and watersports. The beauty of visiting a small yet diverse island is that you can really explore; seeking out your own personal paradise.
Via Barcelona with Emirates from Dubai to Palma.
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From Dubai to Palma: 9 hours, 30 minutes.