Guest post by Catherine Trueman
Majorca is my ultimate European short break destination. Travel just a couple of hours from the UK and you’ll be greeted with beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery and, of course, plenty of Spanish Sangria!
As part of my Travel and Tourism University course a few years ago, I visited a range of resorts on the island and gained an insight into how Majorca is committed to becoming a sustainable tourist destination. It’s fair to say certain destinations in Majorca have received negative press for their lively atmosphere. In the area known locally as Calvià; Magaluf and Palma Nova draw mass appeal for the younger audience, but there are plenty of resorts that are perfect for couples and families. Palma demonstrates there’s more to the island than neon lights and party sights…
The city boasts architectural wonders and depth of history that rivals Spanish counterparts. I visited Palma at the end of the ‘summer season’ in late October and was pleasantly surprised to find beautiful blue skies and sunshine. I was lucky enough to get away with wearing summer attire with a light cover up for the breezier evenings. Unlike laid-back areas in Majorca, I found Palma to have an efficient transport system with great value regular bus services. On arrival, I passed the sizable Palma de Mallorca Port, home to numerous Yachts and super cruise ships. The port area is certainly worth a wander around in the hope of a cheeky star-spot… although apart from Enrique Iglesias I’m not too clued up on my Spanish celebrities!
I took a short walk away from the magnificent Cathedral, through the bustling side streets, and into the main tourist shopping area. There’s a wide range of chic boutiques, flea markets and recognisable high-street stores such as Zara, Accessorize and Mango. The Spanish-originating stores are better priced than UK equivalents so are brilliant for snapping up a bargain or two! After a good rummage in the shops, I enjoyed some outdoor tapas at a traditional café before heading out to explore the city on a sightseeing bus. From the front of an open top bus you can admire the views of Palma Bay. For amazing panoramic views of the Cathedral, Marina and Serra de Tramuntar head up to Castell de Bellver. Explore the castle and its courtyard. If you need a little escape from the city centre, relax in area surrounding the Cathedral; populated by fountains and shady gardens, or discover many modern art galleries.
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