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Playa de Palma Photo: Shutterstock
Playa de Palma Photo: Shutterstock

When in… Palma de Mallorca

Ideal for a short break or an extended stay, Palma offers an endless array of restaurants, cafés, bars and shops. The ancient alleys of Old Town and myriad of historical buildings are perfect for exploring after a few hours on the beach. 

Playa de Palma

The main part of this famous stretch of sand is a Blue Flag beach and while it’s extremely popular, it manages to give the feeling of space, probably due to the fact that it’s nearly 5km long and around 50m wide. All the expected facilities – sun loungers, parasols, toilets and showers – are at your disposal, and the water is perfect for those in need of a gentle swim. 

Paseo Marítimo Photo: Shutterstock

Paseo Marítimo

This 5km-long promenade runs parallel to the sea and offers separate paths for cyclists, skaters and pedestrians, so take the time to stroll or roll along the coastline during the day – and when night falls, enjoy the nightclubs and discos that line the road. 

Fresh clams at the food market Mercat de l’Olivar.

Mercat de l’Olivar

The biggest food market in Palma offers fresh fish and seafood daily, along with top quality meats, cheeses and native produce. Add on freshly prepared ready meals and a great selection of wine and liquor and you’re in foodie heaven. 

Plaça de l’Olivar, 4
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Auditorium de Palma

Located on the edge of the Bay of Palma, the Auditorium’s two theaters host a variety of art and music performances throughout the year, ranging from classical to pop.  While enjoying a show with a cool sea breeze washing over you is definitely a treat, make sure to take time to visit the rooftop, where the views of Palma and out towards the archipelago are simply breathtaking. 

Paseo Marítimo, 18
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Belmond La Residencia Photo: Tyson Saldo Photographer

Detour to Deià

The small mountain village of Deià lies about 30 minutes from Palma and the drive is one of the most scenic stretches on the island, with mountains on one side and the sea on the other. Its idyllic setting has ­attracted numerous cultural greats, with English writer and poet Robert Graves making his home here for many years. His house, La Casa de Robert Graves, is now a fascinating ­museum. Also, be sure to enjoy ­afternoon tea on the terrace of Belmond La Residencia during your visit – it’s served with a ­distinct Majorcan twist.

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