WHEN IN: MALLORCA
SPANISH SERIES: PART II
What to expect
Just south of Barcelona in the Mediterranean Sea lies Mallorca, the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands.
Boasting a perimeter of picture-perfect beaches, the island is (naturally) an extremely popular tourist destination. Each of its regions offer a different experience to the next, so if you're planning a visit do make sure you stay in the area that best suits the experience you seek. Here's a brief breakdown of each, to save you trawling through TripAdvisor...
Situated on the South-East end of the island, Magaluf is a party-goer's paradise. The streets, lined with bars and clubs, tend to be overrun by 17 – 23 year old British students and backpackers from June – September. In short, if shots and table dancing don’t appeal you’d best stay elsewhere on the island and save your sample of Magaluf for a wild night out.
Mallorca’s capital, Palma, is arguably Spain’s answer to Hvar. The old town is as enchanting as the tapas bars are delicious, with the likes of Pacha and Luna within walking distance if post-dinner partying with a view of the Mediterranean take your fancy.
If you’re after a bit of affluence, Puerto D’Andratx and Puerto Portals await. Both described as smaller versions of Monte Carlo – the ports prove a popular stop-in for yachts en route to Cannes with their classy restaurants and crystal clear waters. While the cost of eating/drinking in these areas is high, it is possible to find affordable accommodation if you dig around – we recommend on Airbnb (of course).
Here are our Mallorca must-do’s to ensure you get the most out of your stay…
WHERE TO STAY
Treat yourself - Barcelo Illetas Albatros
Hola, heaven. Presiding in a quite coastal stretch of Palma Bay, this adults-only hotel enjoys a stunning view of the Mediterranean that epitomises luxury beach break. Featuring a sun terrace, swimming pools, cabanas and private cove access, Barcelo Illetas Albatros certainly earns its TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Its location is removed enough to be peaceful without taking you too far from the hub of Palma, but with the top class in-house restaurant and stellar service you may struggle to leave the hotel.
From GBP 165 / night
Paseo de Illetas 15, 07181 Calvia, Majorca, Spain E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheap & cheerful - BQ Apolo Hotel
This recently renovated hotel promises excellent value for money without feeling like a budget stay. Situated on the outskirts of Casta Pastilla near Playa de Palma, the beach is well within walking distance and Palma is a short cab or bus ride away should you wish to venture into the old town for paella and sangria. If you can't afford to request an ocean-facing room don't fret, the terrace and pool area offer stunning sea views. Definitely make room for their buffet breakfast too.
From GBP 80 / night
Calle Miguel Massuti, 28, 07610 Can Pastilla, Majorca, Spain E: email@example.com
Like a local - Airbnb "Sea views apartment luxury hotel"
Located in Illes Balleas this apartment is within the four star Sol Melia Hotel and ideal for small groups of young holiday-goers who are keen for a week to remember. The sun-drenched terrace has panoramic ocean views and guests will enjoy direct access to the beach and close proximity to the island's iconic Nikki Beach club, which we've recommended in 'where to play' below. There is a minimum stay of 5 nights but at such an affordable rate, a shorter stay would be a waste!
From GPB 48 / night
WHERE TO EAT
Our pick - Roxy's Beach Bar
Situated right on the water's edge near the affluent Puerto Portals, Roxy's Beach Bar is the perfect spot to finish off a sun-filled day with a cocktail in hand. Their menu features an unrivalled paella, fresh salad, sandwich and seafood options and attracts both locals and international visitors. We recommend going for sunset and enjoying their crisp white wine sangria then staying into the night.
WHERE TO PLAY
- Nikki Beach Club (especially on Thursdays and Sundays during the summer)
- Palma Cathedral
- Catamaran day tour
- Palmanova beach
- Visit Alcúdia