Relaxing on the beach all holiday long isn’t for everyone, and when you’re craving a culture fix in Majorca, there’s one place that instantly springs to mind: Palma de Mallorca. Situated amongst the lively resorts on the south coast of the island and an hour away from Cala Millor, Palma is the island’s capital city and it’s brilliant. Stylish, cosmopolitan, even glamorous; the city provides a surprising contrast to the laid-back beach vibe of Cala Millor.
Palma is a popular place for a city break, so maybe you’ll be back again for more once you’ve had a taste of the designer shopping, the views from the seafront promenade and the quaint little streets of the old town and old Arab quarter.
As for the specifics, there are a few must-sees. Overlooking the huge marina is La Seu, one of the city’s most famous (and most fabulous) landmarks, a Gothic cathedral whose interior had a makeover by Antoni Gaudi, the modernist architect most famous for his work in Barcelona. Nearby you’ll find the 13th century Almudaina Palace, which is a beautiful Arabic building on the waterfront. And when you browse the modern art at the Es Baluard Museum, you’ll get to see inside an old fortress too.
Most of all, Palma is a city to be enjoyed for itself, so try not to rush from place to place or you might miss some of its unique charm.