Beyond The Beach: Your Guide to a Quiet Holiday in Mallorca
Thinking about Mallorca can conjure up images of a wild nightlife, like in Magaluf, or gorgeous beaches jam-packed with sunbathers. These types of holidays appeal to many people, but if you’re after something more relaxing, with just a little digging, you’ll be able to find it in Mallorca, too.
Palma – The Mini Barcelona
If you’re a fan of Barcelona but have started to find the city too crowded in recent years, then a trip to Palma is the answer. The city is easily accessible by road, and a network of underground parking facilities mean that it’s rarely difficult to find somewhere to put your car. Once you’re out of your vehicle, you’ll come across a city that is packed with top-quality restaurants, interesting bars and a fascinating culture and history.
One of the best ways to discover Palma is simply to wander around. The high heat will fade by early evening, so this is one of the best times to start exploring. Most of the shops stay open until around 8pm, so this is the perfect moment to indulge in a little retail therapy.
When the shops close, the restaurants open! You’ll find a whole range of cuisines to tempt your taste buds. The paella in Palma is excellent, thanks to the regular influx of visitors from Valencia on the Spanish mainland, but the city has also carved out a niche for itself when it comes to high quality French and North African food.
Arm yourself with a little Spanish and a good guidebook and you’re certain to come across an eatery that you’ll want to return to again and again. Just be sure to book a taxi back to your villa so that you can enjoy a little local wine, as well.
Away from the beach, the rolling hills of the island are perfect for walking holidays. If you hire a car to get you to a few more remote locations, you’ll find that there is no shortage of walking routes for you to explore during your time on the island.
Make sure that you time your walk carefully and take plenty of water, as walking long distances in high temperatures is rarely fun. If you’re not a regular walker, then make sure you start off with something relatively gentle. Save the difficult walks for when you’re feeling a little more confident – after all, you are on holiday!
There’s much more to a holiday in Mallorca than clubbing, bars and sandy beaches, as fabulous as those can be. A holiday here is truly what you make of it and there’s a lot of potential hidden in Mallorca that is just waiting to be discovered by you on your next visit. To make sure that you have a truly relaxing time, take a look at our villas with pools in Mallorca and contact us to find out how to book one today.