36 hours in Palma de Majorca

This time of year is perfect to drift in and out of the cafes and shops in the labyrinth that is Palma, as it is not too hot yet. We’re lucky as so many airlines fly from Britain to Majorca making this UK favourite so easy to get away to for a 3-4 day weekend.

Here are some pointers on getting the most out of Majorca if you’re on a quick visit.  It’s one of my favourite islands in Europe, and even more interesting because it’s a working island all year round, so there’s no real “low season” and there’s always lots going on.

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On arrival 6pm

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Take this opportunity to stretch your legs after the flight by taking a stroll along the Passeig d’es Born boulevard right down to the sea to get your bearings. From here, if you walk westwards along the promenade you’ll find the Es Baluard art museum that homes artwork from Picasso to Miro, which stays open until 8pm. If you fancy leaving this for another day sit and have a drink while watching the sun go down.

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Dinner 9pm

lamb knuckle roasted with aubergine

Right by the museum are some wonderful restaurants with local delicacies – go for the roast lamb stuffed with aubergines or freshly-caught prawn salads. Try the Es Baluard restaurant, it comes highly recommended. After you’ve eaten, slip away to the atmospheric lanes of Sa Llotja for cocktails before hitting the pillow.

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Day 1: 10:30am

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Visit Palma’s landmark gothic cathedral built in stages between the 13th and 17th centuries with its Gaudi designed interior – it’ll leave you stunned. Its beautiful rose window along the organ music is not to be missed as the sunlight streams in. After this, head to the Jewish and Arab quarters where history is in abundance, and look out for the Arab baths!

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Lunch 2pm

simply-fosh

If you’re feeling flush, treat yourself to lunch at Simply Fosh run by the renowned British Chef Marc Fosh who owns three stylish restaurants. We recommend watermelon gazpacho with Soller prawns and smoked pimento jelly!

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Afternoon 4:30pm

Laughing Woman Going Shopping

Palma’s many shopping streets are perfect to wander along. Browse the little boutiques and shoe shops, and an insider’s tip – do your winter shopping here, as it’s a great place to buy Spanish-made leather goods, jewellery and artisanial objects.

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Dinner 8:30

Bar-España

One of my top picks is without a doubt Bar Espana for tapas and wine but make sure you’re there before 9pm if you want a chance of getting a seat. Sit on a stool at the bar to really see what the restaurant has on offer, and just to warn you a lot of spice is put into the dishes with more of a Mexican/Thai influence!

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Day 2: 10am

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Hire a bike and ride around the promenade. Stop in the sunshine for a coffee or keep going past the fish market to the harbour where you can sit and watch the yachts drifting in and out.

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Midday

Barcelona

Before leaving, make sure you visit the Santa Catalina market to pick up some delicious local specialities such as charcuterie and olives. You’ll also find some great little tapas bars here so enjoy some wine and a snack to set you up for your flight home!

And a final tip for you…run out of time for souvenir shopping? No worries! Palma Airport has a great gift shop selling local honey, Fleur de Sel (assorted flavoured sea salts), a good selection of duty free and lots of gourmet treats to remind you of the sun-soaked flavours of the island.

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