Need a sunny weekend break with yacht filled marina, cobbled streets, fabulous restaurants and chic hotels? Then I’d recommend booking a Palma Citybreak.
A 2 hour flight and a short taxi ride from the airport means that, even allowing time for delays at customs, you can be relaxing in the sunshine within 3 hours of leaving the UK, and whilst Palma may not offer enough for a full holiday it’s perfect for a few days of some serious R&R.
Hotel options are broad and we stayed at Tryp Palmer Bellver which overlooks the marina and is an easy walk into the old town. We picked the hotel as it had its own pool and because of its location and both lived upto expectations. At the time we had not long been back from an expensive trip so wanted a cost effective break in a good hotel and the Tryp Bellver offers great value – you can get cheaper but you’ll compromise on quality if you do.
Whilst we were in Palma we also stumbled on another hotel that we’d love to try next time. Hotel Convent de la Missio is, as the name suggests, housed in a former convent but is now a chic minimalist hotel. It is tucked down a cobbled alleyway but it’s a great location within easy walking distance of everything you need. With a terrace on the roof and a sauna and whirlpool in the crypt below, this hotel looks to offer a luxurious place to stay from top to bottom.
My idea of a great city break is sunshine, shopping and a a selections of great places to eat or catch a cocktail in the sun – Palma has that a plenty with a breathtaking cathedral and an old town of cobbled streets to explore to boot. The restaurants in the old square may not be your cheapest option but for quality food, ambiance and great people watching they are hard to beat. There are also some great bars and restaurants along the harbour.
One of my favourite places to go for a relaxed evening in Palma, for its combination of location with a great selection of local fresh food and wonderfully made cocktails, is Darsena. This bar and restaurant sits on the edge of the marina overlooking the yachts and water and is a great place to relax with a cocktail or chilled bottle of wine before trying the great tapas or the paella. They always have freshly caught local fish and the prawns here too are delicious. If you are staying at the Tryp Bellver, as we were, then the Darsena is just a few minutes walk from the hotel.
Also close to the hotel is Cafe Bar Maritime – a simple but friendly outdoor cafe with a large range of drinks, food and ice creams. A great place for an early evening drink on the way into the old town. Further
There are some fantastic gourmet restaurants in Palma too and we have earmarked a few for our next visit but this was more of low cost break and even on a bit of a budget there are lots of great places to eat.
Top 3 things about Palma?
- Great weather
- Restaurants and bars galore
- So easy to get to!