PALMA & SOUTHWEST

PALMA & SOUTHWEST

MAJORCAN MARVELS!

Palma, capital of Majorca and the major city on the island dating back to Roman times. Home to over half of Majorca’s 870.000 population, the Palma skyline is dominated by its 13th century Gothic cathedral which took 400 years to complete and houses one of the worlds largest stained glass windows.

Although a modern, vibrant, cosmopolitan city, the old quarter still gives a glimpse of its Moorish ancestry with narrow cobbled streets that solicit serendipitous strolls seeking sanctuary in a timeless Tapas bar for languid lunches that linger long into the afternoon. Palma lays claim to have more Michelin starred restaurants than any other Spanish city.

Palma airport is the gateway to the island and it is therefore no surprise that during the 50’s and 60’s the islands burgeoning tourist explosion laid its foundations on the shore of Palma Bay. Magaluf, Palma Nova and Arenal have become infamous for their nightlife and if your penchant is for disco dancing and neon nights these could well be the resorts for you. For those who prefer their pace of life less frenetic the sedate, sophisticated resorts of Illetas and Portals Nous is where chic replaces cheap. Slightly further afield, but still conveniently close to a clusters of courses, lie the up-market resorts of Camp de Mar and Port D’Andratx, favoured haunts of the rich and famous, many of whom have properties locally. Don’t be surprised if you catch sight of Tom Cruise or Claudia Schiffer in one of the many top quality restaurants.

The cluster of courses collected in the southwest corner of Majorca are preened to perfection and many rival the best that Europe has to offer: Santa Ponsa, host to the European Tour on no less than six occasions, the Nicklaus designed Muntiro or the sensational Son Gual, these are but a few of the…

MAJORCAN MARVELS!