To be found in the natural harbour of Badia de Palma, with a stunning moutain backdrop, Palma de Majorca has a Gothic quarter to rival Barcelona’s, cobbled lanes, and hundreds of romantic street cafes. See artwork by Salvador Dalí, Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin at Palau March, and check out the city’s main cultural landmark: the vast Catedral, designed by the architect of the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí. Save yourself a walk in the hot sun with a vintage train tour of the city, or snorkel from a catamaran off the coast. With boutique hotels in abundance, restful stays are effortless in Palma.
For undeniable luxury, stay at 5* Boutique Hotel Calatrava in the city. Think sunny private terraces, complete with a glass of local wine; fresh rooms with Mediterranean blue and white decor; and free 1-hour entrance to the spa (the in-room mini bars are free, too).
Fans of buildings with character will just adore Convent de la Missió. Built in the 17th century, the monastery has been sympathetically restored and is perfectly located in the centre of Palma. Complete with pools, sauna, and even a golf course, the hotel can also boast a gourmet restaurant serving up the finest Balearic cuisine. Junior Suites have private balconies, while Suites have spa baths and in-room hot tubs.
Those seeking a romantic stay might do well to plump for Hotel Puro. Just 200m from the cathedral, this 18th century former palace offers a rooftop terrace, and exclusive access to its own beach 9km away with bookable sun loungers (via shuttle bus). Rooms are urban and chic in design, with whitewashed walls or dark wood panelling. Guestrooms feature iPod docks, minibars, and flat screen TVs, while the Suite offers a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and two private balconies for al fresco dining.
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