Once a month one of our locals flys the nest and writes up their wanderings to offer you a guide of some of Cuckooz favourite cities.
This month Al has flown the nest and landed in peaceful Palma, Majorca.
Earlier this summer I made my annual pilgrimage to the stunning city that is Palma. Read below to find out why!
Palma is the capital of Mallorca which sits within the majestic Balearic Islands (along with Ibiza, Minorca and Formentera) off the coast of Spain. This ideal location is only a short hop from London – 2 ½ hour flight to be exact – making it very accessible for us Londoners. Not only does this location provide quick travel times but it also provides a sunny climate! You can expect to see plenty of sunshine anytime from April all the way through to October – something the UK definitely can’t compete with.
So climate and short travel time aside why do I love returning to Palma time and time again?
Let’s start with the important stuff. Like all major cities Palma is a cosmopolitan city. This means there’s a hotbed of diverse eateries ranging from Chinese to American but there’s only one thing I’m here for and that’s the tapas! It’s as famous and popular here as it is in mainland Spain. Tapas translates from the words “small portions” and that’s what I love about it – in one meal you get to taste multiple dishes; my personal favourites being padron peppers (watch out for the hot ones!), chorizo, patatas bravas and octopus. Having toured a number of the tapas bars these are my favourite so far; Bodega, El Pilon and La Pergola. All can be found tucked away on cute side streets with rustic furniture, friendly staff and the freshest tapas going.
There’s many a Parisian-esque cafes dotted in and around the centre of Palma. Caffe Vergnano which is located on Passeig Del Born- arguably Palma’s busiest high street dotted with retail outlets such as Louis Vuitton, restaurants and bars - is a great place so sit back, relax and watch the world go by. If it’s a stronger drink you’re after then the harbour has some fantastic offerings. There’s no better way to spend your evening than sampling one of their many cocktails and look out to sea as the sun sets. For those wanting to then party into the rest of the night Tito’s would be my choice of club. It’s housed in a large glass-fronted building on the harbour front and has a range of rooms to suit everyone’s music taste! With a closing time of 6 a.m. at weekends you’ll have lots of time to dance till your heart’s content.
Apart from the high streets and harbour already mentioned there’s plenty to see in Palma. The most spectacular of them all is Bellver Castle. The gothic style castle dating back to the 14th century sits on the edge of Palma and is thankfully open to the public. Take a walk through the pathways that meander through the castle – be prepared for a good workout though as there’s lots of steps! By the time you get to the top you can see out across the rest of Palma and plot your next destination.
Retail therapy. You can find it all in Palma from luxury brands such as Cartier, to high street shops such as Zara and multiple boutiques. Just make sure you add extra baggage allowance on your flight back!
Outside of Palma: There’s plenty to keep you busy in Palma but if you did fancy venturing out then the Soller train is a must. It’s a rickety old train that takes you through the core of the island showcasing its mountains, coastline, farms and villages.
Trivia: Robert Graves, known as one of England’s greatest ever poets, was among the first English settlers on the island.
See you over there next year!