Posted by: yachtcrewsing | November 13, 2012

Palma de Mallorca

 20121112-202121.jpgWalking down the Passeig de Born in Palma de Mallorca, one could easily imagine themselves to be strolling the exclusive Champs Elysees in Paris. While the small Spanish isle of Mallorca is generally saddled with the epithets “tacky,” “touristy,” and “resort-y,” it is anything but. The port town of Palma contains old walled fortifications encircling the city, gorgeous little cafes and bars, beautiful beaches in the city centre, and predominantly free galleries and museums hidden throughout the old town. Through this and much more, Palma exudes an undeniable sophistication and charm.

Wandering along the backstreets of the charming old town one is liable to get exceptionally lost, and in the process discover a plethora of unique, exclusive clothing shops and outdoor b20121112-202203.jpgodegas serving delicious local vino tinto (red wine) accompanied by an array of tapas. Every Tuesday the old town comes alive with university students and residents emerging for cheap tapas night. Going from one bar/restaurant to another to another amidst the charged atmosphere of the evening, sampling a creative array of foods, wines and locales is undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience the vibrant nightlife culture of the island.

While it is easy to be entranced by the charms of Palma and remain in the city centre, it is 20121112-202152.jpghighly rewarding to explore other points on the island. For example, a further testament to the area’s rich history lies amongst the monasteries that speckle the landscape, some of which are easily accessible and some of which require an insider’s knowledge and cliff-side driving expertise. The monastic experience may also extend past daylight hours, should travelers wish, as many of Mallorca’s monasteries offer accommodation.

Venturing to the West of the island one can chance upon the town of Deià, peacefully nestled alongside the mountainous costal roads. Deià offers stunningly picturesque views of the ocean below and provides a charming little village to wander, as well as fabulous accommodation options (such as the breathtaking and historic boutique hotel La Residencia). A narrow downwardly winding road can be navigated to reach quite arguably the best reason to visit the small town- a stunning little cove with crystal clear water, a small beach and a ramshackle cafe perched on the rocks serving delicious fresh seafood.

From quaint to classy and from rowdy to refined, Palma and Mallorca have a lot to offer. Throw away your preconceived notions, and prepare to be pleasantly surprised!

 Valldemosa Monestry Mallorca

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