Our few days in Barcelona ended on a high note: Jake would be clothing-less no more! We were thrilled to find out the airlines finally located his bag – just in time as we were getting ready to fly out of the city. Once reunited with his belongings, we were on our way to Palma on the island of Majorca.
I didn’t know what to expect from Majorca. When we booked it, I had visions of serene, Thailand-like beaches. Then I found out the best beaches were on the other side of the island, hours away from Palma, and would likely be crowded in the summer months. Rachel hadn’t loved Majorca, so as we flew in, I braced myself to be disappointed.
I was anything but. If I didn’t believe it in before, I do now: Love at first sight. That being said, I am convinced that where you stay in Palma has a huge impact on your impressions of the city. So my advice – stay in the old portion of the city near the cathedral. And stay in the Posada Terra Santa. I was a wee bit obsessed with our hotel and its beautiful staff. And when I say beautiful I mean, it was impossible not to blush or stumble on my words when around them. (Although that’s nothing new for me.) This was one of the most puzzling, and somewhat comical things we found about Spain: From the woman greeting us at the hotel to the man restocking the vending machines in the bus station to the one scooping up our gelato … let’s just say there was a lot of blushing going on.
Just a few scenes of the city…
The castle and cathedral. The whole of Old Town is just stunning. (I swear this does is no justice.) Half the time I walked around dazed, feeling I was in a scene from a children’s fable.
We spent most of our first day in Palma walking, eating, drinking. We stayed in Old Town, which is small enough that you can explore most of it on foot within a day or two yet large enough that we got lost – a lot. The streets are cobbled and narrow and instead of being laid out on a grid, they all revolve around and lead into dozens of small little plazas. Charming… and a little confusing. But we were more than happy to wander and eventually got our bearings.
So to recap, our top tips for Palma include:
Stay in Old Town. I’ll be honest in that we didn’t venture too far out of the old city, but judging by what we did see and by my sister’s experience, Old Town is the place to be.
Check out Posada Terra Santa. It was one of the best hotels we’ve stayed at – ever. The staff is superb and provides such personal, warm service, the hotel and rooms are gorgeous and impeccably maintained, and the location is perfect – quiet yet just a few minutes walk to the sites. It even has an interesting history as a restored 16th-century manor house. Posada Terra Santa is a luxury boutique hotel so availability may be limited, but the prices are really reasonable, so if you get the opportunity to book it, don’t hesitate!
Walk. Just get out and starting walking. You’ll run into the major sites, like the cathedral and the larger plazas, and I promise you’ll enjoy each and every second taking in the quaint little streets. Palma is the type of location where you don’t necessarily have to check off items on a ‘to-do’ list; it’s all about exploring freely and without a plan.
Again, make time to eat! The food in Palma was similar to that in Barcelona, with the same favorites like croquettes and manchego cheese appearing on most menus, but we noticed there were a few new options like light seafood and fresh salads. (This is where I vow to start taking pics of our meals on our next trip!)