Palma: The City Of Surprise

Cityscape of Palma de Mallorca. Beautiful aerial view of Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Mallorca island, Spain.

You’re about to celebrate another wedding anniversary? Congratulations! If you’re stuck for gift ideas because you’ve just about gone through the whole range of suitable items over the years and a bunch of flowers from the local petrol station just won’t cut it, don’t get stressed. There is a simple solution to your dilemma. While Paris might be known as the most romantic city in the world, take your partner on a surprise long weekend to Palma in Majorca to celebrate yet another wonderful year together and it’ll be like a second honeymoon where you rekindle fires you’d thought had dwindled to smouldering coals a long time ago.

Why Palma?

Palma or Palma de Mallorca to give the capital of the Balearic island its full title, is one of the most under-rated European cities there is. Often overshadowed by the reputations of Majorca’s raucous resorts, Palma has more je ne sais quoi than pretty much most French cities put together including Paris and Nice. Palma is just over two hours flying time from the UK and once you’ve landed at the airport in Majorca and picked up your bags, it’s only a twenty minute journey to the city centre. Taking a long weekend in Palma is so easy, you’ll wonder why you’ve never thought of doing it before. Whether you want to sun on a beach, go sightseeing around historic sites, take a sunset boat cruise or go out for a romantic anniversary dinner, you won’t even need to go outside of the city limits to do it.

Where To Stay In Palma

Choosing the right hotel for your stay in Palma is paramount. Not only does your accommodation set the tone for your celebratory holiday but, if it’s in the right location, it can save you precious time travelling back and forth which means more time for you both to relax and enjoy each others company.

Stay at the Hotel Basilica in the heart of Palma’s historic Old Town and you’ll slip right into the beautiful Spanish ambience of the city. The superbly renovated building is just minutes from the city’s main sights and has incredible views from the balconies across the red-tiled rooftops of the old quarter to the cathedral and the sea. The air-conditioned rooms are a delight of white wood-panelled walls and beamed ceilings complemented by modern furnishings with an antique look. The hotel has a good-sized rooftop lap pool with sun terrace and an in-house bar for late night drinks. While the hotel does provide a buffet or continental breakfast, it’s also ideally situated for wandering out and finding that special little cafe for an intimate morning coffee and deliciously sweet ensaimada de Mallorca.

Hotel on the Beach at sunrise in Mallorca Spain

If you want to make sure there are no noisy kids running around to spoil the serenity of your long weekend in Palma, book your rooms at the adults-only, Hotel Araxa and you’ll be guaranteed child-free peace and quiet. Set in lush tropical gardens, the four-storey hotel is a ten minute stroll from the seafront and a leisurely thirty minute walk from the city centre. Furnished in a contemporary fashion, with teak floors and contrasting white linen, the rooms are bright and modern but still convey an element of cosy comfort. The hotel has an on-site fitness centre plus a spa where you can indulge in a Turkish bath, sauna, hot tub or massage. If after a relaxing treatment, you don’t feel like going out to dine, there’s an in-house restaurant serving traditional dishes of the Balaerics and international food.

Spoil yourself and your partner with a stay at the Melia Palma Bay and you’ll have some wonderful anniversary memories to take home with you. The four-star hotel is close to Ca’n Pere Antoni Beach and has breath-taking views of the city and the sea from the ultra-modern, minimalistically decorated rooms. There are great sea and city views from the roof-top swimming pool and patio too where there’s a cocktail bar for drinks under the stars. It’s only a twenty minute walk from the hotel to the centre of Palma, so if you want to enjoy both beach and sightseeing during your stay, you’ll be in exactly the right place.

Things To Do For Couples In Palma

Stretch your legs after your flight with a stroll hand in hand along Palma’s Paseo Maritimo. The broad, palm tree-studded, seafront promenade lines the coastline in front of the city for over five kilometres. Even if you’re not up to sightseeing straight after you’ve landed, you’ll be able to get preliminary views of the cathedral, the imposing fourteenth century royal palace and Bellver Castle as well as plenty of luxury yachts. If you want to explore the entire 5K of the promenade but don’t want to walk, there are lots of cycle hire shops in the city. Rent a bike for a couple of hours or even the whole day, the city has an excellent network of cycle paths, you can also take a fun cycling tour of Palma with tapas included.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain: Maritime promenade, Paseo maritimo – Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

To see a bit more of Majorca without the stress of having to drive, hop on the Ferrocarril de Soller on the corner of the Placa de Espana. The antique trams run a scenic route from Palma to the inland town of Soller. On the way, the tram passes through more than a dozen tunnels cut in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. If your luck’s in, you might be able to sneak in a few crafty hugs and kisses before disembarking for a wander around the town’s cobbled streets or grabbing some lunch in one of the many pavement cafes.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain: Tapas set and sangria in traditional spanish cafe in Mallorca, Balearic island, Spain

There’s nothing more romantic than sailing out of Palma Bay on a luxury catamaran for a four-hour sunset cruise. Before the gourmet dinner is served, the anchor is dropped so you can enjoy a swim or some snorkelling. After dinner, sip champagne as the sun sets while listening to laid back chill-out music and then as you return to harbour, marvel at the views of Palma by night illuminated by a million lights. If boats are not your thing, take a table overlooking the sea and the city at the Il Paradiso Restaurant. Dine under the night sky on a sophisticated menu prepared by Mallorcian master chefs. For a more simple option but one full of memorable meaning, try La Bodeguilla in Palma’s Old Town. Start with some fresh oysters then follow those with a selection of tasty tapas ranging from tuna tartar to razor clams, octopus, crab and calamares. To end the evening on a sweet note, though after all that aphrodisiacal seafood you probably won’t need it, don’t miss trying their Mallorcian cheesecake.

After you’ve been to Palma for your anniversary once, you’ll love it so much, you’ll be going back again year after year because it will quickly become your favourite place.