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Palma, Mallorca

Our verdict:

Palma is the perfect weekend break destination. The main boulevards offer great shopping potential, while quarters like La Lonja seethe with atmospheric tapas bars and bodegas. There’s history at the spectacular Gothic cathedral and 10th-century Arab Baths, world-class art at the Palau March or the Fundacion Joan Miro, and some truly special places to stay.

Recommended travel company: i-escape

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i-escape says

Wander Palma’s labyrinth of charming cobbled streets and visit one of Spain’s most impressive cathedrals with its Gothic towers and interior finished by Gaudi in 1909.

Discover your own favourite tapas bar in town or enjoy a seafood lunch on the marina (Catherine from 101 recommends Casa Eduardo for an authentic, unpretentious fish restaurant) and spend a romantic evening in Abaco, a 19th century courtyard decorated with bird cages, fountains, sculptures,tumbling piles of fruit and hundreds of candles. It’s more than a bar – it’s an experience.

The relatively small size of Palma makes it great for shopping. Head to the main area of Avinguda Jaume III, or if you prefer boutiques, the Passeig des Born. You will find smaller, more specialist shops on the pedestrian streets around Placa Major. Leather handbags and shoes are a particularly good buy.

We have hand-picked a choice of eight truly unique places to stay, some with a private pool. Options include a 16th century palace in the historic quarter, stunning apartments in trendy Santa Catalina and a converted convent, now a chic and contemporary hotel.

Palma is under two-hours’ flight from the UK with year-round flights from most regional airports.

Click here for more about our places to stay in Palma.

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