A long weekend in Palma de Mallorca

Spring is in the air! I love the Spanish version of February, with trees blooming in Madrid’s city parks. In Poland you have to wait until April to enjoy these kind of views.

With the coming of sunny, warmer days, you find yourself yearning for your summer vacation. Anything to make the summer arrive that little bit faster!

Despite my sentiment towards Madrid, I have to admit that it has one, quite significant downside, and that’s the fact that the nearest beach is some 3 hours away from the city. You can’t hide the fact that nothing relaxes you in the same way the sea does. A delicious meal with a seaside view is the best plan for summer days and evenings (at the time of writing, I can’t help looking forward to our upcoming trip to Andalucía. Luckily, it’s not too far off).

But getting back to Madrid – luckily it does have one big positive side (ok, more than one, but this isn’t a post about Madrid), which is the abundance of cheap flights to many destinations in Spain. All it takes is a flight of little over an hour, and you’re on an island. Mallorca, for example. Long weekend in Palma de Mallorca in April is a great idea, as its just before the start of the holiday season, meaning that you can avoid crowds, but still enjoy some warming sunshine. It’s also quite easy to find a room without going broke.

Even so, Palma de Mallorca is a place worthwhile visiting not just because of the sea and its beautiful beaches. The Mediterranean sea-port atmosphere (yes, I have a weakness for towns with ports – I don’t know where I get this from), with its stunning architecture, pleasant climate, beautiful cathedral (you’ll immediately recognize Gaudí) all make Palma an ideal place to spend a long weekend, although it’s certainly not at all problematic to find more things to do in Mallorca if you want to stay longer. There are beaches, hills and beautiful views. Previously I thought that this was just a party/retirement island but in fact everyone will find something to enjoy out of season.

The local bars we visited let us down a little, but on the last day we found a place worth a recommendation. If you find your way to Cala Mayor, it’s worthwhile stopping for a bite to eat in The Crow’s Nest. Here we found good quality food for a reasonable price, vegetarian options as well as a nice, international atmosphere.

Long weekend in Palma de Mallorca – Photos by Marta Kuchcinska

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