(PRWEB) May 27, 2011
As Brit holidays to the Balearics increase by 10% this year more couples and families are discovering a city break on the island
Like it or loathe it, Majorca has a reputation as being a cheap and cheerful party destination for holidays. Whist this is perhaps a little unfair, considering the work done to many of the resorts, numerous holidaymakers return to the island for its offering of sunshine, loud music and plenty of beverages.
Alas, a new wave of tourists is heading to the island for a very different kind of break. This is being led by holiday companies such as Jet2holidays.com offering a range of holiday deals, including all-inclusive breaks, to Palma City.
The Forgotten City of Majorca
Palma, the capital city, has amazingly been over-looked by throngs of holidaymakers in the past, many preferring instead to soak up some sun and fun in Palma Nova or Magaluf. Well, a desire to enjoy more culturally driven, sedate holidays is enticing people to this forgotten city.
It seems laughable to refer to Palma as a forgotten city such is its prominence and influence on the history and structure of the island, and we haven’t even spoken about its beauty yet.
Architecture Inspired by the Artists of History
If you take the time to trawl through the annals of history, you’ll find that Palma, and by natural extension, Majorca, has been under the rule of various different regimes and religions at one point or another over the centuries.
The result of this is a wonderful tapestry of architectural themes that creates an inspiring and, at times, romantic backdrop. Placa Major is a must visit during the day. The 19th Century main square (Placa Major) is a catacomb of honey-coloured buildings and narrow streets, filled with stalls and entertainers; just being there to absorb the atmosphere is worth a visit alone.
Then of course there are the many stand-out buildings like Bellver Castle, a Christian stronghold built by James II of Majorca. It was the first circular castle built in Europe and its remains still stand today in reasonably good conditions. Its position atop a hill ensures it stands out and as such attracts plenty of attention.
Tradition Upheld in the Cuisine
A city break wouldn’t be complete without spending time in restaurants and getting the taste buds accustomed to the flavours.
When in Palma it is about tucking in and getting your hands dirty. The city has a wealth of tapas eateries to explore. This type of food is full of flavour and you can really get involved with it as many dishes are perfect for picking at with your hands.
Aside from tapas, there is a wealth of other restaurants to discover, with your usual blend of international flavours on the menu.
Many of these restaurants lead to the beach area. Yes, that’s right the city has a beach too, just in case there are any yearnings for beach time when holidaying in Palma.
With many holiday deals available with Jet2holidays.com, including all-inclusive deals and three day sojourns, now is the ideal time to discover a city break on Majorca.