Palma can quite rightly lay brown to the coolest city in Europe.
Dartington, Devon (PRWEB UK) 21 March 2014
Hunter Traveller, a leader in visual destination guides, is pleased to share this short guide to enjoying the city, coast and country life in Mallorca.
Part of the pleasure in traveling is having a choice. Mallorca is a land of contrasts, and perhaps it is the extensive variety that it offers to the adventurous traveller that makes it our favourite destination.
From the colourful and cosmopolitan mix of the capital Palma to the serenity of the dramatic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range that flanks the Western edge with its turquoise seas, there is a huge diversity in the landscapes, culture and experience that this island offers.
The City Life:
Palma can quite rightly lay crown to the coolest city in Europe. The city bursts with cultural liveliness, so seductive, yet with such a gentle easy going nature. From the casual to the extraordinary, anything goes.
You will be spoilt for choice with the city’s eclectic mix of bespoke hotels, relaxed cafés, contemporary art and upmarket restaurants. It is one of the top foodie destinations of the moment. From soulful and nourishing experiences to stylish international fine dining and the best fusion cooking. In Palma, the different cultures merge seamlessly. An influx of new, foreign, extensively travelled cooks simmering with creativity and ideas has resulted in a hot bed of talent and creativity.
Driving inland from the capital brings you back through traditional towns like Binissalem, with narrow streets and green shutters, past churches and disused windmills and into soft pastel skies. Winding roads lead past vineyards to whitewashed farmhouses. The scent of lemon hangs in the air. Old country houses and grand Mallorcan estates, now resorted as stylish rural retreats, are still surrounded by the traditional olive groves.
Here you can totally switch off and start to feel restored. Places like The Sa Calobra Canyon, also known as the Torrent de Pareis Gorge, must be seen for their dramatic beauty.
Tradition has not been forgotten. Delicious meze, sun ripened fruit, and the day’s catch are all readily available. The farmers markets hint at rich Mediterranean soils and skills passed down from one generation to the next. Vineyards and apricot trees bask in the sun.
Journey up into the mountains and you will feel like you are somewhere else again. A sense of freshness permeates the soul, the air is purifying, nature surrounds. Palma is rarely more than an hour away.
Islands are normally famed for their coasts. This island has completely revitalized the concept of coastal living. Along the more manicured west coast, mountains slope down towards the sea. Here a series of resorts like Port Andrax have built themselves up around the natural contours, coves and opportunities of the coast.
The eastern side feels much more wild. Rugged, untamed beaches roll one into the next with expanses of ivory white sand and powder blue waters to create a surfer’s paradise. Stumbling upon an old beach shack selling fresh coffee or chargrilled fish is the icing on the cake.
The south coast is different again with hidden coves and sparkling turquoise waters filled with colourful fish, making this coast perfect for snorkeling. Es Trenc is where the purest of natural salts - Flor de Sal – is still harvested by rake and hand. On either side, ports and marinas with top-class refit and repair amenities dot the coastline. Sailing boats and yachts happily traverse from one to another. Different ways of life mix effortlessly to create a truly unique and beautiful destination.
Where do we suggest you spend your time on Mallorca? Time spent doing a bit of everything is our advice. Let your mood dictate your itinerary. Few islands can boast such geographical richness and accessible contrasts. Structure your stay in such a way that allows you to mix and match, pick and choose. Mallorca is the ultimate wellbeing destination full of history and sights, and it never fails to engage all of the senses. From the stirring evocative landscapes and dramatic mountain roads to the engaging villages and engrained sense of tradition, it is a handsome and fascinating island that blows you away with every visit.
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