I have mentioned in previous posts that my passion for travel really kicked in at University where I studied Geography. It was there that I also formed friendships with two other lovely ladies with whom I shared a delight for travel adventures. 23 years later we are still the best of friends and whilst our lives have taken different paths we are still bound together by a love of travel.
Living in different parts of the country makes getting together tricky as we all juggle busy lives but we have made it somewhat of a habit to have an annual trip away. We take it in turns to decide where we are going to for our mini break. For me I can’t deny I have found it hard as the kids have been little to commit to making this happen and in the run up to our trips have been struck by a sense of anxiety as well as happy anticipation about going away and leaving the family. As the kids have grown its become easier to make it happen and I have to say despite the initial guilt and worries I am pleased that I got out there, had a break and ensured I kept a little bit of “me” and my passion alive for my favourite hobby of travel!
So this year it was my turn to choose and Palma, Mallorca was top of my list of girls get aways. With each of us based in different cities( Leeds, Birmingham and London) it’s a great place for a getaway with flights from most local airports and a short flight time means that you can maximise your time away! We have also worked out that by flying from our regional airports its pretty much the same as getting the train in the UK to meet up (well that’s our justification anyway!) and probably cheaper!
Palma has everything you need for a perfect weekend break, here are some of the highlights to inspire your next girls trip away…
Where to stay
We stayed at the “Hotel Costa Azul” a great modern and reasonably priced hotel on the Paseo Maritimo. It had everything you need as a base for a city break and good-sized rooms. The roof top terrace was a real bonus to relax after a busy day around the shops and restaurants with an amazing view of Palma Harbour. The gin and tonic measures were also very appealing from the bar:). There are lots of other hotels available in Palma depending on budgets but I would say this is a great contender.
Where to eat and drink
Ditch the diet on a mini break to Palma is all I would say! There are so many nice restaurants, cafes and bars to sit and relax in, people watch and take in some vitamin D. On the waterfront I would recommend Pesquero a perfect place for a lazy lunch overlooking the harbour. A wide range of dishes on offer, mainly fish but lots of other options available too. The tapas dishes are amazing and when washed down with a chilled glass of Rose create the perfect Spanish lunch.
For an evening meal we visited Chiliss No3 situated on the boardwalk area overlooking the beautiful harbour and an excellent place to watch the sun go down over the yachts. We treated ourselves to Tapas again, enjoyed a beautiful Mallorcan white wine and even had room for a dessert!
A new find for me this time was Es Baluard, a restaurant and bar situated within the Museu d’Art Contemporani. Views to die for of both the Cathedral and the harbour, excellent reasonably priced cocktails and a chilled out vibe. Perfect ingredients for a pre dinner drink.
There as also some Palma old favourites that never fail to impress…. try one of the Cappuccino Bar cafes for a lazy afternoon coffee and of course no visit would be complete without a cocktail in Abaco, behind the large wooden doors you are transported into a unique world. A quirky bar with classical music, an outdoor courtyard and scenes from a Roman banqueting hall you have to see it to believe it! Not everyone’s cup of tea but worth a look!
For a more casual meal try Placa de la Llotja a favourite when we are on our family holidays as plenty of room for the kids to run around and restaurants serving anything from Tapas to Pizza and Pasta there is something for everyone. A great place to watch the world go by and La Llotja itself is well worth a wander around, a beautiful piece of architecture which often houses art exhibitions.
We may have been over 40 but you are never too old for indulging in an icecream on a trip away! Our favourite was Rivareno Heladería on the corner of Placa de la Llotja. You will be spoilt for choice by the range of flavours on offer…. and with all that sight seeing it would be rude not to!
Time for a shop or a wander down the side streets?
There is so much to see in this wonderful city and its all so manageable with most places within walking distance. A few hots tips:
- Palma Cathedral – incredible building that leaves you mesmerised
- The Arab Baths – a small entrance fee transports you into a beautiful court yard filled with lemon and olive trees to sit , relax and be transported back to Roman times in Palma
- Passeig des Born – a tree-lined boulevard with cafes a plenty, shade from the heat of the day and some great shops thrown in for good measure – try the huge Zara and Massimo Dutti for some Spanish chic!
- Born District – just off the Passeig des Born is an area filled with traditional side streets, beautiful art shops and some excellent traditional tapas restaurants. Visit in the evening and see Palma at its best.
So, as I came to the end of my Palma adventure with my wonderful pals I reflected on my feelings before I left… would the kids be OK, am I being selfish, will I be safe on the plane, what if they don’t eat a vegetable all weekend?..
I am mindful of a quote that I have read…
And I realise again that yes I am a mum and yes sometimes adventure seems a little more scary now I have responsibilities but I am keeping that passion alive and oh I will have some great stories to tell the kids:). Planning has already started for our 2018 trip on the plane back from Palma….. and I am excited already!:)