Party in Palma

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The Balearic Islands, off the east coast of Spain, are comprised of a cluster of islands, the largest and most famous being Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca. Ibiza is well known and documented, where as Menorca is almost the polar opposite. It is due to this that hen weekends in Ibiza are far more popular than those in Menorca. On the flip side, the tranquil island of Menorca has managed to avoid the frantic development which has happened on its sister islands, Ibiza and Majorca,largely thanks to Menorca’s avoidance of an infamous party reputation. It is this which has enabled the island to maintain its quaintness; with idyllic beaches, beautiful rural scenery and historic cultural hotspots.

Despite Menorca’s natural wonders, Majorca can still offer the shroud traveller some beautiful sites. Indeed Palma de Mallorca is a beautiful Mediterranean destination with ideal weather, picturesque sights and a vibrant nightlife too. The capital of the Balearic Islands is located in the south west of Majorca, in the popular Bay of Palma. The bay holds some of the island’s most famed beaches, including Playa de Palma.

Palma has been a popular destination since the 50s and is now the bustling cultural and commercial hub of Majorca. It now accommodates contemporary shops and a free-spirited nightlife, whilst all the while maintaining its charm and quaintness, through the labyrinth of quiet, narrow streets of the Old Town. The streets are complimented with beautiful houses adorned with window boxes, elaborate carvings and overhanging eaves. The idyllic alleyways could easily be compared to those of Italy, but also allude to an Arabian past.

There are numerous shopping areas in Palma; Avinguda Jaume III is one of the most visually appealing avenues in Palma, strewn with attractive shops offering items which are always at the height of fashion. For a wonderfully pleasant shopping experience, meander through the backstreets behind Born, heading towards Placa Cort; it’s a completely pedestrian area which is full of boutiques selling a whole range of goods including shoes and jewellery. Santa Catalina, near Es Baluard Art Gallery, has more bohemian and arty shops, with corresponding fashion items.

La Lonja is a popular area with the locals; situated in the centre of the Old City the winding streets are peppered with bars and clubs. Paseo Marítimo probably lays claim to Palma’s most prestigious party venues; the seaside promenade boasts some of the most exciting establishments, presenting an exciting array of options for any hen weekend. It has a comprehensive selection of restaurants, bars and clubs making it an ideal evening destination. Playa de Palma is a little further out from town, but well worth a visit if you fancy a slightly wilder night than Paseo Marítimo or La Lonja offer.

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