Mallorca 2013 – a big surprise.

So it’s been a while bloggers but I am back! Fresh (sort of) from five days in Mallorca.

It’s always been a place I dismissed as just tacky beach destination (yes Magaluff I am looking at you) but the lure of super cheap flights finally hooked me.

We paid about £80 return from East Midlands to Palma and stayed in the perfectly nice Tryp Palma Hotel.

Five minutes walk from Place de Espanya, the main train and bus station and also the dinky toy train to Soller (more of that later) the hotel is perfectly positioned, it’s about a 15 minute gentle stroll to the towering Cathedral and the Royal Palace of La Almudaina.

La Seu (the Cathedral)

Palace of La Almudaina

Palma itself was fantastic. From the old town with its meandering passageways, Arab Baths and unexpected processions to its hidden art galleries and tasty tapas bars.

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Every other shop seemed to be a cake related heaven, and combined with pizza, ice cream and super cheap beer (from the super market naturally) we troughed our way through the holiday.

P1050918A particular favourite was this giant doughnut – the SIZE OF YOUR HEAD!!!!

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There’s traditional windmills, a circular castle (Bellver) with a stunning view over the city, beaches within a 20 minute drive, culture, art, food, churches and places to aimlessly wander.

In short Palma was a brilliant place to spend a short break within a two hour flight of the UK.

Next up, a closer look at the Cathedral, the little mountain train to Soller and some beaches . . . .

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