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Earlier this summer Ape to Gentleman were invited to the Spanish island of Majorca in the Balearics, off the coast of Spain. A year-round destination, Mallorca is far from a beach resort island, it’s sophisticated, stylish and modern.
Here you will find Ape’s guide to Majorca, featuring the island’s best places to stay, eat, drink and shop, including what to do on a weekend break. Peak season is May through October, with July and August being both the warmest and most busy months. Whilst there’s plenty to do in the summer season, majorca but also- during winter and spring, the island is less busy and remarkable handsome.
Professional cyclists come to train in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range year round- so whether it’s a day’s cycling or hiking you should factor in some downtime with visit to a winery, an olive mill or a farm to learn how sobrasada, the Majorcan pork sausage, is made. There are 7 Michelin-starred restaurants on the island featuring local cuisine from traditional restaurants in mountain villages to the chic bars and food offerings popping up in Palma.
Stay | Three of The Best: Villas
Villa Salva is two minutes from Alcanada, the Hollywood hills of north Mallorca, with some of the best restaurants on the Island. Located on the Alcudia peninsula a short distance from Alcudia, the owner has spared no expense in decorating and furnishing to the highest standard.
Alcudia boasts one of the best restaurants on the island, the Michelin starred Jardin offering a true taste of Majorca, seasonal menus highlight the best in local seafood, and fresh produce to reflect the islands heritage.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to nearby beaches. Playa de Saint Joan can be found on the doorstep, this quite and unknown spot sits in its own sheltered bay and has stunning views across the Alcudia peninsula and its perfect turquoise water.
Son Llarg his 3 bed rustic and comfortable villa which is situated only 4 minutes away from the stylish harbour of Puerto Andratx with many boutiques and restaurants. The villa includes its own pool and terrace overlooking the town and Mediterranean far into the distance. The villa is perfect for the avid golfer with the renowned Golf de Andratx course a short drive away. There is a wide selection of restaurants and café but Ape’s pick is Trespais. Fantastic food and exceptional service make this the perfect dining venue.
If beaches aren’t your thing and you want to keep yourself far away from the hotspots then the Great Country House, a 5 bedroom villa in Porreres deep in the Majorcan countryside is perfect. Palm and olive tree framed courtyards; extensive olive groves and perfectly manicured lawns, large private pool and dining space for up to 80 make this the perfect tranquil escape. There is no need to worry about finding the best local restaurants too, Travelopo are on hand to help find you a chef to match your tastes! Majorca.
A Night in Palma
One of our favourite restaurants in Palma is La Boveda- it serves delicious tapas, if the weather’s good ask for a table on the Terrace, great for seeing the hustle and bustle of Palma. It’s very reasonably priced too. Try a drink at La Longa- a great bar just around the corne from La Boveda. Alternatively, Abaco- an amazing place just up from the square from La Longa, try a local beer or glass of wine. Be sure to check out the rooms upstairs too- it’s very romantic for the woman in your life.
Areas to Visit
A millionaires paradise, and a handsome port to have a walk around and generally do some people watching. A great place to sit outside, have a drink and see some seriously impressive yachts. We ate at Wellies- right on the front of the port but there are plenty of other fine restaurants here.
This is a seriously cool and up and coming area a short walk from Palma, with plenty of restaurants and bars. If you fancy a day at the beach merging into the evening, it’s the place to go. It’s a vibrant area full of the Palma crowd who live and work in the city then head here in the evenings and at the weekend.
Our favourite place on the island, definitely worth a visit, there’s lots of superb bars and restaurants. Es Portal was our choice restaurant here, just set down a side street from the port, we opted for their Paella which was delicious. They don’t speak great English but do have an English menu, which is one of the most reasonably priced restaurants in Andratx.
Avinguda Jaume III is one of Palma’s most handsome streets, lined with fine shops offering men’s fashion, jewellery and gifts. With traditional majorcan shops such as El Corte Ingles, one of Spain’s most popular department store chains. For those looking for something more off beat, head to the side streets of Bonaire, Sta. Maria del Sepulcro and Sant Marty. Most shops are open from around 10:00 to 13:30 and 17:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday, and on Saturday mornings.
There are also a host of local markets with the biggest being on Thursdays at Inca, located half way between Palma and Alcudia. With stalls selling everything from fresh produce to
Admire the heritage of Majorca with a visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma (commonly known as La Seu) a stunning cathedral built in 1229 to welcome those arriving by sea to the Balearic Islands. Finally finished in 1601, this impressive structure boasts grand facades and 141 feet (43 meters) of intricate stonework, making it a must-see for all visitors in the area.
As the largest of the Balaeric islands, Majorca’s nightlife is definitely worthy of its size with plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants to suit all appetites. If its a night of drinking, dancing and dj’s you’re after then head to the centre of Palma; with clubs such as the Jazz Voyeur -which hosts live bands every night -you’re sure to have a good time. For a more relaxed evening visit the Cafe Ca S’Hereu in Binissalem, its cool atmosphere and outdoor courtyard provides the idyllic setting for a few drinks with friends.
Hire a Car
Due to the size and sparse nature of the island, hiring a car is essential for making the most of your trip. Possibly the most cost-effective and convenient car rental service in Mallorca is Economy Car Rental which provides a free shuttle bus from the Palma de Majorca Airport which takes you directly to your hire car.