The Spanish royals are often spotted on holidays to Cala Mayor. And it’s no wonder – it boasts a standout sandy beach, just along the coast from Palma.
Head west from Palma and you’ll almost immediately hit Cala Major. This bayside resort is only five kilometres from the capital, so pulls in visitors who are looking to pair sands with sightseeing. It’s got quite a high-end feel – tucked away overlooking the water is the Marivent Palace, holiday home of the Spanish royals.
Cala Mayor’s namesake beach is a wide curve of golden sand. It’s bookended by rocky outcrops, so the waters here are usually calm and sheltered. Head south-west, and after 10 minutes you’ll reach the tiny, chic resort of Illetes, which lines up a chain of sandy coves.
Close to Palma
A 15-minute bus ride will land you plum in the centre of Palma. This stylish city is home to designer boutiques, gourmet restaurants and lanes lined with tapas and wine bars. And on the sightseeing front, there’s a dramatic cathedral and an Instagram-worthy old quarter.
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