Mallorca: five ideas for a trip with your partner
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Visiting Mallorca with your partner? These are our tips to help you get the most from a romantic getaway in the Mediterranean.
Explore Palma's cobbled streets
Take a stroll through Palma de Mallorca's Old Town. Its 14th-century cathedral, known as 'La Seu', is a must-see and has the largest Gothic rose window in the world. Meanwhile, nearby are the cobbled streets of one of the largest mediaeval Jewish quarters in the Mediterranean. And for the perfect photo op, head to Bellver Castle, which overlooks the city.
Soak up the view: The roof of the Meliá Palma Bay offers spectacular 360º views of the city and the bay. If the weather permits – which, in Mallorca, it often does – you and your partner can even relax in its pool.
Breathe the pure air of the Sierra de Tramontana
In northern Mallorca, the Sierra de Tramontana attracts travellers in search of a peaceful, natural setting. Couples who like to stay active will enjoy hiking to the summits; the highest is Puig Mayor, 1,445 metres above sea level. For a more laid-back outing, there are plenty of charming small towns to visit nearby, inlcuding Valldemossa and Deià. Meanwhile, in Sóller, you can take a ride on the Tren de Soller, a wooden train built in 1912 that links the town to Palma.
End the day in style: Treat yourself at the luxurious Spa by Clarins at the Gran Meliá de Mar in Illetes. Its cutting-edge health and beauty treatments have made it one of Mallorca's favourite visitor destinations.
Discover Mallorcan cuisine
Foodies will love exploring local Mallorcan specialities. The island's cuisine features many ingredients grown locally, along with excellent seafood. Try dishes such as tumbet (similar to ratatouille), trampó (a salad of green peppers, onions and tomatoes) and paella. Among the most sophisticated restaurant options is Garabato, within the Innside Palma centre. With a stylish, Nordic-style interior, it offers a varied menu of local cuisine with international touches, plus local wines and live music at the weekends.
Don't leave without visiting: the Mercado de Santa Catalina, the oldest market in Palma. It's the best place to buy local produce and offers cookery workshops on Saturdays.
Take a sunset stroll
In the summer, when the midday heat can be stifling, you might prefer to enjoy a night-time stroll. For a romantic moonlit walk, head over to Puerto Portals, in Portals Nous. One of the island's most exclusive sport marinas, it's known as something of a meeting point for the international jet set. Or, if you're looking for a more lively evening, the capital is home to a multitude of nightspots along Gabriel Roca Avenue, opposite the Port of Palma.
Enjoy a beach-side cocktail: The Lounge Bar at Sol Beach House in Cala Blanca, an adults-only hotel, offers an extensive cocktail menu in its outdoor bar with sea views.
Lose yourself on spectacular beaches
Just like Ibiza and Menorca, Mallorca boasts hundreds of small, well-maintained coves. Some of those considered most attractive – due to their turquoise water and uncrowded beaches – are in the island's western part, such as Portals Vells. Or for a walk on the beach, try Es Trenc, at the south of the island. This is a gorgeous sandy stretch of beach of more than 6km, with views of the Cabrera Archipelago National Park.
For direct access to the beach: The completely refurbished Meliá Calvià Beach offers The Level service, Marriot's exclusive, completely personalised service offering. What's more, one of its four pools also has direct access to the beach.