Palma & the Badia de Palma
Nestled in the crook of the Badia de Palma, Mallorca's capital is the most agreeable of all Mediterranean towns. Shaped and defined by the sea and backed by not-so-distant mountains, it is a city of open horizons and oft-blue skies, with good looks and a festive nature. Surveying it all from a gentle rise is the old quarter, crowned by its colossal Gothic cathedral.
Palma de Mallorca
Old Palma and Es Puig de Sant Pere charm with their boutique hotels gathered around stately patis (patios) and design-focused digs, as well as the occasional family-run hostel. Stay near the Passeig d’es Born or the Plaça Major to be in the thick of the city's shopping and dining scene. Sea view? Head to the Passeig Marítim or Es Portixol.
Serra de Tramuntana
Dominated by the Serra de Tramuntana range, Mallorca’s northwest coast and its hinterland form a spectacular contrast to the built-up resorts you leave behind around Palma. The landscape is remarkably wild, ensnared by limestone peaks scarred by wind and water and cliffs that drop abruptly to the brilliant blue sea like natural ramparts.
Artà & Around
Boasting the poetic distinction of being the first place in Mallorca to receive the morning sunlight, the island’s northeastern corner is a refreshingly low-key area where rounded hills stubbled with green radiate out in every direction, and calm, pine-lined beaches (a number of which are accessible only by foot, horseback or boat) dot the coastline.