Mallorca's great escapes: where to go to escape the crowds
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Places in Mallorca
'A sky like turquoise, a sea like lapis lazuli, mountains like emerald, air like heaven,' enthused Romantic composer Chopin of his new home Valldemossa in 1838. His words ring true almost 200 years later in western Mallorca. The Serra de Tramuntana range ripples all along the west coast, surveying the Mediterranean from above.
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.
Palma & the Badia de Palma
Petite, sea-splashed, party-loving Palma is one of Europe's most underrated capitals. For a city of its size, its sights play in the premier league with major metropolises. Take its immense Gothic cathedral, moored like the prow of a great ship on the Mediterranean's edge.
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.
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