Located on the coast of the Spanish Balearic island of Majorca, Palma Nova pretty much has something for everybody.
Whilst the island may be perhaps best known for its infamous resort, Magaluf, it’s fair to say that it’s a little misunderstood. The strip, rather cheesy and runs at an almost laughable size, attracts herds of young Brits following the smell of cheap booze and even cheaper fry ups. Yet, if you put on your sunglasses, you can avoid the tainted reputation Palma Nova has gathered.
Flying from across the UK, from as little as £19.99 each way – from the central, East Midlands airport, Majorca is an affordable and convenient get away. Having just returned from a three night break booked a week before leaving, in total I spent just under £200 together. I also had my parents, sisters, grandmother and three year old nephew in tow, simply proving my point. Arriving in just over two hours, and flying daily, the efficiency provides the perfect excuse for a last minute three night break. Throw in your swimming gear, a couple of pairs of shorts and some sandals, and book with just your carry-on luggage to save some more money and unnecessary hauling. Flying into Palma, transfers to the resort take little over half an hour, and there’s no reason to rush if you fancy spending a bit of time in Palma Town for museums, shops and gothic cathedrals.
Palma Nova’s three beaches sport fine, white sand – no need for flip flops to avoid sharp shells, and clear, blue seas – where you’ll spot little fishes and star fish. Lining the beaches are bars and restaurants that offer Spanish specialities of paella and sangria, and home comforts of burgers and beer, all low price and high quality to gratify the mass of tourists. So if you enjoy the ‘lively’ or ‘exuberant’ night life – travel brochure talk for loud and rowdy, or if you’re more for beach view cocktails, or if you’re into a bit of both to unwind after a day of soaking up rays; back in the resort you’re fully covered.
From October to May, Palma Nova is considered to be ‘out of season’ for the party goers, and switches personalities to welcome families and couples. Conveniently, for those looking for a relaxed break, these are the lowest prices and the weather at a desirable temperature to enjoy beach strolls. With more Air BnBs opening their doors too, you won’t even have to put a pillow over your head to ignore the 3am group chants.
You’re also able to enjoy the excursions whilst avoiding queues and quickly melting ice cream. Various traditional markets open weekly in different parts of the town offering homemade crafts and foods. Different scale waterparks are spread too, with Western Waterpark providing the thrills. Katmandu Park, an award winner, offers interactive attractions inside and out of an upside down fun house. Or, you can feed the turtles in Palma’s aquarium, or get competitive at mini golf.
Away from the horror stories, Palma Nova is a resort to be enjoyed by all. Charming hospitality, glorious views and at a cheap price, there’s little excuse not to be booking your September break.
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Words by Tanyel Gumushan