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Mallorca sea and city breaks

Palma's east coast 'resorts'

Justifiably famous for its fabulous beach resorts and sophisticated capital Palma, Mallorca offers so many options for different types of holiday. But supposing you'd like to enjoy the upmarket lifestyle of Palma with its wide choice of shops, cultural activities, restaurants, clubs and night venues AND enjoy a fabulous beach holiday on golden sands then have got news for you.

Just along the coast to the east of Palma lies a wonderful area that is part resort part commuter town which is an ideal base for a city/beach break. The twin small harbours of Portixol and Molinar together with the suburb of Ciudad Jardin (Garden City) are a favourite place for Palmesanos to relax close to town and provide a great holiday destination where very few of the facilities pander to traditional package holiday tourism.

So, if you like to experience how it is to live like a local (without the bind of having to go to work) then this is the place for you. There are plenty of really good bars and restaurants both on the sea-side – the promenade from Palma runs all the way through the area – and in the streets. There are also some particularly good seafood restaurants here as well as traditional Spanish eateries and those from further afield like Japan or China.

Shops abound for all your daily needs, but for some serious retail therapy the FAN shopping centre close buy has a myriad of shops for fashion, accessories etc and sports and leisure and entertainment facilities. If you're active you could hire a bike and ride for miles up and down the Paseo Maritimo to Palma or Playa de Palma and even stroll along it into the city, taking the odd coffee break along the way.

Travel is easy courtesy of the number 15 bus which runs along the coast from Playa de Palma to the city centre every 15 minutes from early morning to the wee small hours for only €1.50 or €1 if you buy a €10 ten journey prepaid card !

I've picked out 3 hotels from our portfolio which are close to the beach and the area's facilities which are completely different in style;

The Portixol Hotel, Scandinavian owned and oozing cool Scandi style, it has a great poolside restaurant and presides over the small harbour.

The UR Portofino is more of a budget modern hotel, close to the beach and some great fish restaurants, I've stayed there a couple of times and it suited me perfectly.

The Hotel Ciutat Jardi is an architectural gem, full of old style charm, set in its own grounds near to the promenade.

Just click on the links for further information and to book online.

My photo gallery is composed of the holiday snaps I took whilst staying at the Portofino, I hope they whet your appetite for this little known area.