HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5
based on 14726 customer reviews on Feefo.
Feefo Platinum Award Feefo logo

Majorca: the pleasures of Palma – absolutely capital!

Posted by Jonathan Broom on 26 April 2018
Related property: La Reserva De Biniorella
Majorca: the pleasures of Palma – absolutely capital!

The Balearics: party zones for younger folks, right? Well, yes, partly – the island of Ibiza is still a nirvana for clubbers (and set to remain so for the foreseeable future), while on Majorca itself Magaluf has its own none-too-savoury reputation.

But the island is about so much more than that. The unspoilt Majorcan hinterland is a mecca for sightseers on two feet (and particularly two wheels), while coastal areas such as Port d’Andratx and Camp de Mar (where La Reserva de Biniorella is located) offer refinement and elegance.

But for many the island’s capital is the precious stone in Majorca’s crown: its window on the world, the side of Majorca that sophisticated Majorcans would wish to be judged by. And it’s just 35kms from Biniorella.

Home to some 400,000 people, Palma is absolutely stunning – a city bejewelled with beauty, and masses of things to see and do. But if you’re pressed for time (and with so much more of Majorca to discover, you probably will be), here are my top five reasons to visit. In no particular order:

Antoni Gaudí

While Barcelona boasts the mighty Sagrada Familia, Casa Battló, Park Güell et al, the Catalan capital isn’t the only place where the visionary early 20th-Century architect plied his trade. Gaudí’s buildings in Palma tend to be a little more understated than those in Barcelona – less gaudy Gaudí, if you will – but are well worth seeing. In particular, check out the Edifici Casasayas on the Plaça del Mercat.

The Cathedral

If you ever wanted a physical definition of muscular Christianity, the Catholic cathedral of Santa Maria de Palma is surely it. More commonly referred to as ‘La Seu’, this Gothic edifice dominates the entire city. No need to ask for directions – wherever you are, it’s unmistakable. Unmissable, too – in every sense: a masterpiece of Gothic High Catholicism, built over almost 400 years between the 13th and 17th Centuries. Gaudí had a part to play here too, during the cathedral’s restoration; but there’s much more to see, both inside and outside, and it’s well worth the €7 entrance fee. For further information, click here.


With its wide streets and tree-lined boulevards, Palma in places feels more Parisian than Spanish. Certainly it’s a place where the beautiful people of Majorca go to see and be seen (and to shop!). Given the island’s lovely climate, which ranges from benign at least to hot and sultry at best, there’s rarely a time of year when you can’t comfortably sit outside a chic pavement café, coffee ‘con leche’ or chilled fino sherry to hand, and watch the world go by; and those trees afford lots of welcome shade.

The Marina

Palma overlooks a beautiful natural harbour, and as you’d expect there’s marine traffic in and out: cruise ships, freighters and the like. But the Marina is something else; yes, it hosts its share of pretty sailing boats and pleasure craft – but they are dwarfed in size and number by the luxury cruisers and behemoth super-yachts that call this place home (some of them semi-permanently, apparently). It is a place to go and gawp at; but lest the experience leave you green-eyed with jealousy, the marina is surrounded by numerous lovely bars and not-too-expensive restaurants to ease the pangs of envy.

The Mercat de l’Olivar

Leave this till last – you don’t want to wander around fully laden. Palma boasts a number of markets, but this indoor emporium (next to the eponymous Plaza) is one of the best. A wealth of fresh produce is on display, from the very best and freshest in fish and seafood, to the choicest cuts of meat and the finest cheeses, to vegetables and fruit seemingly harvested or picked off the tree that morning. And naturally enough, this being Spain, there are lots of tapas bars and cafés in which to take a breather if all that provender purchasing gets too much. The locals shop here – there can be no higher recommendation.


You could quite easily spend a week in Palma alone (and those in search of retail therapy could spend considerably more – in time, and money). But if you can’t manage even a day – and Biniorella boasts its share of delights closer to home – don’t despair. If you’re going to and from Majorca by air (which you probably are), Palma Airport is only 10kms from the city centre. If you’re travelling light, or you can stow your luggage somewhere, give yourself a few hours after arrival or before departure to explore just a little of this most enchanting of cities.

Jonathan Broom

Jonathan Broom

How can I find out more?

The Holiday Property Bond could do as much for your quality of life as it has done for many thousands of families who have already invested. That's why we invite you to get in touch with us in any of these 3 ways and please don't forget our unique 'Money back promise' and 'interest free loan' options.

Request our brochure Speak to a representative Explore one of our UK sites

Please request our fully illustrated holiday property brochure

Please read "How HPB works" and then we will be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, and your FREE copy of Insight Magazine. See the beautiful holiday homes and magnificent locations where you can spend your holidays as a Bondholder and learn how impressed Bondholders have been by our handling of the problems caused by coronavirus.

Please complete and submit the form or, alternatively, telephone our FREE brochure request line on 0800 230 0391

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers. Details of how we use the information you provide are in our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields
HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 14726 customer reviews on Feefo.

You can speak to one of our representatives

Your local HPB representative will be happy to call or video call you at a convenient time for an informal chat. Simply fill in your details and we'll do the rest.

Most of our representatives are Bondholders themselves and all have visited a number of Bond sites.

The representative will give you all the information you need and then leave you to make up your own mind. He or she will talk to you about your holiday requirements and what level of investment is needed to secure the kind of holidays you want.

Video chat now available with a local representative

This request is for new enquiries only, if you are an existing Bondholder please contact us via myBond.

How should we contact you? *  
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Telephone number *  
Post code *  
Preferred Date/Time
Preferred Date/Time 2
Preferred Date/Time 3
Please contact me to arrange a date

Your local representative will contact you to confirm the date and time.

Date/Time *  
How did you hear about us?
Chosen date (choose above) *
Chosen time (choose above) *

We will use the details you provide above for a representative to contact you. Details of how we use the information you provide are in our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields

See our stunning holiday properties for yourself

Having a Private Tour at an HPB holiday location is an enjoyable way to see the high standards of furnishings and facilities you could enjoy with HPB. One of our representatives will show you around the site and answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you are welcome to book a Personal Presentation at a hotel near you. You can chat to one of our representatives, ask your questions and view the complete portfolio of HPB locations.


This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited (HPBM), the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM. HPB is issued by HPB Assurance Limited (HPBA) registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited, registered at Jubilee Buildings, Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2SH. The Securities Adviser is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London W1H 6LR. No medical examination is required.

HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA. Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies.