While the rave set has their hands up on an isolated beach in neighbouring Ibiza, Mallorcans kiss the sun over a cocktail on a smart terrace. Mallorca has always felt the most ‘grown up’ of the Balearics – and Palma de Mallorca is the liveliest of the islands’ capitals.
The Spanish Royal Family spend their summers at the Palacio de Marivent near Palma de Mallorca.
The yacht set have claimed the marina as their pleasure ground, whilst the city’s ancient streets and squares have birthed atmospheric little enclaves of smart bars and boutiques nestled inside medieval architecture and fishing ports have retained a slightly ragged, salty air. Never far away from Palma are Mallorca’s dazzling beaches and coves, dotted with fashionable dance clubs to trip the light fantastic.