For a spot of culture, visit the Joan Miro collection. Located in his old workshop, this gallery and museum gives real insight into how the artist lived and worked. When you head into the Old Town you can’t miss the amazing gothic Cathedral, work on which began in 1229 at the behest of Jaume I on the foundation of an Arab mosque. Work took almost 400 years and this spectacular building has Gothic, Arabic and Renaissance influences. Gaudi had a go at updating the building in the early 20th Century until artistic differences put paid to the project.
For real foodies, try the San Juan Gastronomic Market located in a 1900s slaughter house, converted to hold food stalls both local and from around the world, cafes, sunny terraces and areas for wine tastings and cookery courses. There truly is something for everyone in this original setting. The daily market in the district of Santa Catalina is also worth a visit for fresh produce from the island. And for those searching for a more upmarket experience, the island boasts seven Michelin starred restaurants.
Located in the south west of the island, Mallorca’s most famous beach is Es Trenc. With white fine grained sand and shallow turquoise waters it is one of the last unspoilt and preserved stretches of sand. Be warned though, as well as being popular with windsurfers, a stretch of this beach is also a favoured spot for nudists! If your idea of a day at the beach is something a little more luxurious then there are plenty of options here; Nikki Beach, Puro Beach and other similar beach clubs are gathered in Calvia Beach Resort and offer a more indulgent way to enjoy the sea and surf.
Palma offers good shopping opportunities. Not far from the cathedral you can head up the Paseo del Borne, a tree-lined avenue of small boutiques, bigger stores such as Massimo Dutti, Zara & H&M, peppered with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Rolex and Hugo Boss. Just off the Borne is Jaime III, a relatively new and charmingly elegant street of smaller jewellery, shoe and clothes shops as well as the Corte Ingles department store. To the east of the Paseo del Borne is a patchwork of pedestrian shopping streets featuring more individual quaint outlets of all descriptions.
The night life offers a wide variety from live jazz to techno disco, concentrated around and walking distance to the port and your yacht charter. Lambada dancing takes place at the club Made in Brazil. Most of the clubs do not open until 10pm and stay open until the early hours of the morning, around 5am. A popular place is Pasha, but also Tito's is a must for the chic or eccentric. It is claimed that Ray Charles and Marlene Dietrich used to dance there.