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Illetas

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

It is fair to say that the Bay of Palma is the most popular place on the island among tourists, as it alone welcomes 8 of the 10 million holidaymakers who visit Majorca each year.
To the west, recently built and often well maintained holiday resorts are scattered along a rocky coast. Travel to llletas, one of the most chic, (literally meaning 'small islands'), which stands out for its golf courses and luxury hotels.

To do

You will be spoiled for choice in terms of entertainment: golf, Marineland (located in Portals Nous), Katmandou House, go-karting, an aquapark, surfing and bodysurfing at the Sol Wave House hotel, and a casino.
In the region of Palma, towards the mountains of Soller, the Son Amar offers a great dinner show featuring an equestrian performance, magic and Spanish ballet.

pros

  • +  The adorable little coves.
  • +  The proximity to Palma and the airport.
  • +  The hotels are more upscale than those in the east of Palma.
  • +  The peace and quiet.

cons

  • -  The beaches are small.
  • -  As there is not much to do in Illetas, you have to go elsewhere to find entertainment.

To think about

In October, the seaside resort of Santa Ponsa hosts its Oktoberfest (a beer festival), but it's quite expensive: ?12 (£10) for a beer!

To avoid

Those who prefer authenticity should avoid the urbanised area of Palma. Its countryside and villages are worth a visit, as are the mountains to the west and the well preserved coves with their turquoise waters to the east. Buses run regularly between the coastal resorts and Palma, but the best way to explore the island is by car.

To try

In Majorca, like everywhere in Spain, you can enjoy paella, tapas, good Iberian ham and high quality olive oil, as well as gazpacho, cerveza (or cana, the local beer), wine and sangria.

To bring back

A wide variety of traditional Majorcan crafts. In addition to the famous, world-renowned pearls of Manacor, glass is still made here using traditional techniques, as are ceramics. You can also buy tapestries, embossed leather bags, wrought iron, copper and olive wood objects and herbal liqueurs.
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