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By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Paguera, a small quiet resort near the town of Santa Ponsa, is located in the bay of Palma West, about 21 miles west of Palma and 25 miles from the airport, all in all about 35 minutes by car. It is home to a few small and charmless hotels on the beach side of Playa de Tora, where there are restaurants, bars and shops along a pedestrian promenade. Relatively small and quite crowded, it is equipped with blue plastic chairs and umbrellas, although there is a charge to use them. The beach is supervised and a flag indicates the safety level for swimming. There are many waves. You can rent paddle boats, banana boats, surfboards, and water skis. It has to be said that there is too much seaweed on the beach and the spout of a concrete pipe is not very aesthetically pleasing.

To see

Port Adriano Marina in El Toro, designed by Philippe Starck. The peninsula of Portals Vells is located at the far end of Palma Bay. It is accessible via small paved roads and offers beautiful walks between the pine forest and the unspoilt creek.

To do

There is so much to see and do here: golfing, Marineland in Portals Nous, Kathmandu House, the casino, the aquapark, karting, and surfing and body surfing sessions at the Sol Wave House in Magaluf.
In the region of Palma but in the area going towards the mountains of Soller, the Son Amar puts on a lovely dinner show with equestrianism, magic shows and Spanish ballet.



  • -  The beach is not that great

To think about

The nearby resort of Santa Ponsa holds its own Oktoberfest but it is not exactly cheap: one beer costs £10!

To avoid

Those who like a little authenticity should explore outside of the highly urbanised area of Palma. The countryside, villages, mountains in the west and preserved coves with turquoise waters in the east, are all worth the trip. There are buses that regularly connect the coastal resorts to Palma, though a car is probably the best way to discover the island.

To try

You will find a few nice places to eat in the small coastal resort of Paguera.

To bring back

A lot of Majorcan crafts. Besides the famous pearls of Manacor, which are famous around the world, you will find that the glass here is still made using traditional techniques, as are the ceramics. Other items you might want to bring back are tapestries, embossed leather bags, wrought iron, copper or olive wood objects, and herb liquors.
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