Only a few months back we decided to organise a trip for our students and 14 of us went off to Malaga to experience life in that beautiful city. It was a jam-packed weekend of culture, food, sun, a lot of walking and a lot of fun chats.
The experience was so positive we have decided to organise another trip, and our next destination is: Palma de Mallorca, a beautiful city in the island of Mallorca which boasts history, good weather, nice food and a perfect place to show off and practise what we learn in the classroom on a weekly basis.
We have listened to our previous travelers and when we have designed the programme we have considered the feedback we received. Yes, you have guessed it, we like to please !
DATE: Friday 17th to Monday 20th
FLIGHT: EasyJet from Luton airport
ACCOMMODATION: A 4* Melià hotel with optional breakfast
DAY ONE – Friday 17th November
8am Departure from Luton Airport
11.30am Transfer from Airport to the Hotel
12.30pm Lunch at Celler Sa Premsa
4 to 6pm Palma City Tour
Greet your guide in Plaza de España, situated in the heart of the Mallorcan’s capital, and from here, set off on a foot tour around the city. Discover the footprints of this Roman town and the Arab, Jewish, and Catholic influences as you gaze at its numerous historical and cultural buildings, walk across the most popular shopping streets, and get ideas on where to stop for a drink or two.
The tour includes a visit to the The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, and Arab baths
6- 8pm Free time to explore the city.
We have given you a bit of free time so you can explore the city independently, at your leisure.
8 pm Dinner: Pà amb oli at El Llogaret
Pa amb oli is one of the most traditional dishes in Mallorca. A simple recipe made of essential ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, but still delicious. Many palates enjoy this culinary preparation at home, but it’s also served in most places throughout the island.
Whether you have it as a starter in a bar or as a main dish in a restaurant, pa amb oli has won the hearts of many diners. And for this reason, we want to pay tribute to it.
DAY TWO – Saturday 18th November
9 am Breakfast
10 am Casal Solleric and Can Balaguer
Casal Solleric, is one of the single most beautiful pieces of baroque architecture found in Palma, at the same time, one of the last from the 18th century.
It was built by the famous architect, Gasper Palmer. Italian artist, Antonio Soldati created the beautiful iron works and carvings you can see inside and if you step out to the patio, you can see the Italian influence.
Casal Balaguer or Can Balaguer is an essential stop as you walk through Palma’s old quarter. It is one of the most beautiful and best preserved courtyards in Palma. In addition, Can Balaguer is the only courtyard open to the public, and having preserved its original furniture, makes it unmissable.
12 pm Explore the fishing village of Santa Catalina and its market
The old fisherman’s quarter, Santa Catalina, named after Mallorca’s patron Saint, Santa Catalina Tomas is a must for things to do in Palma.
This delightful artistic and boho neighbourhood has retained its character and has kept a close-knit community feel despite the changes in recent years and a newer breed of trendy residents and shoppers. It is still not unusual to hear long term neighbours greeting each other across the road !
Mercat de Santa Catalina sits right in the heart of the neighbourhood, and it’s a market you can’t miss. To this day, you still see traditional family-run stalls heaped with gloriously fresh fruit and veg, home grown products like olive, oils, wines and hear fishmongers shout day prices. The market boasts of bars where you can pick up a beer, some tapas or even a coffee.
1.30 pm Lunch
Saturday Lunch, Ca’n Toni
Café Ca’n Toni has one of the best Mallorcan-style gastronomic offerings in Palma de Mallorca. It has a wood oven where excellent meats such as suckling pigs and lamb are cooked.
Its traditional cuisine uses classic culinary methods and top quality raw materials at all times, which makes it simply delicious and authentic. What are you waiting for… try it !
4 pm Es Baluard
Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma is located on the perimeter of the bastion of Sant Pere, which forms part of the Renaissance walled enclosure that surrounded the city of Palma until the early 20th century.
The main building was designed in 2003 by Lluís García-Ruiz, Jaume García-Ruiz, Vicente Tomás and Ángel Sánchez Cantalejo. Defined by simple, clean lines, the museum building is entirely respectful of the heritage and historical environment that surrounds and accommodates it; it integrates perfectly into the profile of the Renaissance bastion. The dialogue between the contemporary architecture of the new building and the ancient wall is present at all times and is constant.
6 pm Free time
We recommend walking through “Paseo Marítimo” up to The Cathedral to enjoy the sunset
8.30 pm Finger tapas dinner at the Hotel.
Eat and drink as much as you can in this fabulous tapas buffet where you can try all the delicacies of the Balearic Islands.
DAY THREE – Sunday 19 th November
10 am Day trip to Sòller by train
The Sóller train departs from a small station located in Plaza de España in Palma. It has been operating since 1912 and its wooden carriages conjure up details of that period. It crosses the Tramuntana mountain range for over an hour at low speed, so you can enjoy the scenery during the journey itself, just like in the past.
2 pm Lunch in Sòller – Port de Sóller
Sóller is considered to be one of the most attractive towns in Spain. Just stroll through its historic centre and you will immediately travel back in time. Dignitaries such as Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria stated that it was the prettiest town on the island. The town’s name comes from the Arab word ‘suliar’, which means a golden bowl, a very accurate description of the fertile valley of orange groves surrounding it.
5 pm Return to Palma
DAY FOUR – Monday 20th November
9 am Breakfast and Ensaimada shopping (Can Joan s’Aigó)
10 am Transfer to Airport
The trip includes:
- Return flight – Luton Palma
- Transfer from and to Airport
- 3 nights accommodation at a 4* hotel – Melià Center
- Cultural visits
- Palma de Mallorca guided tour
- Lunch and Dinner on Friday
- Dinner on Saturday
- Train to Sòller- Port de Sòller
- Spanish guides
COST single occupancy £850 /£900 | COST shared-room £750 / £800
The trip does NOT include
- Transfer to and from Luton Airport
- Saturday lunch
- Sunday meals
- Free time and afterhours drinks
Saturday and Sunday lunches will be paid by each individual student at the restaurant.
- £150 deposit by Monday 25th September (Not refundable)
- £350 by Monday 23rd October
- Remainder by Monday 13th November
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