At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 334
As a child, many of my holidays were spent
making sandcastles on Mallorcan beaches, and
the Balearic island is still a family favourite today.
ts ca ita a a is o en neg ected by
holidaymakers, who pile into transfer buses at the
air ort and shutt e off to hote s in Maga u and
Alcúdia. But anyone wanting more from a break
i entary cocktai s wi nd a a has
diversions by the bucket-load - something I only
appreciated when I returned as an adult.
I began my city break by walking along the
marina, admiring the super yachts and sailing
boats. From here, it was impossible to miss
the Gothic La Seu cathedral as it dwarfs the
surrounding buildings. The rose windows bathe
the interior in a glorious display of dappled colour.
THE OLD TOWN Most visitors spend time in the
old town, and I was no exception. Wine bars
and antiques shops snuggle next to beautiful
historical buildings. The ruined Arab Baths point
to Mallorca's Moorish heritage. If you prefer
designer labels to faded glories, head over to the
stylish arcades along Avinguda Jaume III.
EATING OUT There are plenty of places
to enjoy seafood on the promenade Paseo
Maritimo. To the east, Portixol has a great
selection of seaside cafes and restaurants.
Palma is beautiful, but small, so there's
no pressure to rush around a hit list of sights.
It took me far longer than it should
to visit this Spanish gem, but it was
worth the wait. It has everything
you would expect from Catalonia
- fantastic food, great surroundings,
extraordinary architecture (thanks to
Gaudi) and vibrant nightlife.
There's too much to do in this city if
you are on a weekend break - I tried
to tick off as uch as ossib e but
on y anaged about ve aces.
TOP SPOTS While everyone
has to walk down Las
Ramblas, my favourite
part of the city was the
Gothic quarter, a warren
of roads and alleys
behind the harbour. It
includes the Basilica
de Santa Maria del Pi,
a foreboding place of
worship that contrasts with
Gaudi's airy Sagrada Familia
cathedral to the north.
I ate the best tapas I've tasted in an
unobtrusive restaurant down a side
street, with ginormous prawns, before
venturing to Gaudi's cathedral, which
is still a work in progress almost a
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century a er
it's a stunning
that tells the story of Jesus
through sculpture. Inside, the
interplay of coloured light and
acoustics is inspiring regardless of
your spiritual beliefs. There are more
TRY CHURROS, MADE
FROM CHOUX PASTRY
THAT'S BEEN FRIED
GOLDEN BROWN AND
THEN DUNKED IN
SUGAR OR THICK HOT
Gaudi buildings across
the city, including the
amazing Park Güell.
SHORE THING To the
south east of the city,
there are seven beaches
with 4.5 km of coastline for
Alternatively, take a cable car to the
north west where Montjuïc hill and
castle wait to be explored.
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