As our return flight to the UK wasn’t scheduled to depart until 4.00 pm we had plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast overlooking the harbour. It was a dull, cloudy morning and for the first time this week I felt a bit chilly going outdoors in just a lightweight dress and cardigan. Our first stop on our morning stroll was to the Mercat de Santa Catalina mid way between our hotel and the city centre.
We were expecting this to be quite a basic market compared to the larger one in the city centre, Mercat de Olivar which we’d visited earlier in the week. We were in for a pleasant surprise as we actually thought the Santa Catalina market was much better and more attractive than the main one. In addition to food stalls we spotted a smart sushi bar and some inviting coffee bars and delis. We then wandered along the narrow lanes through the old town for one last glimpse of Palma’s beautiful gothic cathedral before heading back to the hotel along the seafront.
After lunch we checked out of our hotel the Melia Palas Atenea. Overall our stay was extremely good, the room being modern and spacious and meals of a high quality. It’s a very large hotel catering for conference delegates as well as tourists so it could perhaps feel impersonal when busy. As we were visiting in low season it was fairly quiet, especially in the restaurant, a bonus as we always managed to get a harbour view table for dinner so that we could watch the sun set whilst enjoying our meal.
Returning to the airport was easy as we were able to catch a direct bus from just across the road. We boarded our flight on time but then had to sit on the aircraft for 90 minutes before departure whilst an electrical fault on the flight deck was attended to, still it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Our week in Mallorca was very enjoyable and my husband who had originally been reluctant to visit agreed that Palma was stylish and sophisticated and the other small towns we visited very pleasant, too!