Holidays to Illetas take you to a swanky village just 20 minutes from Palma. It’s the perfect spot for combining a beach holiday with a bit of city action.
Majorca’s smart side
This village on Majorca’s southwest coast has earned itself a reputation as the island’s Monte Carlo, thanks to its ritzy hotels and upscale vibe. You’ll find a handful of shops and restaurants around the main street, Passeig de les Illetas, but its real USP is its green, pine-clad hills and dramatic rocky coast. And when you want bright lights, you’re just 10 kilometres from the island capital, Palma.
A chic cove
What Playa de Illetas, the main beach, lacks in size, it makes up for in style. This sandy cove is immaculately clean, with warm, transparent waters. And being close to the main road, you’re never far from amenities – the northern end of the sands is dotted with bars and restaurants. There’s a fancy beach club, too, where staff will bring you champagne at your hammock.
Hop on a bus to Palma
Bus numbers 3 and 104 will whisk you straight to Majorca’s capital Palma, which people say looks a bit like Barcelona. Like that city, it’s got its share of landmarks, such as the stunning La Seu Cathedral, which took 300 years to build. Another similar highlight is the car-free old town, or Barri Gòtic, a maze of narrow lanes that’s now home to cool cafés and quirky shops
Things to See and Do in Illetas
The sandy beach at Illetas is small and can often get busy at the height of summer, although the hotels often have their own private beaches where you can enjoy the sun in privacy. The water here is fantastically clear and beautifully warm making swimming more akin to taking a gigantic bath. The rugged shore also makes for good snorkelling territory with plenty of sea life to be discovered.