Sleek beach resort near Palma
Portals Nous is nestled on the south-west coast of Majorca, just 15 minutes from the city of Palma. The small but lovely beach offers up golden sands and some of the clearest waters you'll see this side of the Indian Ocean. Perched on the water's edge is a cool beach bar – its Ibiza party-meets-Miami chill-out atmosphere makes it the perfect place to while away the hours with a glass of white sangria.
The town's exclusive marina resort, Puerto Portals, is located in the next bay and often compared to the famed Puerto Banus in Marbella – but instead of the tourist crowds, you'll find locals and a handful of in-the-know A-listers. The marina is lined with super-yachts and boats, and on land, chic cocktail hangouts, rooftop restaurants and boutique shops are waiting – surprisingly, all without that A-list price tag.
Just a 15-minute drive from Portals Nous is the centre of Palma, where you can wander the maze of cobbled streets, and explore the Avinguda Jaume III's shops, dining options and architectural sites, such as the Gothic cathedral.
Flight time from the UK to Majorca is around 2 hours 15 minutes.
Transfer time from Palma airport to Portals Nous is approximately 30 minutes.
Majorca starts warming up for summer around April, when the mercury climbs into the 20s and doesn’t stop until around July, which can top 30°C. You’re looking at around 11 hours of sunshine a day in midsummer, with bath-like sea temperatures. Things won’t cool off until October, which still hovers in the low to mid 20s.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.