Favouring the finer things, Illetas is a hub for upscale dining. You won’t find a range of fast food or takeaway spots here, but a small assortment of restaurants that’ll have you appreciating gourmet Spanish cuisine. There are a few international touches, but the fare here is largely Mediterranean. Cheap holidays to Majorca can still include fine dining – especially if you’re a foodie who knows how to budget creatively.
From an outdoor terrace overlooking the sea or in the comforts of a cosy patio, you’ll have your pick of freshly-caught seafood, pans of paella or fideua – think paella but with noodles instead of rice – and expertly-paired wine.
Doors close earlier than other spots on the island in Illetas, giving the town a laid-back atmosphere once the sun goes down. You can grab a drink in the bar of your hotel and settle in with on-site evening entertainment, or have a glass of wine over dinner.
The music carries on until 2am – considered late for this town – at the Virtual Beach Club, whose bar is housed in an exclusive cave just along the beach. Don’t let this put you off booking a family holiday to Majorca, just remember that it is important to check that your hotels and planned activities are not for over eighteens only.
For livelier times, Majorca‘s nightlife capital, Magaluf, isn’t far away. Neon-coloured cocktails and all-night parties are the main attractions here, with world-class DJs and performers frequently making appearances for live shows.
Putting on the ritz
The accommodation in Illetas doesn’t often dip below 4* and 5* quality, with whitewashed buildings rising up into the hillside. Many of the town’s hotels feature top notch spas, gyms and sporting facilities, which include squash and tennis courts. You’ll have your pick of private pools and sun loungers, plus an assortment of hotel dining options and bars, so all your holiday needs are met just downstairs.
Shopping in Palma
Illetas’ shopping scene revolves primarily around a few souvenir shops and supermarkets. But with Majorca’s capital city of Palma only 10km to the east, high end shopping sprees are right at your fingertips.
Palma’s busy streets are lined with independent boutiques as well as high street and designer stores selling quality clothing and leather goods. There are also a few commercial malls to wander through, plus weekly local markets brimming with handmade wares.