Sunny Mallorca ticks every box for a Mediterranean idyll. The island, located about 150 miles off the coast of Barcelona
, is known for its beautiful – and bountiful – beaches, from rugged coves with Caribbean-blue waters to long crescents of fine sand lapped by crystalline waves. But for most visitors, especially those arriving by cruise ship, the first stop on the island is Palma de Mallorca, an ancient city founded by the Romans, where the superyachts of Russian oligarchs and other high rollers regularly drop anchor in the harbor. At this popular cruise port, skirting the tourist crowds is key, so embrace the easygoing island attitude that favors long lunches and leisurely strolls, and look to Catalan culture for respite from the parasol-packed playa
. Here’s how to spend a day in this Balearic capital.