Escape the daily grind and join us on a summer holiday to the Spanish Island of Mallorca. We are staying in the adults only 4* THB Gran Playa hotel, in the lovely resort of Ca’n Picafort, on the island’s north coast.
Tourist Tax, payable locally (currently €4 per night)
Our hotel is located in the centre of the popular resort of Ca’n Picafort, on the islands north coast. The resort has a very chilled out atmosphere, which is perfect for a relaxing beach holiday. Just like many of Mallorca’s resorts, Ca’n Picafort has grown from a small fishing village into a well-established tourist resort. The beach is just 50m from our hotel and it strikes the right balance between a beautiful blue flag sandy beach lapped by clear warm Mediterranean waters with its equal measures of varied daytime activities and nearby refreshments.
At night we can venture out from the hotel to find a small yet varied selection of bars, with a range of Brit bars as well as a few karaoke bars to keep us entertained in the evenings.
If you choose to take a break from relaxing by the poolside and have a beach day instead, Ca’n Picafort Beach which is just 50m walk from our hotel is the place to be. It stretches for over 3km and boasts white sand and a long promenade lined with bars and restaurants. There is a range of daily entertainment and organised sports activities that take place on the beach for those of us that are brave enough.
Alternatively, why not take a walk along the long promenade which is a fun place to see fellow walkers, cyclists and roller bladers. There is also a weekly market by the promenade that is geared towards holiday makers – the perfect place for us to grab some souvenirs, perfect for those who like to have a go at haggling!
Away from the sun loungers, the surrounding area has a lot to offer. The coastal resort of Alcudia offers a lovely marina with a range of dining options to choose from. Further afield, Palma which is an hour’s drive away is another option where we can enjoy the authentic atmosphere of a vibrant Spanish City. We can enjoy shopping in a wider range of shops and boutiques or visit Palma Cathedral. On the hill overlooking the seafront, its Gothic architecture is accentuated by its beautiful stained glass windows, creating a warm, colourful glow when inside the building.
Highlights of this hotel include
Great resort of C’an Picafort
THB Gran Playa 4*
Our adult’s only hotel is located in the center of Ca’n Picafort, and just 50m away from the beach, offering a calm and pleasant atmosphere in which the quality of service and friendliness is its philosophy.
Facilities on offer include a buffet restaurant, a lounge / pool bar, outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness centre, Wellness Centre (additional charges apply) and free Wi-Fi
Our rooms include A/C, Safe (additional charge), Hairdryer, TV, Phone, Fridge, Minibar (additional charge), Kettle and Balcony or Terrace
Frequently Asked Questions
Transfer time from Palma airport to the THB Gran Playa is approximately 50 minutes depending on traffic.
You may wish to take an optional excursion during the course of your stay. Full details will be given at the Information Meeting. All tours should be paid for in euros. The exact amount will be given at your Information Meeting. Your Tour Leader will help arrange these for you but may not necessarily accompany you. Below gives an idea of what is possible – prices are subject to change. Optional excursions are not guaranteed and are based on minimum numbers. The prices quoted are guideline only and may involve other non-Solos holidaymakers.
Island tour – includes boat cruise, a tram ride through Soller and a train ride through the Mallorcan countryside – Currently €94
Stop at Inca to visit a leather factory, then drive through the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011. Take the winding Road to Sa Calobra (literally the snake road), one of the most spectacular roads in the world. The road has more than 10 bends of 180 degrees, and one of 360 degrees, a corkscrew loop known as “nus de sa corbata” literally meaning the tie knot. Free time for coffee (not included in the price) at La Calobra bay and the Torrent de Pareis gorge, now a World Heritage Site. A 30-minute boat to Port de Sóller. At Port de Soller, time for lunch or a famous orange ice cream (not included in price) before taking a traditional tram through the valley of orange groves and between houses to Sóller. Finally from Sóller take a historic wooden train – the Orange Blossom Express, one of Mallorca’s best-loved attractions that will transport you back to the year 1912 – through 13 tunnels and switchbacks along 25 km to the outskirts of Palma before heading home.
Catamaran – Currently €73
Sail around the beautiful Pollensa Bay, Formentor and Mal Pas. The catamaran stops at a quiet spot below the cliffs where you can cool off in the turquoise water and use the SUP & snorkelling equipment (masks only). Then head to another spot for relaxing on board and more swimming in the sea, followed by a delicious buffet lunch with a drink included. Arrive at Formentor beach for a walk, coffee or sunbathe under the trees on the beach. Back on the boat, head back to Port Pollensa passing by Formentor lighthouse and La Fortaleza, Spain’s most expensive holiday home and the 17th-century Spanish villa from the BBC’s hit drama series ‘The Night Manager.
Drach Caves half day – Currently €50
Located in Porto Cristo, an old fishing village, you will discover one of the largest visitable subway caves on the island: the Caves of Drach. Four caves that extend to a depth of 25 meters, connected with each other and with one of the longest subway lakes in the world. The visit lasts approximately 1 hour and during this time you will be able to contemplate the different formations that the water filtrations are molding. You will enjoy a short recital by a music quartet that will perform four pieces of classical music on board one of the lake’s boats. At the end of the tour, if you wish, you can cross the lake by boat, a crossing of no more than 2 minutes, which will allow you to learn about the characteristics of the formations that make the lake navigable. The tour continues with a stop at the marina of Porto Cristo, where you can stroll, have a refreshment or visit the Majórica pearl exhibition store.
Palma – Currently €35
Excursion to the city of Palma in which one of our guides will take you through the history, traditions and culture of the city in a guided tour that will begin in the Parc de La Mar, from where you will depart to admire the statue of the Mallorcan slinger, the gardens of S’Hort del Rei, the Royal Palace of the Almudaina (official residence of Their Majesties and former site of the old Torre dels Caps) and the emblematic buildings that house the City Hall and Parliament in the Plaza Cort. They will also visit the interior of the cathedral, during which they will receive information about it. Once the tour is over, you will have free time to continue discovering places of interest such as the Mercado del Olivar or the Rambla, or if you wish, to do some shopping in the exclusive stores of Jaime III street and its surroundings.
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below. Your Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection to cover drivers, porters and hotel staff of €15.00 per week. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate add on.
Casual, cotton, lightweight daytime wear is the order of the day. Comfortable shoes are a must for sightseeing. Smart casual clothes will be ideal for the evening. Early and late season evenings can be cool so do ensure that you take a cardigan or jacket.
January - February
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