A quiet fishing village turned welcoming holiday base, C’an Pastilla is still only based around a main street and harbour. Its traditional charm is very much thriving, despite the tourist industry that now dominates most of Majorca.
Not far from Majorca’s capital Palma, as well as the airport, C’an Pastilla is certainly well connected. Of course, there are plenty of places to explore, but only if you can tempt yourself away from the beautiful beach. Although much quieter than the nearby party towns of Magaluf or El Arenal, C’an Pastilla nevertheless has its own classy nightlife. Take an evening stroll along the beach front and in place of the all-night clubs, you are more likely to find cocktail bars and restaurants. Still expect to see some influences from El Arenal, C'an Pastilla's lively neighbour, as many restaurants offer steins and currywurst, making it a popular hot-spot for German holiday-makers.
C’an Pastilla is characteristically Spanish in appearance, with light coloured buildings framed by tree-lined roads. Hiring a bike will allow you to discover the local area. As the three resorts of C’an Pastilla, Playa de Palma and El Arenal are all connected by an open promenade. Enjoy all of the sights with a cycle in the sunshine. If you are looking for a low-key but beautiful destination, there is much to rate about C’an Pastilla.
C’an Pastilla beach
When you visit C’an Pastilla, the beach is probably first on your list of places to visit. And quite right too! The beach has its own harbour, which looks out onto clear, calm waters. Deckchairs are provided, as well as pedalos, as well as a baby just crying out to be explored. However, if you’re looking for more excitement, there are plenty of water sports, including kite-surfing.
Cala Estancia Beach
The second beach in the C’an Pastilla area has a more urban feel, with the shops and tapas bars right alongside the well-maintained sands of the sheltered bay. Amenities close by, make it a great choice for young families, and the clean sands mean that kids can happily build sandcastles all day. Of course, the adults can always rent one of the beach’s sun beds and get comfortable.
Playa de Palma
C’an Pastilla is joined to Playa de Palma by a wide promenade. Another popular beach, this time even closer to the airport than C’an Pastilla, visitors can also take the mini tourist train, which runs between the resorts along this coastline. Plenty of restaurants, bars and cafés provide places to dine, drink and relax. Get dreamy on the white sands, which are dotted with snack bar huts, known as balnearios, alongside sun beds and parasols.
Exploring C'an Pastilla…
Majorca’s capital, Palma, is only a few minutes’ drive from C’an Pastilla. A cultural hub in Majorca, it makes for a great change from the laid-back beach culture of C’an Pastilla. Half of the island’s population live in this dynamic city, which is known for its monuments and architecture. La Seu Cathedral is a Palma landmark and a dramatic example of Gothic architecture. This distinctive cathedral took over 400 years to complete. The many winding alleyways and cobbled streets of the old town reveal an unexpected, historic side of Majorca.
Play a round of golf
Golfing is a very popular leisure activity across the Balearic Islands, but for those not yet ready to score a hole in one out on the greens, there is Golf Fantasia. This miniature golf course has three tropically-themed courses, with waterfalls and lush, exotic plants setting the scene.
If you are still looking to explore more of the sea, make a beeline for Palma Aquarium. There are sharks and thousands of species of fish, so the aquarium is both educational and visually spectacular, with a large collection of live coral. Explore areas of the world, such as the rainforest, the Mediterranean and the tropical oceans – all within Palma! Those brave enough can attend shark feeding time, at the deepest shark tank in Europe.
Tourists visiting C’an Pastilla have left their mark on the food available, so be prepared to choose from an international selection. Burgers, pizza, curries and nachos are regularly on menus across the resort. However, C’an Pastilla is keeping a firm hold on its fishing heritage, with some excellent fish restaurants serving dishes such as steamed mussels and grilled calamari. Pimientos de Padrón is a good choice as a starter to share between friends. Typically Majorcan, these small green peppers are lightly fried in olive oil and then sprinkled with salt. Watch out – although these are usually mild, on rare occasions you may find a pepper spicier than you expect! Pair with garlicky aioli for an indulgent start to your meal.
The Spanish favourite, tapas, is in all the bars and restaurants. Made for more sharing, these small dishes will introduce you to new flavours and brilliant combinations. Pair this with a glass of red wine or sangria and you will dine the evening away in a Classic Spanish style.
Temperatures peak during the summer months, but the winter is still mild and pleasant. Being just a five-minute drive from the airport means that C’an Pastilla is a stress-free destination for busy families and relaxation-seeking adults.
Of course, one of the best ways to make sure your holiday starts stress-free is to book with easyJet holidays. By combining both hotels and flights in one booking, you can save both money and hassle, safe in the knowledge that easyJet holidays will get you there with ease.
If you’re after Majorca, but C’an Pastilla is not quite the right place for you, try reading our guide on Portal Nous. A little further along the coast, the seaside resort of Portal Nous is frequented by celebrities and royalty.