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on 3 July 2003
Good guide books to Mallorca are hard to find so this is my recommendation for the best book to make a start to your reading and reserach.
As ever this Rough Guide is strong on arrival, departure, transport and accommodation but it's strength is really in the chapter about Palma.
It skillfully leads you away from the Majorca of the 60s ad 70's or if you are so inclined back to them again.
You could have a very happy week-end break in Palma with this book to assist you and it is indeed a city worthy of a visit even if you don't want a beach.
With so many cheap flights now available from the U K this is a perfectly viable destination for a short break, whether it's a city or seaside break.
The Rough Guide encourages you to look at the north west of the island where the upgrading of Mallorca is most visible. It is indeed a very beautiful, peaceful destination with several new hotels and one or two good restaurants. It's biggest drawback is it's lack of beaches but you do have wonderful mountains as your backdrop and the coastal views are stunning.
This part of the island was made famous,of course, by Robert Graves so my suggestion would be to read "Wild Olives" by William Graves, a son of Robert's before you go.
The Rough Guide will, however will lead you to such famous delights as the gardens of Alfabia and to lesser known ones such as the lost gardens of Raixa.
It is not shy of admitting to Mallorca's weak spots so I fail to see how you can go wrong by choosing this book as your companion to Mallorca.
Further reading could include Pamela Legge's "Enjoying Majorca" and Peter Kerr's two books about his new life on the Island, "Snowball Oranges" and "Manana Manana".