Holidays to C'an Pastilla revolve around the pretty promenade, which rolls out all the way to Majorca's head honcho, Palma.

A pocket-rocket

Before hopping on the holiday map, C’an Pastilla’s fishing trade was the town’s nuts and bolts. It slowly grew from a single hotel – named the Hotel C’an Pastilla – to a popular local hotspot, and eventually hit the big-time with European tourists in the Sixties. Today, chic boutiques and late-night-ish cocktail bars have made themselves at home on the main streets. The town’s hung on to its Majorcan roots though – you’ll see dribs and drabs of old-school Spanish architecture all over the shop, and the whitewashed church of Sant Antonio de la Playa has stood its ground.

Beach double act

Two small-but-mighty sandy sweeps make up the beach scene – C’an Pastilla and Cala Estancia. Both shell out calm water and clean sand, along with a backing of homespun tapas cafés and gelato shops. As an added perk, the epic stretch of Playa de Palma’s just around the corner – it wiggles along the coast for six kilometres, and it’s a Blue Flag champ, too.

Resort hopping

C’an Pastilla’s in a top-dog location for daytrips. For starters, landmark-loaded Palma’s a 15-minute drive away, with its Medieval fortresses, buzzing promenade and trendy nightlife. A few extra steps around the coast will find you in one of Spain's party capitals – Magaluf. You can also catch a mini-train to the south, and visit lively El Arenal. Or, hit the road for an hour to the east side of the isle, and the classy towns of C’an Picafort and Alcudia are waiting.

At a Glance

  • Try local tucker at a tapas bar
  • Stretch out on Cala Estancia beach
  • Daytrip to close by Palma