The Christmas Express
Let's face it, even in the extremely pleasant atmosphere that is Palma at Christmas, shopping can be quite a tiring experience. Just imagine if you've spent an hour or two trapped in Mallorca's biggest lingerie department trying to find that ideal Christmas gift for your wife, girlfriend or both of them.
Your feet are killing you and you've got to traipse a couple of hundred metres down Palma's golden mile down Jaime III and then the Paseo del Borne to get yourself that lovely travel bag you've had your eye on in Louis Vuitton.
It doesn't bear thinking about, especially if you're breaking in a new pair of brogues from Lottusse or Carmina, so don't think about it – let the train take the strain!Thanks to the small retail businesses in Palma, the magical Christmas Express is waiting on platform 9 ¾! The shopkeepers have hired one of those little tourist road trains all decked out for Christmas to ferry passengers for free around the main shopping streets and the Christmas attractions (like the ice rink) of the city.
Tickets are being dished out in the shops for the train which can carry 80 passengers on its circular routes around town. It runs from 17 to 20 with each round trip lasting about 25 minutes and follows 2 routes.
Route 1 runs on December 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 and January 2 and 3 from Plaza Cort - Conquistador - Paseo Born - Av. Jaime III - Paseo Mallorca - Vía Portugal - Via Roma - Ramblas - Unión - Paseo Born - Plaza Reina - Plaza Cort
Route 2 runs on December 22, 28, 29 and January 2 and 3 from Plaza Abu Yahya - 31 de diciembre - Av. Comte. Sallent - General Riera - Joan Massanet i Moragues - Francesc Fiol Y Juan - Francisco Suave - Plaza Abu Yahya.
If you're unfamiliar with Spanish Christmas, the January departures are for people searching for presents for the Three Kings fiesta on the 5th and 6th January when we celebrate the wise men from the east bringing gifts for the baby Jesus.
I think it's a lovely idea and seeing the photo of the Christmas Express reminded me of the trams in Blackpool covered in lights for the illuminations – happy childhood memories.
Merry Christmas everybody!