Ciudad Jardin lies to the east of Palma, just along the bay from Portixol and Molinar and close to the airport. It is pretty much at the centre of Palma Bay and, after the transformation of neighbouring areas Portixol and Molinar, it has been heralded as the next 'up and coming' place for the cool and trendy set of Mallorca.
Its lovely golden sandy beach boasts shallow waters and a promenade that takes you either back to Palma or east to Playa de Palma (S’Arenal), as well as glorious south-westerly views of the Bay and Palma. The village was built in the late 19th century as a luxury resort close to Palma, the highlight of which was the modernist neo-Moorish Ciutat Jardí Hotel. In more recent years, a number of smart restaurants and cafes have opened up along the seafront. Although some of the buildings are still a little bit shabby, there is a definite Miami-South Beach feel to the place. Its proximity to the airport could be viewed as a plus or a negative depending on how noise sensitive you are.
Ciudad Jardin is a good place to stay for those who want a beach holiday but want to be within easy reach of the shopping, sights and attractions in Palma and the facilities in the resort Playa de Palma. Although a few expats have managed to penetrate the area, most of the residents are still very much Spanish which adds to the friendly nature of this small resort.