Palma.—The Camerons flew in on Monday afternoon on board a Ryanair flight and caused quite a commotion at the airport, according to one eyewitness, while others reported spotting a large helicopter landing at a private villa in the Pollensa area later.

Earlier in the day, Downing Street had confirmed that the Prime Minister was coming to Spain, along with his deputy Nick Clegg, for their summer holidays, but refused to be more specific. In the past, David Cameron has treated his wife Sam to a birthday trip to Granada.

Last year, they popped over to Ibiza and this year, they are spending what has been described “as a proper family holiday” here in Majorca where it appears they have quite a number of friends.

It is also understood that he has travelled with some of his key staff, which some reports have described as “a full working office”, who are staying at a nearby four-star resort.

Tight security
Obviously, this year Cameron is leaving nothing to chance because last summer, the London riots erupted while he was in Italy, so this year it appears, Downing Street, has everything taken care of.

As has the Special protection Branch who, along with the Guardia Civil, have mounted a very tight security cordon around the villa where the Camerons are staying.

That said, yesterday, the Prime Minister and his wife, enjoying the first full day of their holiday, appeared totally at ease and relaxed as they enjoyed coffee and iced water at a very popular bar in Pollensa Square.

One eyewitness joked they were lucky it was not market day “they would have been mobbed.” However, yesterday they enjoyed being able to behave just like any other tourists despite being surrounded by fellow Britons on the terrace. Cameron, who has been extremely busy so far this summer with London hosting the Olympics and a few political party feuds to battle, is expected to return to the UK next week and spend a few days in the office before taking a further short holiday in the UK.

Questions were raised on Monday over Nick Clegg's role in the Government after he flew away on holiday on the same day as the Prime Minister, rather than taking charge of the country in his absence.

As both the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister began summer breaks in Spain, William Hague was instead left to take the reins.
The holiday arrangements led MPs to question why the Lib Dem leader would jet off at the same time as Cameron, with one Tory saying it was proof he was not really his deputy.

Foreign Secretary Hague – whose full title is First Secretary of State – will take charge of the day-to-day business of government in their absence until he goes away on his own foreign holiday next week.

Controversially, it emerged this week that this two-week break is not Clegg's first summer holiday this year.
Deputy slipped away
The Deputy Prime Minister quietly slipped away during the Olympics to spend one week at the villa his family owns in France.
He has now flown to the small town of Olmedo in Spain. He is due to spend two weeks in the area where his wife Miriam González Durantez grew up and her family still live.

They will be accompanied by their three children Antonio, Alberto and Miguel.
Coincidentally, Spain's centre right Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, was also on the island yesterday.
Rajoy flew in for the annual summer meeting with King Juan Carlos of Spain at Marivent Palace.
However, it was yet to have been confirmed last night if Rajoy took advantage of Cameron's presence on the island for a brief private meeting.
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