August 25, 2017

The Spanish island of Mallorca is home to many of my favourite things, ensaïmadas, sangria and beautiful hidden beaches. This summer we set up camp in Palma, the city's capital, but travelled around the island for nine days, and I can safely say, it didn't disappoint. Full of stone walls, rustic farmhouses, bougainvillea flowers trailing along pathways, homes and buildings; everywhere looked like a postcard.


During our stay we enjoyed many lazy brunches, with freshly squeezed orange juice and traditional Spanish pastries, long lunches with fresh fish and beautiful salads, late dinners with tapas, crusty bread with olive oil and balsamic dip and an array of scrumptious tarts, ice creams and churros.

The apartment we stayed in was no more than a five minute walk from Palma Cathedral, the shopping centres and the hustle and bustle of city life, but was a calm and quiet oasis nonetheless.


We visited Cala d'Or, Serra de Tramuntana and Cala Deia Beach, which was the most beautiful beach of the whole trip, although rather rocky! We also went to Alcudia (the old town)Santuari de Cura and Cap de Formentor, where I couldn't resist taking most of my photographs as the views are simply breathtaking and screamed out to be photographed, We then went to Soller, Pollenca (old town), Boquer Valley, Parc Natural de Mondrago and Campos, where I had the best tuna steak I have EVER eaten at a grill called "Moli de Vent" and we also visited the town's main beach - Es Trenc - which was a more family and feet friendly coast line. We then saw Torre del Veguer and The Caves of Drach, which I cannot recommend highly enough, the sheer age and scale of the caves was astonishing. Finally, we made time to see Porto Cristo,  where I had the best tapas of the whole trip at a restaurant called "Cinque Trattoria".


Surprisingly we still managed to fit in a lot of relaxation time, listening to the waves, reading great books and enjoying a game of cards or two with a  glass of strong Spanish coffee. Staying in the city meant that we were never far from all the action and attractions the city had to offer, although having a car meant we could explore the whole island. We were absolutely spoilt for choice, with great food, stunning views, white sand beaches and even better company.