Marvels of Mallorca

The wild and rugged beauty of Mallorca’s mountains and coastline are a marvel. Not to mention the relaxed rhythm of island life. The north of the island has the best beaches like Cala Formentor or even just off  Port de Pollenca. There the bustling sea side town dotted with a huge variety of restaurants including Spanish tappas, paella, seafood and Italian. The buzz of the evening nightlife is refreshing as many islands are vey quiet, although you can’t help notice the tourists from the UK catching up on sunshine.

The island has a lot of vineyards, olive trees, almond orchards and charming little towns to discover. The local wine is full bodied and well balanced and the whiter varieties are light, citrusy and well balanced.

Palma is a city on its own with an enormous marina and more sophisticated restaurants and tastes. There are plenty of streets to wonder though and local markets in old warehouses to get seafood, meats and local treats. There are also high department stores and all the the luxury brands near the old city. Palma is a medieval maze hiding museums, boutiques and centuries-old courtyards around every corner.

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Hotel Hospes Maricel & Spa Pool

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Cava filled stemless champagne glasses

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Hotel Hospes Maricel room

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Hotel Hospes Maricel 10 course breakfast

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Palma Marina

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Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern Bar

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Alma restaurant  Palma

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Local supermarket Prosciutto

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Spanish dancing in the streets in Palma

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 Port de Pollenca

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Zarzales restaurant  Port de Pollenca

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 Port de Pollenca

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BEACHES

Port Nous 15 minute drive from Palma and not too crowded

S’amarador is a white sand beach surrounded by Mondrago National Park.

Es Trenc Beach has white sand and is stretched out so you have space to yourself.

Cala Formentor Beach is a must visit beach on the north with white sands and views of mountains on the far side.

GETTING AROUND

Most airlines fly to Palma but Vueling is a better option because they depart out of the main terminals and offer better service at the same cost. Transport on the island isn’t great. You can get an airport shuttle to your car and then taxi from there but if you need to visit beaches that aren’t on your doorstep, then you need a car to get around. Having your own car could mean that you can stay on the mountains and do day trips to the beaches or other sites to see everything that Mallorca offers. There are also a lot of cyclists on the roads if you can join the fray. Alternatively there is a gorgeous historic train to experience through the middle of the island.

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