I will be very honest here, and say that Mallorca was never in my travel list. This changed in the beginning of this year, after we watched ‘The Night Manager’ (don’t judge). I found myself spending nights over nights doing research about the island. I really wanted to avoid big crowds, and go for places a bit more relaxed, with good food and calm beaches. All I needed was a bit of planning.
It was not that easy to be honest. Mallorca has many stunning beaches so it can get really hard to choose where to go. We stayed 7 days, and agreed in mix some small day trips around the island and some relaxing beach days. I will now share with you 12 things we did in Mallorca.
We flew into Palma on an evening flight, and that means we had to drive to our hotel in country roads in complete darkness. That was a bit scary but it was manageable. We stayed at OLA hotel in Porto Colom, a lovely and very laid back fisher village in the east coast.
1. Cala D’Or was very high on my wishlist and we were very excited to go there. It was out first beach destination and it was stunning! The access to this beach is quite easy, but you feel super secluded. You will be surrounded by beautiful and elegant mediterranean mansions and the water is just perfect. We got to rent a parasol and chairs, and had a lovely morning there. Worth it.
2. S’Arenal was definitely our favorite place to hang out in Porto Colom. We went there for lunch after coming back from Cala D’Or, and they were all booked so we made reservations for another day and went to the neighbor establishment instead. Go early in the morning, rent a sun chair, reserve a place for lunch in their restaurant, and just enjoy it. The beach has super white and clean sand, and the water is very calm. The restaurant itself was a gem. Amazing food, very good prices, and lovely service. I couldn’t think of a better place in the area. Must go.
3. Deia was out first stop on our second day. It’s a small mountain town in the west of the island, and the drive go there was beautiful. The drive reminded me a lot of Amalfi Coast and Capri.We had an amazing time walking around, enjoying the views and taking a billion pictures.
4. Es Molí. When I was looking for our hotels, this was our second option. We chose to stay in Porto Colom because we wanted to be somewhere more relaxing. So, when we stopped in Es Molí for lunch, we were really regretting that decision. The place is stunning, calm, surrounded by beautiful gardens. It was really something out of my dreams. We had lunch by their pool, I had an avocado shrimp salad and Raoul had grilled octopus (as usual). We definitely want to go back and stay with them next time.
5. Valdemossa. After lunch, we drove to Valdemossa, which is only 10 minutes away by car, to meet some lovely friends from college. We walked around small streets, art galleries, rose gardens and had way too much almond sorbet. I also went shopping
for baskets and bags, I was so tempted to get extra luggage to bring more home. Decisions, decisions.
We spent the next day at the beach in S’Arenal, only relaxing and enjoying ourselves.
6. Pollença. On our 4th day, we went to the Northwest of Mallorca. Pollença was out first stop, and we woke up at 5 a.m. to get there at 8. We really like to see places when they are still empty, and I do not regret the early wake up time. Pollença is lovely, the long stair that goes up to a church is not as challenging as it seems and the views are worth every step. After going up and down again, we needed some breakfast.
Bird Poop. Yes, bird poop. We both needed an ATM to get some cash, and while Raoul was taking money out, we heard a loud noise. Almost like someone throw a rock nearby. Well, it was actually poop, and it was on Raoul’s shoulder. It was only 9:30 and we couldn’t just ride back to change. We went to the closest shop and Raoul had to buy a new shirt (the one with the anchors!). He changed, and we went for breakfast. (Mental note: Always pack one extra shirt/outfit when driving far from your hotel)
7. La Sastreria. We had lunch in this place, and it was great. We ate, drank, had dessert, got recommendations from the staff. Food was amazing, price was so good, and a special mention to their interior design. It was all perfect.
8. Cala San Vincenc. We went to a beach nearby to spend the afternoon. I forgot to pack beachwear and everything else. The beach was rocky, and I was not so impressed. I was tired, grumpy, and just didn’t had the best time.
9. Cap Formentor. I got so car sick/horrified to get to the lighthouse. I am just not someone who can drive near cliffs, specially if there are goats around who might appear in the road out of nowhere. Raoul really wanted to go, so I agreed, but I was cursing every single minute of this drive. (it was about 30 min driving) The views were beautiful and you can see all the photos Raoul did over here, but I could not go back there.
The next day, we stayed at the beach again. I got to draw and paint a bit. I really needed to relax.
On our last day, we could chose between Ses Salines salt mines and a cactus botanical garden in the morning and we agreed to spend the afternoon in a new beach. We choose the cactus.
10. Botanicactus. Seriously stunning garden, but we were so unprepared. We had not thought about how hot it would get during the day, I was running from insects (even if I had used repellent) but we still had a lot of fun. It was huge, so please plan to stay at least 3 or 4 hours, and come early to avoid the harsh sun. 10/10 would go back.
11. Casa Manolo. We went to this place to have lunch in Ses Salines, and we had an amazing time. Just in a quiet corner of a beautiful church. Again, we were very lucky with the restaurants we chose. Food, price, service, location. Everything was perfect. I would go back anytime.
After lunch, we were quite tired, but we decided to stick to the plan of going to a beach. Unfortunately, it seemed as if the universe was plotting against this idea. The first beach was very hard to reach, made us have a small dramatic argument, and the second beach was so full it was a complete disappointment. To get to these places, our GPS was useless, took us on a dirt unusable, out of a horror movie kinds of roads. I just wanted to relax and not drive around for 30 minutes looking for a parking spot. We went back to our hotel, and went directly to the pool.
12. Llaut Mallorca is the boat company we chose to tour around the coast. We had a reservation for the last evening, during sunset, but because of the wind forecast it was cancelled. They offered to take us during the morning on the next day, and we accepted it. It was the most memorable experience and I can not recommend it enough. We swam in Cala Mitjana, had a lovely lunch on the boat, it was all very relaxed and I think it was the perfect way to end out trip.
After the boat tour, we went back to our hotel, got our bags, had lunch in the harbor (on an awful place that I will not recommend ever) and we drove to the airport. Seeing all the flowers, the little towns, under a bit of rain made our last drive bittersweet. I really fell in love with Mallorca and can’t wait to go back. One week in Mallorca seemed to fly by, and for the next time I hope to stay at least 10 days.
Also, this may be a good tip for who is planning to go: Instead of booking one place for the whole time, I think it would be better to book different hotels in each area. We definitely want to stay in Deia for a couple of nights, somewhere in the East Coast and also in the North of the island. This would have saved us from waking up at 5 am and would be more productive and relaxing at the same time.
Thank you for reading, and let me know if you have any questions. I am planning to do a travel zine about Mallorca and a limited edition of prints and originals , so if you are interested let me know in the comments!