I’ll be honest, Mallorca’s never been top of my travel hit list; I guess I always find myself pining over places that are further afield, like Asia. But when one of my girly friends invited me using the words ‘quiet beach holiday’ I was pretty much on the plane already (in my head). Could think of nothing better than lounging around in the sun, cocktail in hand, talking about shit only girls care about.
Something special happens when women congregate, its called: free therapy. We spent the week feeding each others ego’s, being empathetic of each others needs, and peeing our pants with laughter. The world got put to rights about 10 times over.
We picked clothes up after each other and did each others dishes, plaited each others hair and rubbed in sun cream. I mean the things men seem to lack, women make up for in bucket loads. Perhaps should rethink my heterosexuality? Would mean a companion who understands women and helps more around the house.
We booked an Air BNB apartment through Pollença Rentals in Puerto Pollença, which is in the north of the island. The apartment was on the beachfront – I highly recommend finding somewhere with this feature, you can’t beat breakfast and dinner with a sea view! There were plenty of supermarkets within a couple of minutes walk, so we stocked the fridge up with some essentials for the week.
Our apartment was a 5 minute walk along the beach from the port and main square, which quickly became our evening routine. Restaurants, shops and bars line the seafront, so give yourself enough time to have a mooch before dinner. I mainly ate fish when we went out, I like to take advantage on seaside holidays because its so fresh and delicious.
A market selling local produce is held at the port every Wednesday from 9am-1pm, and an evening summer market runs from June to September on Thursdays selling arts and crafts, jewellery, and local produce.
A few of my favourite spots to check out:
Beach: Formentor – catch a taxi, or take the boat taxi from the port for a scenic view. Note – the boat taxi is more expensive and costs €14.00 each, but it’s beautiful!
Restaurants: Marina Brasserie for paella and fish, particularly the Thai Green Seabass. Centric for Hake or steak, and Osteria No. 15 for Italian.
Cocktail bar: Lemon Lounge – Fantastic cocktails (recommend the Coco Loco or Mojito), marina view, live music 5 nights a week. Gabriel, a singer guitar player performs on Tuesday’s and he’s got the most beautiful voice.
Gelato ice cream: Abbaco Natural Food.
If you manage to scrape your bum off the beach towel it’s become so very attached to, and you can just about bare to put clothes on, take a day trip to old town Pollença. It’s 2 stops on the bus from Puerto Pollença’s main square and costs €3.00 for a return ticket. The old architecture against a back drop of blue skies and green mountains is stunning. Restaurants and gorgeous boutiques line the winding backstreets – get ready to die in accessory heaven. Climb the huge steps with a gelato ice cream and visit the church.
My only criticism of the area is that there were so many English people knocking about, but then again you might like that. It was a wonderful beach break and the fact it’s only a 2 hour flight makes it even more enjoyable.
Adiós Mallorca, you were lush!