I’ve seen the lovely images of sun-bleached rocky shores and turquoise water before now, but no amount of photos could ever prepare me for how truly beautiful The Mediterranean is. Place after place we visited on our trip to Mallorca left me delighted; it really does look like that.
We started our trip in the busy city of Palma. I’m not sure why it’s so bustling, since almost all the people I saw on the streets were foreign visitors on vacation, but everyone seems content to stay busy at relaxing. Old Town was where we stayed for our week long visit. This is the heart of the city and gives you all the charming, small, cobbled street walking you could dream of. It’s pretty easy to get lost since the streets wind around and bring you past countless smooth-fronted buildings with spanish tiled roofs and green shutters.
We stayed in a room in a big flat that is rented out to mostly folks who work in the yachting industry. There were lots of friendly faces there when we stayed, most looking for their next job, but some just enjoying a break. The flat has wonderful Spanish touches like interesting tile in every room.
The well-equipped kitchen encourages creating and sharing big meals with each other.
Spanish homes all have tall windows right to the floor which aid in airflow and gives you a great view. Our room looked out over Place Drassana.
Our host, Richard, took us to a fabulous bulk wine store called the Siphoneria, though I couldn’t tell you how to get there! They sell good wine out of ancient, wood casks here for €1 or €2 per liter. You sit on a woven mat atop crates of old fizzy-water bottles while you wait. There’s also a secret art gallery in the back for the creative adventurers.
On our way to this wine shop, we passed an enormous and impossibly-tall olive tree which is parked like a public art work in the middle of a square; it proudly proclaims what is important in these parts.
There isn’t as much public art as there is in mainland Europe, but what they lack in bronze, they make up for in stone. There are towering medieval structures all over Palma, including several cathedrals and the original seawall.
We spent a lot of our time walking around the city and looking at the beautiful boats in the harbor. There isn’t much beach in the city itself since most of the coastline in Palma is taken up with docks for sailboats and motor yachts. However, you can easily take the #3 bus out to Illetas to the East of the city. There are two beaches here, one on either side of a peninsula which hosts a small bar that rents out lounge chairs.
There are gently rolling waves at this beach but not much surf. The water is unbelievably clear. You can easily see right to the bottom even in 10’ of water. If you peer into the water, you can see a few brave fish making their way closer to your toes!
The beach is very sandy, and the sun lights up the beach nearly all day. Just before sunset, it slips along the rocks and casts the east beach into shade. It’s best to pack up at this point and head over to the other side of the peninsula to catch the sun dip below the sea. Hopefully you’ve remembered the rosado!
After spending some time in the city, we headed to the country. I’ll write about our rural excursions in the next post on Majorca…