A guide to Mallorca

With super cheap flights to Mallorca, it seemed rude not to go. I flew from London to Palma (Mallorca’s capital) and back for just £80 with Easy Jet.

A couple of months ago when I was playing around with Google Flights, Mallorca was the cheapest, sunniest, option. Not thinking too much about it I booked the flights. Then I had a bit of a google and to my horror found that Mallorca was that place teenagers go to party after their exams and tourists flock to burn on the beaches. I guess this is why most people don’t just book random flights and hope for the best.

However, I researched more and found some beautiful spots in Mallorca away from Magaluf (the party district). Like any country there are regions that are more touristy and tackier than others. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with going for a party, beach holiday. It’s just personally I fancied something a bit calmer and quieter.

Palma City:

Originally, I decided to spend as little time as possible in the city. So I whizzed off into the mountains. However, I did spend my last full day exploring Palma city. After hiking through the wilderness it was nice to see some culture, history and shops.

It is worth checking out the old town which is home to some beautiful architecture. The cathedral  is not only stunning but also fascinating. You can pay €7 or €4 if you are a student to explore the interior. I enjoyed admiring the numerous rooms inside, looking at the art and eves-dropping on some Spanish guided tours.

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After walking through the Cathedral give your legs a break and sit in parc de mar. Here you can lay under a tree and listen to passer-bys. I was lucky enough to sit near a musician writing a song. So I dozed to the sound of Spanish guitar.

From the park cross the main road and walk along the sea. There is a super trendy bar on the sea-front with a DJ mixing pop music. I felt under-dressed with my backpack so just walked on. I looked over the crowded beach and decided to head back into the main shopping district for some dinner.

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I found a local rustic restaurant named Calixto.  I was greeted with a charismatic, friendly server who brought me a home-made tasty paella dish. It was reasonably priced and was typical, traditional Spanish food – just what I wanted for my last night.

A great hostel in Palma city is Brick Hostel. It costs €30 per night or €26 if you pay in advance. The staff are all friendly and the hostel is clean.

Polenca:

The small village of Polenca (pronounced Polensa) has a spectacular mountain back-drop. The best time to visit is on a Sunday morning when the local market is in full swing. From a eclectic variety of olives to fresh figs the market sells every fruit and vegetable imaginable. I bought the tastiest cherries, strawberries and olives I have ever had.

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After taking in the wonderful market you can climb the stairs to the quaint church over looking the village. I was lucky enough to see a wedding going on there.

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By this point you will deserve a sit down in one of the cafes. Take in your surroundings, listen to the melodic Catalonian language, watch locals carry their weekly shopping home and enjoy a strong local coffee.

Cala San Vincente:

The beach town of Cala San Vincente is fairly touristic. With crystal clear sea and soft sandy beaches, the area attracts many holiday makers. There are three small beaches to sunbath on and dramatic cliffs to walk or bike up.

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I hired a really nice touring bike from the shop atemrausch in the village center. The bike cost just 16 euros for the entire day. It was super smooth to ride and the shop kitted me out with a small rucksack, helmet, bike pump, lock and map. They gave me everything I needed for my day of adventure biking. They suggested a couple of routes. The first to Polenca, then to Port de Polenca and along the coast. This was the family friendly option taking 3 hours. The second route was for the serious bikers. Thinking I was a ‘serious’ biker (still wearing my hiking boots and trousers) I opted for the second route.

I biked from Cala San Vincente to Port de Pollenca – this took me on vast main roads. The ground was tarmac and so easy to cycle on. While cars and buses zoomed past me I could not stop smiling. The mountains and large space around me was mesmerising. Around me the view looked like a picture postcard.  The path began to get hard from near Port de Pollenca to the mirador (view point). There was a constant uphill battle. While it was tough – I loved it. I took it slowly and enjoyed the stunning views as I ascended higher and higher up the cliffs. Keen bikers in lycra overtook me whizzing up the hill as fast as they could. Others took a steady pace. I was the only mad soul not wearing Lycra and proper biking clip on shoes. Eventually I made it to Colomer mirador. The views were spectacular. I locked up the bike and walked along from the small shop up the steps to the view point. A man was playing Spanish guitar as I sat down and took in my surroundings.

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After my gorgeous cycle back to Cala San Vincente I returned the bike to the lovely shop owners at atemrausch  and went for a tasty dinner with a friend I made.

I stayed in hostal Oriola which was clean and had a nice pool. I very much enjoyed my stay there. It wasn’t cheap rooms ranged between 45 and 80 euros. However, it was a nice treat for my last 2 nights in Mallorca.

Does any one have any other suggestions of places to visit in Mallorca?

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