Posted on February 20, 2010


I have to admit that I had always associated Mallorca with British package tour holidays to Magaloof (on the south west of the island) so when a friend suggested going for the weekend I wasn’t entirely enthusiast. How wrong I was and how happy I am that I accepted her suggestion – it is stunning. With a flight time of just 1hr 20mins, and with airport so near the town centre in Madrid (link to post) it is easy to fly over for a weekend.

I highly recommend hiring a car, it makes it so much easier to get around and means that you can explore more in two days. Get a small car if you are planning on staying in the old town, the streets are incredibly narrow and parking can be a mini nightmare. The old town of Palma has rustic cobbled streets, old buildings, lots going on and has a range of accommodation. It is an ideal base. Many of the good restaurants are down by the port and you are likely to stumble across the odd jazz club for drinks after dinner.

The first day we went on a circular drive from Palma, through to Valldemossa and then Soller. Both are lovely quaint towns with streets of cafes and shops. The road involves some coastal path to the north and the views are breathtaking. Both my friend and I work with the US and had conference calls in the afternoon which we needed to be on. So we found a cafe on a large square, and dialed in to our calls whilst sipping sangria. If only all work days were like that.

On the second day we decided to visit the east side of the island where we heard that there are some gorgeous bays. First we stopped at Portopetro which, as the name suggests, is a small port town. There isn’t a huge amount there but we discovered a wonderful restaurant right on the harbour where we ate a long leisurely lunch of delicious fresh clams and a plate of grilled vegetables. After lunch we drove just a few kilometers to Cala Mondrego, two beaches connected by a path over the rocks, backing onto a large nature reserve. In November it was still 20degrees and there were very few people around so we took our shoes off, rolled up our jeans and went for a paddle up the beach.

Curious about the British resorts we drove through before stopping at Port Andratz for a last drink and bite to eat at what had become a favourite choice – the small chain ‘Cappucino’. Here we watched the sun go down before heading to the airport to fly back to Madrid.

Mallorca is so much more than I thought it was and I highly recommend visiting if you get a chance…