Summer time is not that far away.. at least inside our bored and freezing minds!
I think Mallorca is a holiday destination we should not underestimate. Sure, Mallorca is and will always be one of the most sought after Spanish holiday destinations and we all kind of know that. Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic islands with pristine turquoise waters, secret coves, large long beaches and lots of beauty. So whether you are looking for a fun holiday, a quiet getaway or for a romantic escape, Mallorca is your holiday destination.
As a Spanish citizen living on the East coast of Spain, Mallorca has always been part of my summer holiday memories. Yes, I come from a (very) sunny part of the world, with beautiful Mediterranean beaches, palm trees promenades but the Balears are just on another level.
First of all, Mallorca is an island which inspires dreams, relaxation and intimacy. Secondly, Mallorca offers everything I can dream: from picture-perfect beaches, rich History, culture and heritage to amazing landscapes.
Overall, I think the real Mallorca is still unknown.
Mallorca is an island with an incredible heritage which is visible through the picturesque villages, Palma de Mallorca -the capital, its medieval quartier, the charming fishermen ports and the strong traditions mallorquins preserve alive: gastronomy, agriculture, language and festivals.
Because even if Mallorca’s principal revenue is tourism, the people are very proud of their origins and demonstrate a strong and characteristic personality which protects Mallorca’s unique beauty.
I must confess I love relaxing on the beach doing absolutely nothing except drinking cocktails, sunbathing and, perhaps…snorkelling but I will keep these type of “hyperactive”getaways for destinations like Mauritius, Seychelles or Zanzibar. Mallorca has so much more to offer than beach and cocktails… you should definitely embrace the island and enjoy exciting excursions!
That being said, last summer I hesitated a long time between Menorca and Mallorca. I love Menorca but I wanted to re-discover Mallorca as I had been going to Menorca for the past few years. After days, well weeks, interacting in Spanish forums, reading books and talking to some friends who have moved over there it was crystal clear to me: I had to go to Mallorca.
From the moment I landed to the moment I sadly took off back to the UK, I hated myself for my previous hesitation. Mallorca is just outstanding, outstanding!
Palma de Mallorca has a very well-connected international airport as well as Ferry lines to and from Spain. From the airport itself you can rent a car or take a bus to the town. In my case, I wanted to rent a car to drive through the olive tree fields and get a real feel for the countryside.
Even if I absolutely adore Palma de Mallorca, the capital, and I do think most of the island sites (except some very well-known party places like Magaluff) offer top-notch experiences this time I decided to be based in the North East of the island.
Why the North of Mallorca?
It is known that the North of the island is dramatically beautiful. The North, as you can easily see on any map, is home to the mountains of Mallorca, yes… The “Serra de Tramuntana” is a UNESCO site since 2011 that runs from the West to the East coast and reaches 1.445 meters of height. Therefore the North-East combines beautiful view-points with characterful fisherman villages and lots, lots of cycling, hiking and sailing excursions to choose from.
Where to stay?
I would have loved to stay everywhere, see everything, do it all in Mallorca but I found a great hotel in Playa de Muro: Hotel Viva Blue & Spa, a 4 star hotel located 100 meters from a beautiful long beach and right by the natural park and its lagoons. One tip, ask for a room facing the natural park for a truly relaxing experience. It was not the most luxurious hotel I have stayed in Mallorca but I love Viva Hotels as they offer great value for money, great locations and fantastic amenities Also, Viva is a Spanish hotel chain based in the Balearic islands only, very local indeed. This hotel had various pools including a 25 meters adults-only pool! I would recommend this hotel to families and friends especially but I thought it was great for a couple too!
I decided to go for Playa de Muro which I think is an ideal location for couples and families. If you rent a car you can easly access the mountain routes and iconic ports like Port de Pollença and Alcúdia. Of course, you mustn’t miss the Cala de Sant Vicente and Formentor.
Long story short, Playa de Muro –on the renowned Alcúdia Bay- is a 6km long beach with fabulous amenities and beautiful hotels, a nice ambiance and vibe can be found there. If you have enough of turquoise water, a sandy beach with mountain views on the background and lazy cocktails you can always head to the tiny coves next door, discover the villages and their traditional way of life and visit the Natural Park right there S’Albufera. What else would I need? Playa de Muro area has it absolutely all for the perfect holiday.
I had an unforgettable time in Mallorca so I wanted to share my experience in case you were thinking about your next summer holiday in Spain!