Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Scenes From Mallorca

Our trip to Mallorca over the weekend completely surpassed my expectations. Everything was just vibrant and tasty and beautiful - and on top of all that, I got a tan. Hurray! The first thing Jim and I noticed on our drive from Palma Airport to Soller was the amount of bikers and runners on the road...apparently Mallorcans are insanely active people. That or Brits go there to exercise...maybe both.  It's the perfect climate to exercise and be outdoors - it was about 75 degrees and sunny the whole time. 
We arrived at our Hotel Ca'l Bisbe around noon after a fairly painless driving adventure (potentially due to my co-pilot skills). The hotel or 'finca' was lovely and very authentically Spanish. We checked in and headed straight to the main little town square for lunch. Soller is small, very small. It's a quaint little town nestled in a valley about 2 miles away from Port de Soller. The main square consists of a few restaurants and shops, a beautiful, ornate church and the town hall. For lunch we opted for the traditional Mallorcan sandwich: pa amb oil (in Catalan) which means bread with Mallorcan cheese, olives and tomatoes. Simple but satisfying. We washed that down with some sangria which was perfect in the sunshine. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the pool at our hotel and then headed down to the Port for dinner. 

Port de Soller is really pretty and the sunset was incredible, but I'm glad we stayed inland in our quaint little town. We watched the sunset at a bar on the water before walking down the Port to a restaurant we'd read about called El Passeig. It was such a relaxing meal with fabulous food and good service - I had spaghetti and prawns and Jim had fresh seabass with prawns and jamon. The Mallorcan white wine we had with the meal (and on other occasions) was actually quite good. 
The next day we made our way up north to Alcudia where we toured around the small town and feasted on a huge plate of paella. We browsed the shops through old narrow streets and picked up some yummy chocolate covered Spanish Marcona almonds - a must-try! After a few hours we headed to Pollenca where we stopped to basque in the sun overlooking the clearest blue water. I almost felt like we were in the Caribbean. It got a little windy so we moved on to Formentor where you get some great views of the coast.
Saturday was my birthday and it turned out to be a relaxing sunny day spent lounging on Es Trenc beach on the southwest side of the island. Although it was a bit of a drive - 1.5 hours - this private beach was worth it. We lounged for several hours before heading back to the hotel for a poolside reading session followed by sunset drinks on our patio. On our way we passed the house below and had to take photos because it was so beautifully rustic with the horses out front.

Jim took me to a gem of a restaurant called Ca'n Boqueta which is right in the town of Soller. My sister and parents had secretly ordered a bottle of champagne to be sent to the table which was such a lovely surprise. The three course meal was so nice and the setting was pristine - white-washed walls with dark wood tables and candlelight. A perfect evening to end a wonderful trip.

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