Many traditional tourist cities from the 70s have been able to lift up their profile. Mallorca was one of the first ones to do so. Majorca’s strength is its diverse face. There is something for everyone. Following places were the biggest positive suprises to us.
The city of Palma
We stayed 10 nights in Tryp Bellver hotel on Paseo Maritimo. Palma was a fantastic base. The city is stylish, clean and full of good restaurants and bars. We didn’t have enough days to try all the delicious tapas eateries. Our favorite activity was to wander the streets of old town and exceed our travel budget in chic boutiques. The city was also a good base to start exploring nearby beaches.
We rented bicycles for two days and explored the coast of Playa de Palma. Although renting a bike is more expensive in Mallorca than renting a scooter in Greece, the cycling route from Paseo Maritimo all the way to Arenal was beautiful and well maintained. On the way we found Portixol, a lovely spot with beautiful Mediterranean houses and brightly coloured shutters. Next time I want to stay here, near the small harbour and beach. The attic apartment in Portixol hotel is now officially on my hotel dream list.
Mallorca travel books always recommend Valldemossa and Deia villages, so we decided to hop into a car and check whether Valldemossa was worth visiting. It definitely was. I could have easily spent a few days in this calm and serene village. The village is known from George Sand’s A winter in Mallorca novel and yes, the book was sold in every single shop in the village.
Puro Beach Club
During the last days we felt like pampering ourselves a bit. We took a taxi to Puro Beach Club which is located near El Arenal. Entrance fee is approximately 40€ and includes soft sun lounger, fruit platter and Voss water. The water in the pool felt like you were swimming in Evian. Clientele was bold and beautiful. Would I like to spend every day of my holiday on a beach club? If I consider the softness of the sun loungers, relaxing chill out music and swimming in Evian, absolutely yes. On the other hand I wouldn’t mind feeling a bit of sand under my toes.