Thursday, 1 July 2010

Mallorca {Part 2}

Our first visit to Mallorca completely exceeded our expectations. We knew we'd love the warm weather, relaxing poolside and soaking in the Spanish culture. But we weren't aware of just how hard we would fall for the picturesque towns and villages, not to mention stunning landscapes dotted throughout the island.

My favourite town was Deia, a tiny village nestled into the dramatic, mountainous coastline along the north west. I've never seen anything quite like it. Coincidentally, it is also home to Richard Branson's impressive hotel, La Residencia.


Our most memorable exploration was a 30-minute walk from Deia village down to the coast. Our final destination:




This cove is even more breathtaking in person. We followed advice from Conde Nast and enjoyed dinner at the shack-like restaurant to the left. Fresh fish, a traditional Mallorcan salad and chips... All enjoyed whilst waves crashed into the restaurant's rock wall below us. It was one of those rare moments where everything just comes together to create perfection.

On to Valldemossa. Once we worked through the tourist-catered restaurant and shops, we also fell for this small town. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas allegedly have a home here... I can see why! The road from Valldemossa to Deia and then on to Soller is breathtaking, by the way.


Another favourite town was Pollenca (or Pollensa) in the north east. It was 'market day' so the town was buzzing! We walked the 365-step staircase, leading to a chapel and views of the town and countryside below.


Of course there is more to explore in Mallorca, but these were some of our favourite spots. We were so impressed with this small island and loved our first real holiday without kids.

Have you been to Mallorca? What are your favourite spots? 

{all photos by me, with exception of Deia village photo}
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