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Mallorca ~ Travel Diary

If you are following me on Instagram (if not, what are you waiting for ?! come and join us on @joyful_blog !) you may know that  I spent 10 days in Mallorca.

To be honest, I really didn’t think that this island would be a place I would recommend. I was always association Mallorca with Magaluf, parties, alcohol and so on.  I don’t blame the people who are going to Mallorca for this kind of holidays, it is just not my type of holidays. So when a friend encouraged me to go there, I was more than sceptical. But that was before she showed me pictures. I was so surprised and I booked my tickets straight after that !

And today I will share with my favourite places on the island.

The South

Let’s start with Palma, the main city. A city like another, with a pretty old city. What I liked the most were the gardens. The one next to the cathedral and the garden of the Bishop are the most beautiful, even if they are quite small.

To talk quickly about the cathedral, some say that it is the place not to miss in Palma. I visited a lot of churches and cathedrals in France and Italy for almost nothing (and sometimes for nothing), I found that 8€ per person was way too much !

Ports and bays to see

Portocristo

I only spent one evening, where I was freezing because of the wind, with an incredible view. Walking on the docks with the sunset ends the day in a soft and smooth way.

Cala Figuera

This tiny port and its docks with fish restaurants are very nice and clearly less crowded with tourists than other ports. The view from the restaurants on the cliffs make the meal almost mystical. I also advise to take your sneakers to explore the the end of the bay on foot. You feel like being alone in the world surrounded by amazing rocks.

The East

N’Aladern

It may be my favourite beach on this island. It is small and not very crowded (at least in the early morning). You can lie down under the pine trees and stay for hours looking at the transparent water. It’s one of my crush !

Sa Torre Cega

If you like viewpoints, this cute lighthouse offers a nice spot on cliffs. It is a long walk to reach it on foot from Cala Ratjada, people liking hiking will be happy because there are paths under the pine trees. It is a great place, not a must see according to me, but if you pass by, it is worth stopping there.

The Centre

Puig De Santa Magdalena

The centre of the island is wonderful to visit by car. However, there are less things to do, except maybe lunching in a cellar in Inca, a very pleasant experience. Before filling our stomachs, we went visiting the Puig De Santa Magdalena, a small hill on top of which stays a monastery with a 360 view. There is also a restaurant we wanted to try but it was only open in the evening.

The West

Deia, its village and its beach

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to explore the west of the island as much as I wished. Then, I focused my priorities on Deia, a small village hidden in the Tramuntana –  a region registered at UNESCO. Reaching the village isn’t  an easy thing : if you don’t like winding roads, you better choose another place to visit, especially talking about Deia’s beach. My favourite activity here ? Just living.

The North

Cala San Vincenç

Cala San Vincenç includes 4 small beaches and an endless turquoise water. Quite far from the biggest cities, it takes a little bit of time to reach them but the view is worth it ! Even if the presence of tourists and hotels resorts is unavoidable, the beaches are quiet and you can always find a shady piece of rock.

Formentor Cap

I kept the best for the end : Formentor Cap. It is a lighthouse located at the north-east of the island that you can access with car and bus, through winding roads. When you arrive at the lighthouse, the view is breathtaking. The landscapes are so amazing, so peaceful, that you just want to enjoy the landscapes listening at the waves crusing on the surrounding cliffs.

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