How to spend a long weekend in Mallorca, Spain
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We briefly rendezvoused in beautiful Mallorca in May this year, and quite simply put, it was wow.
After flying into Palma de Mallorca from Germany right on sunset to pink hughes and a burning orange sun, we knew that the next few days would be an absolute treat.
As our stay was short, we discovered as much as we possibly could on the island whilst trying to get some much needed relaxation and sunshine away from the harsh Western Australia winter we had just left.
Staying in Cala Ratjada (pronounced Ca-la Va-Zha-Da) situated in the north most easterly point of the island, we felt a million miles away from our daily lives.
With countless tiny turquoise bays and inlets to discover, we quickly fell into a slower pace enjoying the laid back lifestyle shared by the locals of this area.
Staying right in the bay, we caught a bus from the airport which took (realistically) around two hours - we honestly had researched enough the sheer size of this island. This method is cheaper than getting a taxi or private driver, however with our flight landing late in the evening, it did prove a little tedious by the time we arrived!
This area of Mallorca is far quieter than Palma but still offers some amazing local restaurants, bars a few local hotspots making it a great spot for all types of holiday makers. There are a few adults only resorts and accommodation options if you are chasing a couples retreat or simply something quieter.
If you enjoy a bit walking and exploring, I couldn't recommend enough walking over to the next beach to Cala Mesquida, you'll pass Cala Anguilla along the way which is equally as stunning. Back your beach gear and camera for the day, the walk should take you around 30 to 45 minutes.
Although there is a one backpackers residence in Cala Ratjada (that I know of), prices here are generally more expensive than mainland Spain - it's worthing planning this trip for a little bit of indulgence with some spare cash in your pocket to really enjoy yourself.
Palma de Mallorca
Mallorca's capital and main port, Palma is a bustling hub for spanish life and culture.
From it's gorgeous beaches to stunning architecture and delicious restaurants lining the port - Palma is a must do for anyone visiting Mallorca.
Palma offers various accommodation options to suit everyone from backpackers to high flyers - again prices tend to be slightly more expensive than mainland Spain.
You can catch buses to anywhere in Mallorca from Palma's main bus terminal - word of advice, this is huge, do a bit of research before you head there! The terminal is very central with the main shopping area and port all within walking distance.
Palma is perfect for a day trip of exploring, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy it's artisan shopping and deliciously locally made gelato. Walk to the port and check out all of the exquisite yachts you'll never afford, take in some history with the Palma Cathedral and enjoy an afternoon of Spanish tappas before heading back on the bus to wherever you're staying on the island.
My advice would be to stay elsewhere, as there are so many beautiful little beaches around the island away from the hustle of Palma, but it you're a nocturnal nightlife lover, than you will love it here!