Someone was telling me about how glad they were to be living in the “real” Mallorca last week. The strange thing is that every different type of Mallorca is the real one. Wherever we live: whether it’s in a brand new housing estate, an old village, at the top of a mountain, a holiday resort or the middle of a city. It’s all there to be explored and enjoyed.
My husband and I did something really rare this week. We took some time off together and went on holiday. We don’t do normal holidays though, we do 24 hour long holidays, a bit like our honeymoon which was exactly that long. We drove up to the north of the island and managed to visit five different beaches, eat three spectacular meals, get sunburn and stay in a hotel, all whilst continually congratulating ourselves on our good taste in places to live and spouses.
It was an eye opening trip for both of us: we’d quite simply forgotten how beautiful Mallorca is. It’s easy to be absorbed in our working lives and stay in that zone: bumping backwards and forwards from work to home and repeat. So we went as far away from our house as we could without leaving the island, and went to Cala Torta, Cala Ratjada, Cala Gat, Cala Agulla, Playa de Muro and Cala San Vicente. Every single place was stunning and worthy of more than an our brief inspections. I couldn’t get over the colour of the sea at Playa de Muro, how is it possible for it to be so turquoise? We ate lunch at Ponderosa Beach which lived up to its reputation of being one of the coolest places to go this summer: the menu, the service and the setting were all just right. We didn’t leap off of any rocks at Cala Gat (pictured) but we watched some fearless kids throw themselves into the water a few times before we slipped off to have another dip followed by an Aperol Spritz and a Caña at the Chiringuito there. We stayed overnight at a cheapy cheap hotel in Cala Ratjada right on the front, costing us the grand total of 50€! We clambered across a packed out beach at Cala Agulla to find the nature reserve at the end of it, complete with nudists. Then when we’d almost finished we drove back down south through the stunning Tramuntana mountain range.
Sometimes luxuries are also necessities, and maybe we don’t put enough importance on resting from the crazy Mallorca summer workload. By the end of our 24 hour holiday my husband and I didn’t really want it to end, but we’re inspired to repeat it as soon as possible with more places around Mallorca. Why don’t you go somewhere you haven’t been to before? Well done to us all, we live on one of the most beautiful places in the world, but you already knew that didn’t you? If you want to suggest some areas for us to explore then please get in touch. http://www.facebook.com/mallorcamatters