3 days visiting Mallorca by road!
This is a long overdue article...what can I say...I've been crazy busy! Traveling of course...but working too!
I've done a few articles on Mallorca already, but when you live on the island, there is a huge difference between what you get to see if you have a car and what you get to experience by foot! Receiving guests from India was, therefore, the perfect opportunity to rent a car and show off where I live! This 3-days itinerary is pretty packed, so stay with me!
To start off I rented a Smart Four from RecordGo (the cheapest in my opinion) with full insurance! Yes, between Spanish people (no offense!) and the tourists who don't know where the f*ck they're going, I suggest you book your car with full cover! Also, one tip! When parking, the blue lines mean "YOU MUST PAY FOR PARKING", the white lines mean "YOU DON'T PAY". I should be charging you for this tip...I learned it the hard way and got 2 tickets in 1 day! Bravo!
Good! Now that you've been briefed, shall we begin?
Morning: Head early to the mystical beach of Sa Calobra, North West of the island. This little piece of beach is nestled between two huge cliffs that make the entrance to a rocky valley! Be there for noon, as after 2pm the sun does not reach anymore! This place is unbelievable, beautiful, and scary at the same time!
Tip 1: On the way, stop at Restaurante C'an Lluis and pick up your Bocadillos! The local one is made of half a baguette stuffed with Serrano ham, cheese, tomatoes and olive oil. They are delicious and huge...and cheap! Be careful! Don't ask for a sandwich! A sandwich, in Spain, is simply a flat bread sandwich! Not fun... Also not fun: the bad quality and ridiculously expensive restaurants at Sa Calobra! Listen to me, keep calm and bring your bocadillo!
Tip 2: Take the Soller Tunnel! You will pay 5€, but trust me, it's worth it! If you go through the mountain, you will waste 1h! Unless you want to take the long road.
Tip 3: DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE on the way there, or on the way back! The road to Sa Calobra is beautiful but also extremely dangerous! You will be going up and down through mountainous slopes of narrow paths and blind turns...Your full awareness is required!
Afternoon: On your way back to Palma, make a worthy detour to Port de Soller, park and take a stroll through this lovely and picturesque fishermen village! Walk on the marina and choose your spot for a nice and cold Cava Sangria (cava is the equivalent of champagne, this sangria is made with champagne instead of red wine)! Shopping is great in Port de Soller, especially if you are looking for a funky basket!
Evening: That evening, we went for dinner at Valldemossa, where the Artdemossa Fair was taking place. I've spoken about Valldemossa previously, but I had never seen it at night. It was beautifully lit, with bands performing at every corner of the village, and cute little shops open til late! So check out the local events and go check it out!
DAY 2 (wear sneakers!)
Morning: Drive early to Cuevas del Drach (the dragon's cave)! A subterranean world of turquoise lakes and threatening stalactites! A must-go-to place! Kids will love it and you too! That's it! I'm not spoiling it for you! You need to go and see it for yourself!
Lunch: Head straight to Playa de Muro for lunch on the beach! Playa de Muro is the longest beach on the island and reminds me a lot of the Caribbean...white sand, turquoise water, and tiki bars! I personally tried entrance 7, but there are many, so I suggest you drive along and spot your kinda place!
Afternoon: Head south to Caló des Moro for a rare beach experience! Caló des Moro is a beach I love to go to simply because I've never seen anything quite like it! They are basically 3 beaches in 1! The main one is Caló des Moro, but do not hesitate to walk around the cliffs! You will find a hidden micro-beach (if you can call it that way!), crushed between 3 fishermen's houses and rocks! Righ in front of that, another beach! A very special little corner with amazing views! Relax and enjoy until the sun goes down!
Morning: Breakfast, not at Tiffany's but at the Hotel Maricel.*****. A classy, typically Spanish mansion sitting on top of the rocks, facing the Mediterranean. If your wallet allows, then why not spend the whole day by the swimming pool, or even stay overnight! TOTALLY WORTH IT!
Afternoon: Head over to Port Adriano, the most expensive and modern marina in the Mediterranean sea. Queen Elizabeth has her own megayacht parked right there! Have lunch, indulge in some shopping and take a dip at Port Adriano Beach.
Apéritif: On your way back to Palma, stop by my favorite beach, Portals, and have a drink at Roxy Beach. Try the white wine sangria...my regular.
Dinner: In Portals, John Lennon's son opened a typical British pub called the Heroes Sports Bar, with an outdoor patio, live games, and regular live bands! A little British diamond in the heart of the island! Why not take a chill pill and sip on a well-deserved concluding pims'? Onion rings are to die for by the way!
That's it for the 3 Days visiting Mallorca by car, I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek! Remember to comment and let me know if you've done any of these activities mentioned and what you thought of them!