Mallorca on a budget!
Change your focus, change your state of mind.
Hey guys! Where are you going this summer? Care to visit me in Mallorca?? What do you mean you don't know??...What is it? You ain't got no money? No worries! Just follow me!
Ok so, last week my friend Vanessa came to visit me and boo for 5 days. We can't say no to one of your best friends...but while we were super happy to see her, we were a bit worried about the green stuff...ya know...Let's just say she didn't come at the very best time for us financially. So what do we do? Stay home watch TV? Hell no! So this is what WE did...and what YOU should do!
DAY 1: Pick up your friend's ass at the PMI airport!: 5€ bus ride back to the city, 1€ for residents (me + boo). We could have saved 2 bucks by just giving Vanessa instructions on how to get to our place, but we're not THAT cheap... If you are, then by all means!
Once home and before you hit the street, have some pasta...because it's cheap AND it tastes good PLUS it fills you up! Which means no need to pay for expensive food outside! Smart eh??!
Grab your Camera, GoPro, IPhone etc. and walk to Rialto Living. Me + boo's favourite spot for coffee. On your way there, take your time to observe the detailed Spanish architecture and the cute and narrow streets of Palma. Rialto Living is a lifestyle store that sells books, gift items, fresh flowers, fashion, but mostly offers amazing interior design services. Before or after sitting down at their café, make sure to visit the entire store. It's a beauty! At Rialto Café, we suggest Café con leche, and 1 o 2 macarons (caramel is the best)...(about 4€ total) However, budget or no budget, Rialto is the place to go! If your pocket allows it, then try their menu!
If you have time before dinner, then continue roaming around taking photos!
We decided to go for a drink + hookah at the Indian bar/restaurant Kathi Roll Factory. About 2€ for a beer, and 15€ for hookah.
DAY 2: Visit Port de Pollensa, in the northern part of the island: 12.50€ per person, return ticket by bus. It will take you about an hour to reach Port de Pollença from the central station of Palma. I would rent a car but...
Get there early before gigantic buses packed with German tourists beat you at it! Or there will be no space left for you and your broke friends at the terrasse of Cappuccino Grand Café.
My suggestion: On this one, I suggest you stick to coffee... (2€). Make sure you sit closest to the beach, for an unobstructed view of the ocean, while sipping on your Café con leche. If your wallet permits you breakfast, then it's even better! After that, take a stroll on the pier.
For a cheap (but good) lunch in Port de Pollensa, trust me when I tell you "stay away from the beach's front line restaurants"; usually expensive and not that good, a tourist trap! Instead, just go behind the beach's front line, the street right behind usually hosts local cafeterias, with homemade meals at very reasonable prices! (We had spaghettis bolognese for 9€ each).
We came back around 5 pm to Palma, and decided to go for a drink to HOTEL TRES. It's an elegant boutique hotel built on the remains of a 16th century royal palace, and one of my favorite spots for its tranquility in the middle of the historical center of Palma. Me + boo used to come here to work on their patio. Wifi is good, and they offer a really healthy breakfast buffet for about 14€. service is always friendly and impeccable (something you begin to miss when you live in Spain!). Anyways, me + boo + broke friend + my dog Nikki came for a drink in the evening and sat in one of their giant sofas outdoor. I had a glass of white wine (4,50€), boo had a Corona (3,00€) and my friend had a mojito (10€).
DAY 3: Discover Palma's treasure! (in my opinion...): Mercat de l'Olivar. Wake up early, don't have too much of a breakfast and go straight to this amazing fresh market in the center of Palma, Walk around and be ready to spend a bit of money (if you have some!). You will want to try everything! This is THE place to go to if you want to check out local products: fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, Spanish cured ham hanging by the leg, local and imported cheese (even the French ones!). Market closes at 13h30, so be there early!
My suggestion: go to the fish section, and find yourself a spot at the Bar del Peix. You might have to play war with your elbows...but it's worth it! Order a Fritura Mixta (mix of fried fish, calamari, shrimps and bacalao for about 4€). Sprinkle some lemon... DELICIOUS! If you got some extra cash, then get a glass of white wine with that!
On your way out of the market, take the pedestrian road straight down to Plaza Major and sit at the terrasse of Mise en Place. You've guessed it...it's time for Café con Leche! And today we are meeting with Holy and Bart, a nice couple from Canada. They sold their condo, quit their jobs in finance and moved to Mallorca! Why? Well, why not! They are making really cool videos while they discover the island! Check them out on YouTube!
Surprisingly, Palma hosts a good amount of really cute coffee shops! It's important that you try the typical Spanish cafeterias, just for the experience of it, but these often have very weird vibes... except for a few of them. Mise en Place is one of those coffee shops we like to go to, it has good wifi and everything on the menu is tasty! Their pastries are particularly good, and their Burger amazing!
My suggestion: Café con leche of course, with a Palmera (Elephant ear puff pastry), the avocado toasts, the café frappé, ham and cheese croquetas, empanadas, tomato/mozzarella bagel and fresh orange juice...We spent about 9€ each that day.
The rest of the day was spent walking around the city, taking photos and window shopping, letting our intuition guide us through the streets of Palma. I suggest you do the same!
Late afternoon, after walking quite a lot, we decided to go for a cold drink at the Boutique Hotel Can Alomar. What only seems to be the narrow entrance of a fancy hotel actually hides a beautiful and private terrasse on the second floor. If you can have dinner at their restaurant De Tokyo a Lima, I strongly recommend it! But...if like me and my friends, you are going through a rough patch but still want to enjoy a bit of luxury, then by all means, go up there, sit on the terrasse and have a drink! I don't drink much, so I had a café con leche, of course... (2€).
DAY 4: A day at the beach! These last 3 days have been packed, and a day at the beach seems the perfect way to unwind and relax our tired feet. My fav' beach is Portals. Portals Nous is a small neighborhood on the coastline, right outside Palma. A big fat red and yellow bus will take you there for €2.20 and drop you off right on the main plaza. Don't follow the signs "Playa", but follow me! Go straight to Portals' Church! From there, you have an amazing view of Portals Marina, beach and beyond! Then, take that little rocky path down to Roxy Beach, the most amazing little beach bar I've ever been to, and of course my fav'! Go there early friends! Hurry up and get those two recliner chairs next to the water, order a pitcher of White Sangria (15€) and start enjoying the FREAKING VIEW!!! I could stay there all day...the view, the sun, the music, the wind, the water, the sangria... Take your time and stay as long as you want!
While you sip on your sangria, if you look at the beach, you will notice people doing paddle on the water and groups of people on "water-beetles". You can rent those by the hour for 15€, and they fit up to 5 people. Finish your sangria and head to the beach, rent one of those beetles and start working your way to the little island that faces the beach! Bring your shoes and climb all the way up on the island for an extra-effect view!
Come back to the beach and chill for the rest of the day...
DAY 5: Express visit to the village of Valdemossa. You don't have much time (and money) left before you fly back home...so let's make the most of it!
Valdemossa is a really cute and picturesque village up in the hills, 30 min away from Palma. Of course, a big, fat, red and yellow bus will take you there for about €3.00 both ways. A couple of hours are enough for you to see Valdemossa, take photos and have coffee somewhere. This village is famous because the composer Frédéric Chopin and his mistress George Sand spent a whole winter in Valdemossa, in a convent. Today you can visit their respective rooms along with the beautiful convent sitting on the hilltop with a great view. Take your camera because you will want to shoot the place!!! lol
Alright guys, this is it! I hope you liked it! Let me know if you do any of those suggested activities, and what you thought about them!
Remember! It's not because you're broke that you have to stay home!!!