Less than two weeks ago, we were in Mallorca to attend two of our friends’ wedding. The bride I know from high school. We were in the same class together and it’s amazing how long we’ve come and to see her get married ten years later. The groom I met later when they started dating and we started hanging out with them. They got married on the cliffside of Southern Mallorca. As the sun set, the two walked down the isle and read out their vows. It was a water fest, y’all. I’m so incredibly happy for the newlyweds and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!
We spent the entire week enjoying Mallorca with a group of our friends. These photos are some impressions of Mallorca. Here’s my Mallorca travel diary and I’ve also summed up a list of things to do on the island. Here it is – enjoy!
Said to be one of composer Chopin and writer George Sand’s favorite places, Valldemossa is a charming little village in the hills of the Tramuntana range. It’s not that far from Palma (the city center) – about a half an hour drive. Its narrow cobblestone streets and picturesque houses, make Valldemossa one of the most beautiful places to visit on the island.
2. Port de Soller
One of the most peaceful boulevards I’ve ever seen, with white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. We went here to soak up the sun on the terrace and enjoy a sangria. An old Spanish heritage tramway links the port to the town of Soller.
3. Palma Cathedral
One of few cathedrals that overlook the sea. Palma Cathedral is located in the Old Town of Mallorca. Designed in the Catalan gothic style, the cathedral is 121m long and 55m wide. I love photographing cathedrals and so I had to step into Palma Cathedral to shoot a wide open photo of the structured ceiling.
1. Go hiking
Mallorca is a great place for hikers. With its many hillsides, there are loads of hiking trails you can do. We didn’t have much time but we managed to fit in a short hike near Soller (and enjoyed magnificent views on the ocean).
2. Go on a catamaran
One of my favorite things we did in Mallorca was go on a catamaran. I had never been on one before, but found a totally zen moment on the front of the deck on the net. There’s nothing more peaceful than riding the waves on a catamaran (if you don’t get seasick).
3. ..and go snorkeling
Alright I didn’t actually do this – I’m too chicken to go into the water. Afraid that I’ll be eaten by a shark or pulled down by a giant octopus (hey, it can happen). The others did go in and shot some amazing footage of the underwater world!
And some last notes:
If you’re looking for great food in Mallorca, visit Ombu in Palma. The restaurant serves tapas dishes with a modern twist. We had a beautiful steak tartare with foie gras and truffle sauce, a seared tuna in ponzu and a delicious burrata dish (burrata is always a good idea). For a more traditional restaurant, I recommend Can Pedro, a restaurant that served the best olives I’ve had so far (juicy, not as salty as we get here in the Netherlands, and most of all rich in flavor), Iberico ham platters and tomato and garlic on toast. The highlight for me at Can Pedro was the crispy and juicy suckling pig!Alright I didn’t actually do this – I’m too chicken to go into the water. Afraid that I’ll be eaten by a shark or pulled down by a giant octopus (hey, it can happen). The others did go in and shot some amazing footage of the underwater world!
And if you are visiting Mallorca with friends, my advice is to rent a villa on the island. Prices are not that much higher than hotels and you get a ton of space and extras (private pool anyone?). We stayed in this villa and spent most of our days in the pool, with our flamingo pet ‘Mingo (yeah, not that original).
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post! I’m planning my next travel already so keep an eye on the blog!