I’m not really a beach person.
I like to lay around and drink as much as the next guy but I don’t care for too much sunlight (I’m a quarter Romanian so you know what that means…) and swimming in the ocean unnerves me with the whole cast of The Little Mermaid down there just waiting to bite your toes off. Nevertheless, I decided to check out Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic islands, upon being lured in by a €7 RyanAir flight (seriously!). “At that price, you really can’t afford not to go,” I justified to myself.
The best way to get around Mallorca is to get your own wheels. Since I’m none too skilled at cycling, I rented a car to explore the island. At about an hour from end to end, do yourself a favor and don’t worry too much about where on the island you want to stay (like I did). Mallorcan roads are beautifully planned with very few traffic lights, only roundabouts with signs pointing toward every town so and barely need a map. There is bus service to many places on the island too but there’s a lot you’ll miss if you can’t make your own way.
Ten Minutes in the Sand
Like a good tourist, I hit the beach first checking out a few small coves long enough to get my toes sandy before taking off to explore Mallorca’s diverse landscapes. As you move away from the more popular tourist spots, you’ll find rugged coast, serene farmland and winding back roads up and down mountain passages and its nearly impossible to get yourself too lost. In the west, the towns of Sóller and Deià sit delicately nestled in the Tramuntana mountains. In the southeast, Cala Figuera offers stunning rocky cliffs overlooking deep blue sea. In the heart of the island, Sineu is charming and Palma, where you’ll no doubt arrive, has its share of culture and history including a rather impressive cathedral just off the coast.
Have you been to Mallorca? Did you prefer to spend your time relaxing or exploring while on vacation?