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Palma de Mallorca, Stay, Travel Guide, 2016-09-26

Five days in Mallorca

Waking up at 4am doesn’t sound half as bad when you know you’re heading to Mallorca for a perfect little end of summer holiday. We had a 7am flight in Brussels with JetairFly (which has since changed its name to TUIfly and what I liked most about flying with TUIfly is the way they dim the lights at take-off and when landing the plane as well. Luckily we had a very smooth take-off and landing but I can imagine how soothing it would make the flight in case of turbulence.

We arrived in Palma de Mallorca a little before 10am and there was a little shuttlebus from TUIfly waiting to take us and other guests to our hotel.
Hotel Riu Palace Bonanza Playa is located 12km from the city centre and took us about 20min to get there.

The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful, they even offered us a glass of cava while we waited to be checked in. Which wasn’t long at all. The room was bright and beautiful but the view was the most stunning part of course.
We spent the first day lounging about, swimming in the bluest sea and planning the rest of our trip.

Continuing our lazy streak of the day before we had breakfast in bed. Scrambled eggs, fresh fruit,OJ and coffee. Simple but delicious. The breakfast area has a beautiful view overlooking the ocean and the swimming pool. Nothing beats sipping OJ and staring at palmtrees in the morning.

You can easily rent a car through the hotel for very reasonable prices but sadly we didn’t have our license for long enough to be accepted, you need to have your drivers permit for at least 3 years. Luckily it was also easy to get to the city centre by bus that stops right in front of the hotel and takes about a short half an hour to get there.

We decided to check out the wellness before going to explore the city. The pool was actually really nice because it wasn’t chlorine-based but rather salt-based which made swimming more comfortable and transitioning from pool to sea effortless.

I could see myself strolling endlessly through the city of Palma, the city is so fresh and clean and was just a delight. I love the muted off-white hues of the old buildings contrasted with the green palm trees and blue skies. This is how we stumbled across the courtyard of Hotel Tres and enjoyed some coffee and cocktails. A cappuccino and, my favorite classic cocktail, a margarita will cost you around 11€.

We ended up walking all the way to the marina but a bit of summer rain caught us by surprise and we went back to Rialto Living for some shelter. It’s a beautiful lifestyle and clothes store with a café so we could enjoy a cheeky sangria while we waited for the rain to pass.
This luckily didn’t take long and on our way to the hotel we even grabbed some icecream to cool down by the water.

Exhausted from walking around the city all day we enjoyed our dinner at the hotel, a buffet with a wide array of food choices. From pasta to fish, paella, salad or even pizza there was something for everyone.
The next day we traveled to the city to have a late lunch at Mercado Gastronomico San Juan. It’s a new indoor gourmet market located on a central square with outside seating arrangements. It houses 17 food stalls, consisting of high-quality local, national and international products so you’re bound to find something to your taste. A plate of 5 small but rich tapas toasties cost us under 10€. We also found some delicious local rosé wine for only 12€ a bottle ! ¡Salud!

We ended our day by spending it at the beach with some fun inflatable pool floats and beach ball I got from Joy back in London, they have a wide array of trinkets like this but they also sell clothes and have a great online service.

On our last day we got a bit lost trying to get to the Sóller botanic garden but we got the chance to see the beach of Port de Sóller and take a quick dip while we’re at it. A beautiful white sandy beach with a great view of the Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain chain that would have been perfect for a hike if we had some more time. Next time, for sure.

After that we had a delicious and again very affordable lunch at Bros in Palma. They have a set lunch menu for 12,90€ with a choice of 4 different starters and mains. Eline had one of the starters and I had one of the mains so we only had to pay for one menu, we were also offered a glass of cava because we had booked a table beforehand.

The seafood rigatoni was delicious, as was the mackerel toast. The portions were perfect for a light lunch that fills you up.

Since we had an early flight again the next day we decided to check out the in-house restaurant of the hotel, it was very nice and quiet which was very different from the hustle and bustle of the buffet upstairs. We enjoyed a nice salmon dish and a seafood wok as well.

We ended our last night with a bottle of cava for some pre-birthday celebrations while enjoying the spanish sea-air and the beautifully lit skyline of Mallorca.

We woke up to a beautiful sunrise and got to the airport well in time to catch our flight back to Brussels.
This is not goodbye, but see you later Mallorca.

love, l.