Travel Diaries: Palma de Mallorca By Roki Prunali
For the past four summers I have been vacationing in Palma de Mallorca during my summer holiday and every year I fall more in love with this island. With everyone crazy for Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca is way overlooked as a destination in the Balearic Islands. I wanted to share with you Pretty Birds some of my favorite places to go. Drop me a note if you have any other suggestions for Palma de Mallorca.
Not very many people know about this little gem. Cabrera is an island southeast of the main island of Palma de Mallorca. Let’s just say it is a getaway from your getaway; a natural park with views that you cannot believe. They have daily excursions leaving from Colònia de Sant Jordi, but the way to go is by a private charter or if you are fortunate to have your own boat in Mallorca. You have to reserve your own personal buoy; so don’t think of just showing up.
MUST SEE / DO: The Blue Cave and the hike from the main port to the lighthouse on the other side of the island.
Es Trenc Beach
When you envision your dream beach, with white sand and crystal blue water, Es Trenc is your place. I am talking breath-talking beaches, with the water warmer than a swimming pool that rivals those of the Caribbean. This beach can offer you the tranqulity you are searching for, but if you want to get a little crazy just walk a little further to Ses Covettes where you can get the party started at the Chiringuitos along the beach. I personally had fun with my donut floatie, which is such the craze right now.
MUST SEE / DO: Paddle board on this crystal blue water or snorkeling (I have seen sting rays at the beach on many occasions)
Don’t let the doors fool you! Once you walk in through these somewhat uninviting doors, there is a surreal world waiting for you to enter and sip on their famous cocktails. Let me just take you on a journey of what you can expect…hundreds and hundreds of fresh flowers and fruit, gorgeous statues and fountains, couples of bright love birds, and waiters dressed as if still living in the past.
MUST SEE / DO: Walk through the old stables renovated into a bar and admire the flower arrangements.
There has not been one Tapas restaurant that has not exceeded my expectations in Mallorca. You can just hand pick one and you will not be let down. Pimentos di Padron, Jamon de Pata Negra and Jamon Ibérico, fried cod balls, fresh goat cheese, “patats bravas”, and the list goes on. I recommend going with a big group so you can try everything. Two places that I have eaten at recently that I highly recommend are Tast and Koa.
MUST SEE / DO: Just eat it all!!!
In the center of Palma de Mallorca, shopping is inevitable. Even if you are not looking for anything in particular, the stores are so inviting that you just have to give a look. There are rows and rows of stores selling hippie style dresses and jewelry, but this time in Mallorca, I found two stores that are changing the way of Mallorca shopping. August is a pop up store with unique, quirky products, mostly Spanish staying true to their roots, from clothing and accessories to home décor. Rialto Living while offering more or less, there style is a bit more minimal chic with a bar that you can escape from the heat to drink a fresh squeezed orange juice.
MUST SEE / DO: Walk through the streets of the center of Mallorca and make sure you bring your cash!