Majorca, the largest island large of the Balearic Islands as well? one of the most? known localit? Iberian seaside resorts in the Mediterranean. A varied and multifaceted island with enchanting beaches and villages rich in history and culture, perched on the hills. To get to know Mallorca in depth? very useful to rent a vehicle and discover every corner, considering that the distances between east and west, north and south, do not exceed 90 km.
We leave in the early afternoon from the airport? Marco Polo? of Venice and after a short flight of about 2 hours we land at Palma de Mallorca airport.
We collect the previously rented car and set off towards the east coast of the island and precisely to the beautiful locality. by? Cala Millor? (about 60 km), where, for our holiday on the island, we booked a hotel overlooking the very long and golden? Playa de Cala Millor ?.
We arrive in the late afternoon, and after checking in and opening the luggage, we conclude our day with a beautiful and relaxing evening walk along the beautiful promenade dotted with restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors and all kinds of shops.
We dedicate this day entirely to relaxation more? total on the beach, enjoying the sun and the wonderful deep blue sea with its crystal clear waters.
Wake up very early, breakfast and departure to visit the capital of the island? Palma de Mallorca. After having easily found parking at the port, practically in front of the Cathedral, we set out to visit the historic center as well as? of the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria in its Majorcan Gothic style.
At the end of the morning we set off again along the South-West coast, with a short stop in the locality. seaside resort of Palmanova, where we have lunch with an exquisite paella de mariscos.
Sated, we resume our journey along the west coast, climbing north to reach the locality? of Valldemossa in the Sierra de Tramontana.
Along the road, between Andratx and Estellencs, we find the? Mirador de Riccardo Roca? with a restaurant and parking nearby. ? it is almost imperative to make a short stop to climb the Mirador, where we can admire a breathtaking view of the west coast.
At the end of the short panoramic and photographic stop, we continue on our way up to Valldemossa, a beautiful rural village located in the hills of the Tramuntana, surrounded by olive and almond groves. We stop to visit this characteristic small and quiet village and, walking through its narrow streets adorned with stone houses, we reach the former Carthusian monastery, the? Cartuja de Jes? S Nazareno ?, a tourist reference point of the village, which, in the past ? it has been the site of spiritual retreats for many artists and composers, including the very famous composer F. Chopin.
After having quenched our thirst in the shade of a quiet bar, enjoying the quiet of the late afternoon of this beautiful village, we leave again in the direction of Palma, and then continue quickly to our hotel, where after a regenerating shower, we are ready for an exquisite dinner at a typical restaurant of Cala Millor. We end the day immersing ourselves in the chaotic but nice nightlife, enjoying a fresh mojito.
We reserve the morning of the day for relaxing on the beach, while in the afternoon we leave the deck chair to go shopping, walking along the kilometer-long pedestrian street that goes from one end of Cala Millor to the other, dotted with many shops, boutiques, perfumeries, souvenirs and whatnot.
After having relatively rested and relaxed, we decide to go and discover the north of the island.
So? breakfast and departure for Port d? Alcudia and Alcudia (about 50 km).
Port d? Alcudia, located on the bay of the north-eastern coast of the island,? a known location? bathing area with a prestigious and very long white sand beach, very popular for its shallow and safe waters, ideal for families with children.
A couple of kilometers from Port d? Alcudia is the medieval town of Alcudia, surrounded by a mighty wall that encloses its beautiful historic center characterized by a maze of narrow alleys and ancient buildings that make our imagination gallop in the Middle Ages.
After the visit to Alcudia, we return to our car to head towards Cap Formentor, the extreme northern point of the Formentor promontory, as well as? of the island itself, an almost surreal place made up of jagged cliffs that jut into the sea. The boss ? reachable through a spectacular road full of bends and impervious hairpin bends that winds for 13,5 km, until you reach the tip of the cape where the lighthouse stands majestically, and from there? enjoy incredibly fantastic views.
For obvious reasons of security and reduced availability? parking on top of the promontory, the ascent to the lighthouse is carried out by a shuttle bus service, which transport tourists from the parking lot to the lighthouse.
Having consumed a cold drink at the lighthouse bar and taking countless photographs in memory of these wonderful views, we take the shuttle back to the parking lot, where many other visitors are waiting.
Taking the car back we head towards the town of Pollen? A, a typical locality? of the interior of Mallorca, where you can breathe all its tranquility. We park and walk along the winding alleys of its historic center until we reach the beautiful Plaza Mayor, surrounded by cafes? and outdoor restaurants and dominated by the beautiful church? Our Lady of the Angels ?, built in the th? century by the Knights Templar. Considering the hour and the hunger we then decide to have lunch in one of these characteristic restaurants that surround this nice square.
After the delicious lunch, we still take some time to finish the visit of this beautiful and quiet town, before embarking on our return journey to Cala Millor.
Still slightly tired from the previous day's tour, we allow ourselves entirely to rest on a sunbed and umbrella on the beach in the company of a good book and an ipod to relax with beautiful music, alternating rest with a stroll along the promenade, quenching our thirst with a fresh and good cerveza local.
We reserve this day for the exploration of the extreme eastern part of the island: Cala Ratjada.
Before reaching for? the picturesque and elegant resort? tourist of Cala Ratjada, we head towards Cala Agulla, where the car is parked in a large pine forest, we are preparing to do a little? of healthy trekking along the well-signposted? route 40 ?, which crosses the nature reserve, winding through a beautiful and fragrant pine forest, from Cala Agulla to the small and beautiful beach of Cala Mesquida. Tired and hot from the walk, we allow ourselves a nice swim in the sea and a well-deserved beer.
Recovering our strengths, we set out on our journey by retracing our steps to reach Cala Agulla, after having covered about ten kilometers.
Refreshed and recovered the car, we now head to the nearby Cala Ratjada, once a quiet fishing village, today? an elegant tourist town with a considerable amount? and quality? of coves and coves that attract many tourists every year.
After spending the afternoon walking around Cala Ratjada, we return to the hotel, tired but satisfied with the beautiful day spent.
From Cala Millor we go down along the east coast to reach the enchanting and renowned resort? chic of Cala d? Or, a highly touristic resort made up of delightful small coves, many suggestive, with well-equipped beaches of soft sand and shallow crystalline sea.
At lunchtime and a little peckish, we move towards the center where we are literally amazed to see entire streets dotted with restaurants and bars of all kinds and types that, given the time, had set the outside tables that were being set. gradually filling up with hungry tourists.
Therefore, considering the embarrassment of choice, the various aromas of dishes that pervaded the streets, capturing our throat, as well as? the smiling and kind invitation of a pretty girl who skillfully captured our attention by offering us some very stimulating dishes, we convince ourselves and we sit at a table in the shade of a majestic tree adorned with a wonderful bougainvillea arch to taste some excellent tapas with a fresh sangria.
We have reached the end of our vacation, and this? the last day that there? remained to enjoy a few more corners of this wonderful island, so we reserved a morning of trekking in the nearby peninsula - Natural Area of Special Interest (ANEI), which occupies about 200 hectares of great natural, cultural and historical value, located between Cala Millor and the residential areas of Sa Coma, called? Punta de n? Amer ?.
Armed with a backpack with adequate water supply, protective sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, from the hotel we walk along the? Passeig de la Mar ?, until we find a dirt track that leads us to? Es Castell? defensive observation tower from the seventeenth? century, located in the center of the peninsula.
After a short stop and some photos of the bay of Cala Millor and Sa Coma taken from the top? of the tower, we continue our walk through this splendid natural area immersing ourselves in the typical and fragrant vegetation of this coastal area: dunes with Phoenician juniper, thymo, rosemary, rocks with sea fennel and lemon, as well as? pine forest with Mediterranean heather, pines, palm groves and many other varieties? of flora. An intoxicating circular itinerary of about 9 km.
We return to the hotel and end the day on the beach basking in the sun, with the sad thought that tomorrow we will have to say goodbye to this godsend.
Here we are at the end of our vacation. We spend the morning lazily preparing the luggage and for the last purchases of small souvenirs. After checking out at the hotel and after a last nostalgic farewell to Cala Millor, we take the road to the airport, where you complete the car return procedures, we dive into the airport chaos ready for our return journey.
Adi? S Mallorca!