Friday 22 September 2017

Palma de Mallorca

After a peaceful day in Deià, we woke up early on Sunday to catch the first bus to buzzing Palma. Didn't regret it! Palma de Mallorca is the capital and although it's quite a big city, it doesn't feel overwhelming to walk from the centre to the port as everything is concentrated around that area. We arrived so early that there was literally no one at the Plaza Major!

We started to get 'hangry' searching for the 200 year old café Ca'n Joan de S'Aigo in the Old Town but although it's not easy to find, we would recommend it to anyone visiting Palma. All the pastries look delicious and we were tempted to order way more than three! The traditional ensaïmada is to die for.

We then made our way to the Banys Arabs (Arab Baths), the last remaining muslim monument on the island. For only 2,50€ per person, you can't go wrong. A man was playing relaxing music in the garden and it gave a really nice atmosphere to the whole place. The area isn't very big though and you've quickly seen everything, but I'm glad we visited it. Plus, you can admire some beautiful and colourful buildings on your way!

We had to stop at the Catedral, also called La Seu, but as it was Sunday, the interior was only opened for mass and there was already a queue forming way before the time we were allowed in so we gave it a miss. However, the exterior is full of details and we stayed outside of it for a good while admiring them all and taking photos!

We walked aaaall the way to Portixol, with its sandy beach and windy breakwater, and when we came back to the centre, we were literally starving! Many places that I had a look at on TripAdvisor were unfortunately closed, but we found a café inside this beautiful art deco building called Horno Santo Cristo. It wasn't the most amazing food we had but still really good and we had plenty without spending too much.

Also, ice creams, obvs.

Before heading back to the hotel in Deià, we went around the Santa Catalina area and were surprised to find it completely different to the city centre. Definitely quite arty, modern and less touristy. The parc La Feixina was very nice (we almost fell asleep on a bench!) and we liked the view the Es Baluard was offering from the top of the contemporary extension. The museum was closing 10 mins after we'd arrived so we just looked at the installations outside. Quite refreshing!

We couldn't feel our legs anymore at the end of the afternoon but it was so worth it! Now we need to go back to Mallorca to explore other parts of the island ;)

A special thanks to Charles Marlow & Bros for this amazing opportunity! It's not everyday your client offers for you to come to Mallorca for a long weekend and to pay for the hotel and flights. I can never thank you enough!

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