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  • 48 Hours In Mallorca

    39.6953° N, 3.0176° E

    "Off the coast of Spain in the Balearic Sea lies a chain of islands, and the largest of them is Mallorca, a place steeped in history"

    Off the coast of Spain in the Balearic Sea lies a chain of islands, and the largest of them is Mallorca, a place steeped in history. From traces of early prehistoric settlements, Roman and Phoenician civilizations, to a castle from the Middle Ages, there is no shortage of wonderment. Everything in Mallorca seems to be dipped in saturation, the walls and the streets all drip an orangey glow. Plus, it has the weather to match, its Mediterranean climate is dry and hot but not humid. The water that surrounds the island is a vibrant turquoise blue, the beaches are golden and the green palm trees sway gently as the wind blows through them. If you’re going to spend some time here, you’ll want to pack your nicest linen shirts, light cotton t-shirts and polos, a pair of well fitting shorts and chinos. In terms of footwear, you should bring along a pair of sandals and espadrilles.

    We spent some time on the island of Mallorca and took in its unforgettable surroundings. Should you ever find yourself here, there are a few things that you must see.

    Day One

    Where to stay, 4:00 PM – Gpro Valparaiso Palace and Spa.
    One of our stays during our visit to Mallorca, Spain, was at the GPRO Valparaiso Palace Hotel & Spa, which is located in the Island city of Palma de Majorca.  It is described as an Urban Resort, that is surrounded by endless beauty, such as the historic Bellver CastleLa Seu Cathedral, and, the S’Hort del Rei Gardens. If you wanted to escape to an island getaway and needed a place to stay this is where you need to go. It is also not short on modernity, as it combines elements of a resort hotel in an elegant ambience. The 174-rooms are well suited to for any taste level and range from cozy single rooms, junior suites to grand family suites that are perfect for families and couples traveling together. If there is a day you decide not to explore the local town, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied within the grounds. Start your morning at the fully equipped fitness center, spend some time in the heated pool, and book a massage at their spa.

    A visit to the village of Valldemossa, 9:30 AM.
    Valldemossa is a village and municipality on the island of Majorca, part of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. It is famous for one landmark: the Royal Charterhouse of Valldemossa, built at the beginning of the 14th century, when the mystic and philosopher Ramon Llull lived in this area of Majorca. Valldemossa is a very attractive tourist destination, as it shows early Spanish culture.

    A quick pit stop at Sa Foradada and the Son Marroig viewpoint, 12:00 PM.
    Sa Foradada is a peninsula of the Tramuntana mountain range, in the municipal district of Deià. Its name is due to the impressive hole that can be seen in it, measuring some 18m in diameter, and which can be seen from various parts of the mountain range. The best place to see it from is the viewpoint of Son Marroig, a striking image of the island of Mallorca.

    Arrive at Deià, 1:00PM.
    Deià is a small coastal village in the Serra de Tramuntana, which forms the northern ridge of the Spanish island of Mallorca. It is located about 16 kilometres (10 mi) north of Valldemossa, and it is known for its literary and musical residents. Its idyllic landscape, orange and olive groves on steep cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean, served as a draw for German, English, and American expatriates after the First World War. Richard Branson has a luxury residence in the town.

    Lunch at Belmond La Residencia, 1:30 PM.
    Set in 2 stone manor houses, this luxe hotel is an 8-minute walk from La Casa de Robert Graves and 11 km from Valldemossa Charterhouse monastery. Old-school rooms have Mallorcan antiques, patios and free Wi-Fi, plus TVs with DVD players. Suites add private gardens, sitting areas and marble bathrooms. Some have wet bars, 4-poster beds or private pools. The villa comes with a fireplace, kitchen and heated pool. Freebies include a breakfast buffet, boat tours, and parking. Dining options include 3 Mediterranean restaurants and 1 bistro/bar. There are tennis courts and 2 outdoor pools. The spa has an indoor pool, a sauna, gym and treatment rooms.

    Head to the town of Sóller and take the tram to the Port of Sóller, 3:30 PM.

    Sóller is a town and municipality near the north west coast of Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands of Spain. Take the historic tramway, Tranvía de Sóller, to get to the Port de Sóller. The port is a beach side village where you will see the beautiful edges of the island. 

    Dinner at the Hotel Cap Rocat, 6:00 PM. 

    The hotel Cap Rocat was once a former military fortress located in the most secluded area of the bay of Palma de Mallorca. Stunningly blended into the landscape, this magnificent fortress has been totally refurbished by architect Antonio Obrador without altering its unique architecture and its natural environment.

    Back to the hotel, 9:30 PM.

    Day Two

    Visit the town of Puerto de Alcúdia, Alcúdia’s Bay Beach and its historic quarter, 9:00 AM.
    Visit the area surrounding the fishing harbour, where you will find small shops and restaurants dotted throughout the marina. You’ll spot luxury yachts and humble fishing vessels that go out every morning to find the catch for the day. You’ll want to walk the promenade that runs parallel to the beaches.

    Departure towards the viewpoint in Colomer, 11:00 AM.
    The viewpoints offers incredible views, especially during the sunset and the sunrise. There you will find a system of old lighthouses that was built to warn the island of potential attacks from pirates in the 17th century.

    Lunch at the Hotel BARCELÓ FORMENTOR, 12:30PM.

    Visit the City of Palma, 2:30 PM.
    Palma was founded as a Roman camp upon the remains of a Talaiotic settlement. With a population of approximately over 600,000, Palma is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. You will be spending the rest of your day here so make sure you visit the Mercat de l’Olivar for shopping and local fare, the historic Palma Cathedral Le Seu, and

    Have dinner and a cocktail at the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular, 7:30 PM.
    Pop into the rooftop terrace for a delicious cocktail and enjoy a dinner at Quadrat Restaurant for a taste of Mediterranean cuisine that is presented with contemporary approach.

    Back to the hotel, 10:00 PM.
    You can decide to end your trip here or you can continue on to Ibiza, a place the is always ready to party and celebrate any time you are there

    Words: Marcus Troy
    Photography: Naskademini

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