8 tips for your summer holiday to Mallorca
Hi! My name is Jelena. Together with Eline, I am part of the Why Not Monday team. In the middle of September, we flew from Brussels to Mallorca at 7 am to go and discover the destination on behalf of TUI fly.
Flight TB5421 was fast and comfortable with pleasant lighting during take-off and landing. We arrived in Palma de Mallorca around 10 am and were taken to our hotel with a TUI mini bus. After a twenty-minute drive, we reached our hotel Riu Palace Bonanza Playa located about 12 kilometres from the city centre.
The hotel service was great from the get-go. We enjoyed the view of the swimming pool and the ocean in the spacious hotel lobby while we were waiting for our room and we even received a glass of cava from the friendly staff. We had a traditional room with a modern twist and a most wonderful view.
Tip #1: Frankie says relax
First things first, take a minute to relax. Enjoy the lounge chairs, take a dive into the ocean or jump into the saltwater pool (no chlorine, yay!) and take the time to plan the rest of your trip, like we did.
It is very easy to get to the city centre by public transport. There is a bus stop right across the hotel and the drive only lasts half an hour. If you have had your driver’s license for at least three years, you can also rent a car via the hotel at a reasonable price.
Tip #2: Enjoy a morning at the spa
Before we spent our first day in the beautiful city of Palma de Mallorca, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet in the hotel. No better way to start your day than sipping fresh orange juice while marvelling at the ocean in front of you.
After breakfast, we first visited the spa so that we could continue our day feeling completely invigorated. Relax and enjoy the whirlpool, sauna or steam room, or swim a few lengths in the pool. You will loosen up completely in no time!
Tip #3: Afternoon cocktails in Palma
During our walk through the city of Palma, we stumbled upon the charming courtyard of Hotel Tres where we decided to have a drink. For about €11 you can treat yourself to a classic cocktail like a Margarita, our personal favourite, and a cappuccino.
The city itself is almost surreal and boasts breathtaking colours with its wonderful blue skies, warm green palm trees and beautiful off-white buildings. On our way to the marina, we were taken by surprise by a refreshing shower. We then decided to go to Rialto Living and wait there until it stopped raining. Rialto Living is a lifestyle & fashion boutique with an adjoining café where we enjoyed a delicious sangria. :-)
Feeling a bit tired from walking all afternoon, we decided to enjoy the lavish dinner buffet at the hotel. Whether you are looking for a healthy salad, a savoury pizza or a delicious seafood dish, they have it all!
Tip #4: A gastronomic lunch
We love food markets! The different food stalls cater to all tastes. It is also a great way to discover new exciting dishes.
That is why we went to Mercado Gastronomico San Juan the next day for a late lunch. Located on a central square with places to sit outside, this new and cheap gastronomic indoor market is the place to be. The market houses 17 stalls with exquisite local, national and international products.
We bought a heavenly local rosé wine for only €12 a bottle and enjoyed a plate with 5 small, but copious tapas for less than €10. ¡Salud!
Tip #5: Enjoy the sea to the fullest!
Apart from visiting landmarks and eating good food, you should also have some fun at the beach! We bought some crazy inflatable water accessories at Joy, a store we ran into in London, and had a lot of fun!
Tip #6: Port de Sóller
On our way to visit the Sóller botanical gardens on our last day, we got lost. Suddenly we stumbled upon the beautiful stretch of white sand of Port de Sóller! It offers an amazing view of Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain range which is said to be perfect for a good hike. Maybe next time!
Tip #7: Lunch at Bros
Bros is a beautiful, charming and modern restaurant in Palma. You can come here for lunch from 12.30 to 4 pm. You pay €12.90 for lunch and you can choose between 4 different starters and main dishes. As we had booked a table in advance, they even offered us a glass of cava. We were not hungry enough to both take a starter and a main dish, and as Eline really wanted to try one of the starters and I had set my mind on one of the main dishes, it was a perfect match. This way, we only had to pay one menu. The seafood rigatoni was delicious and the portion of mackerel toast, although just a starter, was more than sufficient.
Tip #8: Unwind in the hotel
Our last night we visited the spa once more for that extra bit of relaxation. As we had an early plane to catch, we decided to escape the bustling dinner buffet and book a table at the in-house restaurant of the hotel. We had 3 small, but delicious, starters and enjoyed a stir-fried seafood dish and a heavenly salmon dish. After dinner, we took the bottle of cava with us to our room to celebrate my birthday and we enjoyed the beautifully lit skyline of Mallorca.
We were woken up by a beautiful sunrise and after a last look at the palm trees and the ocean, we hurried to the airport. Luckily, we arrived there on time.
See you next time Mallorca, you were amazing!
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