THE TRAVEL GUIDE: MALLORCA
Mallorca is all about its secluded beaches, Sangria and Pintxos.
From Cala d'or to Sa Calobra, we easily spent a week in Mallorca just exploring it's coast and eating our way around.
It's best to stay in central Palma so that you have a central home base and from there you'll be able to travel anywhere around the island. We stayed in an Airbnb which was the perfect location near the Plaça d'Espanya, surrounded by restaurants, bars and the Metro.
When it comes to food in Mallorca, seafood reigns, so be prepared for plates overflowing with Octopus and bars full of Pinxtos. Every Tuesday night in Old Town, bars have an event on called Ruta Martiana, which is a must do. Each bar offers a range of small dishes of tapas, which you select one with a drink for €2. The idea is to bar hop and eat at each place along the restaurant route. Read more about it here.
For dinner be sure to head to La Rosa Vermutería for the best food and cocktails in Palma in the most lively hole in the wall location. We had to go twice to be sure to try everything we wanted on the extensive menu, and it did not disappoint. Ensure you head their early or make a booking because it is extremely popular.
Carrer Rosa, 5, 07003 Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain
For coffee, theres one spot to go and thats Rapha. It's a cycling clubhouse with 18 stores worldwide, the newest being in both Mallorca and Melbourne. With coffee from London, they have both their coffee and cold brew at a Melbourne snob standard, and is the perfect stop every morning either for Breakfast or before Breakfast, to get your caffeine fix.
Plaça del Rosari, 1, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
EXPLORE! Mallorca is a destination that needs to be explored from one end to the other. If you're staying in Palma, the main beach, Platja de Can Pere Antoni is where your mornings should be spent with the locals. Once it hits lunchtime, head to Old Town and explore the Cathedral and surrounds, walk around the leather shops and pick up the perfect pair of rope sandals or a basket bag for your beach trip. Late afternoon for beachside drinks, Anima beach club will be your go to. It's central, its relaxed and laid back, and perfect for sunset drinks while the weather is warm.
Autocia del Levante, s/n, 07006, Palma, Islas Baleares, Spain
Hire a car, pack your beach bags and go for a drive. Mallorca has an incredible amount of isolated beaches and top of my list is, Sa Calobra. The drive there is incredible as you climb the mountains with hairpin turns, it is not for the faint-hearted, especially driving on the opposite side of the road for us Aussie's. Once you get there, you'll have to walk through caves under the Heritage Listed mountains, until you arrive at the smallest stretch of shore which emerges between two huge rock formations, and the clearest water you will come across. The earlier you arrive there the better as it does get ridiculously busy when the Ferry and buses begin to show up. Before lunch you'll be sharing the beach with cyclists, stopping for a swim after riding one of the worlds most difficult climbs.
Haven't had enough of the coast yet? Then keep the car and beach hop between Cala d'Or, Cala Deià and Mondragó Natural Park.