Almost immediately after our last beach vacation to Tropea, Italy (see posts from there here, here, here, here), I was begging Ken for another blue water holiday. As much as I love touring through old european cities, I think my heart belongs on the beach.
Once Ken and I got clearance for our travel visas (see this post to read more on that trouble), we starting thinking about where in the world we wanted to go next! Mallorca was one spot that was always on our raider because our neighbours that live above us (who are now good friends!) were married on the island. They both rave about the spot and highly recommend that we visit while still living in London. It's a quick 1.5 hour flight and the weather looked in our favour - so we booked it.
The flat we stayed in was one we booked on Air b&b. Since we were booking only a few weeks before our arrival, there wasn't much to choose from. We ended up going with a place just out side of the main city, Palma. It was a quick 10 minute taxi drive from the city centre and had the most amazing view (the two photos above were taken from our balcony).
Our first day in Mallorca, we wanted to stay local and get a feel of the area we were staying in. There was a main strip full of restaurants, small shops and bars a stones throw away from our flat, so we wandered about before finding a small cafe over looking the water.
Once we had our caffeine fill, we slowly made our way towards to beach, stopping for photos of pretty streets and flowers along the way. I was really testing Ken's patience because I couldnt help photograph everything we passed.
This was one of the nicest beaches we found in our area, called Cala Major. The sand was like powder and the water was crystal clear for as far as the eye could see. You actually have to wade out about 200 meters for the water to be more than about 4 feet deep. Sadly, since we were so early in the season, the water was freezing! Ken didn't really mind a cold dip in the sea, but getting my ankles wet was more than enough for me.
After a good few hours soaking up the sun in our lounge chairs, we were ready for some lunch. The beach has two small restaurants. We had lunch at Kokomo twice and loved it. We found a quiet spot in the shade and ordered an ice coffee, a beer and garlic shrimp which we had seen another table order and were drooling.
You better believe we gobbled that up in two seconds flat.
At sunset, we made our way back to our flat and made friends with the staff that worked in the little bar in our complex. Ken and I were both eager to order a gin and tonic because we had heard the spanish love them. The ones we had at our complex weren't anything special, but we did have one at a restaurant in the northern part of the island that was damn good.
I hope you made it to the end of this post! I know, it's a long one. I'll be the first one to admit, I'm a bit trigger happy when on vacation, especially when the surroundings are so dreamy!
Since I wasn't able to get my butt in gear over the last we weeks while we were travelling, I have a TON of posts coming your way. A few more from Palma, as well as Deia and Seville!
The dress is an old one from Sheinside, but I've linked a ton of others that I love below :