If you follow me on Instagram (which of course you do, right?), then you know the boyfriend and I have been enjoying the Spanish life on the vacation-famous island of Mallorca! (A.K.A. Majorca if you use the American spelling). Here's what you need to do while visiting!
1. Hidden beach bays in the north west
My favourite way to spend the day in Mallorca was at the hidden beach playa cala Cap Falco. In the north west side of the island, its very mountainous, which makes for lots of small bays.
How do you find a secret beach? Go to the area, and start asking around.
Playa cala Cap Falco is really truly hidden from sight. From the main road there's a small sign and a dusty, rocky pathway. You would only know how to get to the beach if someone told you. Thankfully some British men in a golf cart came up the path and pointed us in the right direction as there were multiple paths downwards.
Recently it seems the beach has gotten online! Visit their website for details on how to find the beach.
I was surprised to find that at the secret beach it's fully serviced. Playa cala Cap Falco had umbrellas and sun chairs, a full dining area, a trendy lounge area, a lifeguard, a shuttle boat to and from the yachts that anchor close by the bay, and a little tikki hut.
The hut had fantastic drinks and impressive meals, along with very good looking staff. They clearly hired the best looking internationals and locals available to work the hut, and cater to the upscale tourists who visit the hidden beach area.
The tourists who visit the area are mostly adults without children, and seem to be the type to avoid the overrun, loud, public, tourists beaches.
Surprisingly, two beach chairs and an umbrella ran 13,50 € as compared to 16,00 € at the public beach, though the secret beach offered a much nicer atmosphere.
Valldemossa is a beautiful small town in the mountains. It is very quaint with gorgeous stone streets, and flower pots outside all of the little homes. No road is straight, and it makes for lovely photos.
It gets very busy in the high season, so go early in the morning or after 4 PM and do a quick walk off of the main roads to get a real sense of the place.
3. Southern white sand beaches
Opposite from the north west where the island is very mountainous, the south is flat, with large, long white sand beaches. Gorgeous, just in a different way.
4. Tapas & patios
The Spanish are famous for their tapas, so it is mandatory to go out to one of the many patios and sample all the little tapas dishes. The city center area of Palma is perfect to find these locations.
The patios are charming; a perfect spot for people watching and there's often musicians playing near by. Pssst, get the dates wrapped in bacon, they are delish!
5. Yacht Club: Portals Nous
Get a glimpse of how to 0.000001% live at the Portals Nous. It is an oasis of luxury yachts docked in the harbour. The area is not closed off, and anyone can walk on the docks, past the super sports cars, and yachts.
Skippers are busy cleaning the pristine boats, while the owners, and wish-they-were-owners dine at the many cafe's and restaurants available overlooking the harbour.
Be sure to dress to impress, any time of day. From what I've been told it's a very 'see & be seen' type location.
6. Scooter through Spanish streets
To get an authentic Spanish experience, rent a Vespa to ride through the Spanish streets, and get around the island easily without public transportation. You won't be taken for a tourist as you whiz past the cars and traffic.
Though be warned, previous scooter or motorcycle experience is highly suggested, as well as a GPS. If you're not highly familiar with the area, a GPS really is an absolute necessity, don't skip it!
7. Breath-taking views on the Ma-10 ride
The boyfriend wanted to give me the full European experience. As such, he rented the Vespa, and headed off into the Spanish mountains with myself on the back.
The windy Ma-10 road presents fantastic views. As you ride higher and higher into the mountains, here and there you'll get glimpses of the turquoise water far below.
It's a beautiful ride... but a little scary on a Vespa. I'd suggest a car for the mountain roads as they are quite windy.
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Are you looking at Spain for a possible upcoming trip? What are you hoping to see and do?