First real vacation in awhile, and I have to say that this island has entered my top three destinations in the world. Mallorca, Spain is one of the Balearic Islands, sitting in the Mediterranean, more specifically the Balearic Sea. This island has everything a traveler could want. Hiking in the Teix Mountain, swimming in the Balearic Sea, or even the nightlife in Palma. My husband, Cole and I, have been looking forward to this trip for months and the island did not disappoint. We flew out of Dusseldorf airport (DUS) on Saturday ( 14 July) and arrived back in Dusseldorf on Tuesday (17 July) night. As with any adventure; there were delays, exhaustion, lots of walking, beautiful sites and some delicious food.
Day 1: Arrival-the beginning of the adventure
Starting out on our adventure on Saturday, our original flight was not supposed to leave until a little after 5 in the evening. To say
the least our gate changed three different times and our flight ended up getting delayed until around 6:30. So, we found a little bar/restaurant to sit, eat, and calm down those pre-flight jitters. We were in Germany, so we had to have some bratwursts, potatoes and two Cokes, while we were waiting at our first gate. After, walking to the other two and ending up on the other side of our original gate, we sat back down at the bar and got a blueberry muffin and two beers.
Airports seem to love the ‘hurry-up-and-wait’ game. Once we were boarded, we had to wait another 30 minutes before take off. Once in the air, we had a two-and-a-half flight to the city of Palma de Mallorca (PMI).
After disembarking the plane, we walked down to where all of the transportation options were, and decided on just taking a taxi into the city. We made this decision because we were both getting hungry and didn’t have small bills (under 10 euro) to purchase the public transportation bus ticket into the city. **Something to consider: most public transportation systems (bus, trams, etc.) do not accept bills above 10 euro and prefer exact change.** Only a 15 minute ride into the city, we were let out in front of Palma Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Maria). This Cathedral is beautiful! Especially when it is lit up at night.
It was a little after 10 at night at this point, we were both hungry and excited to explore this island. Walking about 5 minutes from the Cathedral, we came across this little area that had about four restaurants and a little mini market. First stop, mini market. We have a tendency to not really take any toiletries with us. Mainly because, we don’t take checked baggage. However, there is also an experience when you go into a market or grocery store in a new country. You really get to see what the people of that city or country are like.
Around the corner from the mini market, there was a tapas restaurant, (most restaurants in Mallorca sell tapas), named Cafe Arenas. We found a seat that was great for people watching and proceeded to order 4 tapas (they were sampler size) with a couple drinks. The tapas that we ordered were as follows: Fried Mallorcan (fried liver); Chorizo can patatas (chorizo with potatoes); Gambias al ajilo (prawns in oil); and Carne en salsa (meaat in sauce). Splitting this was perfect for us. Great evening snack. Let me just say I was presently surprise with how much I enjoyed all of the tapas we order-including the fried liver! Just try it!
Not realizing at this moment that the last bus to Deia stopped running at 10 pm, we were forced to take a taxi to our hotel. It is about a 45 minute ride to the village, up the mountain. Once in the village, we had to actually walk around for a few minutes because we couldn’t find the hotel and there was a party going on at one of the restaurants.
Once at the hotel, Hostal VillaVerde, we actually had to call the man who runs the Hostel because it was a little after midnight. **We had emailed him when our flight was delayed to let him know that we wouldn’t be arriving until around midnight.** Just be aware that not all hotels/hostels in these smaller villages have 24 hour reception but just communicate with them and you should be fine.** The hostel owner lives next door, so he just popped over to check us in. For this particular place, you have to pay upfront, which can be cash or card. However, we decided to go ahead and pay for breakfast (yes, it’s an additional cost) for all 3 mornings for the both of us. (8 euro per person, per day).
Checked in and exhausted, we made our way up the two flights of stairs to our room on the third floor. Our room was on the corner of the building which allows for some awesome wind drafts through the night.
Hostal VillaVerde (My Thoughts)
To start, this accommodation is not what many people think of when they think of a hostel (bunk beds, sharing with multiple people, no en-suite bathroom). This is opposite of that image, a private room with a double bed and an en-suite bathroom. Also, the rooms were larger than expected and the views were gorgeous! There is free wifi through the entire place. The terrace is a great place to sit and just take in the view.
There is a television in one of the rooms downstairs that everyone shares because there are none in the bedrooms. –But, hey you are on vacation, enjoy the views!–They do not provide toiletries or anything like that but there is a market right down the street. The views from our bedroom and bathroom were stunning! Like most residential areas, there is no central air, but they do provide a fan and the breeze when the windows are open is just enough. We decided to buy the breakfast that was a typical European breakfast (cheese, ham, a selection of breads, corn flakes, coffee, tea, etc. ). I highly recommend staying in this hostel/hotel!! (Less than 100 euro a night).
Day 2: Exploring Deia
Deia is a small village to the west of the island of Mallorca. Residing in the valley of the Teix Mountain, this is a great area to stay in if you not only love the mountains or the sea but also aren’t a fan of the hustle and bustle of the city life. This village is definitely worth seeing if you are anywhere on the island. Highly recommend visiting.
Starting with the breakfast at the hotel around 8, then set off on an adventure! We had decided that we wanted to go to Cala Deia (the beach of Deia) and used the wifi at the hotel to pull up a map and walk. Now, I will say the first time we went out there, we followed the road to get us there and it took about 45 minutes or so, walking.–We found a quicker way, stay tuned.–
This beach looks exactly like the pictures, beautiful! The mountains meeting the Balearic Sea, there is something magical about it.
This beach is not what you think of a beach (sand, crowded, umbrellas everywhere). Where there would be sand, there are rocks (they are incredibly smooth). Where there would be umbrellas, there are natural shadows. And, at the most crowded we saw it there was only 150 or so other people. And to top it all of, if the tide is out, the water is crystal clear!
Even though it is not the easiest to get into the water (because of the slippery rocks), once you’re in the water there is sand and it is pretty easy to stand. So, do not worry! We swam, talked, and enjoyed the scenery for a few hours before walking up to the neighboring restaurant, Casa Patro March, to enjoy a few beers and breathe in this pure air.
Heading back to the hotel to shower and change, we found a hiking trail that was pointing to the city of Deia. We thought, “why not see where it goes?” and so we started up these trails. Walking through an olive tree garden and meeting a few goats on the way. This path cut our walk time down to about 30 minutes instead of 45. Just follow the signs! We detoured at one point because we did not see the sign and ended up in the backyard of a villa–we knew this was not right, but hey, it is an adventure, right?–Making our way back to the last sign we saw, we got on the right trail. Be aware: there are tree roots and rocks on the side of the path, don’t twist your ankle like I did.
**This trail is going up the mountain, so it is a nice little hike**
Once the sea-water had been washed off and we had clean clothes on, we were starting to get hungry. We made our way down from the hotel, to where the shops and restaurants are located, and found a place named, San Fonda. Sitting down around 3 in the afternoon, we got a few drinks and Jamon (basically and bread and meat plate). It was just enough to fill us up before walking around a little more.
Leaving lunch, we explored the city and ended up stopping in the little supermarket. Buying a bottle of whiskey, some sodas, snacks, water and lotion. Going back to the beautiful terrace of the hotel, we sat, drank and played cards. Before heading to dinner, I took a 30 minute power nap (don’t judge).
One of the other restaurants in Deia, Can Javi, was a great stop for dinner. My husband had a tuna salad and I had a cheeseburger. –You know I had to have a least one.–This place was delicious and had a view that was so peaceful. Highly recommended!!
With our stomachs full, we made our way back to our hotel, where we continued to sit on the terrace for a little while before heading to bed.
Through the night the winds in the valley were so strong! Being on the corner room, with all the windows open, caused for the windows to slam and blow our swimsuit (that was drying in the window) on to the terrace below.–Don’t worry, we got it back.–This wind was a lot stronger than your typical house draft but it felt so good!
Day 3: A Day in Palma
It always helps to start the day with a good breakfast, which is just what we did. The views–I am telling you–are just beautiful! (You will just have to check them out for yourself).
There are only two bus stops in Deia (both only a 5 minute walk from the hotel). One goes towards Soller and the other one goes towards Palma. We took the latter. The bus comes about every few hours or so, but be sure to check the schedule so you don’t miss your bus (I have linked the current timetable at the bottom of this post). Taking the bus is the cheapest and easiest way to get to Palma. Ticket prices running only about 3 euro per person for a one way ticket. It is about a 45 minute ride.
The best way to take in a new city is to just walk around for awhile and just take it all in. Palma is full of shops and restaurants and history. There is even a Disney Store! After a little shopping, we were getting hungry and made our way back near where we ate the day we arrived. The restaurant we decided to eat at this time was called, La Drassana. Sitting, drinking, eating tapas, and people watching in Mallorca; a great moment. Also, we both tried anchovies for the first time, and you know what? They were not as bad as we expected.
When in Spain, walking down alley ways, appreciating the architecture is a must! There are many old churches throughout Palma, including the Cathedral of Plama (Cathedral of Saint Maria)-STUNNING! This is the very large cathedral near the water and the ports in Palma. Walking around it, there are some fantastic views of the city and the sea. Even though we didn’t tour the interior, there is a little room near the museum that is free to enter which holds a sculpture of all of Saints of Majorca.
Looking out towards the sea, we noticed a pond below and a restaurant across from it. We made our way over to this restaurant to enjoy the views of the cathedral from there. The Guinness House, is the name of this place, where I enjoyed a strawberry daiquiri. –Fair warning: this particular place is more expensive then most of the other places we went on this trip. Which is probably because of the views and being near the port.
Continuing on our adventure, we ended up walking towards one of the beaches of Palma. We did not stay that long because of the crowd, but we did enjoy the conversation on the walk there.
On our way back to the city center, we had to stop in a little gift shop and pick up our “must purchase” for this trip. –If you don’t know, we have one thing that we try to buy in every city we visit: playing cards. After accomplishing this mission, it was time for ice cream. There are little shops everywhere, super affordable and delicious!
Remember: At this point I have been walking around on a twisted swollen ankle for two days. It was starting to swell and hurt. Stopping in a pharmacy, we were able to pick up a gel ice pack.– Thank goodness!
Also, in the heat of summer, on an island, in the middle of the Balearic Sea; staying hydrated is a must! Every market that we stopped in, had some water for purchase. We ended up buying a large bottle and going through it pretty quickly. After re-hydrating, we made our way back towards the central bus stop, finding a little restaurant on the way, La Plazao. Splitting a chicken club (not that great) and papaya (delicious) before heading into the central bus station (Estacio Intermodal).
Now remember, the bus only comes every few hours. So, with our luck, we were about an hour and a half for the bus going to Deia.
However, there was a bus going to Valldemossa (a town about half way between Palma and Deia), which we decided to take. Once we arrived in Valldemossa, we knew we had almost 2 hours until the bus came for Deia. We found somewhere to rest our feet and re-hydrate, Bar S’Olivera.
Once it got close to the time of the bus arrival, we stepped in the market to pick up a few things before getting on the bus. Arriving back at the hotel, dropping our stuff down, we played a few rounds of cards before heading to bed.
Day 4: The Last Day
Sleeping in until about 9 in the morning, we knew we had to get up and start getting stuff ready. Having our last breakfast at the hotel before we finished packing and checking out. Upon check-out, the owner was nice enough to print off our boarding passes. –All you have to do is ask.
We had previously decided that we wanted to go back to Cala Deia one more time before leaving. Which is exactly what we did, taking the 30 minute hike down, stopping at a little ceramic store on the way down, Ceramics by Joanna. –Joanna is a very interesting person to talk to.
**I will try to summarize where she came from: Originally from Chicago, her father worked frequently on ships in the Great Lakes, which most likely led to her love of the water and sailing. She had always loved the areas of the world that had mountains and oceans or seas. She lived in the Virgin Islands for awhile before taking a year-long sailing trip where she ended up in Majorca. Joanna soon meet her now husband and ended up settling in the village of Deia.**
Continuing on our hike down to the beach, we simply enjoyed all the views of the valley. Arriving at Cala Deia a little after noon, we noticed it starting to get a little crowded. Also, the tide was coming in, so the waves were a little strong. Still, these little things were not going to stop us. Finding a place to set down our bags, we got back in the water for a little while. It turned into a game of ‘dodge the waves’. After about an hour or so, we decided to head back to Deia.
There is one place in Deia that has free public restrooms, where we were able to change into real clothes and out of our swimming attire. By this point, it was only about 30 minutes until the next bus to Palma. We simply just waited for it. Due to traffic, the bus was a little late (so, always give yourself plenty of time).
Once back in Palma, we grabbed some lunch at Elosia. Sharing a chicken pizza and a pint or two of beer. (I mean we had some time to kill, so why not?).
Catching the number 1 bus to the airport (comes about every 15 minutes), our adventure was coming to an end. We got a little bit to eat at the airport before flying back to Dusseldorf. Arriving around midnight, our island adventure had come to an end.
Until next time, Adventure Awaits!
**Be sure to check out the “Budget Breakdown” for this trip!**
Hope you all enjoyed reading about our most recent trip. Be sure to comment below with any suggestions for visiting Spain or Mallorca!
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