I hope I will never tire of the spectacular views on Mallorca. Wherever we go the scenery is mesmerizing, not matter if it’s a mountain, the ocean or a quaint little village. At the moment I am writing a ”guide” of The Baleares for the very exclusive So Safari magazine, and since I really ought to know what I am writing about, the Don and I have been exploring the island. Way up north is place called Formentor. Simply beautiful with it’s steep cliffs plunging into the ocean 100 metres below.
Close by is the town of Pollenca with it’s port. We weren’t impressed but stopped off anyway…
Further down south there is a lot happening. The closer you get to Palma, the more hotels there are. The view from Hotel St Regis Mardavall on the south coast is fab.
I quite enjoyed their five star hospitality.
Here’s the building in all it’s glory. Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma took a long time building. Starting in 1229 it wasn’t finished until 1601. Imagine how many people spent their whole lives on that one project. Amazing!
Hotel Can Cera from the inside…sorry, I can’t show more images from the hotels as I am bound to a contract.
Now we are up a bit on the west coast, in the pretty little town of Estellencs.
Good friends of ours run a restaurant there. Arandora is a petit place with a wonderful menu. It’s good really good reviews on tripadvisor.
We were a bit in shock after seeing the vast areas of land that were devoured in the raging forrest fire last summer. It actually happened while we were visiting in July and I remember it took days and days before they had the fire in control.
So we had to take a stop and have a coffee at Restaurante Es Grau, precariously perched on the edge of a cliff.
Torre des Verger was built in 1579 and here they used to scan the horizon for pirates. Read more about it on the internet, it’s quite exciting 🙂
In the 16th century, pirate attacks on coastal towns and villages reached a peak. Numerous historical records of these attacks on towns and villages like Andratx, Estellencs, Banyalbufar, Port del Canonge, Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller and Pollença can be found. As a result, a decision was taken to improve the surveillance system, and the construction of a series of fortified towers began, equipped with weapons, at most points where sentries had already been posted. It may not look like a big drop but I assure you, it is!
Don Pelle does not suffer from vertigo
The next village after Estellensc is the quiet (and clean) town of Banyalbufar. We noticed hordes (well…) of trekkers. Fact is, this part of Mallorca is very attractive for trekking. So is Alaró, and the reason is the Tramuntana range that runs right along the west coast up to the northeast.
Then we did a quick tour of Valldemossa (where Michael Douglas is said to have a house) which is said to be fantastic. Most likely is, but….the Don and I prefer our own very genuine Mallorquine town.