What more could you ask for when on a short holiday on an island in Spain? 🙂
Last week, we spent 4 days on the beautiful island of Majorca! It was a much-needed break for all of us – a few days to just do nothing but enjoy the warmth and each other’s company.
The best way to take you through our trip is in pictures – so here we go:
This is our first view of the island from our plane. We landed, got information about when our shared transport was going to leave and ate our sandwich lunch on the kerb, in the sunshine. i like that they offer this shared airport transfer, you share the bus ride with other tourists and as they get dropped off at their hotels, we got to see a bit more of the island. Of course, i had to choose a resort which was the furthest away, so we were the last to get dropped off.
We got to the resort (Hotel Playa Garden) and had a surprise, the staff immediately spoke German to us, without even asking if we did speak German. That’s how many of their guests are German-speaking!
This is the AMAZING view from our room balcony and the view of one of the 3 pools. i didn’t ask for a sea-view room but i’m so thankful (Praise the Lord!) we were blessed with this room!
As you can see, Tobias wasted no time in getting comfy. He slept on the pull-out which he loved and we had the double bed in the other room.
There is also a small kitchenette which means you can cook your own food if you want or need to. It is fully equipped, you simply need to bring or buy your supplies. We booked the room without meals and had the option to add meals once we were there. Which was an excellent way of doing things, cos we could try out the food in the resort but also had the option of going out and exploring the local options.
We loved the breakfast there and so had all our breakfasts in the dining hall. We had one dinner there and decided we preferred eating out. The food was ok but it was not spectacular.
i can understand why lots of families with young children would choose to come to a resort like this and not leave it for a week. They have a kids club where you can send your kids to for the morning, have lunch there and then it’s lazing by the pool or beach till dinner at the dining hall.
After dinner that first night, we took a long walk on the beach – AHHH… it was good to be by the beach and smell the ocean air! We found the provision shop just outside the hotel which meant you could buy almost everything you needed for your trip. We filled up on snacks and bought provisions for a picnic lunch there.
We found out, to our surprise, that cycling is a HUGE thing on Majorca! At the airport we saw people with various signs, waiting for tourists who booked bike tours. This Max Hurzeler company is very big. We saw lots of cafes and restaurants flying their logo, apparently these are places where their tour groups stop for breaks and meals. There is also a big bike test center and many bike rental places in Alcudia, the town our resort was nearest to.
We spent our second morning wandering around the open market and the streets of the old town of Alcudia. It was lovely.
The old town was previously a walled-city. Today the wall is no longer whole but large parts of it remain. There is a section which you can walk on even. And it provides a great view of the area around.
We traveled to town by bus. It wasn’t hard, there was only a couple of buses which serviced the road our resort was on and the timetable was straightforward. We had dinner that second evening at a Spanish-run-American-Tex-Mex. It was nice. Then we walked back to our resort – there was no more bus service by the time we finished dinner, besides the walk helped us digest and again allowed us to see more of the area.
On our walks, we noticed, sadly, that a few resorts appeared closed down. We had not expected to see that as we had always heard how many people loved coming to Majorca. So maybe they have not been doing as well as they did in their heyday. There was even a small hospital with an ER, however, that too was closed.
The third day was spent lazing around. We tried out the whirlpool at their spa facility. There was only a few hours a day you could go in there with kids. Then we headed to the beach, enjoyed the sun and had our picnic lunch. The boys braved the cold ocean.
After lazing by the pool for the afternoon, we headed out to visit another little town called C’an Picafort. It was more built-up than Alcudia but seemed less touristy. Lots of shops were not yet ready for the tourist season. It was, after all, just the beginning of Spring.
On the fourth morning we checked out and rode our shared transport back to Palma airport. Along the way, we picked up passengers and saw different parts of the island. i loved the drive through the center of the island where there are wide plains and orchards. There were also lots of unused, run-down windmills near the airport – i wondered what they were used for.
So that’s the end of our trip. It was good. In fact, hubby thinks it’s good enough to go back and explore even more of the island. Tobias isn’t too sure. i think mainly because this was his first relax-do-nothing holiday, not quite his thing to do nothing – hehheee… but i think we will go back. i just won’t go in high season. Our resort was about 65% to 70% full as it was, and i found it quite crowded. i can’t imagine what high season would be like!
But Majorca is definitely worth a visit, if you have not gone before.
Missing the sun and the warmth…