San Antoni Palma de Mallorca 2017

So it’s that time of the year again when bonfires, devil chasing, street parties and no sleep turns into a very normal thing for a night.

If you don’t know what Sant Antoni is then where have you been hiding???? Let us enlighten you: Sant Antoni is the patron saint of animals and is normally celebrated with bonfires, a procession of floats and of course the whole island gets involved.

This festival takes place every year on the 16th & 17th of January and we are getting rather excited. The main celebrations are happening in Arta, Sant Joan, Pollensa & Sa Pobla but listen about to hear what’s happening near you.

North East Mallorca

East/North East Mallorca

Also a quiet and peaceful area, where you can find some very beautiful and traditional towns such as Arta, Llucmajor, Felanitx, Manacor, Muro, Manacor de la Vall & Sant Llorenc des Cardassar. It is a pretty residential area due to it being one of the prettiest coasts.

Arta: Is a small, medieval town inbetween Cala Ratjada, Capdepera and Cala Millor. It is a very residential area.

Llucmajor: You can find some really beautiful little coves in this medium size town.

Felanitx is popular for it’s wine and traditions. Even the drive up to Felanitx is breathtaking.

Manacor: A very traditional and typical mallorquin area, where you can appreciate the Spanish way of life.

Capdepera: A small and historical village very close to Arta. If you visit this area do not forget to visit Cala Ratjada, where the heart of the town is located around the harbour.

East Coast Mallorca

South/South East Mallorca.

This is probably one of the quietest and most peaceful areas in Mallorca, some parts of which very much resemble the neighbouring island of Ibiza.

Make sure to visit Cala D’or, with it’s glamorous marina and white buildings, that meet the same style as Ibiza. It is quite a lively resort compared to other areas nearby.

Santanyi, is a very rural town which has one of the nicest and most popular markets on the island which takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  If you are searching for a relaxing getaway or a peaceful experience where you can get some great food than this is the place for you.

Ses Salines is very tranquil and it’s closest beach is the stunning “Es Trenc”, which is very well known for it’s shallow waters and beautiful scenery. This is also quite a popular place for walking lovers.

Campos, thanks to it’s proximity to Es Trenc (as well as Ses Salines), people travel island wide to visit this area, so you’ll be certain to find some lovely hotels and coastlines. There are a lot of cycle paths for everyone to take advantage of.

As you can tell by the popularity of walking and cycling in this area, this is a very idyllic part of the island where you can experience some very beautiful views and coastlines while enjoying the very uplifting sunshine.

West Coast Mallorca

WEST COAST

The beautiful Tramuntana mountains run down the west coast and is the ideal place for all cyclists, being either road or mountain cycling lovers.

In this part of the island you will find “Deia”, which together with Valldemossa and Calvia are the prettiest villages on the whole island.  Deia is only a small village, but you will find that every single building is stunning and full of character, most of which are traditional stone buildings.

You have the famous “La Residencia” hotel, which is absolutely adored by the Americans. Some of the rooms even have their own private pool (who could complain?).  We have never had a bad meal in Deia, and the views make it even better.

Banyalbufar is another great area, and is well known for its terraced hillsides, leading down to the sea, so as you can probably imagine the sea views here are like no other.  This seaside village has been the centre of fishing for many centuries.

Esporles is known for the famous finca “La Granja”, where you can learn about rural mallorcan traditions, there is also a tour where you will see a dungeon, a chapel and their beautiful gardens with a waterfall.

Palma de Mallorca or just plain Palma?

PALMA AREA.

Between all of us here in the office, we have been to a fair amount of cities, yet there is something about Palma that is special. We are not sure if it is the beautiful buildings, the vast amount of tapas restaurants or just the way people feel when they are there.

In the “Casco Antigua”, which means the old town, you can find some of our favourite districts:

  • La Llonja: Where you will find some amazing tapas restaurants, bars and you can also find the famous cocktail bar “Abaco”.
  • Borne: Which has the best shops in Palma: Zara, H&M, Louis Vuitton, Cartier. It is also one of the prettiest streets in Palma.
  • Jaime III: Also a very popular street, full of great shops!

In the old town you will find all the nicest looking buildings, very cute cafes and lanes full of character.

The place to be in Palma at the moment would have to be: Santa Catalina. This area is full of quirky restaurants (tapas, thai, burger), bars & shops.

Portixol, which is a former fishing village, is a great place for eating a paella while glancing out to the harbour.

Palma Cathedral, as known as “the Seu”, is a gothic roman catholic cathedral, also possible for weddings. It was built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque. You can get a tour of this beautiful building, something we definitely recommend.

Central Mallorca Info

CENTRAL MALLORCA

This part of the island is well known for some of it’s amazing, weekly markets. Here are a few of our favourites:

  • Santa Maria’s market is held on a Sunday morning. People travel from all over the island to pick up their very fresh fruit and vegetables. There are various cafes surrounding the market, from which you can grab a coffee and watch the world (or in this case market), go by..
  • Sineu’s market is also a very popular one. It takes place on a Wednesday morning and it is a perfect opportunity to not only pick up all of their local produce but also to appreciate just how beautiful Sineu is.
  • Consell has a market every Sunday morning and sells second-hand clothes, antiques and toys. Definitely worth a visit

We are very fond of both Alaro and Montuiri. They are two very traditional towns, surrounded by countryside, old Spanish fincas and mountains. If you would like to get away from the touristic areas, then this is the place to be.

Valldemossa is probably the prettiest village in Mallorca and offers the most incredible scenery. It is a very peaceful area that makes you feel relaxed and right at home. The buildings and houses are beautifully made and you can find some really delicious restaurants.

Inca is one of the best places to shop . You also have the lovely Festival park in this area. On a Thursday morning their weekly market is worth checking out.

A couple of suggestions on what to do in central mallorca:

  • Attend one of the previously mentioned markets.
  • Festival park: An amazing shopping centre, with brands such as: Nike, Calvin Klein, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, Vans, Levi’s, Mustang.. & many more.
  • There are a few vineyards in Binissalem where you can enjoy a very tempting wine tour.

Calvia Low Down

CALVIA AREA

This area we like to call our specialty and home. We love the beaches, the way it stays busy all year around, the beautiful marinas and ports, the amazing selection of restaurants, the nightlife and not forgetting the variety of things to do.

Santa Ponsa is where we are based, this may be due to the fact that Santa Ponsa has more sunny days than other area. We also have a selection of amazing restaurants, cafes & supermarkets, as well as two beautiful beaches. Santa Ponsa has three fantastic golf courses so is the ideal area for golf lovers. You are also within a 5 minute drive to the new “Port Adriano” designed by: Philippe Starck and known as the super yacht harbour, & 10 minutes from the famous “Portals Nous”. They also hold annual Christmas markets, which people get together from all over the island for.

Costa de la Calma is just a 5-7 minute walk from Santa Ponsa, it has a few very popular “chiringuitos” (beach bars where they do the most amazing mojitos) and some beautiful hidden beaches .

Portals is loved by the rich and famous. It has the village, which is very residential, with a few shops, offices and nice cafes. Then you have the port (has recently celebrated it’s 30th anniversary), which is the perfect size, as you have the perfect selection of amazing restaurants, bars and glamorous shops, but you can also walk the whole way around without feeling tired, which means you can take your time to appreciate just how beautiful it really is. Portals also hosts annual Christmas fairs which are pretty impressive

Port Adriano is the new port located in the “El Toro” area.  Again, you can enjoy some amazing food while overlooking the beautiful port itself, whilst admiring the very luxurious yachts.

Son Ferrer is a very residential area inbetween El Toro and the Palmanova area. It has a football pitch, a golf course and a community pool.

Costa d’en Blanes:  Located inbetween Portals and Palmanova, this is also a residential area where you can find some truly beautiful villas with some great sea views.

Bendinat: Quite a residential area, with a great public school . You can find some really great villas and communities here some of which have some fantastic sea views.

Palmanova: Is a very popular touristic destination thanks to it’s beautiful beaches & beachfront.

Magaluf: Is also a very popular touristic destination, even so, it has some of the cleanest beaches on the island. If you are into the party scene, than this is a great area for you and if not, you can stay on the outskirts, so still enjoying the beautiful place that it is, but still getting that peace and quiet in the evening.

Sol de Mallorca is an outstanding residential development with a few beautiful beaches.

Cala Vinyes: Is located right next to Sol de Mallorca and also has some beautiful beaches that have the most amazing chiringuitos.

Top 3 beaches in the area:

  • Portals Vells: A very hidden beach, inbetween Son Ferrer and Magaluf, that you would never expect to come across. Don’t forget to try their restaurant.
  • Cap Falco: A beautiful, little cove hidden in Sol de Mallorca with one of the best, if not the best chiringuito(beach bar). A hidden gem, only known by the locals.
  • Santa Ponsa: We have to mention this beach as it is our second home during the summer, it offers pedalos, banana boats, kayaking & is surrounded by great places to eat.

Andratx low down

ANDRATX AREA.

Andratx is loved by all the stars, just last week we had Johnny Depp having a coffee while enjoying some of the stunning views that are offered here.

The village itself is ancient and possesses a whole lot of character. The port is a lot more modern, full of boutique shops, tasty restaurants and friendly people.  So you really do have the best of both worlds.

Some of our favourite beaches are:

  • Sant Elm: 130 metres of white sand and the water is pretty shallow, making this a perfect beach for families.
  • Camp de Mar: A beautiful, long beach with three great restaurants, one of which is located on a rock in the middle of the sea.
  • Gran Folies: This is an amazing beach club with outstanding views, a perfectly sized pool and a good restaurant.

A couple of suggestions on what to do in the area

  • As I mentioned previously, the beach club is a must when visiting this part of the island.
  • Sailing lessons in the Club de Vela
  • Sa Dragonera: You can actually get a boat ride over to this island, the home of many lizards.

Discover the island’s hiking routes and covesGolf, you will find a couple of golf courses in this area, our favourite of which is camp de mar.

Mallorca North

NORTH MALLORCA.

Northern Mallorca in our opinion has some of the most beautiful and whitest beaches on the island (such as Playa Formentor). This is the perfect area for sport lovers, as many of the beaches themselves offer windsurfing, kayaking, stand up paddle and wakeboarding.

Another reason why we love this part of the island are the hiking opportunities:  most areas are still so untouched and so beautiful to explore.  Expect to come across stunning views and country lanes.

This is also an ideal area for cyclists and birdwatchers.

Some of our favourite beaches are:

  • Cala Formentor: The drive to the beach alone is very impressive. This is definitely one of our favourites on the island because of it’s surrounding mountain views, crystal clear waters and not forgetting the beautiful white sand.
  • Playa de Muro with it’s white sand, a great selection of bars and restaurants and it also offers a good range of water sports.
  • Sa Calobra: A bit of a difficult beach to access, but the end result is definitely worth it.
  • S’illot beach: which means a “small island”. This is a great beach for snorkelling and scuba divers thanks to it’s clear waters. A very unknown, but breathtaking beach.

This part of the island does tend to get a lot quieter during the winter months, but even so, the beaches, the crystal clear waters and the beautiful mountains make up for it.

Mallorca beaches to enjoy

Turns out the world is finally recognising just how incredible the beaches here in the Balearics are. According to the results of the Travellers Choice Beaches nominations which is held every year by TripAdvisor, the Balearics, together with the Canaries not only have some of the best beaches in Europe but in the world!! We would definitely agree…

The lovely beach in Formentera, called “Ses Illetes” has been voted the best in the whole of Europe and the seventh best in the world (wow!).

Following closely behind Playa de Lagunas y Playa del Coltillo and Playa del Cofete in Fuertaventura in the Canaries came in third and sixth in Europe and then Cala Compte in Ibiza was voted the tenth best in Europe.

 

Our beautiful playa de Muro located in Alcudia, was voted the fourteenth best beach in Europe and sixth in Spain and rightly so!!!