My friend Laura flew down from Northern Ireland to join me in Mallorca for a girls getaway and when we landed all we had planned was our hotel (so fab) and a car to explore the island. We left the rest of the trip to chance which made each discovery even more magical than if we had planned ahead.
We landed early and hopped in the car, with a few hours before hotel check-in we decided to explore a bit of the coast and hunt down some food. The weather was a bit iffy, so our biggest goal was just to drive and do a survey of the places we might want to return to later, but we happened upon a darling waterfront taverna called Ca’s Patro March which was almost completely empty and had the most marvelous lunch right on the coast. A wonderful spot even if the road down the hill to reach it is a little treacherous. Our initial luck set the tone for the trip and we would just set out each morning, pick a direction and drive until something caught our eye chatting in the car and catching up on all that had happened since we last saw each other in 2017. A wonderfully relaxed way to explore the island and here are some of our highlights from the trip!
Cappuccino Grand Hotel (formerly known as Hotel Mama) is a a magical destination right in the heart of Palma. The interiors (by renowned Parisian designer Jacques Grange) echo the sun-soaked hues found throughout the island and each of the 32 uniquely decorated suites afford spectacular vistas of the old city. From people watching at their sunny patio cafe to lounging on the rooftop pool it’s a great hotel if you want to be situated in the center of it all, while also enjoying quiet spots tucked around the property when you need a break from the buzz of the city. Breakfasts at the hotel’s interior courtyard were some of my favorite moments of the trip before hopping in the car to tour the island.
A few of our favorite restaurants from the trip:
- Ca’s Patro March – a touristy spot to be sure but you can’t beat dining at the water’s edge.
- Béns d’Avall Restaurant – upscale spot with spectacular views I can’t believe we just walked in and got the best seat in the house.
- Villa Verde – a small cafe tucked down a little side street in Deia, good for coffee and slice of cake.
- El Camino – fabulous food and a super chic bar that runs the length of the restaurant.
- Shopping in Palma – I loved stopping by Castaner for espadrilles (they’re a Spanish brand and had so many styles they don’t carry in the US), Oysho for clothing (picked up a couple of bathing suits – so good!) and Pasteleria For Fondo for pastries.
- Beach days at Cala Deia and Port Soller.
- Wandering Fornalutx – my favorite of all the small towns we stopped to explore.
Mallorca is one of my favorite destinations of all time and I can’t wait to return with David someday soon. Here’s a recap of my favorite images from my time on Mallorca…