If you follow me on Instagram I'm sure you're sick of hearing about our trip to Mallorca last month, but I had so many requests for a mini Mallorca travel guide, so I thought it was about time I rounded up our must see, must eat, must visit spots for you!
STAY: ALUA SOUL MALLORCA
I had nerves about staying in a hotel that offers All Inclusive packages (AI holidays are not my bag, and envoke images of Brits abroad and organised entertainment) but our experience at the Alua Soul was overwhelmingly positive. They are certainly missing a few of those finer details that make a true luxury hotel, but the rooms were bright and modern, the food was fantastic and the pool setup is beautiful. There's a little beach cove on the hotel property which makes for fantastic swimming, it's reasonably priced, and we were able to upgrade our wristbands at check in to get unlimited drinks at dinner for $€ a night (a no brainer since one beer/glass of wine costs that anyway)!
We loved the location of this hotel too, it's in Cala D'Or which is a quiet part of the island anyway and not super touristy! It was the perfect compromise for us between somewhere we could stay all day to relax, or somewhere to hop in the car and explore from.
Santanyi is a real gem, an unspoiled Spanish town that oozes authenticity. It's the perfect spot for lunch in the square, order fresh tapas and a jug of sangria, and people watch in the town. I loved wondering around exploring the architecture, and this is also where I picked up my wicker bag, which I just keep getting compliments on!
EAT: PARAD'ICE CREAM
The best ice cream we had on the island by far. Nestled on a side street in Cala D'or, Parad'ice boasts delicious homemade ice cream in a whole host of weird flavours. My favourite was Chips Ahoy (complete with chunks of actual Chips Ahoy Cookies) while Con kept ordering the Orange and Peppermint gelato! Two cones came in at less than £4 too, so it was super affordable!
EXPLORE: SANT SALVADOR
A hair raising drive up the mountain is worth it for the views! Much less busy than Formentor, at the top is a gorgeous viewpoint out across the island. You'll find a monastery with a gorgeous church open to the public, and a spot to sit and grab a cold drink.
EXPLORE: CALA MONDRAGO
My favourite beach on the island, nestled in the heart of a national park, the water is calm and deep, perfect for snorkelling and sunbathing on the beach in peace. Get there early!
Another sweet little town that's maintained a lot of it's authenticity. A beautiful place to stroll and admire the architecture. There are some lovely little shops here but mostly I just enjoyed looking at the buildings!
EAT: L'ARTISTA PIZZERIA PALMA
My god I'm still dreaming of this place. I'm not sure what was better, the bolognese pizza, the pasta served in bowls made of literal pizza crust, or the free shots of limoncello they bought around after.
The second biggest town in Mallorca, I actually think I prefer Manacor to Palma. It's quainter, quieter and less hectic, think the Mallorcan Bath to Palma's London. Highlights include the gorgeous church in the city centre, the abandoned windmill, and the well stocked Mango and Stradivarius stores. Get coffee in super cute coffee shop El Palau Cafe in the square and watch the world go by!
EAT: LOLA MALLORCA
A gem we found on our last day - I could have eaten here every day! A quirky little spot that specialises in Pinchos, little open faced sandwiches, they were delicious! We tried the coronation chicken, the tuna, the proscuitto, the chorizo and brie, the manchego and my favourite, the tomato and mozzarella. Their halloumi tacos and white peach sangria get big thumbs up too!
EAT: YAYAS CALA D'OR
A dreamy little spot on the marina in Cala D'Or, perfect for grabbing beers and tapas and enjoying the sunshine. We especially loved the Patatas Bravas and the chicken wings in a Liquor 43 marinade!
We had so much fun in Mallorca and I'd honestly really recommend it if you're looking for somewhere warm and sunny to relax! It was the perfect place for us to relax in the sun, but also go off exploring!
Have you been to Mallorca?