For this year's late April break, we picked on the Balearic island of Mallorca (until recently more commonly known in English as Majorca). While usually avoiding places with a reputation for mass-market tourism, we had heard enough positive reports of the place from friends for us to decide to give it a go.
|We had learnt from our earlier visits to the Canary Islands that, rather than stay in the tourist resorts, we preferred to base ourselves in the larger cities. Palma, capital of not only Mallorca but also of the Balearics, was the obvious choice. Our hotel - the Tryp Bellver - was recommended by our friend Ralf, who also gave us lots of other suggestions of places to visit. Our balcony gave us a great view over the marina and the whole bay of Palma, and the hotel was in a good location for visiting the cathedral and the old town, as well as for a good selection of restaurants.|
The Rest of the Island
Most of the development on the island - and there was a lot - was on the
south coast, around the bay to the east and west of Palma. Our first
exploration was along the winding roads of the north west which, largely
because of the magnificent cliffs which fronted the whole of this coast, had
remained largely free of mass tourism. Apart from the coastal and
mountain views, the highlights included the towns of Valldemossa and Puerto
Other days found us driving around the northern and eastern coasts of Mallorca. Both have seen their fair share of tourist development but, by exploring some of the minor roads away from the main resorts, it was still possible to find some pretty coves and beaches. But, surprisingly, one of the most memorable visits of our holiday was to one of the most popular places on the island for tourists; the Coves del Drach (or Dragons Caves).
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