Postcards From Mallorca; Puerto Pollensa




And the award for most unseasonal blogger goes to ... 

Please accept my apologies for one more post featuring sun, sea and ... sand, at a time when the nights are drawing in, the roll necks are out and it's very nearly acceptable to be drinking mulled wine again. Thank you for bearing with me.

I mentioned in my last post that I recently went to Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca for a blissful long weekend with Oliver. Well I've put together a (photo heavy) mini travel guide. Make way for blue skies... remember them?





Puerto Pollensa, a small town in the North of the island, is the perfect destination for a spot of R&R if you're that way inclined (me) or the perfect destination for cycling if you're that way inclined (not me).

Oliver hired a bike and took himself off early morning to tackle scenic routes while I explored the local area on foot, wandering the beach front and back streets with my camera. The plus side of travelling with a cycling fanatic? Being up early enough to catch the sunrise.. h.e.a.v.e.n

We'd reconvene midday at a cafe and catch up over a Sangria... h.e.a.v.e.n pt2

Sleep;

The Mar Calma Hotel is a small boutique hotel situated one street back from the beach front. Perfectly located you can expect modern and minimal clean rooms with comfy beds, a rooftop jacuzzi and most importantly a good breakfast.

Too eager to haul ass into the jacuzzi and enjoy a G&T amid bubbles, I didn't take a photo of the rooftop terrace. Bad blogger. You can always have a nosey on the website linked above if you like.




Puerto Pollensa isn't a party all night type of destination, which is fine by me these days, and makes it a popular destination for couples and families. That sounds dull doesn't it but what I can say? Still wearing last nights dress, sun rising and trying to remember what my hotel is called, can stay repressed in holidays past.

These days I prefer long sandy beaches, killer views, and good restaurants. Sue me. 

Eat;

Capri although a hotel, non-residents are free to stop at the beach front cafe to enjoy food and beautiful views from the terrace. A tad on the pricey side but probably worth it for the view alone.



Cappuccino Grand Cafe another beach front cafe perfect for lunch alfresco. Avocado and poached eggs on spelt bread was just perfect after an early morning flight. It's a great location for evening cocktails too.

 

and ... Explore;

 




For the cycling inclined;

If road cycling's your game may I suggest you join the many others who take on the six mile route of Sa Calobra, the most famous cycling route in Mallorca. Climbing just over 2000 feet, the coiling road will take you on the islands toughest and most rewarding climb.

You may be surprised to hear that I completed the route... in our hire car the day after Oliver cycled it. Steep descents and hair pin bends on two wheels aren't for this little Kalms popping traveller. 

I'm more breathtaking views and crisp clean air without feeling faint.


We stopped for freshly squeezed orange juice at a cute road side shack, looked at, but didn't buy, any of the sun faded postcards or lucky frogs and drove on to the most secluded and beautiful beach.

Situated at the end of a gorge, Sa Calobra Beach looks like the setting for a Dolce & Gabbana aftershave advert. It's a breath taking spot.

Spoiled only by the pebbles which don't make for a graceful paddle. Where's a jelly shoe vendor when you need one?











The perfect last outing for the old straw boater and a great way to wrap up our weekend.

Thank you to the stranger who returned the 50 euros that had dropped out of Olivers pocket. The kindness of strangers hey. Next season I'm packing jelly shoes and bum bags.

Thank you so much for reading,

Elaine x x

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