Firstly, thank you so much for the lovely feedback on A Week in Mallorca Part 1. I’m super happy you enjoyed reading about our trip! I’ll be honest and say that I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking back on it already. The photos remind me of a time when it was warm and sunny. Remember that? When it was still summer? Ah, memories.
Secondly, let’s get on with part 2, shall we? Today we’re going to be looking at some of my favourite places ever – Formentor, Alcudia and Porto Cristo.
We came across Formentor while I was perusing TripAdvisor looking for things that we absolutely wouldn’t want to miss. The views looked absolutely breathtaking, but the drive up to the most northern part of Mallorca looked a bit…100% stressful, not going to happen. Luckily, we found a tour that meant someone else could do the turbulent cliff-edge drive and we could sit back, relax and enjoy the view.
We got picked up in an open top minibus in Alcudia, and then journeyed to the top with our tour guide, Mercedes, who spoke fluent Spanish, English, French and German. Well, I mean she spoke fluent English and French. Given that I speak neither Spanish nor German, I can only guess she was fluent. She sounded pretty good to me.
We had about half an hour to spend at the top, and it was so beautiful. Honestly, my photos don’t do it justice. PROMISE ME if you go to Mallorca you’ll go to Formentor. Okay? PROMISE?
After we’d grown obsessed with the views from the top, we drove down to Playa de Formentor, the beach. I’ve always loved beaches, and this one went straight to the top of my Top 10 Beaches list.* It’s smaller and quieter than a lot of Mallorca beaches, the sand is white, and the water is crystal clear. We set ourselves down somewhere in the shade, applied our factor 50 (safety first), and then went to play in the sea for a bit. The water was warm guys, WARM. It’s been years since I’ve been in a warm sea. #Blessed.
*Just joking, I don’t actually have a Top 10 Beaches list.
Sadly, we couldn’t spend the rest of the trip on Playa de Formentor (other things to see and do etc).
Alcudia Old Town & Port d’Alcudia
I think abut 102% of Mallorca is pretty, but Alcudia is one of the prettiest towns we visited. It was kinda tourist-heavy, but it was worth it to see the medieval beauty and soak up the atmosphere of this northern town. The ancient town is very different to the port. The town is a historical gem, and I loved wandering around it looking at the architecture and browsing the independent shops.
It has a gorgeous port and beach, which we visited a couple of times. I didn’t see many people running in Mallorca (probably because you immediately started sweating just standing outside), but then we went to Alcudia beach and found them all running there. Alcudia boasts the largest beach of the Balearic Islands, with 7km of white sand and bright blue water. Pretty nice running scenery, eh? It has restaurants, showers, toilets and more, so you’re all set for a day at the beach in Alcudia.
DOLPHIN DAY. The sunrise dolphin watching trip was the one thing we booked before we travelled, and I was so excited about it that I barely thought of anything else between the time of booking and the time of the actual trip. We drove up to Port d’Alcudia nice and early and caught a 6am boat out of the bay. The sunrise over the bay of Alcudia was nothing short of beautiful.
Once we got to the dolphin territory I started to feel majorly nauseous. My stomach was churning, I felt really queasy, and I imagine my face would have had a lovely green tint to it. Luckily, I managed to keep my breakfast down. Mini applause to me. Whilst I was sitting on the boat with my head between my knees, one of the guides announced that there were dolphins in front of our boat, and I leapt out of my sick position with excitement. Seeing dolphins swimming in their natural habitat was so magical, I actually welled up a bit. As a vegan I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know that I don’t support sealife centres. Seeing these beautiful creatures swimming in the ocean, their home, just reaffirmed my beliefs.
Both the trip up to Formentor, and the Sunrise Dolphin trip were run by No Frills Excursions, a travel agency in northern Mallorca. They offer boat trips, island tours by bus, train, boat and tram, tours of the caves etc. I’d definitely use them again if I return to Mallorca. Which I’m going to have to do because I love it so much. Sorry, Bank Account.
Porto Cristo sits on the east coast of the island, about 15 minutes from Manacor. It’s a small fishing town, and also home to Rafa Nadal. I wondered whether we’d see him casually walking the streets with a banana, but alas, he was in Canada playing a tournament. I guess you don’t get to be world number one by chilling at home with your bezzies.
I really liked the vibe of Porto Cristo. I’d say Mallorca generally has a pretty relaxed vibe, but Porto Cristo especially. There are cafes, bars, restaurants and shops lining the sea front, and there’s a small beach where children frolic and adults play volleyball. Luke and I enjoyed some fresh OJ on the rocks, then wandered along the promenade admiring the boats and discussing which one we would buy if we had a spare several thousand pounds. It was fun! Then we headed to a small park area and played Backgammon. That’s just how we roll. For lunch we went to a really cool restaurant called Quince, and they played a reggae version of a ‘Hello’ by Adele, which just made my day.
And that concludes our beautiful, sunny trip to the island of Mallorca. Mallorca is one of my favourite places on Earth, and I feel very grateful that I’ve been able to visit with Luke. I’m open to being taken back there if anyone needs a travel companion. Preferably your treat.
Have you been to Mallorca? Or are you planning a trip? Let me know if you have/are, I love chatting all things Mallorca!
Also, today is the first day of September. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? It’ll be Christmas before we know it. Yes, I went there.