Mallorca is an island that has a little something for everyone. Like many of the Balearic islands, its reputation for clubbing and partying all night definitely proceeds it. That said though, it has so much more to offer. You really can make what you want out of your trip to Mallorca. The northern coast offers more than 5 miles of sandy beaches and exclusive resorts, Palma de Mallorca (the capital city) has a nightlife and is a charming city with a well-preserved old town, and the eastern coast is littered with resorts and a variety of beaches. After much painstaking research, we decided to stay on the west coast in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.
The western part of the island has fewer sandy beaches, but the geography of this area prohibits expansive growth, so the true character of the island is not as overrun by tourists or resorts. We were attracted to a small town called Sollér, which sits nuzzled into the Serra de Tramuntana and has a small port town, Port de Sollér, not far away. Not only was this area attractive for the type of vacation we had hoped for, but Sollér is connected to Palma de Mallorca by an historic railway - Ferrocarril de Sollér - built in 1911 with money from the orange and lemon trade. This old historic wooden train snakes its way through limestone mountains with breathtaking views.
|It's no secret little r LOVES trains|
|and his Daddy...|
|I enjoyed the ride, too!|
|Our daring pals, Robert and Meg, joined us on our adventure|
|the smooth rocking motion of the train put little r right to sleep|
|a view of the train as we snake through the Serra de Tramuntana|
Before it was time for the tram, we walked around Sollér and took in the historic and characteristically Spanish town. We grabbed some tapas for lunch and enjoyed our first Sangria on the island. It was a lovely start to our vacation.
|Sant Bartomeu in Soller|
|Fountain in the square in Soller|
|walking the streets in Soller|
|so much fresh food on the island|
|breathtaking views of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains|
The island boasts a typical arid Mediterranean climate with over 300 days a year of sunshine. Ah-hem, except for the four days we were there. Meg and I were so glad we headed to the beach as soon as we got settled because that was quite nearly the last of the sunshine we saw until we left Mallorca. I applied sunscreen all of one time and could not have been more thankful that I packed hoodies for us all. What we thought was going to be a tropical vacation of salty, sunburned skin and hot days was quite the contrary. But overall, we still managed to really enjoy our stay in Port de Sollér.
|boats anchored at Port de Soller|
|one of the many beaches at Port de Soller|
|ah, the beautiful sun...too bad this is all we saw of you|
|some of the larger yachts docked in the Port|
|little r was a natural at the beach - not sure what to think of the salty water though|
We cannot think of a bad meal we had the entire time we were in Mallorca. The choices were plentiful, and we somehow managed to choose wisely each time. Our days were filled with Spanish tapas and Sangria and our evenings were enjoyed over bottles of local wines and amazing seafood. Overall it was absolutely fantastic. The food was good, the wine even better, and the company, well...that brought this trip to a whole new level of enjoyment.
|sun setting on the boats docked in the Port|
|street lights add a new ambiance to the life within Port de Soller|
|one of the many delicious meals we ate during our stay on the island|
|Port de Soller was overrun by feral cats - most were pretty friendly and happy for a sweet rub|
|Tapas our second evenings at El Pirato - easily some of the best Tapas we have ever had|
|I was all smiles|
|our table under candlelight - so pretty|
|dinner our last evening. one minute little r was rambunctious, the next he was asleep.|
|dinner our last evening at Sol y Sombre - a more local restaurant that won our prize for best and most affordable food in Port de Soller|
|many of the restaurants, cafes and stores had inviting entry ways|
|dramatic photo of the point at the edge of the island|
|waves crashing at the edge of the island|
|some of the feral cats were quite regal|
|i loved the streetscapes in Port de Soller|
One of our days we spent a fair amount of time at a bar called "Miami Bar" with one of the friendliest restauranteers in town. We kept saying we needed to find a Spanish grandmother to wisk River away for a few hours and she was an answer to our prayers on that rainy day. She fell in love with him and kept bringing out toys to keep him happy while we enjoyed our champagne sangria - talk about a piece of heaven!
|walking along the beach|
|those clouds look so ominous|
|walking along the Port de Soller|
|what do you think of that sky?!?!?!|
|this is a happy little bear|
|little r with his Daddy - definitely his favorite way to travel|
|one of the views of Port de Soller on our way to the lighthouse|
|the sun would shine between clouds and sparkle across the water|
|dramatic photo of the clouds at the beach|
|Beach time! And hey, that's sun!|
|the locals were out to enjoy the little bit of sun on a Sunday afternoon as well|
|this building was decorated with mosaics - it was beautiful!|
|typical architecture found in old town Palma|
|flags displayed on the government building|
|first view of the cathedral|
|trendy cafe where we had lunch - turned out to be quite the spot!|
And then it was time to say "good-bye" to Mallorca. We found our way to the airport, quickly got checked in, and began our long journey home. What an amazing trip. Thank you, Meg and Robert, for such a fantastic time and helping us create such wonderful memories!