This was my first adventure to a European beach, and I was so excited. I went with a few friends, and we rented a house on AirBnB. The house was so old-school Spain. I felt like I was living in a different era, but it was the perfect place for ten of us to stay for the weekend.
We unfortunately didn’t do much sightseeing on this trip, as it was so short, but we did drive by the Palma Cathedral a few times. It’s this massive cathedral, and completely breathtaking. Next time, it would be worth walking around a bit more, and I hear there are great hikes throughout the mountains and spectacular beaches a bit further from where we stayed. We stayed close to Palma, but the island is fairly big, so there are a lot of great areas to stay.
We flew in on Saturday morning and met up with some friends for lunch at Wellies in Puerto Portals. It was nice to sit by the water, hang out, and eat some fresh seafood. Then we went home, got settled in, and hung by the pool for a bit before our night out. There’s no Uber in Mallorca, so you need to get a taxi number and order cabs in advance. Most of the times it’s fairly easy and they come right away, but when they’re busy, you are just out of luck. For during the day, we rented a car and it was easy enough to drive around and navigate the island. But at night, you need a cab! So definitely make sure to be on top of cab planning.
We went to dinner that night at Koa in Palma de Mallorca. The restaurant was great. The food was good and the service was on point. I got delicious, fresh salmon, but everyone enjoyed all the food. After dinner we went to a club for some dancing. There are a fair amount of clubs in Palma, and I’m sure they’re just about the same, but it was a fun night of dancing for sure.
The next morning was a struggle, but we decided we wanted to go to the beach and hang out. We drove twenty minutes or so to Playa del Illete. It’s an adorable little beach, with a few beach clubs along the sand, and a public area. We spent the entire day just lounging at the beach, going back and forth into the water. You can bring booze and snacks, hang out, just enjoy the sun.
That night we tried some paella at a random restaurant near the house. It was good, but not quite as good as in Valencia. That was pretty much it. We went to bed early, because we had really early flights the next morning. It was a really quick trip, but wonderful nonetheless. I’d love to go back and spend some more time exploring Mallorca.