Pages

6.2.18

My 'Cannot Go Without' 3 Step Guide to Port de Pollença, Majorca | Secret Travels


I absolutely LOVE Majorca and Spain generally, I never get bored of it when I visit. It has the perfect mix of rich cultural history, breathtaking landscape, great weather and a wholly relaxed vibe that's always felt like my home away from home.

Last May I visited Port de Pollença, a northern town in Majorca surrounded by mountainous landscape, pretty coves and small cobbled streets. It has the perfect mix of boutique shopping, beautiful Spanish food, sea and cosy beach areas alongside the great outdoors. So if you're looking for a quiet place to get away and relax this Spring when Europe starts to get a tad warmer, then hopefully my little compilation of must see's sways you into taking a trip to this beautiful little island.

Its not surprising that Port de Pollença is a destination loved by so many, and a place I have visited several times mostly when I was a child. So compared to other places I have visited in the world its nice to coming back here in particular as an adult and see that the authenticity of the town has remained untouched, creating that much loved warm bud of nostalgia.




Food

Although a small and relatively remote area of Spain, this small town has a lot to offer with a huge abundance of amazing restaurants to choose from with incredible cocktails (served generously continental style which is always greatly appreciated) and the most succulent seafood around. One place boasting this in abundance and has since become my family's favourite when we visit is Tolos who serve local and organic produce, famed for being a favourite among cyclists (including Bradley Wiggins) and the place I think has the best paella on the seafront, so they are definitely worth visiting.

On top of Tolos, several places that your hit list should definitely include; Maxims with its beautiful Mediterranean fusion food, amazing interior and pretty setting in the town square. Its perfect for a romantic meal for two or celebratory send off meal.

An often overlooked restaurant is Reial Club Nautic, the official port club restaurant (hard to google unless you know the exact name as there are so many restaurants names capitalising on the port), but this place (seated behind restaurant 'La Llonja') is open to the public as well as boat owners and is perfect for delightful breakfasts and incredible lunchtime salads.

Last but by no means least is Little Italy a quirky and quaint little pizza place near the end of pine walk serving great pizza with great people, top of your list for a low key evening meal.


Shopping

Boutique shops are in abundance here, mostly selling handmade jewellery, womens handbags and relaxed clothing covered in lashings of sequins, fringing and brightly coloured patterns, a truly European look. But the main attraction and my favorite part of the sites here which will get any food blogger, fashionista or lifestyle blogger going (insert hastags where appropriate) is the market. Super popular and a bustling talk of the town filled to the brim with fresh juice stands, Mediterranean al fresco foods, clothing, handmade jewellery, leather jewelled adorned bags, pottery and much much more. Its a great way to soak up the local atmosphere and get yourself an authentic bargain.

The market is open on Wednesday 9am-1pm and Sunday 9am-2pm in the main square next to the church, and does get busy from 11am so be sure to get there early if you want to avoid the peak rush.



Explore

If you love the water and you're lucky enough to rent or own a boat then there are lots of coves to discover outside of the port that are a short sail away from the coast. I come from a sailing loving family and so was lucky enough to venture out to these places when I visited, one of these being sailing past one of the buildings where they filmed part of the Night Manager and then onto visiting the beautiful must see secret beach Playa de Formentor within cove Cala Pi de la Posada.

So maybe the water or sailing isn't really your thing? Then fret no more as you can peacefully take in the wonderful sea views taking a stroll along pine walk. Its the more secluded area of the town with stunning villas, budding flora and pretty restaurants to take in, and also for the sun worshipper amongst us, the smaller out of the way areas of beach that are usually quieter than the main sunbathing areas are situated here still surrounded by crystal clear water and white beaches, perfect for a romantic picnic.

A tour of Port de Pollença would never be complete without the mention of the stunning mountains a stone throw away from the beaches (pun intended). You don't have to be an avid rambler to take a trip along the hills as there are lots of easy trails as well as hard ones to follow that just need a basic pair of trainers and no crazy trekking gear. We took our short trek through the hills to the hidden beach Cala Boquer which is definitely worth a visit if you like the quiet life.

Stay

If you're looking for a 'treat yourself' accommodation and love the idea of the romantic secluded area along pine walk, then Hotel Illa d'Or is the place to be. It has a stunning jetty restaurant with views across the water, great cocktails, atmosphere and private indoor and outdoor sun loungers and pools that won't disappoint.

If thats a little out of your price range or you're just more a person who looks forward to getting out their and exploring (with room and hotel facilities not really up there on the priority list), then there are plenty of other accommodation types at lots of different prices points. In particular some of the apartments on the sea front are fantastic and have the same stunning views (a favourite amongst families, including my own). One to note is Hotel Eolo Boasting super modern interior, super clean spaces, a pizzeria and luxe views on the rooftop overlooking the marina.

Booking.com








Michelle


What I wore 

Neon yellow cold shoulder top - Ebay
Ripper denim skirt - Liquor N Poker
Studded black sandals - Mango
Mirrored Sunglasses - SA Glasses
Rose motif bikini - Instyle X Binky
White cateye sunglasses - Quay Australia
Pink mesh floral top - Primark
Denim shorts - Newlook
Denim front zip skirt - Topshop
Purple zebra print dress - House of Holland
Palm tree print dress - TKMaxx
Rose gold holographic sandals - Birkenstock 

 Follow me on Bloglovin', Twitter and Instagram!

(Disclaimer - Any post stared with an asterisk (*) contains either an item that has been gifted to me in consideration for a blog review or is a collaborative/branded post. All opinions made on this blog are my own and not that of any brand or company I have connections with. For my full disclaimer please click here.)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Copyright @ Thoughts of a Shell. Blog Design by KotrynaBassDesign