If you are looking for a getaway and not spending too much money, Mallorca is a great option. As England is bracing itself for the cold weather, a few days in the sun and balmy temperatures is just what the doctor ordered.
As it's low season, you can find flights as cheap as £50 one way and there are plenty of good and economical options on Airbnb. We stayed for three nights with a really nice couple at a very central location, with a great view of the port and mountain and two lovely cats, for little over £100.
Palma de Mallorca seems to be very popular with Germans. I don't think I've ever seen so many Germans in one place (yes, I've never been to Germany, tut tut). For the first time in my life I was spoken to in German, which was confusing because I don't think I look German in the least. Not that it is important but nonetheless funny.
First night we had dinner at La Boveda. Tapas and good wine, finished by sorbet de limón con cava. Paid an average of 50 euros per person but worth every cent. Delicious food. Don't miss out on the boquerones, the smoked ham, the pimientos de padrón and the squid in black sauce.
On the second day we went for a drive in the countryside and around the island.
We went through the Tramuntana mountain on the way to Sollér, and you go through a carved up tunnel (you pay 5 euros toll, for a regular car).
Stopped for lunch at Port de Valldemosa, at the Es Port restaurant. If you don't like seafood and fish, go somewhere else, as there isn't a lot of options on the menu, other than maritime creatures. Great food, 30 euros average per person.
As you make your way around the island, there's plenty of scenic views, where you can park your car and stop for a couple of pics. And cats. Loads of cats to play with and take pictures of - I was in heaven!
In the old town centre in Palma de Mallorca, the windy roads hide some architectural gems, as I was occasionally surprised by a few Art Nouveau buildings, with gorgeous details. The light is incredible and great for taking photos too.
If you want to do some shopping, there are options for all budgets, from high end to high street prices. There are plenty of quirky shops too, just don't expect much on the vintage side of things, as I didn't see anything. There are a lot of local handicrafts available though and I would recommend taking a look at the bags made of straw and other vegetable fibers.
The older part of Palma de Mallorca has an interesting mix of old and new. There is some street art to be seen every now and then.
I have to also say that in this weekend I couldn't help noticing the large number of penises scrawled around on walls, dirty windows, you name it. I didn't bother to document them all but you can see what I'm talking about. Very rude!
The cathedral was quite a sight. It took my breath away, as I entered and saw how big it was. The stained glass roses are definitely a must see and there are a handful of interesting pieces in the cloisters museum.
Another nice place for dinner is Quina Creu, with a great selection of wines, tapas, pintxos and other main courses. Definitely worth a visit.
During the day you can eat tapas in terraces all across town (or the whole island, even) and stuff yourself with jamon iberico, a delicious specialty. funnily enough a lot of things including the food made me think about home, which wasn't a bad thing per se. It just made me feel very comfortable.
I really enjoyed these days away and I would definitely be happy to go back. The combination of affordable great food and travel, with sunny weather and beautiful landscapes definitely make Mallorca a destination to go back to.