The south of Mallorca is the bit of the island that I’m most familiar with.
I mean, we’ve lived in that area since I was a teeny-tiny baby, so it’s not surprising really!
I took Gary to a couple of my fave spots when we were there last month, and it was really nice to share that with him and know that he enjoyed them as much as I do.
And then I thought: HEY LOOK I CAN WRITE A BLOG POST ABOUT IT AND SHARE THEM WITH YOU AND MAYBE YOU WILL LIKE THEM AS WELL.
So here are a couple of my favourite things to do in my local area.
HIKING NA BURGESA IN COSTA D’EN BLANES
Costa d’en Blanes is a really residential area, with houses climbing from sea-level up the side of the hill (the hill is called Na Burgesa!)
Follow the road uphill and you’ll hit a dirt track that leads up to the fire tower, right at the very tip of the “mountain”.
It’s one of my absolute favourite hiking trails on the island cos it only takes about an hour to walk up, and the views are out of this world for the entire journey.
I kept having to call HALT while I took a million photos of it all. Whoops!
Definitely worth looking into if you’re after stunning panorama views (and exercise).
LUNCH AT CHAMELIS
Chamelis is a bit of a local institution these days!
It’s a very chilled out Spanish restaurant in the village of Portals Nous. They serve everything from pizza to pasta to meat, fresh fish and the most amazing garlic prawns of all time.
We started with said amazing prawns, and then I went for a lovely spaghetti carbonara while Gary chose the “Surprise” pizza calzone.
This turned out to be MAHOOSIVE crescent-shaped beast stuffed with pepperoni, bolognaise, ham, beef and probably another type of meat that I can’t remember. It was big. And it was good.
The service at Chameli’s is amazing as well. Super fast, helpful and incredibly friendly.
Note: it does get very busy, so might be worth ringing and booking a table for peak times.
Gary and I trundled down for a late weekday lunch, then wandered on down the road, past the Church and down to Puerto Portals beach for a paddle.
It’s actually one of my very favourite beaches, and makes for a lovely walk!
A NIGHT IN SANTA PONSA
My family have owned a flat in Santa Ponsa for years now.
It’s rented out as a holiday apartment usually, but Gary and I managed to bagsy it for a night, which was a nice little treat.
It’s a tiny one-bedroom, but it’s clean, well furnished and the balcony has a view TO DIE FOR.
We spent a lovely afternoon splashing about by the pool, then sat and played Monopoly on the balcony with a bottle of wine while the sun went down.
Later, we went down to the seafront path and wandered all the way down to the Sports Bar, down by the main beach (a five minute walk!), for a pitcher of sangria (and a wifi catchup!)
For dinner, we walked across the beach to the other side of the bay, to an old restaurant favourite of mine: Meson del Mar.
It’s cheap, it’s cheerful, and you can sit right on the edge of the balcony, overlooking the sea.
If that’s not romance, I don’t know what is!
So there you have it guys!
A little (sort of) tour of (parts of) my home town.
Hopefully you enjoyed it and, if you’re heading to Mallorca this Summer, maybe it’s given you some new ideas of places to go!