Mallorca & the Mediterranean.

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Spain is like a packet of ‘Lays’ crisps, no one can have just one. Visit that is. Having said that, this was my second trip to Spain and I still have (more) plans 😉

 

Have you read the previous post on Mallorca? I bet it sounded like a serious historic expedition! But there’s more to Mallorca.

 

 

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Plaza Mayor.
Yes, Mallorca has one too, like all Spanish cities.

 

Plaza Mayor is the epicentre of activity in Mallorca and that’s where we began our second day.

 

 

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It was early in the morning and there was already a decent crop of stalls selling trinkets, home decor and other artistic stuff.

 

 

 

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It’s a lively square to begin your day (or even shopping) at and I found myself completely and unintentionally attuned to the colour scheme of the square.

 

 

Streets from Plaza major to Mercat de l’Oliver are just about great places to watch street performances and shop and do some serious (and realllly good) shoe shopping.

While we are talking shopping let me tell you about a store that is one of its kind, Puzzles² – a puzzle store! Well, I’ve never been to one before and I really don’t know how much time we spent there! And no, it’s not a toy store. There are so many really good puzzles that you can exercise your grey cells on, in the store itself. There is no compulsion to buy anything. As long as you use your grey matter, it does not matter, how long you spend there. There are traditional and unusual puzzles from around the world and the store keepers are really nice and friendly people and speak so many languages, so yeah, that store is obviously good and the puzzles are doing their job well!

 

You can find this store on a street called Carrer Sant Nicolau coming from Plaza Juan Carlos. Other streets of interest around here are Carrer de Jovellanos, Carrer del Paraires, Passage Quint (stairs), Costa Brossa etc. There are some very interesting local stores of clothing, crafts, shoes and other collectibles that you might want to pause for.

 

For mainstream Spanish and other European brands you should be shopping on Passeig del Born and more shops on same street where it merges into Plaza de la Reina (one with fountains) on sea side and Plaza Juan Carlos I on other side. And turning left from here you get onto Avinguda de Jaume III, where you get more shops including Mango, El Corte Ingles and bit posher shops on both sides.

 

 

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One of its kind and highly recommended. We bought a puzzle too and I’m yet to solve it!! But I’m on it!!!

 

 

Shopping can be exhausting so here’s something you can reboot with – a gelato. And right gelato at right place is almost….a party! So do go to Giovanni’s and try something crazy (like Adi did) or get the usual suspects. You may have to queue for it but good things come to those who wait!

 

 

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This is black vanilla and mango gelato.
Which I found revolting when I saw it but it tasted heavenly.
Just so that you know, I’m no big gelato fan. Still heavenly!

 

There is another eaterie,  I would like to point you to – Noodle Bar at Plaza Salvador Coll 10, Palma. It’s a Japanese restaurant and we found it (again) on the last day! It’s a lovely casual place with some delicious vegetarian food options available.

 

After we had our fill of shopping and rummaging the old and new town streets we were off to the beach (Cala Millor) to spend the rest of the evening.

 

 

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Although sunny, it was way too chilly to be any closer to water.

 

 

 

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So many travellers coming to Mallorca, spend almost their entire holiday under these thatched tiki umbrellas without giving two hoots to the historic side of the city!

 

Well you can’t blame them, really. Mallorcan beaches ARE gorgeous (and that’s adding another fact to my ‘Mallorca Fact File’ that you read in the earlier post). They are long, sandy and many are blue flag-ed (i.e of highest standard in environment and quality). Plus, the big plus, they are too many to chose from! Here is a list where you can take your pick depending on what you fancy doing at the beach.

 

 

 

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However, this time these canopies were devoid of any takers!

 

 

 

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As for us, all we could do was watch a lovely sunset!

 

 

 

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It was a good show!

 

 

As soon as the sun goes down the music starts piping up, coming from the bars/clubs/discotheques lining the promenade along the beach. If you are a party person, your party has begun!

As for us we had a couple things to do, for example take a night walk on the Maritime boulevard and

 

 

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To see this at night!

 

 

 

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It’s going to be a lovely walk on the boulevard with views of the floodlit Bellver Castle on one side &  La Seu Cathedral on the other.

 

As we walked back to our hotel we came across a small night flea market where we met an Argentinian guy (from whom I bought a pair of earrings) who had recently been to India to source material for his craft! And as he handed me the paper bag containing earrings, he said ”the material is from India, but ‘I’ made it!” Made in India or Made of India, I don’t know, but it was a good find!

 

 

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Coming home.
The grand old olive tree looks like a bundle of contorted figures and faces.
P.S: Don’t look at it that way, at night.

 

 

Well that concludes our Mission Mallorca. It was a destination that unfolded little packets of pleasant surprises at every little turn and corner. I think it’s a very balanced holiday destination, waiting to be customised as you like it. Mallorca is for foodies, it is for shopaholics, it is for beach bums and it is for history buffs and also for those who are a little bit of everything. And bikers! I totally forgot to mention it earlier but renting a bike and riding along side the mediterranean should be one ‘must do’ in Mallorca.

Give Mallorca a thought and find your flavour here!

 

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Make it (to) Mallorca!

 

Palma de Mallorca was a leap of faith (well all travels are, aren’t they? Some small, some giant) and it was as pleasant as a crispy warm buttered toast in a cold & wet Swiss May. We enjoyed it to the last of the crumbs!

 

See you soon, somewhere new! 🙂

Comments

  1. Very beautiful pics+well crafted word makes a perfect travelogue.

    • pastlifeseamstress says:

      Thank you. You’ve always been so kind and generous with your comments, I’m truly grateful!
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