We’ve been trying to take our trip to Mallorca for a year! Kyle and I had planned to go for our much-needed first trip away from both kids last Fall, but some work commitments came up and we had to cancel. We tried again in Spring, but the timing wasn’t right yet again– and finally a couple weeks ago we cancelled some meetings, hopped a plane and went. FINALLY! We could only get a few days away, but it ended up being just a rejuvenating short trip, and to be honest when you’re used to zero days away from the kids, even three feels like a lot!
We chose Mallorca because Kyle and I have been part owners of the Mallorca soccer team for almost four years. And we still hadn’t gone to see it in person and explore the town! Being owners of a professional team has been a bucket list experience for Kyle, and it was so great to be able to experience Mallorca together for the first time. He was really excited to see the football club’s facilities, and even had plans to play in a practice game with one of their club teams while we were there. A few of the other owners were coming to town with their wives as well, so it was a nice little reunion.
I spent a lot of my childhood in Europe, and strangely enough I had never been to Mallorca before! I love Spain in general, and Mallorca totally stole my heart. It’s just the most gorgeous, totally manageable, and very historically rich island town off the coast of Spain. It was the perfect mix of culture, beauty, food and wine, and really comfortable and chic accommodations. I feel like it would be impossible to have a bad time there! While there we even noticed so many families navigating the city so easily with their small children in tow– it inspired us to bring the whole family next time! I know Marlowe and Major would absolutely love it there.
The number one most important thing to me for our trip was that we made zero to few plans. Since we were only going for three full days, it was important to me not to try and cram too much in– and feel like we were rushing from activity to activity. I didn’t want to stress myself on vacation! LOL. This is something I’ve learned over time, since I’ve definitely ruined more than a few quick trips for myself in the past by disregarding this tactic. I’ve discovered that enjoying myself, allowing myself to unwind, and coming home de-stressed is more important than trying to do and see every single thing that’s interesting to me in a new place. It was also important to me to lean in to romance! LOL. I made sure we ate late every night (this is also the Spanish way), so that we could have the afternoon to nap, cuddle, and enjoy each other. It also helped to sleep off the wine we were drinking all day. Hahah. Vacation vibes to the max.
On our last full day, we decided to take an afternoon trip to a nearby beach town called Deia. To get there we had to drive up and through the mountains– which was really twisty and turny but so so gorgeous. It reminded me of the alps! When we finally snaked our way back down the mountain, we parked our cars and walked the rest of the way on foot to the most gorgeous ocean grotto restaurant. The views were spectacular, and it really looked like something out of a magazine or postcard. My favorite type of food in the world is seafood, and eating fresh gambas al ajillo (prawns in garlic), with an ice cold bottle of rosé, was heaven. I wish we could have stayed longer!
The Cathedral in Mallorca is absolutely stunning, and Kyle and I took some time to walk around its ornate walls, and sit beside it to admire the view and surrounding gardens. We didn’t buy tickets to go inside since the line was long and we had limited time, but we heard it’s a must! There are some amazing museums and galleries in Mallorca as well, and tons of beautiful little cafés in the alleyways where you can sit, grab a cocktail or coffee, and enjoy tapas (little appetizer size bites of food). It’s a great way to sample local flavors and dishes. We basically ate and drank all day every day– I’m much more of a foodie than Kyle is, and it reminded me how much I love exploring new cuisines and tapping in to those foodie corners of my heart. Overall, our trip reminded us how much we miss traveling. It’s been way too long, and we decided we need to make travel a priority now that the kids are getting older. Even though we were only in Mallorca for a few days, we definitely found a few favorite things! I’m adding all my Musts below! If you’ve been to Mallorca and have any other tips, please share in the comments below.
My Mallorca Favorites…
- We stayed at Hotel Cort (love it), but we also checked out Hotel Mama and Hotel Sant Francesc which are both stunning.
- We rented bikes from Nano Bicycles, and biked the incredible waterfront path all the way down to the outskirts of Palma. We had dinner at Portixol, which is also a hotel if you’re looking to stay a bit farther from the hustle and bustle!
- Catedral De Mallorca: it’s simply stunning!
- If you’re in town during their season, go check out a soccer game with Mallorca FC!
- Palau March Museu, Bellver Castle, and Museu d’Art Espanyol Contemporani – Fundacion Juan March are all really cool– and we heard the toy museum is also a must though we didn’t make it there this time!
- It’s pretty hard to get a bad meal in Mallorca, but some of our favorites were: Peix Vermell, Café Antiquari, The restaurant at Hotel Cort, Tahini Japanese, Mallorca Delicatessen, Local No. 2, Fera Restaurant & Bar, Ca’s Patro March (in Deia!)
- Mercat De L’Olivar: this indoor food market is a great place to grab an espresso, wander the food stands, and pick out a little café to grab a quick bite and cocktail!
- I noticed so many gorgeous shops while in town! Here are my faves: Zara (better in Europe!), Zara Home, Victor o Victoria, Bluebird, Lifestyle Mallorca, Mallorca Delicatessen, Teixits Vicens, Alpargateria La Concepcion (for espadrilles).