To reach Mallorca, we flew from London Stansted on a direct flight to Palma. We had booked a rental car in advance from Record Go, where we could collect the car from the airport and then get straight off. The process was easy, it was pricey so I don’t know that I’d recommend them but the car was great and had a Sat Nav built in which made navigating so easy. We drove straight to our hotel in Portocolom, near Santanyi and this took about 45 minutes.
We stayed at the beautiful Portomar Apartments in Portocolom. The hotel offers a variety of sized rooms and they come with a sofa bed so suitable for three to sleep comfortably. We had a little kitchenette complete with double hob and fridge. The hotel offers breakfast downstairs in the beautiful dining space and also has an attached bar where you can grab dinner, although the menu isn’t massive. The facilities here include a gym and spa, outdoor pool, direct sea access and a beach just a few minutes walk down the road. Parking isn’t available but we had no problem finding free on road parking close by.
The hotel was well located for beaches and towns, we were about 20 minutes from Santanyi town and the port nearby also offers eateries, bars and places to walk.
As we had two days, it made sense to split this into one day on the North coast and one of the South. The weather was a little uncertain on the first day so we opted for the North coast, to enjoy the quaint towns and streets and leave beach hopping for the next. We started by heading straight to Valldemossa, the drive here took around an hour and a half. The drive is gorgeous, changing from low lying farm land full of wild flowers, to dramatic mountainous landscape and windy roads.
The town was gorgeous, we eventually found some free parking as the car park was taken up by a market. Even out of season and on a slightly drizzly day, the town was busy so in the height of the summer, I would recommend getting there early. The town is full of quaint places to eat and drink, bakeries, gift shops and just amazing streets to wander.
After Valldemossa, we headed further along the North coast towards Fornalutx. We did stop off at Cala Deia as it is the postcard image of Mallorca, but with the gloomy weather there wasn’t much to see. If you have a nice sunny day, head there after Valldemossa and enjoy the gorgeous cove and town.
Fornalutx was similar to Valldemossa, a beautiful quaint town amongst the mountain ranges. Full of orange trees and cobbled streets, it was lovely. We stopped here for a bite to eat and enjoy the views. There’s some amazing places for dinner up here, with valley views and twinkling lights – if you’re celebrating something then I’d highly recommend!
We ended our first day by slowly heading back to Portocolom, taking in the views as we winded back.
For day two, it was all about cove hopping and getting out to see those clear Mallorcan waters. We started by heading about an hour away to Cala Pi. This is a small town with a gorgeous big beach and amazing views. As we were out of season, we had no problem parking but I’m sure this isn’t the case all year so as always, head in early. There’s plenty of food places in this town to make a day of it. Heading to the beach is well signposted, there are many steps down so be prepared for that.
Once suitably finished exploring Cala Pi, we jumped back in the car and headed about 40 minutes down the coast to Cala S’Alumnia. I was so excited to visit here and it definitely lived up to my expectations. The calm water and the quietness made it the perfect spot to sit and take it all in for a while. In regards to parking, we parked on the roadside about a 5 minute walk away, again access down here includes many steps.
En route to our next stop, we drove through a town and all gasped as we saw Cassai from the roadside. Looking in, you could see the beautiful decor, the plants and the lights and we knew we wanted to stop by for a quite coffee. They have a beachside spot on the island too, I’d definitely head there next time!
A short drive from Cala S’Alumnia was our last cove of the day, Cala Llombards. This spot was very easy to find and has a large parking space right on the beach, so the easiest to access by far. The beach is large and perfect for families, the buildings in the images below are tucked in the corner and accessed by walking along the coastal path.
All beached out and ready to check out some shops and grab some food, we headed a short distance to Santanyi. I’d read a lot about this town and definitely wanted to visit. There’s some gorgeous independent stores here including Terra, which sells ceramics, terracotta goods and rattan homewares – dreamy! If you’re lucky enough to be here on a Saturday or Wednesday, head to the town for their market which looks amazing.
And that concluded our 48 hours in Mallorca! It was quick but it was beautiful, we saw as much as we could and we couldn’t have been luckier with the weather on the second day, to enjoy the coves in their summer glory but their out of season quietness. I most certainly cannot wait to get back.