Things have been a little quiet on the Paper Cafe front these past few weeks, and for good reason, as Nathan and I treated ourselves to a little holiday in Mallorca! I had visited the Spanish island before when I was 12 (half my life ago, say whaat?!) but Nathan had never been, so I couldn’t wait for him to experience the stunning scenery and glorious sunshine!
We were staying in the north-east of the island, between Port de Pollenca and Alcudia, at the aptly-named Club del Sol. The hotel itself was fantastic and much better than it looked in the photos we had seen online which was a nice surprise. We arrived when it was dark on our first day so pulling back the curtains the next morning to reveal a gorgeous view across the sea and the mountains in the distance was a real treat.
About 15 minutes walk down the road from the resort is the seaside town of Port de Pollenca, home to a white sandy beach and also a large marina. We spent a lovely afternoon wandering around admiring the mountains in the background, the impressive yachts and spotting some lovely typographic street signs and house numbers.
In the other direction, about 1 hour’s walk from Club del Sol, is Alcudia, which is well worth visiting to see the historic old town. Sadly we didn’t get to spend too much time there as we hadn’t realised how long it would take to get there, but we did enjoy strolling down the old narrow streets. I probably slowed us down quite a bit by stopping every two minutes to photograph another plant, but there were just SO many lovely cacti and tropical plants around that I couldn’t resist!
Another thing that Mallorca is well known for is cycling, and while we were there, a race called the ‘312’ took place, where you guessed it, you cycle 312km around the island as fast as you can. We spotted lots of national teams training for the event during the week and there were cyclists from all over the world there.
For the rest of our week in Mallorca we mainly just sat by the pool and read lots of books, took advantage of the all-inclusive pool bar and even managed a quick dip in the (unheated!) pool. (It was very very cold… but we couldn’t go home without going in once!) Having never been on an all-inclusive package holiday before we weren’t really sure what to expect, but aside from the slightly unsociable hours of the flights, it was all extremely good. And yes, we may have started discussing where we should go next… 🙂
(We also spotted someone wearing a Strong Island t-shirt at the resort we were staying in… small world!)