With the Pentecost holidays approaching, S and I were looking for a convenient spot for a 1-week sun getaway. Popular nearby sun destinations include the Canary Islands (a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa), Italy, Greece, the Turkish Riviera, and the Algarve in southern Portugal. Though these spots are well-loved among German vacationers, Mallorca (a large Balearic island off the east coast of Spain) reigns supreme. In fact, Germans often joke that Mallorca is the “17th state of Germany” since it’s packed with German tourists year-round.
I had never been to Mallorca before though S had been three times with his family as a child. I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. After our recent trip to Barcelona, Spain (okay, fine – Spanish food) was still on my mind. We decided to join the mass of tourists for a week of sand, sun, and ocean breeze in Mallorca, Spain.
We researched a few different areas of the island when looking for possible places to stay. We knew we wanted to avoid the party zone of Ballerman which is located just south of the capital Palma de Mallorca. S had previously been to the east coast in Cala Bona with his family and enjoyed it. We also briefly considered staying in Peguera (a tourist town on the west coast of the island not far from the capital) and Alcudia (a resort area in the north of Mallorca that is especially popular with families). In the end, we opted to stay in Sa Coma, a small town on the east cost known for its golden sandy beaches and its variety of bars, restaurants, and shops. We booked our entire trip (flights and hotel) online with TUI, a German tourism company. We’d booked twice with TUI before when we went to Rhodos and Kalithea in Greece and were happy with how convenient and straightforward everything was. I also appreciated how train transfer to and from the airport, as well as shuttle buses to and from the hotel are included in the vacation package – it’s makes for some stress-free travel on your holiday.
Of the several hotels advertised by TUI, we chose to stay at the well-reviewed adults only hotel Hipotel Mediterraneo. The 4 star hotel had everything we were looking for – a big pool, beach access, excellent food, a fitness centre and spa, daily activities, and friendly staff. In our booking, we requested a quiet ocean view room; we were granted one on the far side of the hotel away from the evening entertainment and nearby shops. Half-board guests (like us) eat a buffet breakfast and dinner in the main dining room. The variety and quality of the food was fantastic. The menu changed every night and featured mainly European dishes for the British and German clientele. Guests staying for 1 week can opt to eat in one or both of the specialty restaurants at the hotel, the Tapas restaurant or the Japanese restaurant. We ate at both but I would only recommend visiting the Tapas restaurant; the Japanese restaurant was alright but nothing special.
Unlike our recent trips to Prague, Hamburg, and Barcelona, we went light on the sightseeing this trip. We relaxed by the pool, snorkeled, walked along the boardwalk by the beach, and used the fitness centre at the hotel. One day we walked to the neighbouring town of Cala Millor through the nature reserve Punta de n’Amer. Along the way, we passed by a small fortress with a dry moat, drawbridge and narrow spiral staircase that allows you to climb up to stunning views of both Sa Coma and Cala Millor. At the top, you’ll find an old canon that was used to keep Moorish pirates at bay. Next to the fortress there’s a little snack bar, restrooms, and a jaunty parrot to keep the kiddos entertained.