How quickly one can fall in love with a place, I felt summer, when I flew to the Spanish island for the 2nd time. That was last summer in hot August. A long weekend with friends. The best weekend of the last year. And this should not have been the last time. March was disgustingly cold in Germany again and so I fled for a week to Mallorca in the low season.
MALLORCA in the low season
Mallorca is particularly popular in the low season. Most holidaymakers fly to the island for a long weekend. They have been there several times and you can feel this calmness. They know the island, the city Palma, the people. Meanwhile I also find it very nice to return to a place and to get to know it all the better.
We were very lucky with the weather – 17-20°C and one week of sunshine in March. The temperatures are pleasant, the cities are not crowded. The island is a paradise for racing cyclists and other sporting activities. A holiday from Wednesday evening to Monday was planned. At short notice I found a Wahnsinns-8€- Flug-Deal, so the flight tickets were changed immediately.
- Tip numero uno: Flights during the week are particularly cheap in the low season. We have paid about 80€ for our flight there and back.
Begin your stay with some wine & tapas at MERCADO DE SANTA CATALINA!
Santa Catalina is a popular neighborhood of Palma. There are countless bars and restaurants. A highlight is always the visit of the market hall of Santa Catalina. A culinary meeting place for locals and tourists. After the late arrival the day before I was looking forward to the first shopping in the market hall. Here one or the other Mallorquiner stands already at 9 o’clock in the morning at the bar counter and drinks the first “Rojo”. On the market hall one can eat particularly well tapas and fish. The prices of the market hall are moderate.
- I can highly recommend the bar/stand immediately to the left of the entrance to the north entrance.
A relaxed AFTERNOON IN PALMA
& the sunset at the marina
From Santa Catalina one walks relaxed along the promenade into the old town of Palma. The cathedral of Palma is always a highlight. In the city centre you will find many hotel bars with beautiful terraces.
Terrace tips for the afternoon and sundowner
- Boutique Hotel Can Alomar
- Es Baluard
- Hostal Cuba
- Nakar Hotel
Interior shopping in Santa Catalina
In Santa Catalina you can not only enjoy a wonderful meal, but you can also find very sweet little boutiques and interior shops. You can find most shops on the Carrer de Pou.
Interior Shopping Favorites & More
- Magatzem de Santa Catalina (small shop with Espadrilles | Plaça de la Navegació, 3)
- Midnight Blue
- Oma Project
- La Libelula Home
- Temple café
It continues fluidly with a WINERY VISIT
Good weather, sun – truly only calls for more wine. A wine tasting on a winery is highly recommended. The following wineries were recommended to me by friends and acquaintances:
BODEGAS EN MALLORCA
- Bodegas Ángel (18 min. by car from Palma)
- Oliver Moragues (24 min. by car from Palma)
- Bodegas Macià Batle (22 min. by car / 23 min. by T2 from Palma)
- Bodegas Antonío Nadal Ros (30 min. by car from Palma)
- Bodegues Castell Miquel (34 min. by car from Palma)
- Anima Negra (39 min. by car from Palma)
- Son Artigues (43 min. by car from Palma)
- Winery Es Fangar (1h by car from Palma)
WINERY VISIT OF MACÌA BATLE
In the end we decided to do a winery tour of Macìa Batle. The tour including tasting costs about 12€ per person.
- You can take a relaxing taxi from Palma (approx. 30€) or use public transport.
The winery also offers a 3 hour tour with an old timer train through the wineries and from finca to fina. This can be booked for 10 persons or more.
Das Weingut bietet auch eine 3 Stunden-Tour mit einem Old-Timer-Zug durch die Weingüter und von Finca zu Fina an. Diese kann ab 10 Personen gebucht werden.
Rent a car and EXPERIENCE THE ISLAND
The last two days we drove the island with a little speedster. Up to 5 persons it is worthwhile in any case to rent a car directly from the airport. Unless you spend the night in Palma directly, where you always have to buy a parking ticket.
- I have already booked a car several times directly through Ryanair. In Bergamo it was a bit more complicated, but in Palma everything went smoothly. The provider was OK Rent a Car.
We still paid 5€ / day for the fully comprehensive insurance on top and paid a total of approx. 40€ for two days. Of that again 15€ fuel. In the high season the prices can vary of course.
Nature Park S’ALBUFERA DE MALLORCA
Another highlight was our beach day at the east coast. The Cala Mondragó in the Nature Park S’Albufera de Mallorca is a paradise on earth. Turquoise blue water, white sandy beach – beautiful! The beach bar at the Cala was fortunately also open. Unfortunately we could not visit many restaurants, because they opened only in April.
- The best way to reach the dream beach is via the Parking Parque Natural de Mondrago or Beach Cala Mondrago, Parking. From the latter you walk along a beautiful forest path to the bays of S’Amarador Beach and Cala Mondragó. Unlike Platja Es Trenc you pay no entry to the nature park.
HIGH IN THE NORTH WEST
the mountain community VALDEMOSSA
after PORT DE SÓLLER
The drive to Valdemossa takes about 40 minutes from Palma de Mallorca. With only 1900 inhabitants, the municipality is idyllically situated in the mountains. A small walk through the alleys and then we sat down again in the car to the next spot.
THE CLIFF OF SON MARROIG
Along the northwest coast we reached Son Marroig in Deia, where we can see the impressive cliff.
- In Sa Foradada apparently you can eat super paella. This is still prepared in an old oven and you have a fantastic view of the coast. Opened unfortunately only in April.
PORT DE SÓLLER
The hunger drove us to the Port de Sóller, where we stayed a few hours in the sun. We ate at Restaurant Sabarca, which I can highly recommend to you. Afterwards we relaxed in the sun at Café Randemar. Every now and then the historical train from 1912, the Tren de Sóller, passed us. The “Red Lightning” connects the capital Palma with Sóller and the Port de Sóller.
My summer tips I have summarized you here. Hopefully I will update them in summer.
And no, I haven’t met a Majorcan with whom I have had a long-distance relationship since then. From now on I will take care of them with the island. I am very much looking forward to Mallorca in July!