There I was, telling myself I would take the week in our Spanish Villa to relax, catch up on work and spend time by the pool with my childhood friend who had accompanied me on this adventure in Mallorca.
But all it took was for my friend to tell me how gorgeous the towns are along the west coast and how much of a shame it would be to miss them whilst I was on the island, and BOOM… the explorer in me stood bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Ever keen for an adventure, and more specifically a road trip, my hire car was booked before their sentence had even finished.
The west coast Mallorcan road trip was happening.
Scattered on its cobbled, floral streets are the most gorgeous collection of cafes ready to satisfy your thirst and relieve you from the midday heat. Here in Valdemossa you can sit and replenish in a cafe, head to the museum, visit the Carthusian Monastery, wander through the garden maze, shop in the boutique offerings or do as we did.
We grabbed a selection of traditional pastries and headed to the back of the town (2 minute walk – its a teeny village) for a view over the village and the stunning mountains that surround it.
An easy turning to miss, but a turning well worth looking out for as you head from Valdemossa through to Deia. Grab a drink or time it with lunch time so that you can make the most of this stunning view across the ocean.
This small village is again, enclosed by gorgeous Spanish scenery and is a hub for artists, boasting an array of quirky cafes, studios and houses. We didn’t have time, but rumour has it heading down to Cala Dei beach is one of Mallorca’s best kept secrets and has a beautiful seafood restaurant located upon it!
Located only 10 minutes apart, this town and Port Duo are another popular stop off on the west coast. You can drive between them by car or you can take a ride on the towns old-fashion rickety wooden trams which are more than definitely becoming a ‘thing’ here (€4 one way €8 return).
There is a little beach in Port Soller along with an abundance of waterfront restaurants and pedalos.
We also found THE best selection of ice cream flavours at ‘IO Gelats Artesans’. I had one scoop of passion fruit alongside a scoop of coconut and caramel! YOU MUST GO.
A maze of coloured houses and flower filled window ledges, Pollenca is another gorgeous town located just of the coast on the North West of Mallorca.
Indulge in an ice-cream Cappuccino in the square, grab a spirulina juice and a crepe from Maduixa, wander up the 365 Calvary steps from the main square and make sure you drop by the little shops on the way back down; I picked up some amazing homemade ginger and lemon balsamic vinegar.
When walking through the gorgeous streets of Pollenca with an ice cream in hand, we noticed what looked like a little church at the top of a very big hill. We also thought how cool the view must be from up there.
On our last morning we got up early and drove towards the bottom of it. When we could drive no further we left our car and hiked briskly up the rest. We were met by many a goat on the way before reaching a gorgeous monastery at the top with insane views over Pollenca town and the landscapes that surround it.
Whether you choose admire the gorgeous shades of sea blues with an ice cream as you stroll along the port, tuck into a Spanish Tapas feast at Tapas Y Punto, or wander around the Wednesday markets in the centre, Puerto Pollenca is another waterfront spot popular with tourists. Here you’ll find plenty of waterfront apartments, cafes and restaurants… a perfect place to head in the evenings for a cocktail or dinner al fresco.
Our favourite find was a beach bar a little further down from the main hub of shops and restaurants (if you’re facing the sea keep walking right). In fact, I cannot actually remember the name of it, but it was just opposite the ‘Spar’ shop and looks a little like the below…
And last but CERTAINLY not least, and possibly THE most perfect (and romantic) way to end any day trip or road trip…
Head up to Cap de Formentor (10 minutes from Puerto Pollenca) and then continue up on the windy mountainous roads until you reach the lighthouse at the top.
Bring a picnic blanket, your favourite beverages and of course your camera for a quick snap as the sun sinks below the horizon… absolutely breathtaking!
What were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!
Love as always + happy adventuring,
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