Rolling hills & blue skies of Mallorca

    Mallorca, Spain

      • After travelling in Europe for the most part of August, Bella Thomas touches on her time in Mallorca with six of her close friends. Here Bella shares her favourite spots to eat, swim and stay as well as her summer packaging list.

    • STAY

      — Son Viscos.

      A home away from home, located close to valldemossa in the Sierra de Tramontana. Gardens surround the ground wherever you find yourself, completely immersed in nature. Enjoy your meals on the garden terrace and then nap in the fields as the sun sets. A perfect place to feel at peace.

      — Airbnb in Valdemossa or Deia.

      These were my two favourite areas on the island. You are up in the mountains and the views are breathtaking. Rent a place for a week or two in the heart of the valley, there are so many beautiful coves and walks, plus great food.

  • EAT

    — ES Taller.

    This was such a treat to find in beautiful Valldemossa, as most nights were cooking at home. Ask to sit out on the veranda so you can have a peak at their vegetable garden. You will find yourself lost in the beautiful décor while you wait for food, artworks by local artisans cover every wall. Order a bottle of their local red, Petjades. The Dal Curry and octopus are must for tapas. Then do the fish of the day with your choice of sides. If you have room, finish with the lemon curd desert.

    — Simply delicious.

    Located in the trendy suburb, Santa Catalina, a humble little Israeli restaurant. Come hungry as you will want to try it all. I occasionally dream about the Baba Ghanoush, it is that good.

    — Markets in Valldemossa.

    Every Sunday there are fresh produce markets in Valdemossa. Fresh pastries (try an Ensaimada), fruit, vegetables, and great coffee. Grab it all to go and set up for a picnic by the ocean, or take home for a beautiful Sunday lunch.

  • DO

    — Rent a car.

    This is the best way to see the island, it is just over an hour to drive to the other side. There is so much to see on the way and you will be able to find your own secret places.

    — Cala Blanca and Llucalcari.

    We loved these swimming spots. At Cala Blanca, climb around the rocks to the right for a bit more privacy. Bring a picnic lunch for an afternoon here swimming in the clearest waters. And do not forget your snorkels. Llucalcari is a magical place, you will have the cove to yourself if you go first thing in the morning.

    — Hire a Llaut.

    Spend a day on a Llaut, your driver will take you to a beautiful coastline where you’ll dive into the bluest water you have ever seen. He’ll make you a local style lunch while you sip on rosé.

    — Palma.

    Spend your post lunch pasta hangover at La Biblioteca de Babel for a wine and read. This book store is located in the heart of Palma where you can wander around the streets aimlessly, stopping where you desire. If you fancy getting dressed up for the evening, walk into Door 13 cocktail bar. They make the best cocktails and the music is great.