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Northern Mallorca

When my husband and I first arrived to start our new life in Mallorca, we disembarked the ferry at Palma and flipped a coin. Heads meant we turned left, tails we turned right (fair to say our planning could have done with some work!) We headed up to the very North of the island and ended up in Puerto Pollensa. We stayed in a small studio above a Burger King it was the best we could find as it was August and everywhere was full…as I said planning needed a bit more work.

We decided to head into Santander Bank to see about opening a bank account and a very nice man called Matteo who was helping us, invited us for a coffee and took us to see an apartment he had. 30 minutes later we had a gorgeous 3 bed 2 bath apartment in a beautiful location with a view of the church in the square. And it was a bargain! Sometimes, not planning and going with the flow has it’s advantages. We stayed North for about 18 months until it became really apparent that in order to earn a living we had to relocate down south.

We decided to head into Santander Bank to see about opening a bank account and a very nice man called Matteo who was helping us, invited us for a coffee and took us to see an apartment he had. 30 minutes later we had a gorgeous 3 bed 2 bath apartment in a beautiful location with a view of the church in the square. And it was a bargain! Sometimes, not planning and going with the flow has it’s advantages. We stayed North for about 18 months until it became really apparent that in order to earn a living we had to relocate down south.

Puerto Pollensa bay is stunning and from certain angles looks like a large lake. It is quite windy so attracts water sports like kite surfing. But for my husband and numerous people like him, fishing is a good pastime to take up while you are there. He successfully landed a huge haul of Doradas (Gilt-Head Bream) which, once I got over eating food with a face, we griddled and made fish cakes with. We saw a man almost bring in a 30 kilo (approximate) tuna. He was fishing with a normal rod off the beach and would have had his photo in the paper except at the last minute the line snapped and the tuna gracefully did an about turn with a swish of it’s beautiful tail. The man was so dejected I wanted to go home with him to stand as witness to his wife when he told her his genuine “One that got away” story.

As well as the safe beaches, the lovely old towns of Pollensa and Alcudia and the harbours to relax in, people watch and yacht spot, there are some lovely walks. After dinner the gorgeous pine walk along the bay in Pollensa is perfect for a stroll. Enjoy a coffee or a nightcap at the glamorous Illa D’Or Hotel at the end. For the more energetic of you I recommend the uphill trek up the Puig de Santa Maria overlooking the old town of Pollensa. At the top of the Puig (hill) is a monastery with a cool café and stunning views. This is a lovely spot for cooling off and re-energise with a cool drink and a little pamboli (cured meats, cheese and tomatoes on rustic bread – normally served with olives) before the much easier walk downhill.

Every season has something to offer but I think the festivals in January are particularly brilliant. The festivals of St. Sebastian and St. Anthony see the locals come together to build bonfires, cook sausages, enjoy fireworks and even bring a tree into the square for young boys to climb to the top to win a prize. It’s not for the faint hearted though, health and safety is not a big deal in Mallorca so if you are anything like me you might be watching some of the festivities through gaps in your fingers covering your eyes.

Our experience with Matteo and subsequent friendships we made with locals was nothing but positive. My advice, if you are going there, learn Spanish and join in. You really would be missing out if you didn’t feel part of the genuine real traditions and you don’t have to be fluent to do that. Just try and you will be rewarded for your efforts.


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I am a happily married woman with two dogs and two cats all rescued during our time living on the beautiful island of Mallorca. We lived there for 9 years and have now moved back to the UK where I am studying a degree in Art and Spanish. The reason for blogging about Mallorca is simple I love the island. I fell in love with it the first moment I saw it and I spent my formative years there and I hope to show readers some insight and a different side to this wonderful place.



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