Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Holidays in Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca


Several years ago I wrote an article about the Island of Mallorca and some of the luxurious accommodations and activities available for tourists. Most of what I knew came from one of my high school friends who know lives in Ireland. She frequently rents Majorca villas for a two week stay with her family and on special holidays with her husband she rents apartments in Puerto Pollensa for a more intimate and private experience. She recently came from summer holiday, which is the best time to stay in Mallorca according to her. She explained her trip to me and all I was thinking was, when and how soon will I be able experience what she did?

If you’re not familiar with Mallorca or Puerto Pollensa, I let you in a little secret. Well, not so much a secret, but something you should already know if you plan to visit. Mallorca is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, off the south-east corner of Spain, and less than  100 miles from Barcelona. Mallorca is part of the Balearic Islands, which if you’re interested in history as much as I am and you’ve read the Iliad, was colonized by Rhodes after the Trojan war. As for the language spoken in Mallorca, you can, of course, get away with speaking English, but most of the locals speak either speak Mallorquín or Spanish, and many even speak German.

My friend also mentioned that it’s important to maintain contact with the villa owners while vacationing in Mallorca. She said the owners were so delightful and welcoming that she already planned her next holiday with them. “Often times, they are the best tour guides”, she remarked.

She explains how helpful they are:

“The villa owners explained that in Mallorca, if you plan to frequent the restaurants, evening is the best time to arrive, as most locals sit down to dinner around 9:30 or 10:00pm. Consequently, supermarkets are open all day and shops tend to open at 9:30 and close around 1:30 or 2 for siesta. They will then reopen around 4:30 and close around 8:00pm. Nearly every shop in town is closed on Sundays”.

Of course, you won’t spend all your time shopping. There is a considerable amount of activities for tourists including horseback riding, Abseiling, Paragliding, Helicopter Tours, Mountain Biking, Kayaking and Caving. Not to mention, you can just stay indoors, workout in your own private fitness room, or take a dip in your indoor pool. Let’s be honest, how could you possibly resist leaving the villa, when everything bit of perfection is viewable from your porch?



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