Hi all - I have just returned from a stunning 2 week holiday in Majorca and will just give a quick overview of my experience which may help people going to some of the areas I visited over the coming weeks. I have started posting in depth reviews of my experiences on the appropriate forums if anyone would be interested in a more in depth review of the many places I visited.
Weather: Incredible! For the 12 days I believe the temperature 'dipped' below 30 celcius only twice and we had only 2 fully overcast days so we were very lucky - it was hot!
Fornalutx: A simply stunning village situated barely 10 minutes from Soller and surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and is privy to the most extraordianry sunrises and sunsets. The village itself has a few lovely restuaurants, a very handy corner shop with pretty much all you need and prices were actually quite comparable to the supermarkets and a superb bakery offering some wonderful pasteries etc. Their are lovely walks amongst lemon/lime/almond/olive and orange groves and has a quaint little square encircled by a few bar/restaurants. A great location to explore the mountains and surrounding villages, towns etc. The drives from here to Pollenca and Valldemossa are just incredible - I could not believe I was in Majorca!
Soller: A beautiful town in the centre of an immense valley with a lively bar and restaurant scene, it has lovely streets and a tram connects it to Soller port which has some nice beaches, restaurants and quite stunning views. The train ride from here to Bunyola and back is an absolute must by the way.
Deia: Maybe the most beautiful village I have ever seen, again situated amongst awesome mountain scenery and a short walk away is Cala Deia which was a charming stony little beach with some of the clearest calmest water I have ever seen.
Valldemossa: Exactly what you would expect - a truly beautiful town with exceptionally beautiful streets and well worth a visit - you won't be dissapointed at all. The best Almond Milk I have ever tasted was to be found here by the way.
Sa Calobra: We did a boat trip from Port de Soller and we were fortunate to have very calm seas and clear skies - the trip to Sa Calobra is incredible and having seen many stunning coastlines such as the North Coast of Devon/Madeira as well as Amalfi I have to say this is as stunning as any of them. Sa Calobra itself has a quite lovely beach, similar to Cala Deia I suppose with almost as blue clear waters and it is set amongst cliffs and mountains. It is touristy but the sheer beauty of the place makes this a non-issue. We visted Torrent de Pareis and Cala Tuent - both musts if you can manage it (Torrent de Pareis loses the sun quite early in the day due to surrounding cliffs so get there in the morning to enjoy it more fully)
Pollenca: A quite lovely town town with lovely streets and squares and a simply wonderful view from the top of the 365 steps that take you to Calvari Church (not as knackering as it sounds!).
Playa De Muro: Maybe the best beach I visted despite the day itself being reasonably hazy with slightly wavy waters however this did not stop the water appearing as blue as you can imagine and the backdrop of soft white sand and miminal development definitely gave this a caribbean characteristic that I had hoped to see in Es Trenc (but didn't)
Playa Formentor: Perhaps the most spectacularly sited beach however the water was quite choppy when I visited which was at 5pm by which time the sun caused a glare across the water which detracted from its allegedly crystal clear blue waters which sadly were not apparent. So maybe an earlier day visited is needed to appreciate it more fully I feel.
Formentor: The view from Mirador Colomer needs no introduction, it is sublime and the sunset here was truly exquisite
Castle Alaro + Verger restaurant: The drive to this restaurant is hairy - by far the most intense driving experiance to be had on the island in my opinion. But the restaurant does serve easily the most delicious lamb I have ever tried - an absolute must. The walk from the restaurant takes 45mins - 1 hour but the views are sublime.
Cala Figuera: A beautiful base to explore the surrounding coves, although if one was to stay here I recommend a sea view (the outer skirts are fairly grim) whilst the village itself is beautiful with lovely idyllic walks around the inlet which help give an idea of what typical fishing village life was like around the island before the mass tourism explosion of the 70's.
Cala Santanyi/Santanyi: A beautiful little town with a lovely square, quaint streets and a quite beautiful church. A great place to go for a walk around and then a meal. Cala Santanyi itself is a pretty cove with a nice beach but I would recommend nearby Cala Llombards by far.
Cala Llombards: The most beautiful beach cove I experienced - the waters were as blue as can be imagined and the inlet itself is quite stunning. I did revist this beach a few days after a storm we experienced and it had accrued much seaweed which transformed the beach - so you take your chances I suppose.
S'Aramador - I visited this beach on one of the two stormy days we had and the water was akin to that of the Thames - this is ok as such is the nature of, well nature but what was so dissapointing about this was the stench of putrid seaweed which was everywhere and the copious amount of litter. It was truly awful.
Es Trenc: This was the biggest dissapointment. I made the mistake of driving to Colonia Saint Jordi which meant an hour walk to the main strip of Es Trenc, sadly the entire walk and the actually beach itself had literally dunes of seaweed at the shoreline as well as for the first few metres of water. Swimming was almost impossible because the few clear spots were inundated with people trying to have a swim. The water was choppy despite the most perfect day one can imagine and then we had the naked people whom were everywhere! I did not enjoy this one bit because there was no respite from it - there is only so much human appendage a person of even quite liberal means can tolerate.
Cala Moro: Sadly this was full of seaweed and the waters were so far in land there was no beach at all - I do not know if this is normal because every picture I ever saw of this place shows it to have some sand.
Caves of Drach: An incredible display of natural wonders which are well worth visiting whilst the 'concert' at the end should be cheesy but was actually quite lovely.
Sanctuary San Salvador: This was a beautiful place with incredible views however the day I visited was quite cloudy and due to its height I'd recommend picking a clear day to go!
I did cover a bit more of the island but I realise I have rabitted on for long enough - so all that remains is just a big thankyou to everyone who helped with all my questions which made this an unbelievable holiday which I am so sad is now over.