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A quick review of my 2 week Majorca expedition

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A quick review of my 2 week Majorca expedition

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.

I stayed in Fornalutx for 6 nights (24th - 30th September) and then Cala Figuera for a further 6 nights(30th September - 6th October) and between the two pretty much covered 90% of the Island.

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.

Many thanks.

Sean.

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1. Re: A quick review of my 2 week Majorca expedition

Wow, sounded like a great trip Sean.

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Great TR,many thanks Sean,so glad you experienced so much of the beauty that is Mallorca.

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3. Re: A quick review of my 2 week Majorca expedition

Sean - I am so, so pleased that it lived up to your expectations and that you had a fabulous time. I presume, then, that the long drive to get there was well worth it?

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I forgot to ask - did you get up (or down) the Barranc?

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5. Re: A quick review of my 2 week Majorca expedition

A great report Sean. Many people have the misconception that the whole of Mallorca is a loud, party-type of place (whereas that's just confined to a few square miles in one area). Your report has shown that most of Mallorca has the most fantastic scenary with interesting towns, villages and beaches.

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Wish trip advisor had a like button.

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7. Re: A quick review of my 2 week Majorca expedition

I enjoyed reading your review. Especially good to read of somebody who made the effort to see so much of The Beautiful Island in the time available.

Just one comment if I may. Even without the difficult circumstances you encountered when visiting Es Trenc, in my opinion the beach at Playa de Muro is always nicer,scenically, than Es Trenc. Your Caribbean link is apt.But the guide books continue to promote Es Trenc as THE best.

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KWUK - No doubt about that - I remain now solidly convinced this is as beautiful an island as one can imagine. The mountain scenery was equal to any thing I have seen and I have seen some mountains, whilst the villages and towns were just so charming and of course the beaches were quite incredible (Cala Deia, Llombards and playa Muro get my nod although Formentor was awesome). I first visited some time ago on a 'lads holiday' to Magaluf and remained enchanted and curious about this place ever since. The more I read the more I became almost obssessed with going back and seeing as much as I could - and I really did and I am so happy about that. A wonderful time was had and that I was able to take my mother (who has been 12 times and a self proclaimed 'Majorca expert') and to just hear her enthuse how incredible the places she saw and never knew or could have imagined existed there made me very happy indeed. It is hard coming back to Basildon mate!

B&P tynemouth - Hey - how are you! Yes, I did walk the Barranc! I walked from Fornalutx up the Barranc and then to the top of Puig L'Ofre. I went without a map at the crack of dawn on my own and must admit, after reaching the top of the Barranc became lost for a few hours but met a wonderful Norwegian couple who helped me out and I managed to make it to the top of the Puig L'Ofre in around 5 hrs, then perhaps 2hrs from the top back to Fornalutx. The views were outstanding all the way - a stunning stunning (but quite hard ) walk. As for the journey to Majorca itself - well it took 26hrs to get to Palma from Basildon which was no problem at all whilst it took 48hrs the other way due to train times. I did manage to see Barcelona and Paris extensively en route but I must say my feet are blistered and legs ache - but it was worth it. However, I think I should see a Dr about flying, get some drugs or something as in truth I suppose it just isn't practical long term and I will miss out on further afield adventures I suppose. But I would travel that way again no fear to get to Majorca (in-fact we all agreed to come back in 2 years so taken a back were we by the beauty of it all). Thank you for all your help and kindness and I hope I can help you in the future with any trips you will make.

Crazyporn Cheers mate! I manged to bag Cala Gran and Cala Esmerelda whilst I was there, the first day was stormy (4th October) but on the way to the airport we manged to go back due to a friend wanting to buy something and wow - the beaches were wonderful. Cala Gran was absolutely lovely and the resort itself was alot of fun. I am glad I got to see it how it was supposed to be seen.

Chrislovessoller - Mate - I see why you love Soller! seanlovessoller too! What a heavenly place, the views, the food and all of it - just amazing. And Es Truro did do the best Paella I tasted by the way!!! Cheers for all the advice mate!

All the best for now.

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Thanks you for that mouth-watering report. So many people come here and take advice without ever returning to report back on their travels

We too had a wonderful two-week holiday in Mallorca last month, based in Port de Pollensa, and saw about half of the places you mention, but your report has reminded me how much of the island we have yet to see, and made me determined to return!

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WirralScouse

Of course you may mate! Certainly experience has me thinking you may be right about Playa de Muro being more lovely than Es Trenc. I definitely think it is a more reliable beach and that for Es Trenc to appear how it does in the pictures demands perfect conditions. The thing was, I did go to Es Trenc on the hottest most perfect day of the whole holiday and it still looked nothing like I imagined - although I can see its potential for sure.

I did not see Playa de Muro in as perfect conditions as Es Trenc but from what I saw it was incredible - you are in the middle of a quite awesome bay and the clarity and shallowness of the water had me thinking I could not be in Europe so heaven knows how incredible it would look on a calm, completely sunny day.

You know, I suppose I was so obssessed with seeing Es Trenc that even now I make excuses for it and harp on about Es Trencs potential but to be honest, I think I definitely agree that Playa De Muro is simply a better spot full stop.

Upon reflection I agree that it is more scenic and whilst what I sought in Es Trenc was an undeveloped almost secluded paradise I actually now realise that this is what Playa De Muro was, there was barely any development or beach bars around and it was actually far far less busy than Es Trenc. I only went to Muro because I was passing by and I am sure I read a post on Tripadvisor (maybe by yourself actually) that really was enthusiastic about it which made me call a sudden halt and a quick crafty visit then ensued.

I am now enthusiastic about this extraordinary beach too.