Spring has come! Days are getting longer, temperature is rising, and the sun is looking at how flowers are blooming. Just in a few days, we will be enjoying Easter holidays, the perfect moment to visit the most charming landscapes from our geography. On this post we will recommend you few of our favourite Balearic island towns perfect for a visit in this season of the year. But careful with allergies!
THE FOUR MOST CHARMING TOWNS IN MALLORCA
If you have not visited Sóller yet, what are you waiting for? Only a few kilometres far from Tramontana coast, Sóller is crossed by a tram that is set off from Palma. Even though it is more than 100 years old, it’s perfectly preserved.
You will find narrow streets with stone pavement that are filled with flowerpots, as you might be able to take a glance at the residents’ patios, that are usually open. The main square is guarded by Sant Bartomeu’s cathedral, so beautiful that it was used as a cover for Ken Follett’s novel “World Without End”. When you go, do not miss on visiting a bakery to try their “garrovetes del papa”, made with eggyolk and sugar, and enjoy them under the orange trees of the square.
Only 17km far from Palma de Mallorca, Valldemossa is definitely a must. Since it has a special light that back in the day made great artists like Rubén Darío or Borges stay. Houses made of stone that contrast with brightly-coloured flowerpots and cobble stone roads are a living representation of charm. Its main attraction is “La Cartuja”, with its garden and cloisters, which is also famous for having been the accommodation to Chopin and his lover. Its church has a huge bell tower that is opened to the public so you can see the beautiful view ofthe Tramontana mountain chain.
If you’re into hiking, you could go through the Archduke path, a typical route with a view of the sea. Of course, you have to visit the “Quitapenas de Valldemossa”, a restaurant placed at the Amargura alley filled with delicious local produce, with a rustic style. If you are in the mood for something sweet, we recommend you try the almond ice cream, served with potato “cocas” (traditional pastries) in any of the old-town coffee shops, it will make you float.
Placed at Pollença valley, between big rocks and fields, and with its own harbour (Port de Pollença) that has a Roman bridge still in use, you find the beautiful town of Pollença: a town that has it all, mountain and sea. You will find a street grid that has been preserved from the medieval times, and it is sprinkled with buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as their church. Its main square is surrounded by the terraces from the typical “cellers”, restaurants where you can enjoy their typical “arròs brut”. If you visit on a Sunday morning, you will be surprised by their crowded native product market.
On the contrary, if you feel like walking, we recommend you visit the Calvario, at the top of a crag where you can get leaving from Jesús Street and going up by a 365 steps stairway. It is also a must to visit the Joan March Gardens, that still preserve a medieval gothic tower, and are covered in indigenous plants. For those nature lovers, you should go check on the view from Cabo Formentor, spectacular landscape.
We left it to the end but Fornalutx is the first town from the Balearic islands that is officially on the list of the most beautiful towns in Spain, placed by a torrent and one of the few spots on the island where the traditional mountain architecture is preserved. From Palma, the easiest way to get there is by taking the MA-11 road headed to Sóller, and choose between going through the tunnel or up the mountain port, to connect with the MA-10, a route we’ve already recommended on a previous post about the most interesting roads in Spain, and that is the only road that will get you to Fornalutx.
We recommend you start your visit by having something to eat, maybe some traditional “pà amb oli”, at “Plaza de España”, at the city centre, right by its gothic church from the 17th century. You will need some extra strength to visit its surroundings. Those surroundings have the most picturesque stone pavement streets with impossible slopes, furnished with blooming orange trees. Since this town is more than a thousand years old, we reckon it will make you travel to the past. Remember to drink water from the fountain, as it is said that if you do, you will come back soon.
You must stop at “Casa de la Villa”, the current council, that has a defence tower from the 17th century perfectly preserved. If you want to, you can get to the Ses Barques viewpoint, placed over the valley, with some views you cannot miss.
Fornalutx is famous between cyclists and motor lovers thanks to the twisty roads as well as for mountain climbers, since it’s a perfect area for that.
SOME OTHER IDEAS TO VISIT MALLORCA
If you love adventure and cannot live without sports, Mallorca is a wonderful destination for you to enjoy some adventure sports that won’t leave you indifferent, such as psicobloc or coasteering, or as we commented previously, mountain climbing or canyoning.
If however, you’re more of a relaxed person and enjoy culture, Mallorca is also a place for you, since one can find great variety of art museums, like the Es Baluard in Palma, among other not as big ones sprinkled all over the island. You can even enjoy out of the ordinary films and big classics repositions on their original language at Cine Ciutat.