Day trips Mallorca – Best places to visit, shop and dine
The southwest coast between Portals Nous and Andratx is particularly captivating due to its cosmopolitan marinas, golf courses and restaurants. The numerous little bays tempt you to swim and enjoy all kinds of water sports whilst the Tramuntana Mountains provide wonderful hiking to help you unwind from the hectic pace of everyday life – a paradise for cyclists and lovers of nature.
10.00 am: Not for nothing do they call Port Portals the venue for the rich and famous. The Cappuccino Café has a wonderful sunny terrace – all year round! In the Ritzi Restaurant right next door – where you ought to have dined at least once – you will sit “rubbing shoulders“ to the jet-set! It’s really worth wandering through the glitzy harbour with its very special multicultural atmosphere.
11.30 am: We continue our journey to Santa Ponsa – a somewhat touristy location but, the green parrots flying back and forth among the pine trees next to Santa Ponsa’s long, sandy beach are simply adorable. The Antidote Art Gallery. Lucía Ferreirós always exhibits works of artists that are worth seeing – is just around the corner. The annual “Festes Rei En Jaume” which re-enacts the landing and recapture of Majorca by the troops of King Jaime I in 1229, is something worth experiencing.
1.00 pm: Heading towards Calvià, we pass the Polígono Son Bugadelles. Turn left here. There you will find pristine countryside that will tempt you into some walking or cycling… And February is almond blossom time. The Finca Hotel Can Estades is located along this road, offering wonderful open-air concerts during the summer months.
1.30 pm: The lunch menu at Castell Son Claret, built in the 19th century, is to die for and costs less than €30.00. The castle with its spacious premises is a dream. It has been lavishly renovated by Klaus-Michael Kühne and his wife Christine and turned into a luxury hotel. Not far away, you can take the path to the 1,026m Galatzó mountain from where you will be able to look over the whole of Calviá and a huge part of the coastline.
3.30 pm: We continue our journey to Es Capdella with its narrow streets towards Andratx, passing through unspoiled countryside – and the interesting Centro Cultural Andratx. This once tranquil fishing village has become a draw for wealthy lovers of Majorca. The harbourside is lined with small boutiques and charming restaurants. An insider’s tip for swimwear lovers: the bikini shop at the end of the promenade. By the way, this is the best place to enjoy the sunset – have a seat, order a sundowner, and enjoy!
7.00 pm: Do you fancy a romantic dinner? On the other side of the harbour, towards La Mola, you will find the restaurant La Gourmeda. In the summer you can sit in their wonderful garden and, in the winter, you can enjoy the candlelit atmosphere of the restaurant.
Text: Eva von Oheimb