» Wherever you go, go with all your heart. « -Confucius.
Go with all your heart. It sounds simple and logical when you read it because how else are you supposed to go? But if there is one thing I have learned during my travels at Majorca, it is that it’s absolutely not easy to go to new places wholeheartedly. Especially, when you’re traveling alone, when you’re missing your familiar surroundings and everything seems to be foreign. However while traveling, there is nothing more important than being wherever you are wholeheartedly. Forget about the six pairs of shoes, the GoPro and your selfie stick: Take your heart with you. Otherwise you’ll go back with colorful pictures but colorless memories and without any stories to tell about places which are totally different but still became a little like home.
This feeling applies exactly to the small villages at Majorca. Whenever I enter one of them, I feel somewhat homelike. Every time I see the small houses made out of natural stone, the colorful window blades and flower-boxes, I realize: I’m more than glad to be back. To me, the villages are places to calm down and to relax, to observe and to breathe deeply. They are places to do things which I connect with home.
I have visited my today’s traveling tip, the village Banyalbufar at Majorca’s west coast, twice so far and one thing is for sure: You don’t always have to travel to new places, you can still discover new details at known places. During my second visit, the entire village was decorated for the Fiesta de la Natividad de la Virgen Maria, a festival in honor of the patroness of Banyalbufar. Buntings were tautened between the houses; they were fluttering in the wind and made the town seem even friendlier than it already is.
When walking through Banyalbufar, you frequently see information signs leading to a “Playa” and whenever I read the word “beach”, there is no doubt that I have to go there. But as I want to be honest in my articles, I need to say: The signs were a little exaggerating. In Spanish there are four terms to describe a bay or beach, which are, graded from small to big: Caló, Cala, Badia and Playa. So according to that, one could expect quite the long beach here. But really, I think it’s already bold to talk about a bay, because at least when I was there, the “Playa“ consisted out of nothing but ledges and rocks. On the other hand: There are quite a few picture-perfect beaches at Majorca. The rocks do not keep anyone from sun bathing or swimming. So why not give a chance to a bay that directly arises from the cliffs and that is completely different and unique? Openness is the second piece of luggage which shouldn’t be missing on any travel. The bay of Banyalbufar is one of the proofs to show why.
What makes Banyalbufar special is that almost every spot in the village offers an incredible view. Wherever you stand, you get to look over roofs or green gardens, over the sea or the mountains or both. It is a place to constantly stop and stare. It’s not a town to work off a to-do-list but to open your eyes and to discover for yourself what fascinates and inspires you. To me, it’s the small things, the decorations on window sills, balconies or in front of doorways which make me think: This is exactly what a home needs. No excessive luxury, no designer-furniture, but those little signs of affection.
While writing this article I was thinking about whether my photos don’t show enough of the big picture, whether they show too little of the churches and other buildings and too much of the small details. But I decided: No. This is my perspective, my point of view, the things that catch my eye and are special to me. Pictures are subjective, always, and that’s how they’re supposed to be. And to those readers who want to see more or something different… Well, I have an advice for you: Travel to Majorca yourself, discover the villages and then tell and show us your story.
Text: Jessica Hanack