» You are where your thoughts are. Make sure, your thoughts are always where you want to be. « – Rabbi Nachman.
April, that is usually the one month in a year when everything starts to get better. Days become longer, trees and flowers begin to bloom, one is able to sit outside again and to enjoy the first ice cream of the year. April means: The winter jacket is locked away in my closet, the time during which you have to wear layers is over. Normally. But this year, just when I thought spring had made finally it, suddenly I heard everywhere: Winter is coming back. I hardly tolerate coldness and snow in January, but during April there really shouldn’t be frost. It just seems wrong to me. So that was the moment when I turned on my summer-playlist on Spotify, when I started looking for traveling destinations online and simply dreamed far, far away. To a beach, long and white, surrounded by nature and shining blue water. To the Cala Agulla for example.
The beach is one of the most popular ones at Majorca, maybe because it is pretty much ideal for everybody. For families who want to play with their children in the soft sand. For those ones who are looking for a hidden place and who can find it here, at the end of the bay between rocks and the forest. For sporty ones, for nature lovers or divers. It’s kind of a universal traveling tip.
The Cala Agulla is about 1.5 kilometres long and located at the eastern coast of Majorca. Behind the bay you’ll find a nature park and if you park your car at the parking place, you practically have no choice but to walk through the forest to get to the beach. And as we’re already talking about parking: A day ticket costs 4,50 Euros, which is compared to the Playa de Formentor quite the bargain. But who wants to save the money anyway: Just park in the adjacent town Cala Ratjada and walk from here to the beach.
The bay is like a small miracle of nature to me. Although you cannot feel wind at all, the sea sweeps in consistent waves towards the beach. It’s perfect to take an air matrass and to drift on the water or to watch the fish underneath you. And don’t worry, if you haven’t got a matrass with you: At almost every beach at Majorca you’ll find a big variety of air matrasses which have been left behind. If you’d pick up all of them, you’d probably be able to open an entire shop.
What’s almost better than the hours spent swimming or relaxing in the water, is the time afterwards. When I am back at the beach, laying in the sand, and can still feel the waves. Who has never felt that before might think I’m a little crazy but to me it’s the ultimate feeling of being on vacation. It’s the sign to switch off, to get lost in a book, to not be available for the world for a little while – and to exceptionally not feel bad about it at all. Therefore it’s not a disadvantage that the reception here is poor and that you won’t find a WLAN signal, but a reminder to leave your smartphone in the bag. As much as I enjoy sending messages at home: Sometimes that is the biggest possible relaxation ever.
‘Life is not a bowl of cherries’ is what people often say and unfortunately we cannot always be where we’d like to be. Whether we’re at work and want to lay in bed again, we’re stuck in a traffic jam and simply want to reach our destination or whether it’s raining outside and all we want to do is sit in the sun. But even though we cannot physically fly away, in our mind it’s possible. Our thoughts cannot be tight to a location. They can carry us away, away from all the grey in our daily lives and the cold weather outside. They can take us to warm and sunny summer days and back to beautiful Majorcan beaches.
Text: Jessica Hanack