Mallorca was exactly that... Magical.
The perfect balance between relaxation, family & style.
We visited almost every village on the island (it's that small) and I fell in love with each villages' unique traits, style, food, architecture and I was so impressed with how kid-friendly and equipped they all were. The restaurants, hotels & markets were well kitted out for children and there were kids playgrounds dotted around the island-on the beaches, next to the sight seeing landmarks and adjacent the restaurants & markets.
My favourite town was Pollança-a hidden gem. The promenade was cobble stone lined with all white hotels, apartments and restaurants (most walls covered in creepers & purple bougainvilleas), and the beaches were filled with the most beautiful straw umbrellas over looking the port & clear blue water.
My favourite landmark was Le Seu Cathedral in Palma- it was a vision. It was built by Jaume I and retouched by Gaudi this century. I'm a big fan of Gaudi's work and have been lucky enough to visit his monuments in Barcelona.
The Sunday market in Alcúdia is well renowned. I was nervous going with two children, but I made sure that I was prepared-baby carrier, stroller, lots of snacks & activities. Mallorca is known for their handmade leather goods & shoes. Straw baskets & hats were offered in abundance too-it's safe to say I was in my element. We purchased the local food & found a grass spot near the playground for a rustic Sunday lunch & I tried to visually take in as much of the beautiful scenery as possible. An absolute feast for the eyes and stomach.
When travelling we prefer to book a home or boutique apartment to stay in-it offers a more private and homely feel, we have found this helps the kids ease in to new surroundings and enough space to play & run around. Kids&Coe have an amazing variety of places to choose from and they are all super stylish too.
We had a beautiful beach just metres from our accommodation. Chloé & Ollie loved playing in the sea, looking for the fish in the clear waters and building castles in the sand. We consumed enough sangria & tapas for eternity-we have returned home with full bellies, full hearts and a few shades darker. We have left a part of our hearts on the island & another 'tick' on The travel bucket list. Travel sure does make you richer.
The Spanish culture is really beautiful-I love the way they speak with such passion and how family orientated they are. Our holiday was food for the soul. Riaan was injured so he loved relaxing & recovering in the sea & water (with a pint of the local beer, always), the kids swam & ate to their hearts content and I was able to soak up the beauty the island had to offer whilst eating my way through the tapas & rosé.
Muchos gracias Mallorca-Adiós y ver pronto.