Majorca: A Dream Day
|I sure love eating!|
The thing that I love most about the Spanish Mainland and, by extension, the Spanish Islands is the diversity. There truly is something for everyone – from clubbing to crabbing. That is why if I imagined how I would spend my dream 24 hours on a Spanish Island I would simply imagine a packed schedule with all of my favourite things to do!
All photos are artist’s impressions from other trips as I have never been to Majorca!
My day would go a little something like this:
7.00am – I adore breakfast, it is my favourite meal of the day. However, the Spanish are not so enamoured – tending to eat small at the beginning of the day so as to leave room for a larger lunch. With this in mind, I would pick a restaurant for breakfast that had the best view I could find. Probably somewhere like the Panorama Playa in Calvia, which other guests praise for its beautiful sea views.
8.00am – After breakfast, I would want to get out there and get active! I’ve always wanted to have a go on a segway, so I would go on a tour. A really fun activity and also a great way to explore the environs. I would take the Palma tour so that I could explore the area around the cathedral as well as getting to know more of what being in Palma is like for the locals.
|My last horsey adventure in Peru|
9.00am – Breakfast digested and relaxing segway ride in the bag, now it’s time to really get going! I love exploring the natural environment of any place I visit. Horse riding is a great, fun way to do this. I used to have a phobia of horses, until in 2009 I was forced to ride a horse on a trek, where the difficulty was too high for me to continue on foot. I had to bite the bullet and face my fears and in the end (after much crying and consternation) it was an absolutely fabulous experience. I would love to have another go at horse riding and ensure that I still have my fears in check. Therefore I’d spend the rest of the morning renting a horse and exploring the beauty of natural Majorca on horseback.
1.00pm – After all of that exploring, I reckon I’d have a pretty voracious appetite. Time to kick back and see what traditional Balearic cuisine has to offer! I absolutely love cold meats, so trying the traditional Majorcan Sobrassada would be a must for me. The Village Cafe is an example of a restaurant with a fearsome reputation for great Spanish cuisine, so I think hanging out there would be good for me. I’d have the antipasto platter with local olives and the wild mushroom ravioli followed by the Copa Almendra. Delicious!
2.30pm – Since visiting Bordeaux and California, I have discovered a love of wine tasting. I would love to visit one of the 16 wineries in the DO Binissalem to see what great Majorcan wines have to offer. I am particularly interested in this region as they are noted for their Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah plantings, which are some of my favourite varietals.
|Love wine tasting|
5.00pm – It’s been a packed day and that wine has gone to my head a little bit, so time for a nap. How about chilling out in the Cos Concos garden hammock until it’s time to get dressed for dinner?
|Dressed for dinner!|
6.00pm – Off to the capital, Palma, for the evening’s entertainment. First, some pre-dinner drinks and some appetisers at Aquiara. Time to try the Majorcan aperitif, Palo!
7.00pm – On to some real high quality dining next. I love the more traditional Spanish bodegas, so the rustic vibes of Bodega Bellver in Palma would be perfect for me. A romantic meal with my husband would be a great way to wind down after an awesome day, but those 24 hours aren’t up yet…
10.00pm – Time to get our groove on with some Latino vibes at L’Havanna – some great live music that is popular with the locals and gives everyone the opportunity to shake their money maker!
1.00am – I’m not the party animal I once was, so there is no better way to finish my ideal 24 hours than sinking in to a comfortable bed. I’d chose the Can Cera hotel because it is a beautiful, traditional courtyard building. Simply idyllic.
This is my version of a perfect 24 hours on a Spanish Island. This post was written as an entry for 24 hours on The Balearics contest sponsored by OnTheBeach.co.uk. The prize is £500 in Amazon Vouchers and the contest runs until August 31, 2012. Please visit BeersandBeans.com to learn more about the contest and how you can also enter.