October 16, 2019

Mallorca (ist nur ein Mal im Jahr)

I must admit that I started this trip with a lot of prejudices as I was a bit afraid of Mallorca's reputation being a party island populated by drunk German tourists. However, it turned out that it is quite easy to get away from all this Ballermann stuff and the largest tourism centers. So you can enjoy a wonderful island with great mountains and almost Carribean-like beaches.

However, you cannot deny that Mallorca is super touristic - so in this regard, this trip was just the opposite of the Azores journey earlier this year. Even in the off-season, the most well-known towns (Soller, Valdemossa, Palma, etc.) are crammed with people. I really do not want to know how it is there in high season. And the largest part of them seems to be from Germany - so that clichΓ© is correct.

What I also learned is that the western part of the island close to the Tramuntana mountains seems to be much quieter than the northeastern part. Here hordes of bikers (as in bicycle) roam the streets and make driving along a quite unpleasant experience.

Most of the pictures were taken with my Samyang 8mm Ζ’/2.8 on my Sony 5100. I started to like the look of the images taken with this lens as they are highly immersive. You almost feel like standing under those trees… Also when you are outside, the distortion often is not even visible or does not catch your attention. Unless, of course, you have horizontal lines that pass the center of the image.

Hike #1 - Near Paguera

Paguera is a tourist town which you do not have to visit itself. But the coast area near the town is pretty nice.

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Fishers in Paguera.

Palma

Palma de Mallorca is quite nice but you should not compare it with maybe Barcelona. I must admit that I expected a mini Barcelona. The biggest attraction here is the cathedral which - in parts - was built by GaudΓ­, who was also pretty active in Barcelona, as you maybe know. Besides that you find a couple of nice boulevards, places, and buildings.

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Amazing colorful windows…

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Hike #2 - Near La Trapa

Back to the mountains! La Trapa is a region which is now a bird sanctuary. From the hiking trail you have super nice views to the “dragon island” some hundrets of meters away from the coast. You can also hike on the island but we saved this one for the next visit on Mallorca.

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Port de Andratx.

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Hike #3 - Near Valdemossa

Valdemossa is quite famous of being a medival town in the Tramuntana mountains. This day we were not interested in the town but a hiking trail over a mountain ridge north of the town.

A good advice: bring a GPS device and a GPX track of the trails you want to go. All trails on the island are pretty much not marked, there are almost no signs, etc. So the only orientation when the trail is not obviously visible are small cairns, which often are hard to spot in the vegetation.

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Soller, Port de Soller, Valdemossa

Well, the previous hike was a hard one. So no hiking today!

Soller (spoken “Sojjer”) is another super vamous town in the Tramuntana mountains. It is quite nice but small. So after visiting the main square and the local church you are done.

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There is a tram going from Soller to Port de Soller. If you want to feel like a sardine in a can use it…

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Port the Soller has a quite fancy yacht harbor which is nice to visit…

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… and a cat which loves to observe fish in the harbor =)

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An interesting guest at our table while having a drink at the hotel bar.

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Trip to Cap de Formentor and Lluc Monastery

Actually, this headline should be something like “Hike #4: Cap de Formentor”. Unfortunately, the Cap de Formentor is the most crowded part of the island we found. HUNDRETS of people on bikes (I felt like driving in the field of the Tour de France), a lot of cars, even a couple of people on nordic skates were driving on the narrow mountain street till the end of the cap and then back again. It. Was. Horrendous. Awful. Harrowing.

We tried to reach the parking spot where our planned hike should have started, which we also did, but of cause it was full… So we aborted mission Cap de Formentor and relocated to Lluc Monastery and the Tramunana mountains. So another good advice: when you want to go there for a hike: be early. I mean 8 or 9 am early…

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That is Platja de Formentor. Some say it is one of the nicest beaches the island has. But don't got there if you want to swim. Honestly. You pay an awful lot for parking, I guess 15 EUR a day or so, and the beach is so narrow that you have no space. However, for taking a picure o two that's a great spot when you are around. Also the parking is free, when you stay under 15 minutes =)

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Lluc monastery. Also seems to be a quite popular goal for my friends on their road bikes. But by far not as bad as the Cap de Formentor.

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Conclusion

Mallorca is more than the Ballermann. I would come back any time.

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