The summer heat is Mallorca is intense. Can someone say, ‘air conditioning’?! Yes as much as I am not a fan of air conditioning, it became my best friend in Palma. It can be hard for one to leave the air con in the mid afternoon heat, because as soon as you do, you will be sweating buckets.
Sailing is one of my favorite past times, and being on the water is a sure way to refresh your sweaty soul and make you feel reborn. Sails up, a nice keel, the wind in your hair, incredible scenic views of the island, and a refreshing dip in the sea. Sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it? Well trust me – it was.
As the heat was getting a bit much to bare in the city, sailing was the only viable answer I could think of to cool off. There wasn’t a huge amount of wind that day, but just enough to do some nice leisurely cruising.
You do not need to go far to enjoy incredible seas and scenery when your in Mallorca.
The coastline is lined with caves and rocky cliff walls that leave for memorable view. From the minute we left the dock, the breeze was already rocking my world.
Although it got even better once I took a dip in the sea.
Better, but salty. Very very salty. Like literally wiping salt off my skin, and my hair was stiff with salt build up. After I dunked my head a few times, it almost felt like I had salt up my nose and on the brain. Who even knew that was a thing?! There is mud baths, and then there is salt baths. Beautiful blue salty as heck water. Well worth it for the swim adventures.
Looking out you can see the young kids getting there sailing lessons.
It’s actually really cute. All these mini sailing yachts, and some very small little tykes cruising along. I always think that would have been so cool growing up sailing like that from a young age.
Well this afternoon was so fantastic. If you haven’t yet sailed in life – you should get out and give it a go. If you are on an island and its incredibly hot, and sailing is an option. Then you should get out there and get refreshed! Moral of the story…… Sailing is awesome!
The beach is always the perfect place to unwind, relax, and get some good grounding done. Except when it’s the middle of summer in Mallorca and the beaches are jam packed. It becomes a bit more hectic and a little less relaxing. I am always on the hunt for a new and less touristy place to explore, and so I was pretty excited when I came across Son Real.
In the North Coast of Mallorca there is a place called Son Real. There you will find a public finca and a nature reserve. The area itself has a rich history, and has very interesting archaeological remains. From the finca you can walk on the marked trails for approximately 30 minutes and reach some very beautiful secluded beaches.
There are kilometers of near empty beaches, with turquoise blue water and incredible coastline views. It is pure relaxation for the soul. It felt so incredibly good to go for a swim in the water, just me and the sea(and probably a few fish). There were the odd couples or families, but really minimal.
The coast is lined with trails where you can walk to estate houses that include a museum and interpretation center. This is the perfect place to take some beautiful photos, the area is naturalistic and has quite a few birds.
It was luxury being able to enjoy the empty beaches, it took me away from the tourist packed areas on the rest of the island. It pays to get off the beaten track sometimes, and there are always special places tucked away that are not your typical tourist destination. That is what adventure is all about.
The excursion rocked my little world. If you visit Mallorca and would like a different experience then I would absolutely suggest checking out the public finca of Son Realand enjoying some of the nature reserves pristine and historical areas.
The Village of Bunyalbufar is undoubtedly one of my favorite places I have discovered in Mallorca, Spain to date. Whether you are hiking the area, driving the area, or sailing the area, the awe inspiring mountain views, will be something you won’t soon forget. I was on the hunt for the most beautiful sunset in Mallorca, and it was that exact search that brought me to this incredible little village.
The drive to Buyalbufar from the main city of Palma is stunning. The roads snake through the mountains, with every corner bringing more splendor then the last. They are not as narrow as many of the other mountain roads typically are on the island, which in some ways is somewhat of a treat. While you weave in and out on the mountain roads, the views just continue to make your jaw drop.
Bunyalbufar is a small village of approximately 568 people, sprawled down the mountain slopes, boasting a very inviting energy. I was instantly head over heels for this area. I have no idea how I didn’t hear more of this stunning village prior to this.
It is on the walking path of the ‘Dry Stone Route’, which is a long distance path that connects the Southwest of the island in Port Andratx to the North East of the island in Pollensa. I have yet to do this walk, but I absolutely intend on it – when its not the middle of summer that is, and I won’t keel over from heat stroke or classily sweating myself to the point of total dehydration. The hiking paths are labeled and very visible throughout the area. There are plenty of places to stay, so you could easily spend a few days there and enjoy endless hiking excursions.
Torre del Verger is a tower dating back to the 16th century where it was built to be a defense tower.
Today thanks to its preservation and rehabilitation, it is still accessible and the view from the top is absolutely incredible. It gives the best view down both sides of the coastline, and straight into the sea.
This is where people come and wait to see the sunset. It is small and can get quite busy, so in the summer you may not get to enjoy it as much as you could in the winter when there are a lot less people. It is amazing, and truly worth the trip to see any time of year.
If waiting at the tower for the sunset is not a possibility for you, then the next best option would be to go and enjoy a beverage on one of the local restaurant terraces in the village.
Regardless of where in the area you view it from, it will be truly magnificent.
I loved this area, the sunset, and the high vibes of the whole experience, and I can not wait to go back and explore the area by foot. Buyalbufar, Mallorca, if you visit the island its a must see spot. Get it on your bucket list.
Summer is heating things up here in Mallorca, it’s always magical to be back in Mallorca, Spain. My other home, the place where my soul feels full. The heat is pretty intense, although life in Mallorca is always pretty hot. With endless activities and adventures to be had, I have been enjoying some stunning sightseeing around the island and making my list of everything I want to do while I am here.
The marina’s are always endlessly lined with yachts, which really makes me crave some sailing adventures. It feels like forever since I have been on the water with sails up.
Cycling is a huge sport here and another one of my favorite activities, the coastline does not disappoint when you are cycling down the bike path.
It is therapy for the soul as well as a heart pumping workout. That is a massive win in my books. I make it a point to get out and enjoy some good cycles.
I am always so impressed with these avid cyclists climbing mountains on the narrow steep roads around the island. It amazes me the terrain I see some of them on. Needless to say, I am not quite at that level.
The array of beautiful food you can get at the markets is something to be massively appreciated. Everything your heart could desire and then some is beautifully and proudly on display.
While in the market it is a must to indulge in a couple Spanish tapa dishes, adding a side of bubbly is never a bad idea either.
There truly is beauty to be appreciated around every other corner in the main city Palma de Mallorca. Palma always has an endless high energy vibe to it.
Catch ups and coffee dates are a favorite past time for me here as well.
If your keen to cover a lot of surface area of the island in a day, then renting a car and cruising around is your best bet. The mind blowing beauty when you are driving through the mountains is always spectacular.
Sa Colobra is an incredible spot bursting with beauty, the perfect place to give your eyes a feast. The road to get there is known as one of the most scenic roads in the world. It was built in a way as to avoid making tunnels through the mountains. The road is built as though it is in the shape of a snake, weaving in and out, with more then 50 curves and sharp turns, and did I mention how extremely narrow they are. Definitely a road trip that you won’t soon forget.
Basking in the ambiance of Sa Colobra is well worth the drive.
I love the tunnels carved straight through the mountain, it is always a great way to cool down from the hot sun as the caves have a very chill temperature. The earthy smell inside is also pretty enjoyable.
My advice would be to open your heart to take in all of the abundant beauty on offer.
You will never be short of incredible views and fantastic restaurants. This place called Rancho Grande popped out of nowhere while cruising the North of the Island, it was too enticing to pass up, and the sunset was perfectly ambiant for the occasion.
At 10pm under the moonlight on the terrace you can enjoy a Spanish horse show, followed by a fine flamenco dance.
Sometimes the most spontaneous stops are the most memorable.
This road trip was finished off with a little pit stop and stroll in one of my most beloved places – the town of Deia.
This beautiful town is build on the hillsides above the sea, and is oozing with charm and class. Some of the most expensive homes in the world reside on these mountains. I always enjoy a visit to this elegant little town.
Ahh yes, summer luvin’ happens so easy when your playing in Mallorca. ThisIsland is truly a spectacular place.