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Postcard from Mallorca

Deia

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know why I haven’t been blogging lately.  I spent some time in Paris and Mallorca, and then came home to a completely disorganised life, a sick toddler, a dog with a paw injury, two sets of houseguests in a row staying with us, and a time-consuming legal wrangle over my blog name, so even more than usual behind on everything, including blogging!  I’ve really missed writing on my tiny little corner of the internet, so in order to get cracking again I thought I’d write about the super stylish little island of Mallorca, which always delights me (except in high summer when the heat here kills me).  One of my best friends moved here several years ago, which is why Mallorca is now on my rota of yearly trips.

What I love most about Mallorca are the breathtaking, wild, jagged, and treacherous rocky mountains of the Sierra de Tramontana mountain range that crash straight down into the sea.  When we drove through Sierra de Tramontana (a World Heritage Site) the scenery was so beautiful and on such a grand scale that it made me light-headed trying to soak it all in (maybe it was also the altitude… or the heat).  There are a handful of completely charming sun-baked little villages and ports worth exploring in this part of the island; Deia and Valdemossa are particularly beautiful.

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DSC_1533Sierra de Tramontana

DSC_1566 Port Soller

DSC_1595Deia

The buzzing capital city of Palma has lots to explore.  Although there is breathtaking architecture everywhere, it still manages to feel like an overgrown friendly village. Here’s an example: the previous time my husband and I were in Palma, we were tasked with getting a few kilos of prawns for a barbecue some friends were having. We found a fishmonger in the Santa Catalina Market and were debating with each other which prawns to get.  Another friendly customer standing near us offered his expert advice about what to buy, exactly how to grill them, and then went on his merry way once we were taken care of.  Later, we were walking down a street near Santa Catalina looking for a place to have lunch, and we recognised the same man, now wearing an apron, standing in the doorway of a restaurant called Monolisto, HIS restaurant. He invited us in, served us delicious food, and then gave us a few plates of extra things not on the menu that he was making for himself for lunch.  Honestly, it was like a cheesy American Express travel ad, only it really happened!  We make a point to return to his restaurant and send all of our friends there.

Since Spain is Zara-land, I made a trip to one of their new Uterque stores in Palma.  Uterque is basically more expensive and much better quality Zara.  It is geared towards an older, discerning woman who still enjoys fashion.  On my visit, the store was full of well-dressed Spanish women my age and older, showing all the same glee over the clothes as the 19 year olds at Zara nearby!  If I had to be critical, I’d say that a lot of the pieces are a little too classic, sensible, and minimalist for me and my magpie tendencies, but I still found plenty of things there that I really liked, and I even took four items home with me (I’ll do a blog post on those soon).

Mallorca is such a diverse mix of mountains, villages, towns, farms, beaches and ports; since I’m not a beach girl, having so many options of things to explore is ideal for me.  Like Sicily, Mallorca has had many rulers over the years, including the Phoenicians, the Romans, and the Moors, all of whom have left their marks on the cuisine, the agriculture, the architecture, and the culture.  Because Mallorca is reasonably wealthy compared to the rest of Spain, the roads are superb, good restaurants are plentiful, and the people, whether local or foreign, seem very happy to be there… maybe because you are almost always guaranteed sunshine!

I’m going to just let the photos tell the rest of my Mallorca story; I hope you enjoy them!  Have you ever been to Mallorca?

DSC_6504Typical ochre-coloured street in Palma

DSC_1602Cathedral architectural detail

DSC_6519Look at that doorway!

DSC_1634And THAT one!

DSC_1639 Palma Cathedral

DSC_1633This iron chandelier blows me away

DSC_1613 Classic Palma courtyard

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Palma Town Hall

DSC_6572 Farmland with Montuiri village in the background

DSC_6527 Portixol

DSC_1463 Surrounding sea

 

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Cynthia
    November 16, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    OhMiBob! No wonder Robert Graves went there to live for the rest of his life!
    I want to go. 🙂

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      Lisa
      November 16, 2015 at 2:46 PM

      Funny, it was never on my radar before (since I hate beaches and heat) but now that I’ve spent some time there, I really love it!

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    michelle
    November 16, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    WOO HOO welcome back baby!!!
    Gorgeous photos, I particularly love the homes nestled in the hills – stunning. I’ve not been to Mallorca but am completely sold on now, so it is definitely on my list for next year.
    I’m intrigued by your description of Uterque & can’t wait for your post. Although not at all keen on the name (sounds like uterus to me)what does it mean?
    xxx

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      Lisa
      November 16, 2015 at 8:29 PM

      Thank you Michelle! Mallorca is verrrrry family friendly, so I think you’d like it.

      The name Uterque is an odd choice; it is apparently a Latin name that means “both” or “each of one” (according to something I read online) and is pronounced “oo-ter-kway.” I just need to have a sunny day to photograph my clothes from there and I’ll get my full review of the store up! xx

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    Abby
    November 16, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    I’ve been to Mallorca a long time ago. I remember visiting Palma and other places, but there was this cliff I’ll never forget that we were driving along that was just breathtaking (like yours Lisa)! And speaking of Uterque – I love it (because of its classic take on modern trends)- the first time you saw me I was wearing a beige Uterque top. How small the worlds is:) I’m happy to see you back in the blogosphere Lisa, missed your posts so much! And loved the pictures- amazing as usual! xx Abby

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      Lisa
      November 16, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      The cliffs and mountains are just spectacular, aren’t they? I’m really impressed with Uterque too; I could have left with 8 items, but narrowed it down to four (there’s always online ordering later!). I didn’t know that was an Uterque top you had on, wow! Look at you so ahead of the game! Thanks for the welcome back; let’s hope my real life stops interfering for a little while 😀 xx

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    Leanne@crestingthehill
    November 17, 2015 at 1:39 AM

    I can see why it’s such a popular holiday destination – just looking at the photos makes me want to be there! Hope things continue to improve for you at home and life is on the “up” again 🙂

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      Lisa
      November 17, 2015 at 7:13 AM

      Thank you, Leanne! xx

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    Petra / Be Healthy Now
    November 17, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    I went to Mallorca for the first time this year. Me and my bf hired bikes and did lots of cycling. It is truly beautiful and I would return in the future to visit more villages and towns, so much to explore!

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      Lisa
      November 17, 2015 at 6:55 PM

      It sounds like you enjoyed it as much as I did, Petra! xx

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    Little Red
    November 19, 2015 at 4:51 AM

    Hmm, another place to add to my ever-increasing travel bucket list. Thanks a lot. 🙂

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      Lisa
      November 19, 2015 at 8:58 AM

      You’re so welcome, Little Red! 😀

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    Marissa
    November 20, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Ahh your post has given me a serious case of wanderlust! Such lovely photos! x

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      Lisa
      November 20, 2015 at 1:24 PM

      Glad you liked it, Marisa! Thank you! xx

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    Giselle
    November 20, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Just came across my first Uterque store in Qatar of all places … can wait to see which items you picked … I mostly liked boots, bags and jewellery …

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      Lisa
      November 20, 2015 at 1:26 PM

      Yep, boots, bags and jewellery were all strong! As were the coats. I like their stuff; it is well made and not overly ‘trendy.’ xx

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    Liz
    July 13, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Wow! What a visual feast Lisa. A stunning post. I have been to Mallorca, but over 10 years ago and such a lot has happened since then that I can’t recall too much about it. I would love to return. Gorgeous xxx

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      Lisa
      July 13, 2016 at 8:13 PM

      So pleased you enjoyed it, Liz! It is SUCH a lovely place. xx

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