MALLORCA SUMMER TRIP

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Frumoasa insula Mallorca are doua parti; este in primul rand faimoasa printre calatorii tineri pentru viata de noapte si petrecerile memorabile care au loc pe aceasta insula din Spania. Multi nu stiu asta, insa pe insula exista si statiuni mai linistite, pentru lenesii care vor sa petreaca zile intregi bucurandu-se de plaja si de nisipul fin sau vizitand cateva dintre cele mai cunoscute obiective. Magaluf a fost prima noastra alegere, insa dupa o jumatate de an mai stresanta ne-am razgandit in ultimul moment si am rezervat un hotel localizat in partea mai linistita a insulei, pentru ca am vrut sa stam doar la plaja si sa ne incarcam bateriile. Desigur, cum noi suntem calatori activi si foarte curiosi, nu am prea reusit sa ne indeplinim obiectivul initial. Am renuntat de cateva ori la plaja ca sa exploram insula pe cont propriu. Si nu am regretat aceasta decizie nici macar un moment. The beautiful island of Mallorca has two sides; the most famous one is very well known by young travelers, that go there to party all night long and enjoy the crazy nightlife offered by the Spanish island. Many people don’t know it, but this island also offers a few peaceful retreats, for the ones that want to enjoy the sun and sandy beaches and spend lazy days relaxing or visiting the most famous objectives. Magaluf was our first choice, but after a stressful half of year, we changed our minds last minute and booked a hotel on the “quiet” part of the island, as we wanted to chill out on the beach and recharge our batteries. Of course, being the curious and active travelers that we are, we could not stay put and we left the beach behind a few times to explore what the island has to offer. And we never regretted this decision.

A moment with me

Am ales un hotel in Sa Coma, o localitate mai mica din nord estul insulei, unde am gasit o plaja certificata cu Steagul Albastru si un golfulet minunat. Cand am realizat cate activitati interesante sunt la doar cateva zeci de minute de noi ne-am pus imediat in miscare. Transportul cu autobuzul e foarte eficient pe insula. In fiecare statie este tiparit programul pentru fiecare destinatie, asa ca am putut ajunge cu usurinta unde ne-am dorit. Doua zile pline au fost dedicate exclusiv lenevelii la plaja. In restul zilelor am facut cateva plimbari scurte. Sa Coma iti ofera foarte multe activitati. O alta zi a fost dedicata vizitei in Palma de Mallorca, cel mai mare oras de pe insula, despre care voi scrie putin mai tarziu. Din Sa Coma puteti pleca in apropiere in vizite scurte de cateva ore ca apoi sa reveniti la plaja. We chose a hotel in a Sa Coma, a smaller resort located on the northeastern side of the island, with a beautiful blue flag beach and an inviting small gulf. Seeing how many interesting activities are close to us, we decided to visit some of them. The bus transportation on the island is very efficient, with schedules and destinations printed for each stop. We could to easily go to the places we chose. Two full days were dedicated exclusively to swimming and beach activities. During the other days, we took short walks and trips. Sa Coma offers plenty of things to do. One full day was dedicated to our visit to Palma de Mallorca, the biggest city on the island. But we’ll talk about this later. From Sa Coma, you can easily see some amazing attractions for a few hours and return to the beach.

MANACOR – RAFA NADAL EXPERIENCE

Rafa Nadal e cu siguranta cel mai faimos locuitor al insulei. Chiar daca nu sunteti fani ai sportului ca noi cu siguranta ca ati auzit de el. Jucatorul de tenis s-a nascut in Manacor, un orasel din Mallorca, unde si-a si deschis o academie de tenis si un muzeu in care si-a expus cateva dintre cele mai importante trofee castigate de-a lungul timpului. Am luat autobuzul spre Manacor dupa micul dejun si am ajuns acolo in cam 35 de minute. Din statie spre muzeu mai sunt 10 minute de mers pe jos. Muzeul e deschis in fiecare zi de la 10 la 18 si un bilet costa 15 euro. In afara de colectiile expuse, muzeul are si o parte distractiva. Cateva jocuri in realitatea virtuala va vor transporta instantaneu intr-o alta lume (foarte amuzata si distractiva).

Si Pau Gasol va va intampina acolo, si puteti vedea cum arata piciorul meu comparat cu cel al unui faimos baschetbalist :))

Rafa Nadal is for sure the most famous inhabitant of this island. Even if you are not a sports fan like us, you heard his name for sure. The tennis player was born in Manacor, a small city from Mallorca, where he has opened a tennis academy and a lovely museum to display some of his most prized trophies. We took the bus to Manacor right after breakfast and in about 35 minutes we arrived in Manacor. It’s only a 10 minutes walk from the station to the museum. You can visit the museum each day from 10 to 18 and the ticket costs 15 euros. Besides the memorabilia displayed there, the museum has a fun side. A few virtual reality games will transport you instantly in another (very fun and exciting) world.

Pau Gasol will also welcome you and you can see below how the foot of a famous baskeball player compares to mine :))

CUEVAS DEL DRACH

Cuevas del Drach sunt cele mai mari pesteri de pe insula. Le gasiti in Porto Cristo, un alt orasel fermecator care este foarte aproape de Sa Coma, punctul nostru de plecare. Statia de autobuz este chiar in fata pesterilor. Ca sa nu mai asteptati la cozi, puteti alege ora de intrare si apoi sa cumparati biletele pe net. Online biletele sunt putin mai ieftine, 15 euro. Vizita la pesteri chiar a meritat. Apa de un albastru incredibil din interior, un concert de muzica clasica si o calatorie cu barca pe Lacul Martel, unul dintre cele mai mari lacuri subterane din lume au fost cele mai interesante evenimente ale calatoriei. Romanii trebuie sa stie si ca Emil Racovita (biolog, explorator si speolog) a fost aici si a descoperit cateva specii noi. In Palma de Mallorca ii veti gasi si statuia. Cuevas del Drach are the largest caves on the island. They are located in Porto Cristo, another charming small town, close to Sa Coma, our starting point. The bus station is right in front of the caves. To avoid spending time in lines, you can select the time of entry and purchase tickets online. The ticket is a bit cheaper online, 15 euros. Seeing the amazing caves was well worth the trip. Turquoise waters hidden underground, a classical music concert and a boat trip on Lake Martel, one of the largest underground lakes in the world were the highlights of our trip. And for my Romanian readers, you must know that Emil Racovita (biologist, explorer, and speleologist) discovered a number of new species living in this cave. In Palma de Mallorca you can also see his statue.

PUNTA de N’AMER

O plimbare de 30 de minute pe jos prin padurea din Sa Coma va duce direct la unul dintre cele mai vizitate locuri din zona (puteti merge si calare). Punta de N’Amer e un turn fortificat construit in secolul 17. Merita sa vedeti cateva locuri frumoase si salbatice dar si papaglul dragut care locuieste acolo. Sa va luati apa, o palarie si incaltari potrivite si daca puteti mergeti mai de dimineata, cand soarele nu este atat de puternic. Pe drumul spre turn sunt si cateva buncare care dateaza de la razboiul civil din Spania. It takes a 30-minute hike through the Sa Coma forest to reach one of the most visited places around (you can also ride there). Punta de N’Amer is a fortified tower that was built in the 17th century. It’s well worth the trip to see some beautiful and wild landscapes and also meet the cute parrot that lives there. Be sure to take water, a hat and appropriate shoes, and try to go before noon when the sun is more gentle. On the way, you can also notice a few bunkers dating back to the Spanish Civil War.

9 thoughts on “MALLORCA SUMMER TRIP

  1. Mallorca is one of my favourite islands but when it comes to Spain as a country, I head for Seville. Love your photographs but wish you would caption them! I’d love to know where they are.

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    1. Thank you for your words. I also want to go to Seville, it’s been on my list since forever, but I always ended up in another place in Spain. The pictures are captioned, you just have to open them or hover your mouse over them 🙂

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