A Long Weekend in Mallorca – Good Food – Good Friends

A well-earned break was needed from the tedious and tiresome building works that we call home. Where better than our favourite town in Mallorca, Soller, with the bonus of our two very best friends.

At the start of any holiday a few hours in the No.1 Lounge at Gatwick North is money well spent in my book. At this time of year Gatwick is heaving and the chance to sit down in comfort and relax before a flight is bliss.  Booking via https://no1lounges.com/ can sometimes offer additional extras such as FastTrack security passes. But also look out for parking/lounge combinations. No.1 lounges include some light bites and drinks so no need to queue up in the main departure lounge and pay over the odds for mediocre food.

One of the many reasons I love Soller is it is not essential to hire a car. There is a reliable bus to the centre of Palma for just a few Euros, or hop into a taxi. You can take a taxi all the way to Soller for about €40 and it will only take half an hour. But we prefer to take the pretty Soller train.  Anyone visiting Soller should travel this way in at least one direction – the ride is so pretty and the carriages are beautifully restored with polished wood and shiny brass. The journey takes you through olive groves, in and out of tunnels, and finally winds around the mountain down into Soller. For timetables and details see http://trendesoller.com/

Here comes the tram!

Once you reach the town you have the option to carry on to the very smart port of Soller, onboard the tram. Another little piece of Soller’s history, and a wonderful way to reach the beach. The tram rattles right through the middle of Soller’s square, under the noses of tourists enjoying a drink beneath the trees, then along back gardens laden with orange and lemon trees until you glimpse the turquoise sea at the end of the line.

Casa Bougainvillea – secret garden

Once again, we stayed at the Casa Bougainvillea that I have highlighted in previous posts. http://www.casa-bougainvillea.com/. I am pleased to say that nothing has changed and it is still as beautiful as ever.

 

 

Deia Beach

As always, we spent a day walking from Soller to Deia. This an easy, but quite steep climb with the rewards of a delightful rocky beach and fishy lunch at the end. Our usual restaurant, C’as Patro March, was recently featured in the TV hit ‘The Night Manager’ and as a result is now very very popular. This time we sat at the waterside ‘Can Lluc’ for a lazy lunch and a few glasses of Mallorcan wine. Then it’s back uphill into Deia Village to hopefully catch a bus back to Soller. A quick drink at the famous La Residencia Hotel while waiting for the bus was a real treat. If only we could afford to stay….

One afternoon we hired a yacht for a few hours. The weather was perfect and our lovely skipper, Ina, took us on a magical mystery tour along the coast. This is something we couldn’t afford if it had been just the two of us so thanks for coming along Ginny & Peter! The company we used was Mezzo Magic, http://mezzomagic.co.uk/. They have a variety of yachts available and the smallest in the fleet, Bebop, was perfect for us. I was very impressed with the service they provided and the speed in which they replied to my many emails from the UK while planning.

Memorable meals were had each night, the tasting menu at La Boqueta in Soller town was particularly memorable and such good value. A new addition at Casa Bougainvillea is the chance to book dinner in the pretty garden, by candlelight. We tried this on a couple of nights and enjoyed traditional Mallorcan recipes that were wonderful.

Despite all our activities we still managed time to grab a few hours just relaxing on the beach watching the comings and goings of the busy harbour.

Soller never disappoints, whatever the season, and I am already planning the next visit.

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