Hello again, Majorca

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Next week, I’m off to visit Majorca. That’s a sentence I haven’t said in many years.

The name Majorca (or Mallorca) conjures up to Northern Europeans what I imagine the name Acapulco does to Americans: package holidays, pig roasts, loud pop music blasting from shops and cafes on busy seaside streets, embarrassingly drunk fellow countrymen…

Like the Costa Brava, the Costa Blanca and the Canary Islands, Majorca was one of the ‘original’ package holiday destinations. In Norway, this type of holiday is referred to as a trip to Syden, meaning the south. Syden is a generic term encompassing Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey – and sometimes even Florida and Thailand. Doesn’t matter where you go, as long as there’s sun, sand and cheap alcohol.

I must admit the reputation put me off these destinations, including Majorca, for years. My loss, it’s a lovely island with lots to offer. And it’s very easy to stray off the beaten path, i.e. keep away from the Syden-trippers.

I first visited Majorca with Alexandra when she was 11. That was in 1999 – and we enjoyed our little holiday there so much we returned the next year. That doesn’t happen often.

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At Monasterio de Lluc

I specifically remember four things from Majorca:

  • Cabo Formentor – a gorgeous rocky headland in the northwest of the island (top photo),
  • Valldemossa – a lovely hill town – with a Carthusian monastery where Frédéric Chopin and Aurore Dudevant (better knwon as George Sand) spent a few winter months to combat the famous composer’s tuberculosis…
  • …in fact, the entire landscape of western Majorca, the Serra de Tramuntana, with mountains and ocean, including Lluc, Valldemossa, the historic centre of Pollença, and much more
  • Hearing a piano and violin-concerto performed from a rowing boat on an underground small lake in Cuevas del Drach (the Dragon’s caves),
  • Palma itself – a smaller version of Barcelona, with much less traffic.

A while ago, I was thinking it was time to take Cat, my present 11-year-old, along to visit Majorca. As fate would have it, just a few days later, an email from Viva hotels popped in, inviting us to come and have a look. Must be fate.

I look forward to seeing if the island has changed much in the last 13 years. Posts will be forthcoming, with much better photos than the scanned old things above.

Have you been in Majorca recently? Any tips?

 

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14 Responses to “Hello again, Majorca”

  1. Jessica 13 April 2013 0755 #

    I love Majorca! I agree it can be touristy, but as you said, it’s also quite easy to get off the beaten path – we did a work exchange with a local family in Algaida for a month, which definitely gave me a different perspective on the island. There’s a huge local market Sunday mornings in Santa Maria del Cami, which I really enjoyed. I also recommend biking or walking up through Randa to the Santuari de Nostra Dona de Cura – the monastery is on top of a mountain, and it has amazing views over the whole island.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 April 2013 1146 #

      Thanks so much for the tips, Jessica :)

  2. Shalu Sharma 13 April 2013 1354 #

    Lovely place. Its one of those destinations that is on my list of places to visit. Its amazing that you are going to take your cat with you.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 April 2013 1727 #

      No no, Cat is my youngest daughter, short for Catarina :)

  3. Sand In My Suitcase 13 April 2013 2002 #

    We love Majorca! You must do some walking/hiking – maybe to Fornalutx. And take the old train from Palma to Soller – Cat will love that. See our story http://www.sandinmysuitcase.com/magical-mallorca/. Have fun!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 April 2013 2017 #

      Thanks for the tips! Loved your article and photos. Hoping to see Deia and/or Fornalutx. And the old Soller train I’ve only ever seen, not taken. We’ll be based in the northern part of the island, so chances are good.

  4. Mette - Italian Notes 14 April 2013 1127 #

    I’ve heard Mallorca should be lovely, if you stray around, but like you I’ve been put off by the reputation, and I have not yet managed to overcome my prejudice. Maybe you’ll convince me:)
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 April 2013 1230 #

      Will do my best. :)

  5. Helen 14 April 2013 1157 #

    hee hee I love your description of Majorca but I’m glad you changed your mind as it really is (or was, haven’t been for a few years) easy to get lost and find your self in a beautiful spot on the island over looking the sea without a cheap cocktail in sight!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 April 2013 1231 #

      hoping it still is easy…

  6. Andrea 14 April 2013 1511 #

    Looks beautiful! Enjoy
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 April 2013 2223 #

      Thanks.

  7. InsideJourneys 15 April 2013 0046 #

    It’s lovely to return to a place you’ve seen before. I do hope you’ll find some places away from the Syden-trippers.

    We spent a long weekend in Majorca, maybe 25 years ago. Coming from an island, it was difficult not to compare it. I remember the beauty — I don’t remember crowds. But no place stays the same.
    Hope Cat likes it. Enjoy!
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  8. Salika Jay 15 April 2013 1010 #

    Just by looking at the photo of Cabo Formentor I can imagine the beauty of Majorca. Enjoy the trip to Syden :)
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