A couple of weeks ago we headed off on our Summer hols to sunny Majorca. This was our 5th year in beautiful Puerto Pollensa and as ever it didn't disappoint. You'd think we'd be bored with the Balearics by now but there's just something about the laid back lifestyle, the beautiful weather and glorious sandy beaches and scenery that keeps us returning year after year. This year we took Mom-in-law and among her first comments were 'I can see why you come back every year'.
Puerto Pollensa, Majorca
Peaceful times on the Pine Walk
Having five on the Pine Walk
As ever, our holiday journey was anything but ordinary. We set off from Birmingham at 6.20am and by 8am were making an emergency landing at Limoges Airport in France after a pressurisation problem with the plane. We were informed later in the day that the Captains sudden and rather terrifying announcement of "May day, may day, emergency descent" to the entire cabin was actually intended for the surrounding air traffic rather than our panic stricken souls. Not much of a consolation after having your pants scared off! By the by, we landed safely but then had a rather long delay whilst awaiting another plane to safely transfer us onward to Palma. I did vow never to fly again after our little incident but funnily enough, 12 sunny days later the whole experience didn't seem quite so bad :). However, I think it may be my last booking with Monarch!
Most of our holiday was spent lazing on the beautiful golden beach at Puerto Pollensa and swimming in the clear blue Mediterranean sea. With the baking temperatures the beach was most definitely the best place to be as there was a constant cooling breeze. We did do a couple of sight seeing trips during our stay, more than anything to show Mom-in-law the lovely Majorcan way of life. We visited Arta and climbed the steps to the church of Sant Salvador and then took a stroll around the town visiting the convent on the way. After Arta we headed on to Portocristo a little further down the coast. Portocristo is such a scenic little resort with many yachts and boats lining the harbour and a charming beach and town. We stopped for a ice-cream break on a bench over looking the beach and MiL commented on how it looked like a picture postcard.
Church of Sant Salvador, Arta
View of Arta
Steps from the Church of Sant Salvador, Arta
Harbour at Portocristo
'S' at Portocristo
Sunday was market day in Alcudia and Pollensa Old Town so we headed out early morning to miss the worst of the heat. As normal the markets were bustling and alive with the Mallorcan vibe. At Pollensa we scaled the 365 Calvari Steps to the little church although the heat was a little overpowering at times. The view from the top over Pollensa Old Town and out towards Puerto Pollensa is glorious and well worth the climb. Right near the top a local was playing lovely Spanish music on his guitar as we walked by.
'P' and 'S' at the market in Pollensa
Market in Pollensa Old Town
Guitarist at the top of the Calvari Steps
Calvari Steps, Pollensa
During our stay we spent many an evening at our favourite local venue, Palms Bar. They remembered us from previous years and gave us a lovely warm welcome each evening when we visited. We saw some fabulous entertainment while we were there including a Rod Stewart tribute, Michael Buble tribute and Abba Angels. Rod Stewart (also known as Vinnie Scott) has a fantastic act and we were keen to see him again this year after being so entertained in 2010. This year they had a new act, Michael Buble, who although was a little lacking in confidence and looked absolutely nothing liked the man himself, was an amazing sound alike and sang his songs with great flair.
'P', 'S' and 'A' at Palms Bar
Rod Stewart Tribute at Palms Bar
We had our regular visit in the town square to Jose at Bony's bar. Again, it was lovely to see he remembered us and that he's still as colourful as ever. We had a lovely take-away this year too from the Dragon Oriente. Customer service was brill and the food was lovely. In fact MiL liked the duck so much that it became a holiday phrase :). In fact we ended up with many silly holiday phrases as we do on most holidays. Such as "Hola, mi llamo A...", "Do you want to play Uno?", "That duck was just lovely" and probably most used of all "the RELAY!!" which was a send up of a rather enthusiastic British swimmer we'd seen being interviewed during the Olympics. Absolutely riveting stuff I'm sure you'll agree ;-), but they all meant something to us lol. Does everyone have 'holiday phrases' or is it just us?
'P', 'A' and me at Bony's
'S' and Mom-in-law at Bony's
For the first time ever after visiting Majorca I was actually happy to return home. I'm never one to be homesick but I think a mixture of the hotter than normal weather and the fact I missed our lovely pooch was all the incentive I needed to get me on the plane home. Not to say I didn't have a wonderful holiday as I really did and now feel thoroughly refreshed . 'P', 'S' and 'A' would have been quite happy to stay even longer I'm sure, and 'P' has already said that our next trip definitely needs to be longer. Arnold didn't seem too disgruntled at being deposited in kennels and judging by the fact he looks a little slimmer I think he perhaps had more exercise than he does at home!