Having recently enjoyed a more traditional package holiday on the South Coast of Majorca, when I was offered the chance to take a trip to the beautiful town of Puerto Pollenca on my first day at Villa Plus, I couldn’t turn it down.
Majorca is popular with the Brits for its diverse landscape, beautiful beaches and fantastic weather. The short flight time also makes it a popular choice for families, as well as for people wanting to make the most of their time away.
We stayed at Villa Carla near Puerto Pollensa, a 40 minute drive away from Palma Airport. Before you go, the friendly Villa Plus team send you directions to find the villa which are very clear and easy to navigate. If you’re travelling with kids, you won’t hear “are we nearly there yet?” as the landmark roundabouts on the way will make the journey time go even faster. We spotted a Cockerel and an Aeroplane amongst others along the way.
There are many ways to reach your villa. We hired a car, but you can just as easily book a transfer from the airport. If you are planning on exploring the area, I’d recommend hiring a car, as it leaves you free to explore the delights that Majorca has to offer.
Villa Carla is a spacious 5 bedroom villa, full of character and plenty of space for the family. If you, like me, are a photography fan, you will be pleased to know the villa is surrounded by picturesque countryside and hills. There are huge gardens filled with fruit trees (the oranges were delicious!) and a spacious sun terrace with a table tennis and pool table, perfect for a competitive game of pool or table tennis with friends. There is so much to explore in the area, we didn’t even find time to finish one game while we were there. There is a large swimming pool, ideal for cooling off in the heat. The villa is private, safe and secure with its own gated driveway and pool fences can be installed if you are travelling with little ones. More importantly, it’s pristine inside and lots of care has been taken with little touches that make it a home from home, check out the garden gnomes! There are lots of restaurants nearby, however if you want to cook, you will find a spacious kitchen and, one for the men in the group, an outdoor barbecue and pizza oven.
Inside the villa, I was pleased to find a piano, and entertained (or maybe deafened) my two colleagues, Justine and Mark, several times during our stay. We also included a Starter Pack with all the essentials, meaning after a long day’s travelling we were able to relax and enjoy a much needed cuppa!
This villa is perfect if you want to get away from it all and relax in the Majorcan countryside.
Puerto Pollensa (picture of promenade and beach)
About a 5 minute drive from our villa is the traditional seaside port of Puerto Pollensa. This is a traditional town with bars, shops and restaurants to cater for everyone. If you like seafood, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the range of fresh fish at Brisamarina and Ca’n Josep restaurants. A great restaurant for all the family is El Bistro, with its bright décor and wide range of dishes from hamburgers to the more traditional tapas (the chicken croquets and patatas bravas were yummy!)
Whether you fancy a relaxing stroll along the promenade, a spot of shopping, sunbathing on the sandy beach, a paddle in the sea or something more active like canoeing or cycling, you can try it in Puerto Pollensa. In fact, on the day we left there was a cycling rally along the promenade.
If you want to explore inland Majorca and take a walk off the beaten track, there are plenty of walks for you to try. The Cala San Vincente and Beca Valley Walks take you out into the mountains and beautiful countryside and to explore some more of the hidden treasures of this beautiful island.
About a 5-10 minute drive from the villa is the historic (and hilly) town of Pollensa. Its windy streets, beautiful architecture, shops, bars and restaurants make it a must see on any Majorcan bucket list. Don’t forget to pack good walking shoes as there are lots of landmarks you can enjoy exploring the town on foot. The beautiful market square becomes a bustling centre on Wednesdays and Sundays where you will find a traditional Majorcan market. You can climb 365 steps up to Calvary church from which the views across the town are spectacular.
If sightseeing and historic towns aren’t your thing, you will still find plenty of things to do in Alcudia (about a 20 minute drive away.) Here you can let off steam by trying your hand at Go-Karting or spend a few hours at the Waterpark. There are lots of shops, bars and restaurants and the area is perfect if you are looking for a more active lifestyle with the family. The beautiful and historical Port D’Alcudia also offers a more relaxed pace of life with bars, shops and a market as well as a lovely bay which you can walk across and enjoy some fresh sea air.
Would I go back?
Without a doubt yes, and I’m not just saying that because I work for Villa Plus. With life in the UK getting busier and busier, it’s lovely to spend a few days getting away from it all, that’s what holidays are for! As a new employee to Villa Plus, the team and reps are on hand 24/7 and their expert local knowledge will help you explore a whole new side to Majorca you never knew existed. If you have any problems (which we didn’t experience) you can call them and they are always happy to help. The villas are well-equipped and looked after. The Majorcan countryside is stunning and offers the perfect contrast and antidote to UK city life. It’s clear to say I loved it. *checks diary* Now, when can I book my return trip?
If you’ve visited Majorca and have any tips or places to see, we’d love to hear them. Just comment below to let us know what you thought of your stay.