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Mallorca Day Two

Day TWO By @mcleod_vicki

Soller to Port Andratx

After you’ve rested and filled up on a good breakfast at your hotel, check you have a full tank of gas and head
towards Palma. You’re not going to Palma, just go in that direction. Once you are on the ring road look for the road to Soller and go that way. You will drive past Son Amar which is just north of Palma, and take a note of where it is because I recommend that you go there tonight for your evening out. It is a fantastic Las Vegas style Cabaret and dinner show. And I can’t fault it. I worked in theatre for a decade back in the UK and around the world, and I have seen A LOT of shows. Son Amar is excellent. www.sonamar.com will get you on to their booking site. The ticket prices start with just “Show Only” but I suggest you choose the Platinum option as the menu is delicious. (@sonamarmallorca).

Cpr.Aimee K Photography

Cpr.Aimee K Photography

Just before you get to Soller you will be faced with a choice: go through the tunnel or go round the long way. If you have the time, and you’re on your holibobs, so you should have the time, go the long way around. You will be climbing up and over what is called “The Col”. It’s a winding, switch-backed road which is popular with keen cyclists. (You know Mallorca is the cycling Mecca don’t you? We are packed with professional cycling teams every Winter, and it has become the place to train because of the variety of terrains we have: from the mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana, to the plains of Es Plau). The Col road will take you an extra ten minutes or so to drive, but the views and the experience are worth it.

Then you are into Soller, go and find yourself a place to park, near the middle if you can. Soller has a fantastic, French vibe to it, and in fact many of the Sollerics speak French because of their proximity to that coast: Soller used to trade more with the French than it did with Palma, but you’ve just been over The Col so you’ll know why… It must be time by now to have a pitstop in the centre of Soller so do that and get yourself a coffee and a cake in one of the pavement bars in the square. Keep an eye out for the tram which passes directly through the middle on its way down to station and then onto the Port of Soller. Soller is famous for its Moors and Christians fiesta which happens every year. They re-enact the landings of the Moors on the beach in Port Soller, followed by the beating back of the locals, the Christians, to the town square and then the bloody battle and (very loud) cannons. My husband, Oliver Neilson and I photographed it last year, it’s a hoot, but watch out for those pesky Moors as they are likely to rub their face paint all over you, especially if you are a pretty girl…. So you should be okay, Steve. If you are interested to see some of my husband’s work then you need to visit our website www.phoenixmediamallorca.com (@phoenixmediamlr). He photographs interiors of houses and boats, events, fiestas, products and portraits.

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After you’ve checked out Soller it’s time to get in to the car and go for a drive. You want to follow signs for Deia. Soon you will be driving through some glorious scenery. Once you are back in Deia head down to Cala Deia for lunch. It’s quite beautiful down there, and you will have the chance to eat overlooking the sea again. After lunch, or before, as you wish, make some time to wander around Deia in the daylight. And go up to the church to visit the resting place of one Deia’s most famous residents, Tomas Graves. Deia has a bit of a reputation for hippies, and it’s true there are some interesting happenings up there, especially in the warmer months. So look out for poetry events, music, or art: often you will find posters in the windows of the bars along the main road, or ask at La Residencia for some guidance about what is going on. Then, back in the car, we haven’t finished for today!

Just outside of Deia you will reach the Son Marroig viewpoint where a stop is obligatory to see the breathtaking view and to admire the intelligence of the Archduque Luis Salvador of Austria who chose here to build his home. The house is now a museum where you get a glimpse of the enormous work carried out by this erudite man who built mountain routes, still in use today, and wrote publications on the flora and fauna of the island.

On the drive down to Andratx you can also take a quick detour to stop off in historic Valldemossa with its quaint stone-paved streets, colorful plants adorning house walls, and a wonderful Cistercian monastery. If you’ve got room in your tummy then pop into a bakery to taste the local ‘coca de patata’ an airy, sweet bun, with a dusting of icing sugar – beautiful to have with a hot chocolate or a coffee.

Now you are going to keep going the way you were, heading for Andratx now. You will drive along with your mouth open; I can guarantee you that, as you will see some gorgeous scenery on the coast road. Make sure you stop at the Torre and get out of your car and explore. This is just another reminder of Mallorca’s island mentality, we have been watching out for invaders for hundreds of years.

Then finally after you have passed through some lovely mountainside villages you will reach Andratx, and then Port Andratx. And here I want you to stay and watch the sun go down. Port Andratx, which is just five minutes from where I live, is possibly the most famous place in Mallorca for the Germans and Scandinavians. It is packed with rich people, and by rich I mean LOADED. But that doesn’t mean the restaurants and cafes are all that pricey, far from it, but it does mean that the houses are some of the most expensive in all of Spain. Don’t believe me? Have a look at www.facebook.com/mallorcasouthwest or visit the Engel Voelkers website for a glimpse into how the other half (more like top 5%) live. (www.twitter.com/EV_msw). Whether you stay for dinner in Port Andratx or head up to Son Amar, it’s up to you, either way you will have a lovely evening.

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