I prefer the slower travels. Indulging in the little details of a place. But sometimes a small getaway is all I need. So I used a Saturday in May to spend a day on idyllic Mallorca. Only 40 minutes by air from my home in Barcelona, the Balearic island with its sandstone facades, little villages and beautiful coastline makes an ideal weekender destination.
Within 30 minutes by bus I arrived from the airport of Palma in Palma itself and treated myself to an excellent coffee and poppyseed cake breakfast at La Molienda to make up for waking up at 3:30 AM that very morning.
Strengthened and caffeinated, I strolled the alleys of Palma, passed by the La Seu Cathedral and went to take the bus to even quainter Valldemossa.
Along serpentine streets the public bus took me to picturesque Valldemossa in the northwest of Mallorca within some 30 minutes. Tucked away between green hills, this little town is full of green house facades, lovely little restaurants and scenic views.
The afternoon called for some tapas and drinks at S’ESTRET, a cozy modern tapas bar in the heart of the village.
In the later afternoon I continued my programme of facade, flower and door gazing and allowed myself a creamy ice cream or two to cool down from all the appreciative walking.
Sunset turned the little village in an even warmer light and made a perfect ending to my little day trip.