Thursday, November 19, 2020

Hike to Cala Matzoc


Dear readers, a few months have passed since I last sat down to write a few lines on my blog. Many things have happened. It's been a strange year. A sad and also an exciting one. It had both its positive and negative moments. Many people have sadly lost their lives due to Covid. I myself have lost a beloved family member this year. But not because of the virus. Even though I had never imagined that one day he wouldn't be with us anymore it was time for him to go. It was a very sad and heart-breaking but also beautiful and peaceful goodbye. On the other hand, my family has gained a new little member who really makes the world shine a bit more. We are very much in love with the first baby in our family and oh, what a cute one! She makes my heart so happy and puts a smile on my face every day. 

What else has happened? As I told you in one of my earlier posts, here in Spain, more precisely Mallorca, we have spent a few months in lockdown. Literally, we were not allowed to leave the house at all. So my boyfriend and I, just like the rest of the island, were stuck in our little apartment for almost three months and were only allowed to leave home for grocery shopping. It was weird and a bit scary to be honest but we also kinda enjoyed it. Fortunately we got along really well which has only shown me once more that he's a great life partner I dearly love. 

It's also been a really strange year for me jobwise with lots of ups and downs and worries. I currently work in a villas rental agency and as you can imagine it was a tough year for us with almost no tourists coming to Mallorca. We experienced an unprecedented, short two-month season. Mallorca received the first tourists in July and by the middle of September they were all gone again. It was a quite agonizing sight, seeing the beaches, hotels and restaurants all empty or closed. I remember a day I walked down the beach with my boyfriend in August and felt like a light panic attack was creeping up. I had never seen the island like this before (in the middle of summer) and suddenly felt such a heaviness in my heart, pain and sadness thinking of all the employees who have lost their jobs this year. Families in Mallorca, and around the world, who have no income this year. It's a difficult year for everyone and those who can allow it themselves should help others by donating food, money, clothes or time. Right now, it's more important and appreciated than ever.

Nevertheless, I also enjoyed the calm season and having the island all for ourselves. Since I worked less this year (due to the lack of work) I was able to spend looots of time with our new little family member, went to our neighbor island Menorca twice this year and went on some beautiful hikes with my friends. 

Hike to Cala Matzoc


And that's what today's post is about. A new hiking route for you. For those who will hopefully come back to Mallorca next year to explore and enjoy the island and spend their vacation here. 
The starting point of this hiking trail is in Cala Torta, a beautiful sandy beach near Artà in the north of Mallorca. My boyfriend and I left our car in Cala Torta and walked over to Cala Mitjana from there, all the way along the coast to Cala Estreta and finally to Cala Matzoc. The hike only took about 40 minutes with a picnic stop in between. We went a bit further in the end, up to the Torre d'Albarca, an ancient watch tower from where you have stunning views of the coast and open sea. I'd love to do this hike again in the middle of summer (with lots of sunscreen and a hat as there is almost no shade on this hike) because the day of our hike it was quite cloudy and windy so the water was a bit wild. But I'm sure that on a calm, sunny day Cala Matzoc is a stunning cove with crystal clear, turquoise water perfect for a refreshing swim. It's also a lovely sand beach so you can have a picnic there and just chill under the surrounding pine trees.

I hope you like this post and that it makes you look forward to your next vacation on Mallorca. I'll be uploading a few more posts these days about some more cool things to do on the island. I was just really lacking a bit of motivation (not material, as I got loads!) to publish new blog posts this year. I hope you forgive me. Thank you for being here. We'll get through this together. 












Saturday, August 1, 2020

Pescaturismo Mallorca


Hello everyone, I hope you're doing well! Today I have an exciting post for you about a cool activity to experience here in Mallorca. Save this for later if you plan to visit the island next year!

Pescaturismo Mallorca

Pescaturismo Mallorca is a cool concept that allows tourists to live an exclusive and personal experience with traditional Mallorcan fishermen on a fishing boat. When my mom and her husband came visit us in July we took them on a fishing trip on the Es Batlets fishing boat that belongs to my boyfriend's cousin and his wife. The fishing excursion along the coast started early in the morning with a breathtaking sunrise on the sea. It also allowed us to discover secret coves, caves and the most spectacular landscapes in the north of Mallorca, such as Coll Baix or Cabo Pinar, while learning all the secrets of fishing. That day we couldn't find any dolphins but if you are lucky, you will even spot some families near the boat. The excursion lasted about 4 hours and included a break we used to eat some delicious snacks that we all brought and to take a relaxing bath in Coll Baix, a secluded cove just behind Alcudia.


Fisherman for a Day with Es Batlets

Our 'captain' was Olga, who is the wife of my boyfriend's cousin and the only woman at the helm of a fishing boat in Mallorca. Together with her husband Carlos, and sometimes with their lovely daughters, they go out fishing in the morning and take tourists with them so they can experience the life of a fisherman (or woman) for a day. Their boat is called Es Batlets. It's a modern fiber boat, very spacious and almost ten metres long so there is lots of space to sit and walk around. We went fishing from Alcúdia for groupers, lobsters, scorpion fish and more. We even got lucky and caught some fish. It was so interesting to see the different kinds and learn more about them. Let me tell you, Olga is really the best person to accompany you on this adventure and prepare a breakfast with typical Majorcan products or freshly grilled fish from the nets. You will come home all happy and exhausted from a beautiful day on the sea. It's the perfect activity for families and groups of friends as you will have the boat all for yourselves. Highly recommended by me, who has seen and done lots of things here in Mallorca ;-)

For more information about this cool experience and bookings visit www.pescaturismomallorca.com



















Sunday, May 31, 2020

What to see in Cala Ratjada


Hello there, everyone! I hope you're all enjoying this weekend and find some time to relax or discover new places. I recently went to Cala Ratjada with my boyfriend to get a bit out of town. Even though I had been to Cala Ratjada a couple of times before we still saw so many new beautiful corners this week that I wanna show you here.

What to see in Cala Ratjada


Our first stop was the beautiful Cala Moltó. It's located right next to the well-known Cala Agulla, the biggest and most popular beach in Cala Ratjada. The smaller Cala Moltó is much more enchanting in my opinion, right at the foot of the mountains, with a sandy and rocky part. The water there is absolutely stunning, turquoise and crystal clear, even on that windy day we went. So if you like to avoid tourist crowds and enjoying Mallorca's nature to the fullest, Cala Moltó is the perfect cove for you.

After exploring Cala Moltó we continued to the Faro de Capdepera, an active lighthouse set on top of a 55-meter-high cliff. We were the only ones visiting the lighthouse at this moment and couldn't get enough of the far-reaching panoramic sea views which make a trip to this wind-blown place worthwhile.

Right down the winding street that leads up the lighthouse there's another stunning cove with a beautiful sandy beach and crystal clear water. Cala Gat is set between rocky cliffs north of Cala Ratjada's busy harbour. Since it was quite windy that day we didn't go for a swim but went for a little walk around the Cala to enjoy some stunning views of it from above. However, I'd really love to come back here for a swim soon!

We ended our day in Cala Ratjada with a late lunch and sangria at Coco Beach House which is located right in front of the small Son Moll beach and opened last year. I completely fell in love with this place and its beautiful beach design. The mix of sea views, laid-back boho vibes and good food makes it a fantastic place for a relaxed lunch or dinner by the sea. I tried their vegetarian quinoa burger with sweet potato fries and absolutely loved it. Their prices are very reasonable and so are the serving sizes, my boyfriend had to help me with my burger because it was so much, haha. I'll definitely come back to Coco Beach House with my girls one day!

I hope you like this post and find it helpful. I was never a big fan of Cala Ratjada I have to say, but now that there are no tourists and everything's so quiet and natural I really love it and will surely go back there before the tourist crowds arrive in summer. Have a fabulous Sunday, everyone xx
















Thursday, May 14, 2020

Mallorca Mar i Muntanya Coffee Table Book


My dear readers, I hope you are all doing well and are getting back to your 'normal' life bit by bit. Since we are currently not allowed to travel I'll bring you a little closer to our island today through a short presentation of the beautiful coffee table book Mallorca – Mar i Muntanya that I have been gifted.

About the Book


Awarded the German Photo Book Prize 19|20 as gold winner in the coffee table books category, the high-quality photo book Mallorca – Mar i Muntanya takes you on a journey to the biggest Balearic island through beautiful photographs by Antonia and Alexander Feig. The two German photographers have managed to capture the pure and poetic essence of our island. What I love about their photo book is that it shows the traditional and cultural Mallorca far from tourist hotspots. Puristic food stills, epic landscapes, organic agriculture, impressive architecture, contemporary street photography and portraits of Mallorcans who represent the island, fill the large-format, 264-page book. As its subtitle "Images, Thoughts and Recipes" states, the book comprises captivating pictures, narrative texts and recipes.

What most stands out and adds a personal touch are the encounters with protagonists such as María Solivellas, a culinary genius of Mallorcan cuisine and chef of the Ca Na Toneta restaurant in Caimari. You will also learn more about Tomeu Llabrés, who grows local grape varieties in Binissalem, and the political and cultural influence of the island on the works of the Palma artist Albert Pinya.









Furthermore, you can experience Mediterranean moments of indulgence while cooking the island's typical recipes, which can be found throughout the five chapters of this illustrated book alongside puristic food photos. You are invited to try the typical coca pastry or traditional almond cake Gató among others. The book also includes a unique map of the island, hand-illustrated by the graphic designer Sandra Kubitza.

Mallorca – Mar i Muntanya is mainly written in German but for international readers there is a chapter with a translation section in English. The turquoise-colored, decorative book makes a great eyecatcher on your coffee table and brings maritime lifestyle into your home. It is available in German bookstores, on Amazon and on the website El Mallorquín, which promotes the sale of products from the island in Germany, as well as in the center of Palma at Rialto Living (C/Sant Feliu, 3).

I was so happy when Antonia and Alexander sent me the book because you all know how much I love my Mallorca and also cooking. I have a big collection of coffee table books at home and this beautiful book is a great addition. If you know anyone who adores Mallorca as much as I do or someone who likes to try Mediterranean recipes, Mallorca – Mar i Muntanya is a unique, high-quality gift for all fans of the island and the Mediterranean lifestyle.  





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