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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Friday, May 8, 2020

Alaró Castle

Hey everyone, I hope you're all having a great Friday despite the difficult situation! My boyfriend and I went out for a long walk by the sea this morning which was sooo relaxing yet energizing. Since last Saturday we're allowed to go out for a few hours in the morning and evening here in Spain and let me tell you, it gives me such a sense of freedom just to be allowed to leave the house for a while every day. It frees my mind and makes me feel like all this comes to an end bit by bit. We won't get back to 'normal' life until June at least but you slowly start to notice a bit of freedom. We are only allowed to go for a walk or exercise in our home town for now which makes me long for excursions like the one I'm posting about today even more...

Excursion to Alaró Castle

Before the lockdown started here in Spain, my boyfriend and I went for a long, beautiful day excursion to Alaró Castle in February. We left in the morning to make sure we won't meet too many people up by the castle. The charming town of Alaró is located in the middle of the island, not far from Palma de Mallorca. We parked our car outside of the town centre next to a road that led to the castle of Alaró which is located on a high, rocky mountain above the town. From there we started our excursion which took way longer than we expected, haha. After about one and a half hours we got to a popular restaurant which is called Es Verger. It's located in the mountains on the way to Alaró Castle and offers delicious typical Mallorcan cuisine. We didn't stop here though but kept walking all the way up to the castle. If you're a bit less adventurous or come with kids you can drive all the way up to the restaurant and park your car there to walk the rest to the castle. From the restaurant to the castle it took us about another hour. Luckily we packed some snacks and sandwiches so once we got to the castle we had a relaxing picnic. Even though it's an easy road up to the castle it's quite steep and exhausting at times so I welcomed a little bit of rest on top of the mountain.

Alaró Castle is made up of some ancient walls and ruins of what used to be an impressive castle. There is also a hilltop chapel and another restaurant/bar. From the top of the mountain you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views stretching across the whole island. The Serrra de Tramuntana in the back, the bay of Palma in the front and many mountains and forests to the left and right. I think Alaró Castle is my new favorite place here in Mallorca for stunning views and fun excursions. My photos really can't show how impressive the views from this place are. Miguel and I spent a good hour on top of the mountain taking in these views, exploring the ruins and resting. Our way down was of course a bit faster and my legs felt so sore once we reached our car, I could barely walk, haha.

If you should come to this area of Mallorca during any season except summer I warmly recommend this excursion. It may be challenging but believe me, the views will make up for the sore legs!

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