Day 1. Arriving in Palma, Mallorca

We decided to exchange the chilly Easter weather of northern England for a week on the Mediterranean, staying on the largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca.  My husband hasn't  visited Mallorca since he was 13 and following a weekend visit to the island last year with my younger son,  I'm hoping to convince him that …

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Day 2. Visiting Port D’Andratx

We woke to bright sunshine and there was no sign of yesterday's late afternoon rain showers.   Although some tables had been set out on the terrace for breakfast everyone seemed to think it a little chilly and guests were all dining indoors.  Breakfast consisted of a large buffet along with show cooking for hot …

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Day 3. Castell de Bellver, Palma

From our hotel room we could see Bellver Castle on the hilltop  so after breakfast we decided to walk up and take a look.  It's quite a steep climb, first along a road and then up very many stone steps to the castle entrance.  It was another sunny morning but the cooler days of April …

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Day 4. Vintage Train to Soller

After watching a BBC television series entitled 'Great Continental Railway Journeys' which featured a delightful old wooden train that runs between Palma and Soller we wanted to take a ride on it ourselves. The train line was established in 1929 to link Palma with the north west coast of the island.  Trains depart from its …

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Day 5. Exploring Alcudia

Whilst eating breakfast we watched two large cruise liners come into port but it was a rainy start to the day so the passengers wouldn't being seeing Palma at its best.  Our plan for today was to visit Alcudia situated in the north east of the island.  We travelled by TIB bus who operate longer distance bus services …

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Day 6. Valldemossa & Palma

A lovely sunny morning for a visit to the village of Valldemossa in the Tramuntana Mountains, 17 km north west of Palma.  We travelled there by TIB bus from Palma's central bus station at Playa D'Espanya, the journey taking only 30 minutes and the bus stopping just once at the island's university UIB.  The campus is located in …

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Day 7. Santa Ponca Bay

Another warm, sunny morning so our plan was to take a walk along the waterfront at Santa Ponca.  Buses run from the Paseo Maritim (seafront) in Palma just outside our hotel and there are two options, a direct service by motorway taking around 20 minutes or the coastal route which takes one hour.  We opted …

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Day 8. Our Final Day in Palma

As our return flight to the UK wasn't scheduled to depart until 4.00 pm we had plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast overlooking the harbour.   It was a dull, cloudy morning and for the first time this week I felt a bit chilly going outdoors in just a lightweight dress and cardigan. …

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Day 1. First day in Barcelona

An Autumn weekend spent in Barcelona

Day 2. A visit to Girona

A day out in Girona