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A 24 hour girls getaway guide to Mallorca


 

My friend and I wanted to get away for a few days in the sun on a low budget, after searching on Google flights I found a Thomas cook airline ticket for $90 (per person). I’ve never been to Spain before or any of the Balearic Islands, so I was really looking forward to getting out there and having a chance to see part of the world.

 

WHEN TO VISIT

When I visited – Mid May

 

FLYING AND ARRIVING IN PALMA MALLORCA

The night before my flight I tried to check in with Thomas Cook’s online check-in system. I found it to be confusing, so I figured I would wait until the morning to find a kiosk. What I hadn’t counted on was an enormous check in line at 4 am! I was a little worried I’d miss my flight, and so I approached a member of staff – he showed me that there was a barcode on an email I’d received when I’d tried to check in online – turns out that it had been successful after all.

Just in case you haven’t flown to Europe before, I suggest you pack all your cream and liquids under 30 ML in a sandwich bag. It’s okay if you don’t have a baggie, the airport provides them, but you are only allowed one liquid bag.

 

TIP:  Take of all lids/caps off of liquid items, for instance, foundation, deodorant, travel hair spray. You’ll be able to squeeze in those extra products.

 

 

Thomas cook airlines

 

Pros

– Primarily caters to vacation travelers

-lively workforce

-Inexpensive flights

 Cons

– Airline charges for water!! (Buy your water/food before your flight.)

 

Check with your bank

Using your checking debit/credit card while abroad, could be difficult. Be sure to notify your bank prior to traveling to Europe. Also, check with your local bank to see if they charge a fee for transactions.

I tried to buy water on my flight but my issuer flagged my activity, and my card declined. The woman next to me insisted on taking her unopened water bottle. Thanks, girl!

 

Arriving

Coming off a two and a half hour flight, I arrived at Palma de Mallorca airport, shortly to meet up with my friend. Passing through customs was a breeze; they looked at my passport, looked at me and then stamped my passport. The most difficult part of the trip was finding transportation.

 

TRANSPORTATION

If you aren’t planning to take a taxi to the nearest town, MAKE SURE YOU BOOK A SHUTTLE BUS IN ADVANCE or you will pay the expensive taxi fee. I assumed you could purchase a bus ticket at the airport, but you must pre-book. Instead, my friend and snagged a taxi ride 45 minutes to Portopetro

  • No Ubers available
  • Taxi cost €70 and up (45-minute ride)

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

Although I have not stayed in these hotels, I did my research and these are ranked high on booking.com

Hostel

Hostal Mistral

  • Continental breakfast is served daily
  • Buses to Palma 100 yards near accommodation
  • Free wifi, private bathroom and safe
  • One hour drive from the airport
  • From $49 and up
  • Get 15 pounds when you book with my link at booking.com

 

(Photos are taken from Hostal Mistral)

 

Mid- Budget

Iberostar Club Cala Barca 

  • On-site scuba diving school
  • 6 miles to Cala Mondrago beach
  • All inclusive
  • Lagoon- style outdoor pools
  • From $160 and up
  • Get 15 pounds when you book with my link at booking.com

 

(Photos are taken from booking.com)

 

Luxury

Melia Cala d’Or Boutique Hotel

  • Offers different dining areas, snack bar, piano bar
  • Includes outdoor pool with whirlpool, and children’s pool
  • Open for breakfast and dinner with international cuisine
  • Property spa and gym
  • 5 min walk from the beach
  • From $240 and up
  • Get 15 pounds when you book with my link at booking.com

 

(Photos are taken from booking.com)

 

WHERE I STAYED

Varadero PortoPetro adults only

  • 15 min public bus ride to Cala d’Or
  • Breakfast buffet is served, but you have to pay
  • Includes free wifi, (wifi isn’t great unless you use it downstairs in the dining area) swimming pool and bar
  • The staff members are great to help, they can book you boat tours and tell you where the nearest beaches are
  • Get 15 pounds when you book with my link at booking.com

 

(Photos are taken from booking.com)

 

My friend and I thought it would be a wonderful plan to organize an inexpensive girls getaway trip. We rushed to book the cheapest decent hotel we could find and stumble upon Varadero PortoPetro. I found this hotel on booking.com at $84 for two nights- that’s a steal deal! There isn’t much to mention about the rooms, other than you’ve got a bed, small table, and a tiny bathroom. But hey! You get what you pay for… My experience wasn’t that bad.

 

PLACES TO EAT

Ca’n Martina 

Starving and desperate for a cold cocktail we opted to try this restaurant, that is situated on the edge of Portopetro’s quaint harbor- Gorgeous view, and lovely place to soak in Portopetro’s small fishing village. The Ca’n Martina restaurant offered amazing views and ambiance. Unfortunately, the quality of the cuisine didn’t live up to the restaurant’s other characteristics.

 

(I ordered the lasagna dish)

(sangria)

 

Southeast (Dessert)

I took a walk from the hotel I hadn’t gone far down the street at all, once I saw they had crepes on the menu, my walk was cut short.

I ordered a strawberry banana crepe with dark chocolate, it was cooked there in front of me and I had to pace myself not to eat it in moments, it was delicious. As the wifi at the hotel was unworkable, we went back there the next day to use their wifi and to sample their ice cream and end our day with a few glasses of rose.

 

 

Paella Cocina Mediterranean

On my second day in Portopetro, I took a public bus to Cala d’Or beach. After a couple hours on the busy beach, it was time to catch the shuttle bus back to our hotel. Sometimes you choose a restaurant for convenience before anything else, as it was close to where I had to catch the shuttle bus, I went into the Paella Cocina Mediterranean restaurant to try out some tapas and paella. it was my first time trying paella and It was a little disappointing with the exception of the bacon date tapas.- which are a must try!

 

(Seafood paella)

(Bacon-wrapped dates)

 

We weren’t having much luck finding restaurants that were really doing it for us, so we went looking for a grocery store and prepared our own food.

 

THINGS TO DO

 

Soak up the sun on the Mediterranean secret beach

The hotel staff was kind enough to direct us to a secret beach about 5 min down the road. When I got to the beach, it was small, secluded, and only a handful of people there. It certainly was a lot more secret than Cala d’Or beach.

 

 

Visit the tourist beach Cala d’Or

I was told by a local that Cala d’Or was one of the nicest beaches on the east coast of the island. It’s a sandy cove with beautiful clear water. The beach is a popular tourist trap, so don’t expect to have it to yourself.

NOTE: If you plan on going in the water, beware of the jellyfish!

 

(Photos are taken from google.com unknown) camera died 🙁

Portopetro is not the kind of place to go if you want to be kept busy by activities and sightseeing, rather it is a quiet coastal fishing village that is perfect for relaxing or slow pace living.

 

GETTING AROUND

Public transportation

The hotel staff had given us a schedule of all the bus times and locations.

  • For two stops going to Cala d’Or was €1.70 and a 15 min bus ride
  • Going back to the airport was €8.00 and a 1.5-hour bus ride
  • I highly suggest renting a car, there are many things to do on the island, and you are not on anyone else’s schedule.

 

THIS MIGHT HELP!

  • The currency in Spain is Euros € € / Use Euro banknotes instead of your card, it’s a lot easier!
  • Book a shuttle bus in advance
  • Buy a dry bag for the beach, in case they don’ t have lockers and you want to swim in the water
  • Wear comfortable shoes, Spain is filled with hills.
  • Spain power sockets are of type F
  • Standard Voltage is 230 V
  • Standard frequency is 50 Hz

 

For a really quick trip and some sunshine, Portopetro is a nice place to visit however if you like your activities and sightseeing then I suggest you look up Palma, the biggest city on the island. If you are looking for somewhere to put your feet up and enjoy the sunshine then Portopetro could be the right place for you.

 

 

Can’t wait to bring you along the next BAEECATION!

Safe travels 🙂

 


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  • Nia
    May 18, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    great write up!
    I’ve never heard of this place till now but have def added it to the list!

    • brandyespi
      May 31, 2017 at 2:41 am

      You must check this place out, especially if you like fishing 🙂