Illetas beach Majorca

Balearic bliss in Majorca

Illetes beach Majorca

Last Sunday, I got back from a wonderful 10 days in Majorca. Hot, relaxing, gorgeous and plenty of food and booze – what more can a girl ask for.

Some lovely meals were had, though finding good traditional Spanish food was hard. Apparently in the touristy areas this is the case, inland away from the coast and the north of the island are best for traditional fare. Unfortunately we didn’t know this before we booked, but still managed to eek out some gems.  Special mentions go to Cafe del Mar (see below) for the amazing sushi and cocktails (and the lovely Marta and Nick who work there for their outstanding service and tip off about Illetas!), Ibizza lounge for the luscious pizza and Pardos for the black pork and cod gratinated in aioli (YUM!) – though I really wish we’d had the lobster paella here.

But, the best of them all was when we visited gorgeous little Illetas (pictured at the top). I had the best Spanish omelette I've ever tasted at Balneario (picture above!). This was served with the traditional Majorcan tapas of 'pa amb oli' which consists of bread rubbed with garlic and served with finely diced Ramellet tomatoes (which are indigenous to the island), mixed with olive oil and seasoning. So simple and incredibly refreshing. Also snuck in a glass of rosé cava for €5  which I thought was pretty reasonable too. 
But, the best of them all was when we visited gorgeous little Illetas (pictured at the top). I had the best Spanish omelette I’ve ever tasted at Balneario (picture below!). This was served with the traditional Majorcan tapas of ‘pa amb oli’ which consists of bread rubbed with garlic and served with finely diced Ramellet tomatoes (which are indigenous to the island), mixed with olive oil and seasoning. So simple and incredibly refreshing. Also snuck in a glass of rosé cava for €5 which I thought was pretty reasonable too.

Spanish omelette pan amb oli Balneario Illetas
Lots of people recommended Pirates to us – and it had great reviews on Trip Advisor so we decided to go. Not sure why it’s praised so highly, it was one of the worst meals I’ve ever had. Terrible service and the food was delivered within two minutes of placing our order, which is quite worrying when you’ve ordered one chicken dish and one burger!! I hate to be negative, but if you ever find yourself in Magaluf/Palma Nova I’d suggest avoiding this place.

Generally speaking, cocktails were good everywhere (apart from aforementioned Pirates) and beer was reasonably priced – all the wine I tried was lovely too. I even bought a couple of bottles of Majorcan wine back, as apparently not much of it leaves the island and I can see why.

Going to miss waking up to this #nofilter

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We really had a lovely time and staying on the beach front in Sol Wave House meant we were well sheltered from what most people typically associate with Magaluf. And, no we didn’t go ‘out out’ at all – one walk down the strip was enough to confirm that the pool and dinner was more our scene. Not even 2manydjs at Majorca Rocks tempted us out!

The weather was divine, no lower than 30 each day and for a lazy, convenient holiday I’d highly recommend it – though if I was to go back I think I’d like to try a different, less touristy part of the island (we booked two days before we left so were limited with options!).

Have you been to Majorca or any of the other balearics (I’ve been to Ibiza, Playa d’en Bossa for a party holiday once!)? If so, where are your hidden gems? I’d love to hear some suggestions for future holidays!

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