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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Lovely Lakeland

ImageI know what you’re thinking, a whole blog post dedicated to the shop. She’s crazy. While I do love that place with reckless abandon (and yes I visited the cafe at the flagship store in Windermere), Lakeland is another name for the Lake District (I didn’t know before, but it now makes sense why the shop is called that!).

I recently spent a wonderful two weeks there filled with delicious food discoveries – I simply had to share!

As a dessert fiend, Cartmel the home of sticky toffee pudding and Simon Rogan (L’enclume) was a must-visit. It’s a really pretty little village and I had one of the best soups of my life in The King’s Arms. Of course, I came away with a sticky toffee pud from the Cartmel village shop… had to be done! One day I intend to return to dine at L’enclume.

Another gem is the Grasmere Gingerbread shop (the village is famous thanks to William Wordsworth) – the gingerbread is like none I’ve ever tasted: really spicy, crunchy and absolutely delicious. It’s still made by hand each day in the shop to the original Victorian recipe; well worth a visit. I also picked up a jar of ‘Cumberland Rum butter’, simply because I’d never heard of it and the label recommended spreading it on said gingerbread. Divine.

It wouldn’t be a trip up t’ north without a meat and potato pie. We popped into Peggy’s bakery in Ambleside (as recommended by the Good Pie Guide) before driving up to Derwent Water to walk up to Aira Force. The pie was an absolute treat after completing the, albeit short (and rainy), walk. Nicely seasoned, melt in the mouth slices of potato and perfectly flaky pastry. Yum.

All in all, a fab trip…amazing views and lovely food. What more can a girl want?