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PALMA

La Molienda 

Carrer del Bisbe Campins, 11, 07012

Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

@lamoliendapalma

THE ATMOSPHERE

La Molienda is a tiny coffee shop, luckily it has seating outside too as the inside of the shop itself would feel cramped with as little as 10 people. The staff are incredibly friendly people even when it is very busy there (which let's be honest, it usually is) yet they managed to make the experience of eating there feel personal. 

THE FOOD 

The food was delicious and healthy, cheap too. One of their focuses is using local, seasonal and organic ingredients and promote a healthy and conscious way of eating. The ingredients used in their dishes are from local food suppliers who supply artisan products, supporting local businesses is a key focus in owners Miguel and Toni's business ethos. 

THE COFFEE

Not all trendy cafes manage to nail a good coffee but here at La Molienda they're specialists. Their concept is to introduce a coffee they feel confident enough about to ensure that drinking it becomes a unique experience. The team have a direct relationship with the coffee plantations and also offer a range of plant-based milk alternatives.

For more information visit their website here.

eS BALUARD 

Plaça de la Porta de Santa Catalina, 10,

07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

@esbaluardmuseu

THE MUSEUM

 A visit to the Es Baluard museum is worth a trip for the architecture of the building alone, when it was built to replace what was formally a dumping ground for more than 50 years. The museum is specifically a museum of modern and contemporary art, of Balearic artists. While I visited I saw some amazingly colourful pieces from Joan Miró and my eyes were treated to some plates and bowls made by Pablo Picasso himself. 

For more information visit their website here.

Rialto living 

Carrer de Sant Feliu, 3, 07012

Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

@rialto_living

THE HISTORY

Again, as above, this shop is worth visiting for the beautiful building alone. Klas Käll, one of the founders and designers of the global fashion brand Gant and Barbara Bergman opened this exciting concept store in 2007, converting the former Sala Rialto theatre and cinema. 

THE SHOP

This lifestyle store offers an array of products from art, interior and fashion pieces. The book and stationery selection was where I found myself - everything from photography books to travel, cookery and fashion hardbacks. Unfortunately I only had hand-luggage on the trip so no purchases were made. There is also an exquisite, plant filled café, The Rialto Café where you can sit under the huge beautiful skylight, offering a relaxing sanctuary to the bustling city. 

For more information visit their website here.

THE LIVING ROOM

Plaça Alexandre Jaume, 3, 07002

Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

@livingroompalma

THE BAR

The perfect place to wind down after a busy day walking around the city, the Cava is flowing and the snacks are amazing. They serve a tester of 5 different Cavas so you can try out your favourite and their Crintxos at €2 a pop is a great excuse to order a few to try as well. The salads are a must too - absolutely delicious! 

For more information visit their website here.

port de pollença

Only a 45 minute drive away is Port de Pollença, a relatively quiet Northern town filled with glorious views and sunsets. This low-key small town had some hidden gems for sleeping, eating and drinking.. 

TERRAE

Carrer de la Verge del Carme, 19,

07470 Pollença, Illes Balears, Spain

@terrae.mallorca

THE BAR

Terrae is an excellent restaurant to try something a little bit different from the typical tourist menus. The three South American owners concentrate on providing the best locally sourced ingredients and a completely sustainable restaurant while having a crazy interesting menu. Lots of purées and foam and a guarantee your food and drink comes with no chemicals, additives or hormones. You can also add CBD into your cocktails for an extra five euro. 

For more information visit their website here.

club del sol resort & spa 

Ctra. Puerto Pollensa - Alcudia, km 62.3,

07470 Port de Pollença, Islas Baleares, Spain

@a10hotels

THE hotel

Club del Sol was a perfect escape from the bustling streets of Palma. The rooms are modern and fresh, the reception and spa are absolutely stunning and they put on a fab selection of good food. I would recommend renting a car during your stay as the hotel is a little hidden away but that does give you ultimate peace and quiet. We rented a car for four days and paid €16 which was worth every cent. 

Another place to mention is the quiet village of Pollença, well worth a wander through the streets where life lives in between historical sites and ancient blonde stone architecture. I'd suggest grabbing a cone of your fave gelato and sitting in the square, watching the world go by. 

THE spa

The spa consists of a vitality pool​, Turkish bath and a Finnish sauna amongst a full gym. It's an innovative spa dedicated to the body with a variety of treatments focused on well-being and relaxation.  Prices start from 30.

the cost

Prices start from €60 per night for a double room and as little as €33 per night at the end of the season. Your room will have a glorious  bedroom, spacious bathroom and a mini kitchen. The whole hotel is free wifi too and has a decent connection - YAY! 

For more information visit their website here.

bellaverde

Carrer de les Monges, 14, 07470

Pollença, Illes Balears, Spain

@restaurantbellaverde

THE food

Nestled into a shadowed garden is this oasis of a restaurant where you will sit under the century-old fig trees. This restaurant is the only vegetarian restaurant in the north of the island. The food is accompanied with fine service, knowledgeable staff and a beautifully relaxed atmosphere. Open from 8:30am every morning you can try breakfast, lunch and dinner here. At breakfast, figs from the fig tree are a regular occurrence and you'll be happy to hear they allow dogs and cats into the garden so there are a couple of furry friends strolling around while you relax and eat. 

For more information visit their website here.