The Mallorca thread

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A friend of my husband has an apartment on the island and has invited us to stay there (free of charge for as long as we want - yay!!!) maybe you can help me out with flight information, what is the best (cheapest!!) airline to use, my husband's friend said he often got flights for 13€, I have found no offers online anyway near this price (OK so he often flies last minute, so that might be the trick) do you have any ideas (would rather spend my hard earned money on Ensaïmadas and Palo than on expensive flights);))

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maybe you can help me out with flight information, what is the best (cheapest!!)

 

I'd start off by looking at Air Berlin. Best does not always equal cheapest.

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Air Berlin is by far the best from anywhere in DE, not always the cheapest, but rarely the most expensive (e.g., Lufthansa).

 

Condor often has really cheap flights from Munich and other cities if you are willing to show up at 5:00am for a 6:00am flight :(

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A friend of my husband has an apartment on the island and has invited us to stay there (free of charge for as long as we want - yay!!!)

Oh you MUST GO, IL! Free accommodation is a bonus. You'll love it. Whilst we were based at Costa de la Calma and occasionally went swimming at Peguera Beach, we spent more time driving around the island and exploring many of the other beaches and villages. You'll have fun, I am sure.

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Could you please name some of those 'international' resorts that are neither all English or all German? Those would be the most interesting to me as an expat.

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Oh, I am definitely taking the offer, don't know exactly that will be, but there's no way I'm passing an offer like that up. The great thing is the apartment is a good bit outside of Palma, so there won't be a lot of loudmouthed German/English/Irish (or wherever the drunken tourists come from)

 

@NDY,

I'll be sure to contact you for a few insider tips before I go (if you're willing to share them that is ;))

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In my opinion the east is where the "Kiss Me Quick" hats are. We drove through there as when I was eight I stayed in Rui Tropicana over there before tourism got really huge in the 70s. you can see all the British pubs with sky Sports etc bacon and egg all that stuff. The Germans are also there too of course.

 

Go west of Palma to the mountains. There is a stunning side of Majorca which none of the tourists see, all those villages on the west side. There are beautiful ancient "fincas" serving fresh orange juice from vast orange groves, stunning mountains and the sea crashing...oh God there I go again.

 

I'll hunt down some pics of where I went. I loved it.

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Could you please name some of those 'international' resorts that are neither all English or all German? Those would be the most interesting to me as an expat.

 

Well, Port de Pollenca is fairly mixed. Of course there will be English and a few Germans, but also French, Swedish, Norwegians, Danish, Spanish (from the peninsula), Dutch, maybe an Italian or even and American or two:

 

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Same would apply for Alcudia:

 

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You might want to check out Cala Bona - It's a quaint harbor village at the north end of the Cala Millor Promenade, quiet, but not at all boring. Has lots of little seafront restaurants - some English, Curry, etc.. It's just a few minutes walk from the massive beach and promenade of Cala Millor. Slightly more English (in Cala Bona) than other nationalities, yes, a few Germans and the rest are likely Scandinavians:

 

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Oh, I am definitely taking the offer, don't know exactly that will be, but there's no way I'm passing an offer like that up. The great thing is the apartment is a good bit outside of Palma, so there won't be a lot of loudmouthed German/English/Irish (or wherever the drunken tourists come from)

 

@NDY,

I'll be sure to contact you for a few insider tips before I go (if you're willing to share them that is )

 

The most expensive part of the holiday is the accommodation, so yeah, baby - take that deal!

 

No worries, I'm always happy to help people enjoy my adopted home :-)

 

Where is it? Something near the beach? Like this or inland like this:

 

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AFAIK it's in Artá

 

Arta is a cool place. It's inland, not far from Cala Ratjada, Costa de los Pins, Cala Bona... Not incredibly touristy, but there are a few tourists.

 

Arta interestingly, is a home to a lot of artists & musicians (I don't think the name has anything to do with that). I understand that some of the original members of Abba still have places around there. Abba's drummer died in his home in Arta a few years back. There are some prominent people retired up there. It's a great little ancient village featuring a medieval castle, up high, and not far from the beaches. There are some really fantastic old fincas around there.

 

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OK as promised, here's my post about Magalluf.

 

It's a one-of-a-kind place on this island - for lack of a better term, I often characterize it as the English "Fort Lauderdale" of Mallorca. If you hear a language other than English, Cymraeg or variations of Scottish and Irish dialects here, I'd be surprised. It's the UK and Ireland's party zone. Sometimes referred to as "shagalluf".

 

This is where it rocks. period. Mostly the 18-40 set and the perfect setting for the ultimate Hen or Stag party.

 

Magalluf is home to numerous big hotels and resorts (some approaching Las-Vegas offerings) as well as theme restaurants, zillions of bars, English pubs, waterparks, dance clubs, dinner shows, and a top-notch Vegas-style casino. The list goes on.

 

Rather than talk about it, I'll just put up some pics...

 

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Magalluf Nightlife - Rocks till the sun comes up. If you can manage to wake up at 7:00am and stand out on your hotel balcony, you'll get a few laughs watching people stagger home:

 

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It's Sunday and really hot, so here's my Palma de Mallorca installment, before I head to the beach:

 

Palma is the capital city of the Balearic islands. Palma was founded as a Roman camp upon the remains of a Talaiotic settlement long before Christianity existed. Here's the wiki. Much of the ancient remains still stand, the history of this city becomes apparent on first glance. It's an old place, surrounded with modernism. A stark set of contrasts.

 

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It's not a beach resort - it's a thriving city that is active year-round. In fact, if you want to take a break in the winter, Palma is one of the destinations you should consider, since it stays alive even in January.

 

It's a major port for the yachting crowd, and that generally encourages most of the seafront "Paseo Maritimo" to be a bit more upscale.

 

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Palma is also a major hub for Cruise ships, and that keeps a steady stream of tourists flowing into the city. As you might expect, it's a bit touristy, but it's not something you should miss:

 

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In addition to many of the more exclusive names in shopping (e.g., Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Armani, etc) you'll also find many more exotic clothing, art, and specialty shops, as well as the usual array of restaurants, bars, and some of the most exclusive nightclubs in the med.

 

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But the nightlife isn't limited to the affluent set - there are many great restaurants and bars in the city, frequented by virtually every age group, nationality, and social status.

 

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Aside from the nightlife, shopping, dining, and drinking, there's also the cathedral (touristy, but a must-see) and the 14th century bellver castle:

 

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don't forget the Caves of Drach! They are amazing in spite of being touristy.

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Hmm, looks too flash for me. Anything akin to Las Vegas translates to YUCK in my dictionary. How's Menorca?

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I´m like you, mlovett. Avoid flashy places..prefer romantically down run, old-fashioned know-your-neighbour places. Not too many cars, kids playing on the streets ( and you can take photos!!), small towns with character..you know, New York, London, Tokyo, Harburg :) . I like the simple life!

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John, click on the photos link for this place on Menorca. Kids playing with chickens, guests eating together in cozy Spanish ambience... my kind of place. I like to stay on fincas/ ranches. The simple life. :)

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