|Upward: Scaling limestone cliffs high above Mallorca's Bay of Pollença|
This was my second year accompanying Nina and her family to Mallorca, who find the place pleasant but oddly familiar, since a significant portion of the island's residents and visitors are Germans like them. There are even German street signs, German doctors, German menus in restaurants, and German radio stations. (Suffice it to say I learned much more Deutsch than Español in the course of this trip.)
We stayed in the north of the island, in a rented villa outside the quaint old stone town of Pollença. Highlights of the trip included a morning of horseback riding along the beach, sailing on the Tudor Dawn, a precipitous drive to the Cap Formentor lighthouse, grilling and lounging poolside at the villa, snorkelling blue-green coves on the island's southeast coast... and of course climbing.
Guidebook in hand, each afternoon Nina and I clambered to a series of routes overlooking the Bay of Pollença and spent hours scaling and descending the cliff while chatting with Spanish, American, and Swiss fellow-climbers attacking the adjacent routes. Seaside routes provided us with a new experience: hanging on to the rock face for dear life as gusts and gales swept through. Each evening, we would end the day by driving to a nearby pull-off and scrambling down a steep, rocky track to the Cala Figuera beach to catch a dip before the sun slipped below the crags.
Lazy, so-called "relaxing" vacations certainly aren't my idea of a good time (nor Nina's—there's a reason we get along so well). But after ten days in Mallorca even I couldn't help but feel a weight lifted from my shoulders. Spain will do that to you.
Enjoy some of my Rolleicord shots from our trip:
|Rooftop lounge at the gorgeous little Airbnb where we stayed our first days in Pollença|
|Cala Sa Nau|
|Nina at Cala Sa Nau|
|Evening in Cala d'Or|
|A lane in Pollença|
|Aboard the Tudor Dawn|
|Cap Formentor lighthouse, on Mallorca's northern tip, offers a stunning Mediterranean view.|
|Evening at Cala Figuera|
|Macaw at a local animal park|
|View along the Cap Formentor peninsula|
|A local beach-goer of the flip-flop-eating variety|
|Mallorca's cliffs offer dramatic, unobstructed sunset views.|
Full album available here: Rollei 2016 - Mallorca.
Full album from the previous year's trip available here: Rollei 2015 - Mallorca.