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When Europeans want to get away from it all, they often escape to the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain for a little rest and relaxation.  Mallorca is the largest and most popular of the main four; Menorca is the baby sister; Ibiza, the glitzy gal; and Formentera, the bashful one.  My Brownell Travel colleagues and I visited Mallorca in May to discover more and because, well, we too sometimes like to get away from it all.

Mallorca is all about outdoor experiences…namely biking, hiking, and boating.  I’ve rarely seen a place with more bikers (bicyclers, not to be confused with the Harley crowd) on country roads, in cafes, everywhere.  If you like to explore a place on two wheels, Mallorca is the place for you.

While we didn’t do much biking, we did hike and were often rewarded with spectacular views along the way. The trip highlight, though, was not on land, but rather on sea:  a boat day, spent making our way leisurely along the coast to Sa Foradada.  This rustic little restaurant (get the paella) sits atop a rock formation called Hole in the Rock that juts out over the sea.  It’s a wonderful and memorable spot.

Our favorite hotels were:

Belmond La Residenciafor families seeking a full-service resort experience with plenty of activities and dining.

Son Brullfor couples (no children under 16) wanting peace and quiet in a rural sanctuary amidst an olive grove.

Cap Rocat for honeymooners who just want to be alone.  Secluded with breath-taking views, but convenient to Palma, the main city.

Mallorca has a little something for everyone.  Making the most of it depends on when you come, where you stay, and what you want to do. If you get your priorities in order when planning – relaxing? hiking? biking? fishing? wining/dining? – you’ll be rewarded with a little slice of paradise.

Caroline Travels the World…and So Can You.