Name : Sara Prust
University : University of Purdue
This weekend was a blast! I took advantage of every aspect of the island: beach, mountains, and markets!
I woke up early in the morning and went to my only Friday class, environmental economics in tourism spaces. After class, I explored the city while on my way to Mercado Pere Garau. By “explored while on my way to the market” I mean that I got lost trying to get to the market haha! But no pasa nada and I got there eventually and really did get to see a part of the city I hadn’t exploded before. I purchased some cheese made in Mallorca, this amazing bread, traditional sobresada, an empanada, and the best strawberries I have ever eaten in my life. I then walked to the beach and had a picnic and watched the waves crash against the rocks below my feet.
Worlds Greatest Strawberries
Mallorca in one picture
The Mediterranean Sea
Saturday was so relaxing. My friends and I took the bus to Arenal, a beach about a 30 minute bus ride from Palma. It was a warm day, 60-65 degrees, and we just laid and talked. We kept saying how we felt like we were on a mini vacation! It was a great day and I loved it… if you couldn’t tell by the HUGE smile on my face!
The sea and the mountains… I just can’t believe how stunning they are!
Nan & Mich – They are way too cool!
What a great day!
Sunday my friend Erinn and I had signed up to go on a hike with a local hiking group. Unfortunately, it was cancelled due to the weather forecast. But Erinn and I had already woken up and gotten all ready before we received the call. So, we decided we were going to go on our own adventure. We headed to the bus station, picked a spot on the map, and left! We chose Alcudía, a city in the North of the island. The bus ride was about an hour and the bus dropped us at the city center where we saw that there was a market happening. We first stopped at the tourism office to get some information about hiking. The woman who worked there was so sweet and showed us all the options and recommended a route for us. Then we wandered through the market. We tried some cheese from Minorca, some marmalade, and purchased some bread. We ended up going to a coffee shop to get some coffee and enjoy our fresh bread. Then we started off on our adventure!
Fresh Market Bread & Cafe Americano
We just followed the signs and began walking. First we walked along the road, passing farms and sheep. Then it became very rocky along the mountains. As we were hiking, Erinn and I turned a corner and saw the coolest thing! Right in front of us was a field filled with rocks, yet the rocks were all stacked up, each one strategically placed upon the other. I had seen these before, they are called Cairns and are used to mark the correct path. Yet this was a whole field with them. It was really cool. I added a stone to one of the stacks to leave my mark.
We later found ourselves in the valley between two mountains with an incredible view of the sea. We climbed a big rock in the valley and decided to eat our lunch here. It was an awesome spot, perfect for a picnic, and had a terrific view.
After lunch, we continued following the trail and it led us to a small campsite. Though the trees we could sea the water and decided to wander over to enjoy the view. What we found was unreal! We descended the slope, crossed a small road, and discovered a small cove. It was breathtaking! The jagged rocks created a deep crescent holding crystal clear water, the clearest I have ever seen. We carefully climbed down the wall of the rock into the cove. The water was an incredible shade of turquoise. I was in disbelief of how clear this water was! I looked like it had come straight from the faucet. As soon as I could, I slipped off my chacos and waded into the water. It was cold but it felt refreshing after hours of hiking. I waded through the rocks, feeling the waves raise and lower. I was so happy, loving every second of this adventure! It was just so cool!!! The rocks, the water, the views… unreal.
Before climbing into the cove
View from the top
The rock we climbed down
The cove!!! Look at that water!
I didn’t care how cold the water was… I was getting in!
After an exhausting Sunday, we walked about 15 miles, I got to sleep in Monday morning and decided to treat myself. I went to Ca’n Joan S’aigo, a cafe right around the corner from my home in Palma. This cafe is very old and has preserved the traditional style. My neighbor, Mariajo, took my friend Kate and I here about a month ago and I have been dying to come back. The coffee is good but they are best known for their pastries and ice cream that is made in house. Today I indulged in an ensaimada filled with chocolate, so rich and delicious, and of course a cafe americano. What a sweet way to wrap up a weekend of enjoying all the best things of the island culture!
Traditional Mallorcan Pastries
Ensaimada con Chocolate
Besos! ~Señorita Sara
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