After a whistle-stop night in Palma, we made our way north to Port de Sóller for an exceptionally beautiful wedding and the last leg of our Mallorcan adventure…
With our base for the next four days being the remarkably hip ‘n’ happening Bikini Island Hotel, we were a stones throw from the port and sea, whilst also being high up enough to appreciate the town twinkling from below at night as the sun went down.
Having never visited this side of the island before, I felt like we’d truly been introduced to a gem by Kim and Si. With a traditional vintage train travelling from Palma to Port de Sóller, if you time it right (and aren’t weighed down with luggage like us) you can travel by train right into the centre- with the most lush scenic train ride (peppered with lemon and orange groves) alongside- which also goes to nearby Sóller too. Now if that ain’t a way to arrive.
After checking in, showering and heading to the front for dinner- we met up with our wonderful pals Sarah and Joe, and pretty much stayed this way for the rest of our time here. With the bay curving into a horseshoe, with two adjacent lighthouses either side and a sandy bay in-between- it was truly the perfect place to spend each day, swimming in the clear sea, popping out for a fresh lunch along the harbour- and flopping back down on the sand afterwards (heading back for the sunsets too, naturally). Although it was relatively busy, it never felt overcrowded- and still felt like a bit of an unspoilt gem- with fresh fish restaurants, gelato cafes and outdoor bars lining the walk along the front.
With each day before and after Kim’s and Simon’s beautiful wedding spent lounging by the water- we managed to get through the Dirty Dancing soundtrack (Love is Strange being our track of choice), tick off our first (but hopefully not last) sea swims of the year and sip Sangria (not me, just Pimm’s for this Purvis) until the sun went down- heading back to the hotel for a shower and ‘freshen up’ before dinner along the front.
Even though I perhaps felt a little uncool for the hotel, having a poolside bar with strawberry rose sangria and a daily playlist of Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and Tame Impala- this nana felt right at home on her lounger, and loved staying somewhere where we could dive into a breakfast buffet, optionally hang by the pool all day listening to brilliant music and eat at the poolside bar. It took me back to family holidays- and how lovely and relaxing it can be having a base that covers everything; meaning you can really unwind into your time somewhere. We only had one pool day here on our last day, but ending our hotel dipping into the pool felt like the perfect relaxing end to the most beautiful respite and trip.
So, if you fancy heading across to beautiful Port de Sóller here are a few of our favourite spots:
This was one of the first places we went for dinner- kindly discovered by Sarah, this place seemed to be a real favourite (booking comes highly recommended) with us and other visitors alike. With the most beautiful views along the front, Randemar does everything from pasta to burgers and a whole host of traditional fresh Spanish sides, making it a pretty perfect all rounder.
On one of our evenings all we really wanted was a ruddy good Italian (and one that accommodated with GF pasta too). In comes 54 Beachclub, and with the most delicious fresh pasta menu- we were not disappointed. With the most generous portions- it’s the perfect spot for some authentic Italian grub.
Even if you’re not staying, Bikini Island Hotel is a pretty dreamy place to head for an evening cocktail or family style sharing meal- for views across the whole port as the sun goes down. It does get pretty busy so booking is strongly recommended (even as a guest we couldn’t get in one evening) but we’ve heard very good things indeed.
Gelato on the front :
After dinner getting a gelato (or crepe) along the front is an absolute must. Along the far end of the front is Giovanni L, and whether you’re after a delicious crepe or some seriously delicious gelato, look no further. The perfect post dinner sunset treat to eat on the port, dreamy!
Pizza from Bellame on the beach :
One thing we really wanted to do during our time away was eat pizza on the beach and watch the sunset- and I’ve heard that if you’re after some brilliantly delicious pizza Bellame is the place to pick it up from. I believe you can preorder, collect and head down- and if that isn’t a way to end a day by the beach I don’t know what is.