Mallorca Bucket List.

If you’re German, you’ve most likely already been to Mallorca at least once in your life. Some might even call it Germany’s 17th state. I have to admit that I have been to Mallorca several times in my life – as a child and as a teenager but I don’t remember much about it (except from its party scene). So when Nicole and I decided to go to Mallorca this summer, I made a vow to really truly explore the island this time around. And here’s my ultimate bucket list for your next trip to Mallorca:

1. Stay in an Airbnb in the middle of nowhere

We wanted a real experience so we decided against living in a hotel or a famous beach town. We opted for the village of Lloseta, a town literally in the middle of nowhere. We had the pleasure of living with an adorable Spanish couple, enjoying our homemade breakfast on the patio, cuddling with their cat and feeling like we really belonged.

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The village of Lloseta

2. Check out hidden beaches

Everyone knows that Mallorca has famous beaches and calas. When we went in August, the island was so crowded that it was rather difficult finding spots where we really were able to recharge. Luckily, we met some locals while strolling through Santanyi so they recommended a few hidden spots to us. I am not going to name them for you for the sake of keeping them hidden. So get out there and find your favourite hidden spots!

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Hidden beach with challenging access!

3. Venture around Valldemossa

Yeppers, it is touristy in Valldemossa. But that still doesn’t take away any of its charm. Arrive early and you get to spend a few hours strolling around this charming town while everyone else is still asleep.

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Valldemossa

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4. Go to Santanyi when its not Wednesday

Santanyi is famous for its market on Wednesday mornings. It is worth going to the market but I’d much rather recommend you go on a different day. When the streets are not bustling with vendors and tourists, it really is a rather quiet, peaceful and enchanting little town.

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Central square in Santanyi
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The town of Santanyi

5. Jump out of bed at 4am to watch the sunrise

This was by far the best decision we made. On our last day in Mallorca, we decided to hop out of bed early and drive to Cap de Formentor to watch the sunrise. And let me tell you, it was incredible. But what I loved most was driving down narrow and windy roads while night was turning into day and basking the majestic cliffs into light. There was such a mystical, breathtaking and humbling atmosphere about it. Still gives me the chills thinking about it now!

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Cap de Formentor
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Windy roads at Cap de Formentor

Let’s Roam!

Exotic Getaway

Have you heard of Roam? It’s every digital nomads paradise – website that helps you live around the world for short periods of time. An international network of interchangeable, design-led communal living spaces. We finally don’t have an excuse to stay in one place any longer!

Roam is for people who crave to live according to their interests and curiosities not chained by a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. For $500 a week, you can hop from Ubud to Miami to Madrid, with more cities on the way.

It’s different from Airbnb or any couch surfing service, it’s based on a sense of community and close ties to local communities. My ultimate dream come true! Roam has the potential to innovate in global housing in a time where an entire generation of young people is seeking global experiences more than ever before.

The platform allows travellers to book private suites on a weekly basis. The best part is that every facility comes with a cowering spaces – long live the freelance job!

So get out, leave the ordinary, live life one week at a time and sign a lease that lets you live around the world!

 

10 things not to miss out on in Wales.

1. See at least one of the numerous castles.
Let’s start with the obvious, Wales is full of castles. You simply have to see one of them. My personal favourite is Castle Coch, just outside Cardiff. Hidden away in a forest, it looks like the place Rapunzel would live in.

2. Go to Tenby and pretend you’re in Italy.
Forget raved about and highly hyped Portmeirion. Who charges you to visit a city anyway?

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3. Go to Snowdonia.
Hike. Drive. Walk. Whatever. Just being around these intensly massive and humbling mountains makes your jaw drop.

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4. Eat Welsh Cakes.
Yup, addict speaking. And I am not the only one. Seriously, no one can resist these innocent-looking circles of heaven. Eating them feels like your birthday, Christmas and Easter together. After trying them everywhere around Wales, I can tell you that you get the best ones at the Cardiff Central Market.

5. Get lost in the magic of Tintern Abbey.
Some might think it’s just a ruin. Yeah well, that’s a pretty adequate description. But it is simply magical. These ancient walls and pillars when the sun shines through them is a sight for sore eyes.

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6. Book a hidden-away homestay on Airbnb.
Best decision I feel I have ever made. I will never forget spending a night in a hidden wooden cottage in the middle of nowhere, listening to birds, swaying trees and a tiny creek. Thank you Janine!

7. Cardiff and its famous teahouses.
They are all over the internet, their reputation is over the moon and they are so worth it. My personal favourite will always be the Barker Tearooms in the High Street Arcade. Nothing can beat those comfy armchairs.

8. Skrinkle Haven.
You might ask yourself what I am raving about. It’s a beach at the Pembrokeshire Coast and it is gorgeous. Being scared of heights didn’t stop me from climbing one of the peaks that hover over the ocean.

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9. Devil’s Bridge.
Again, middle of nowhere. After driving for hours and hours we had high expectations and weren’t even sure if this place even existed. It might be a touristy place and yes, you have to pay an entrance fee but I would strongly encourage you to visit it. Waterfalls, bridges, steep staircases and breathtaking views will definitely make up for it.

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10. Just drive.
Wales doesn’t have many highways so you’ll find yourself on some of the narrowest streets you will ever see in your life. Even for a European it’s pretty scary driving them. But everything is just so enchanting, you feel like you’re in the middle of a fairy tale. Get out of your car whenever you think there might be something worth seeing behind the next corner. This is what we did and some of the places we found will forever stay in my mind about this humbling country.

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…and travel with your best friend, it just makes life so much happier.