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Puerto Pol­lensa: La Gola re­serve is right in the town of Puerto Pol­lensa – you can eas­ily walk around its wood­land, scrub and lake each day in search of birds, in­clud­ing a va­ri­ety of herons. Pol­lença: A few miles west, has a more tra­di­tional feel, and is small enough to walk around in a morn­ing. Ho­tels in­clude the five-star Son Brull, one of Mallorca’s best. Soller: Just in­land from the north-west coast. Visit the Jardin Botanic and the Museu Balear de Cien­cies, a nat­u­ral sci­ence mu­seum, and the strik­ing Es­gle­sia de Sant Bar­tomeu. Al­cu­dia: Re­tains its me­dieval walls, nar­row, cob­bled streets, many his­toric build­ings. Public trans­port is very cheap. The Air­port Bus runs to Palma ev­ery 15 min­utes. If you are not stay­ing in the city or the port, get off the bus at the Plaza d’es­panya, go down the steps past the train de­par­tures to the bus sta­tion, used by the red and yel­low TIB buses. The 340 bus to Puerto Pol­lensa takes just over an hour and costs only €6. It usu­ally leaves from bay 14. Visit Deia: This idyl­lic vil­lage was the home of Robert Graves, poet and au­thor of I Claudius. The views are won­der­ful, and you can walk down to Cala Deia, a small shin­gle beach in an at­trac­tive cove. It boasts two restau­rants (open only in the sum­mer sea­son), with fresh fish as their spe­cial­ity. There are plenty of walk­ing trails in the hills above the vil­lage. Walk­ing: Spring and au­tumn are ideal times for walk­ers, al­though sum­mer walks in­clude some along the Bo­quer Val­ley. There’s a good walk over the moun­tains to Cala Vincent, with fan­tas­tic views of Cala Carbo – you’ll find a cou­ple of lovely bars by the wa­ter’s edge serv­ing food. An­other great walk starts just off the Formentor Road at Casa Velles. Park on the left and walk through the woods on the op­po­site side to Cala Murta, a lovely quiet cove. Close by, walk from the Formentor road to the tower of Al­ber­cutx. Park at the first mi­rador, and the road to the tower is op­po­site on the right. There are spec­tac­u­lar views of Puerto Pol­lensa and Al­cu­dia in the dis­tance.

Wa­ter­sports: Scuba div­ing is pop­u­lar around Puerto Pol­lensa. Also very pop­u­lar in the har­bour is kite­board­ing. There is a kite and surf school half­way be­tween Puerto Pol­lensa and Al­cu­dia which has a large range of equip­ment and is lo­cated di­rectly op­po­site the beach where most of these sports takes place. At the har­bour, as well as jet skis, there are yachts and cata­ma­rans, all of which can be hired and en­joyed.

Cycling: Mallorca is a favourite des­ti­na­tion for both leisure and pro­fes­sional cy­clists, but you can just as eas­ily, sim­ply use a bike as a means to ex­plore the is­land. More am­bi­tious cy­clists go to Cap Formentor, a very de­mand­ing route. There is a small café at the first mi­rador, fre­quently used for its spec­tac­u­lar views. There are nu­mer­ous rental shops in the ports, but prices vary, so shop around.

Eat and drink local: North Mallorca has ex­cel­lent restau­rants, bars and vine­yards, so make sure you take the chance to sam­ple the local cui­sine, which not sur­pris­ingly fea­tures seafood heav­ily. Res­tau­rant Jardin, in Al­cu­dia, has an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion, and chef-owner Macarena De Cas­tro is the proud pos­ses­sor of a Miche­lin star, so it is cer­tainly worth a visit!

Web­site: en­joy­mal­lorca.com/des­ti­na­tions

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