Postcards from Mallorca
The first instalment in our summer travel series. Our Co-Founder & Chief Creative Offier Laura Jackson rediscovers forgotten Mallorcan treasures.
"Four summer days in Mallorca. We found ourselves there to celebrate a family wedding and in the days following, we set out to find some glittering coves and secret swimming spots, local lunch spots and beautiful ceramics to take home. The south east corner is a part of Mallorca I haven’t visited since I was young and I felt all the excitement of rediscovering forgotten treasures and well kept secrets."
FORGOTTEN MALLORCAN TREASURES TO REDISCOVER
1) Porta Petro
Not only is this a dreamy little fishing port worthy of your IG feed, it’s also home to the beautiful Can Lis. Built in the 70's on the cliffs of Porta Petro, Can Lis was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon (who famously designed the iconic Sydney Opera House.) The house is available to rent nine months of the year, from September to June, and reserved for longer working stays for architects, artists or others working with architectural expression.
Famed for its pearl factory and good-quality wooden furniture, Manacor is usually the place tourists pass by. However, if you do ever find yourself in this neck of the woods, the store Can Garanya in Manacor is a must. If you’re a fan of hand blown glassware, woven rugs and Mallorcan ceramics (guilty as charged), Can Garanya is the place to stop by and fill up your suitcase. Run by three cousins and now made up of made up of three shops, it was originally founded in 1928 by their grandfather who was a former rope maker. Its floor to celling rattan will make any interior enthusiast weak at the knees.
Portocolom (left), said to be birth place of Christoper Columbus, is a romantic part of Eastern Mallorca. Its residents are down-to-earth and artsy, there is a really laid back, easy feeling here. Blue Bar Chiringuito is the perfect day cafe for a swim and a sangria at its tiny secluded beach, followed by dinner under the stars (with feet in the sand) at S’Arenal in the neighbouring cove.
4) Cala Llombards
On the South of the island, an hour from Palma by car, you’ll find the beautiful cove of Cala Llombards. The water is see-through and wonderfully glittery in the afternoon sun. Although the north is famed for its chic beaches, Cala Llombards could easily rival them. It is quiet and secluded with only a few ladders built into the rocks to take you into the water and lined with rustic fisherman huts which provided shelter back in the 1920s.
5) Cala Petita, Cala d'Or
In the 1930’s, an architect from Ibiza founded a colony for artists in Cala d'Or. He designed a number of low level white washed villas that followed the style of architecture in Ibiza, giving the previously small fishing village a unique and beautiful look. The colony has since been discovered by tourists but Cala Petita, the smaller of the collection of coved beaches, is still full of charm and history (and much less busy). Follow the smell of pine trees to the crystalline waters of blue and turquoise, framed by those beautiful Ibizan 30's style houses. Then take yourself down the stainless steel ladders for a swim.