Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, July 25, 2008

Porto Colom

Majorca was fantastic.

I was in Porto Colom out on the east coast about 70Km from Palma, slightly less from the airport. Porto Colom is a town/resort built around a large natural harbour. Not quite as big as the Grand Harbour in Malta but still probably a couple of square miles. So nowhere is far from the sea.

If the harbour was a big U, I was at the bottom, near the town square. A cluster of restaurants of indifferent quality - the more expensive just more pretentious rather than actually serving better food. The exception was a rather decent Italian but mostly I preferred the Chinese as it was right in the square. Most evenings there would be a 'band' on. Essentially the sort of karaoke act you see on streets the world over - backing on tape and vocals sung live. Some were average; one was pretty decent. With frequent breaks they played from about 8pm through to midnight. As usual I was late shift when most of the tourists were back in their hotels so it was me and Spanish families. And I mean families. Even up to midnight there were lots of kids. Bouncy castle and trampolines for the little ones; dancing for the older ones, and food and drink for the adults. Why can't we do it like that?

Two days I dragged myself to Palma. That was a couple of hours each way on the public bus so the fact I went twice shows I liked the place. I'd say it's my favourite Mediterranean city so far. A staggeringly beautiful waterfront. Some nice squares and shops and a lovely buzz to the place. I'll be back. Now I've been to Majorca I can't understand the lure of the Canaries. There's history in the Balearics. The villages and towns have souls and hearts. Places to potter.

I did get some time to sunbathe. Mostly topless of course - don't want nasty white lines and I'm too lazy to keep moving straps around. I'm not a sun worshiper so I have colour rather than a deep tan. But that's just the way I like it.

The photos of Palma will go up on Flickr over the next few weeks but they need a bit of work (mostly cropping) first.


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