Into the Majorca Outdoors

Part of the reason I left the London sprawl to see the world includes getting into the outdoors. Majorca is just the place to explore an amazing variety of terrain—leisurely, or with a bit of adventure.

coastal cliffs (1280x572)

Around an Island

Majorca is not just about beaches and sun—although its a big plus! I was happily impressed with just how diverse this island’s geography was. Yes, relaxing on various beaches kept me busily relaxed for a bit. Those sandy beaches are often cut into by cliff-sides into the sea and rocky ridged landscapes—even caves— with an occasional patch of beach in between. Ready for some island outdoors, this coastline would be the perfect place to start. Equipped with GPS,  a mountain bike, dive mask and neoprene socks, I headed out for some coastal adventure.

Coasts of Adventure

Using EarthCache.org—a GPS-based outdoor activity/exploration organization—I found the locations of a coastal cave region in the east. I completely underestimated the distance, which took me all day on bike to a town called Port Cristo— ready for adventure the next day! Riding south I found several exciting spots to rock-climb, cliff-dive and even found some caves. The sport of “caveing”, exploring caves, can be a bit sketchy unless you are experienced. I’m not, so decided to find some experts. I found them in Mon d’ Aventura , a Majorca outdoor adventure company “dedicated to active, imaginative and adventurous people of all ages…” and would soon be joining them for a day of caveing!

Take the First Flight Out of London

Castillo Belver panoram Eager to finally leave London I booked the first flight I found. Of course, leaving London had to be done in style, so I splurged on business class with British Airways for around 550 GBP.  Admittedly I was more concerned with going to a destination with plenty of sun and sea, so taking off over the grey city and soaring away over blue waters, in a few hours I landed on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Majorca. I do remember reading an online article—The Top 10 Hotels in Majorca, Spain—and chose a hotel on good faith. The hotel I selected turned out to be amazing.

A Palace in Old Palma

The old quarter of Palma with its Gothic church spires and centuries old houses in a maze of tiny lanes bursts with Spanish culture. On one lane, near the huge Cathedral La Seu stood the Hotel Can Cera. Built in a 17th century city palace, my five-star boutique hotel, in Italian Renaissance style, had a fine restaurant, spa, Spanish balconies and an ornate patio courtyard. The antique, Majorcan style suite, roof terrace, and exquisite common rooms were hard to leave. Soon, I would see more of Majorca, but not right now. JQ