Are there any Spaniards on Mallorca?

Mallorca, often jokingly referred to as Germany’s 17th state, seems to have a lack of Spaniards nowadays. In Cap Ratjada, where we spent two days as tourists, we heard English spoken once, Spanish twice, and the rest was all in German.

Before the trip, I had joked about this with my Welsh travel companion. I hinted at the fact she might learn more German on Mallorca than in our expat bubble community around the Frankfurt area.

I was right. All communication was conducted in German. Even at the supermarket, when the cashier asked whether we needed a borsa, and she noticed our confused look, she continued with, “Brauchen Sie eine Tüte?”

I also like getting haircuts while traveling. So I ventured into a hairdresser’s and asked in very simple German for a hair cut. Well, she was from Germany and probably initially wondered about my limited language skills.

Fortunately, I spotted two Spaniards and took their photo as proof. Yes, we were on a Spanish island!

 

Flora on Mallorca

Walking around Cap Ratjada/Mallorca, I took photos of flora, unknown in our parts of central Europe.

palm tree with seeds

I am not sure whether these are berries or seeds. But they are very pretty, circled around the head of the stem, right under the palm tree leaves.

a kind of pomegranate

These looks like miniature pomegranates, I wonder what they are. Yes, I have tried to find them on the internet.

a cactus and tree in one…

This tree and cactus became entangled early on in life. The tree itself is at least 5 m in height and the cactus has grown with it to about 4 m in height.

tree with yellow bell blossoms

This tree with all these beautiful yellow bells I found located in the front of a hotel where we stopped to pick up more passengers heading for the airport.

I wonder what this one is called.

48 Hours on Mallorca

We only had exactly 48 hours to spend on Mallorca. We arrived at the hotel on Thursday at 11 a.m. and were picked up again by the hotel’s transfer bus on Saturday at 11 a.m.

I managed to take 145 photos, we walked much both days, and sampled some very fine Spanish cuisine and enjoyed the island’s beauty in sunshine.

the port in Cap Ratjada, Mallorca

There were very few tourists, the temps were in the low 20s, and we had plenty of time to explore the town and coast on foot.

coastal promenade

The water is so clean and so are the streets. The street sweepers were out and about as early as 8.30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

water around Cap Ratjada

Review for Hotel&Spa S’Entrador Playa in Cap Ratjada, Mallorca

Through the German tour operator Neckermann, we booked our short trip to Mallorca, which included round-trip airfare with Air Berlin, 2 overnights with half board, single room, and airport – hotel transfers.

We did not expect much as it was only euro 277,– per person, but we were in for a real nice surprise.

This little arrangement welcomed us to the room.

Breakfast and dinner were buffet style. The breakfast selection was even more impressive than dinner. Even in late November, we were able to have breakfast outside and chose to have dinner inside.

breakfast area

The rooms were small and ours faced the tennis court, but even though it had a balcony, we did not have plans to spend much time in the room. We only had 48 hours to amuse ourselves on Mallorca.

Single room at the S’Entrador Playa in Cap Ratjada

By the afternoon, we could see some pale Germans sunbathing around the pool in about 20°C weather.

S’Entrador Playa pool

The hotel service (reception desk, restaurant staff, cleaning personal, etc.) was superb. The last thing I remember, is the maid wishing me a Tschüs und gute Reise! when I passed her with my suitcase. Guess I had been accustomed to maids usually looking the other way when passing them.

The hotel caters to mostly German patrons, therefore most of the staff speak German.

For more photos and information (in German), visit Hotel&Spa S’Entrador Playa on holidaycheck.de

Food and Drink on Mallorca

Here is a short display of the food and drink we had in 48 hours on Mallorca. As we had booked half board at the hotel, our meals outside were lunch, snacks, and drinks only.

Spanish Platter

I have tasted Sangria for the first time in my life.

Sangria

And yes, we also had our share of tapas. Tapas in Cap Ratjada ranged from euro 1,30 to 2,50. The ones below were only euro 1,30 per serving.

tapas

A short stop at the supermarket where I withstood the temptation to buy any wine… until I got to the check-out counter, where the cashier offered a newspaper (promotion deal) for just euro 1,00 which came with a free bottle of wine and some bread spread. They had me then.

A wide selection of wine