Since Majorca’s so-called best beaches were not right in Palma, we decided to take my sister Rachie’s advice and hop aboard a sailboat for a day to take full advantage of the sun and sea. We journeyed to the other side of the island and boarded the Tudor Dawn, owned by two of the loveliest people we met on this trip. We sailed, swam and snorkeled to our hearts’ content. Awesome day.
Love a trip that involves packing our snorkeling gear.
Simon and Susie absolutely lived up to the nearly 200 5-star TripAdvisor reviews of Tudor Dawn. Such gracious hosts! We’d do this again in a heartbeat.
A few words on the public transport. As Americans we couldn’t rent a car in Spain (we’re not licensed to), which really bummed us out because not only did we want to explore more of Majorca outside of Palma, but we also knew that we wanted to do this day of sailing, which required us to get to the other side of the island. The public bus system turned out to the be the perfect solution. It’s safe, inexpensive and easy to use. Couple tips:
Google your route. Need to know which bus to take? Just use Google Maps to route it and hit the bus/tram icon to get directions using public transport. I found it to be the easiest way to find out how to get to your destination quickest. (Of course, do this when you still have wifi!)
Know the bus schedule. Pretty basic right? The buses don’t run THAT frequently, so checking out the schedule beforehand can save you from waiting around for too long. This is even more important for the way back to Palma, because you literally can be waiting for hours if you just randomly turn up to the stop.
Get to the station in plenty of time. Our hotel was a fifteen minute walk from the ‘Estacio Intermodal’, but we gave ourselves a good 45 minutes to get there, find the entrance and buy tickets. We walked right by the entrance to the station (which is underground) and walked around confused and a little panicked for a good 10 minutes, so here’s an image of what to look for to spare you the pain.
Be prepared to know which stop to get off. The ONE gripe we had with the bus system: They don’t announce the stops. This had us a little worried since we had no idea what Puerto Pollensa looked like, but we ensured that we got off at the right stop by doing two things. First, we knew the approximate time that we would arrive. Second, going back to my first tip – while we still had wifi in the hotel, we routed the journey using the public transport option for Google Maps on our phones. Even without wifi, the GPS on the phones should still work (we have iPhones) so you can follow along and know once you’ve reached your final destination.
For this particular trip to Puerto Pollensa, we departed Palma at 8:30 on the 340 bus. We passed the town of Pollensa and carried on to the port, where we got off at the stop named ‘Moll’ at 9:45. This gave us plenty of time to grab breakfast and a couple glasses of cava at a charming little cafe that overlooked the water before meeting Simon at 11. The spot that we met was literally just a stone’s throw from the bus stop and the cafe that we dined at, so everything was very close and convenient. The day couldn’t have worked out any better!