On our last full day in Mallorca, we decided to rent a car and see the rest of the island–at least, as much as we could before our rental needed to be back.
Dave had done extensive research and was keen to explore the north coast. I was excited to give my skin a break from the sun as I’d gotten a little too much on our bike ride the day before and was sporting a beautiful lobster-hue. So, after a delicious English breakfast we made our way into town, filled out some forms, and before we knew it we were in our little Fiat Panda and on our way.
We started off by heading north out of Magaluf towards Andratx. The first portion of the drive was all highways–not the most scenic, but I was loving it as I knew we would soon be driving through the mountains. Bring on the well-paved, four-lane road of safety!
Just as I was getting comfortable the road went from primary to secondary status, and four lanes to two. It was still paved and relatively flat, so my Scaredy Kate fear of heights wasn’t kicking in. And then we started to climb and the road began to twist and turn, carving its way along the mountainside. Andratx was quickly becoming a speck in the valley below us.
I can’t lie this definitely wasn’t the leisure afternoon drive I had in mind, but I just hoped that once we got to the other side it would be smooth, flat and close to sea-level driving.
We reached the summit, spied the Mediterranean on the other side and I caught a glimpse of the road ahead, still cutting its way along the mountainside.
“At least the road was still paved,” I thought to myself as I clung to the map and started to plan my escape.
Before I could formalise a plan, I was completely distracted by the views surrounding us, they were amazing. Driving through the hills with the Mediterranean on one side and the mountain on the other was spectacular. Although the road was full of other cars and cyclists (I was amazed how many cyclists made it up that hills!) we could have easily been alone in the middle of nowhere.
We wound our way along from Andratx through Estellencs and on to Valldemossa before calling it a day and heading back to Palma.
After spending the better part of the day in the quiet, tranquil hills, Palma, although small, felt almost overwhelming. We fought traffic and navigated our way back to the rental agency, and finished the day off with a cool beverage while reminiscing over the terrifying (for me) but beautiful drive.
While we weren’t able to see as much of the island as we’d hoped, what we did see was amazing! And, something we’d recommend to anyone visiting, fear of heights or not!
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