Following on from this post featuring our Easter holiday in Mallorca, I thought I’d share some of our favourite places on the island with you, including a few lesser known hidden gems.

Mallorca really is a wonderful island, we come here a lot and absolutely love it. We have a place in South West Mallorca, near Camp de Mar where we spend a lot of our time, but we love venturing out and about, exploring the rest of the island too. So without further ado, here are some of our favourite haunts.

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Cap Falco //

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Situated on the southwest coast, about 6-7 kilometres south of Magaluf, Cap Falco is a hidden gem. Surrounded by a pine forest, Cap Falco offers everything you need for a fun day out in the sun; a gorgeous sandy beach, clear, shallow water, and an amazing beach hut/restaurant that serves up the most delicious fresh food.

Cala Mondrago //

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This stunning sandy double bay is located in the protected area of Mondragó and is one of the most beautiful spots on the East coast. Ideal for families with small children, the form of the bay gives it natural shelter and it really is gorgeous with its pine wood backdrop, turquoise coloured sea and fine, white sand. There is also a beach bar offering snacks and refreshments and a big public car park.

Illetas Beach //

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This small sheltered beach has crystal clear water and soft golden sand, and is one of the more attractive beaches on the coastline to the southwest of Palma. It’s not very big, so I’d recommend arriving early to claim your patch of sand/grab a sunbed or you can head to one of the two good beach clubs (Virtual Club and Las Terrazas) instead.

Es Trenc //

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Often referred to as Mallorca’s answer to the Caribbean, Es Trenc is stunning. With 2km of white sand and crystal clear waters, Es Trenc isn’t attached to a resort, and is backed by the peaceful Es Salobrar de Campos nature reserve. There are sunbeds and parasols for hire and numerous beach bars and restaurants too.

Cala Formentor //

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At the other end of the island to us, but definitely worth a road trip, Cala Formentor is one of Mallorca’s best loved beaches. Situated in the Bay of Pollensa, Cala Formentor has it all; a stunning backdrop of pine forest, views to the mountains, turquoise blue seas and a white sand beach.

Camp de Mar //

Our local beach, Camp de Mar is brilliant for families and is a huge hit with our Boden-clad clan as you can see below. The sea is crystal clear, calm and shallow and there are little rocky coves that the kids love to explore. At the back of the beach there’s a playground and numerous restaurants, but the most eye-catching restaurant (and our favourite) is Illeta, which is on an island in the sea that can be accessed by a wooden bridge from the beach.

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Swimming outfits c/o Boden – you can find their individual outfits here – Phoebe / Jack / Bea / Teddy

Cala Portals Vells //

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Portals Vells is well off the beaten track but it’s a gorgeous beach that is perfect for families. Located down an unmarked road from Magaluf which leads through pine woods,  this beautiful cove is well worth a visit. There is a gentle incline to the shallow, clear water making it ideal for little ones and there is a brilliant restaurant to boot. Just make sure you call ahead to reserve you sunbeds, parasols and a table for lunch as it does get busy.

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Ca’n Eduardo, Palma //

If you love seafood, Ca’n Eduardo has the perfect location right above the fish market. Open from lunchtime until late, the seafood is unsurprisingly delicious and you can gaze out at the cathedral and harbour views as you enjoy your dinner.

La Boveda, Palma //

A favourite with locals and visitors, La Boveda combines a busy tapas bar at the front of the restaurant with a slightly more formal dining area behind and serves the most amazing tapas in Palma.

Ca’s Patro March, Deia //

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Made infamous by ‘The Night Manager’, Ca’s Patro March is located in an idyllic spot, perched at the side of the rocky Cala Deia in the Tramuntana mountains. The furnishings are simple and rustic, but the seafood and location are hard to beat. Just make sure you book well ahead and check the weather forecast for the day you visit as the ‘roof’ over your head wouldn’t fair well in a sudden downpour!

Sa Roqueta, Portixol //

Sa Roqueta doesn’t look much, but the seafood is amazing, especially the lobster, and Portixol is really lovely for a wander.

Sumailla, Port d’Andratx //

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With its stunning waterfront location, Sumailla is one of my favourite restaurants in Mallorca. Situated in Port d’Andratx, Sumailla offers the most delicious Japanese food and I’m currently daydreaming about their soft shell crab rolls and black cod!

Marc Fosh, Palma //

Located in the old town of Palma, Marc Fosh is a superb michelin-starred number. It’s not cheap by any means, but ideal if you want a perfect meal with top notch service.

Diablitos, Puerto Portals //

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Offering pizzas & tex-mex to salads & pastas, Diablitos has a great atmosphere with a DJ on the terrace. The only downside is that you can’t book so expect a lengthy wait in peak season.

Flanigan, Puerto Portals //

Specialising in fish and tapas, (they also do a mean Paella), Flanigan is one of our favourite restaurants in Portals.

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Roxy’s Beach Bar, Puerto Portals //

Roxy’s is a super cool beach bar located on the water’s edge. It’s the perfect place for post-sunbathing cocktails and sangria.

Abaco, Palma //

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Located in a 16th century converted palace in La Lonja, Abaco is a bar like no other! Filled to the brim with mountains of fruit and flowers, Abaco serves delicious cocktails in fabulous surroundings.

Tim’s Bar, Port d’Andratx //

A popular spot for sundowners and open until late, we love Tim’s Bar with its fab music (often live) and great atmosphere.

My ‘Guide to Mallorca // Part Two’ will be posted next week and will feature places to stay and things to see and do on the Island.

A huge thanks to Boden for sending us all some lovely threads to wear on our jollies!

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M&S Spent It Well (10)How often do you keep things in your wardrobe ‘for best’? I know I certainly do. I have numerous dresses that have been purchased with certain special occasions in mind, that are yet to see the light of day, and that’s why Marks & Spencer recently launched their new ‘Spend It Well’ campaign.

More than just a tagline, M&S are on a mission to make every day special. It’s a call to action encouraging all of us to seize the moment and make every moment special by focusing on the quality experiences, people and things that really matter.

‘Spend It Well’ is about grabbing life with both hands, burning the luxury candles, wearing your best coat, breaking out the best biscuits, saying no to food that doesn’t take you to extraordinary places and never settling for uncomfortable knickers – life is too short, after all!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, I’m sure you’ll have seen the ad by now that is backing the campaign, but if not here it is in all it’s glory…

So what have we got to lose by jumping on board? I think it’s a brilliant campaign and has really made me think about what I purchase and why.

With Summer just around the corner, I’ve already been stalking the M&S website (there are soooooo many pretty threads!) and all of the following are on my hit list to buy and wear, not lurk at the back of my wardrobe gathering dust for a special occasion!

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1 // Striped Tie Waist A-Line Midi Skirt, £29.50

2 // Embroidered Sleeve Striped Bardot Top, £25

3 // Pure Cotton Embroidered Smock Swing Dress, £45

4 // Tie Back Flared Sleeve Tunic Dress, £45

What do you think of the ‘Spend it Well’ campaign? Will you be taking heed? Let me know below…

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  • Claire at Tin Box TravellerMay 19, 2017 - 11:36 pm

    ‘Yes’ to banishing uncomfortable knickers! Age has really taught me that life is too short for putting up with second best. It’s definitely time to grasp every moment and make the most of what you can affordReplyCancel

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    I totally subscribe to this philosophy, I would much rather love the things I wear everyday rather than have special things I never wear.ReplyCancel

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    I love this campaign and completely agree – life is too short to be dealing with the little things that we don’t actually want to. Love your picks of clothes too – that pink dress is amazing!ReplyCancel

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Known for its golden sandy beaches and clear blue seas, the Algarve is a popular haunt for those seeking a relaxing beach holiday. We’ve been on holiday to Portugal a few times over the years and had a ball over there, so I thought I’d pull together my top 5 beaches in the Algarve including the best places to sunbathe and the most idyllic beaches.

1 // Praia da Marinha, Lagoa

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With its golden sand, clear water and stunning caves, Praia da Marinha is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve. Thanks to its remote location (you can only access it via steep steps that go down the cliffside), crowds are kept at bay, ensuring you can enjoy the beauty away from the masses! It’s a popular destination for snorkelling and if you want to get a closer look at the next-door caves, you can book a boat trip to take you over there which is highly recommended. There’s also a small beach hut serving snacks, but it’s worth taking your own food and water if you’re going to spend all day there.

2 // Praia do Ancão, Almancil

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Praia do Ancão is the place where the locals go to enjoy their time on the beach. Popular with families, this endless, golden, blue-flag stretch of sand has calm seas and most importantly a lifeguard for peace of mind if you’re holidaying with little ones. There are sunbeds, umbrellas and watersports galore, and plenty of choice for snacks and beach bars.

3 // Praia de Vale Figueira, Aljezur

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One of the more remote west coast beaches, Praia de Vale Figueira is a long, wide and breathtaking stretch of whitish sand backed by picture-postcard cliffs. With nothing more than a rough, unpaved road leading towards it, it’s advisable to take your own food and water.

4 // Praia de Odeceixe, Odeceixe

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In the north of the region, this unique beach is definitely worth the drive. It’s located at the mouth of the Seixe river, offering something for everyone; shallow calm waters on one side ideal for families, and boisterous waves on the other. At low tide, the large sandy surface is also dotted with lagoons, which are ideal for children to play and swim in.

5 // Praia da Dona Ana, Lagos

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Praia da Dona Ana is regarded as one of the most picturesque beaches of the Algarve region. The small beach is surrounded by steep, colourful cliffs and the golden sands are lapped by crystal clear waters – in a nutshell, it’s stunning! Situated within walking distance of central Lagos, Praia da Dona Ana makes for an ideal location for a day on the beach.

Do you have a favourite beach in the Algarve? If so, please comment and let me know below.

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  • Michelle Twin MumMay 14, 2017 - 6:22 pm

    Oh my word, that 4th beach is amazing, I’d love the calm tranquil side. Mich xReplyCancel

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    Gorgeous. I really must visit one day!ReplyCancel

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    Oh my, these beaches are stunning. I’ve never been to Portugal but it’s somewhere I’m desperate to go to see the cities and the coast.ReplyCancel

  • Halina Vie ChoufleurMay 17, 2017 - 10:52 am

    These all look stunning! I’ve been to the Lagos beach, years ago, and it was definitely great. I’d love to go back to the Algarve soon.ReplyCancel

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    Algarve beaches always look so beautiful. I’d love to take the children there one day xReplyCancel

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    Wow those beaches look amazing! I have never been to Portugal, it’s very much on the list! xReplyCancel

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    Well I am pretty desperate for a beach holiday right now. These look idyllic!ReplyCancel

Lamaze was my go-to toy brand when the children were babies, so I’m over the moon to be collaborating with them on a brilliant new competition.

Lamaze is the top trusted brand for infant toys and their toys inspire daily discoveries that encourage baby to grow and develop in two ways – through independent and shared play. Each toy comes with a unique feature that can be activated by parents to create delightful surprises and bonding moments with baby, while the multiple colours, textures and sounds allow baby to explore and learn on their own.

I’ve teamed up with Lamaze to offer five lucky winners, three items from its Clip n Go range, perfect for on the go fun. The prize includes: My Friend Emily, Pupsqueak and the Tug and Play Knot.

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Emily can’t wait to meet your little one and be a first best friend. From her crinkly hat down to her soft velvet feet, Emily has so many wonderful patterns and textures to encourage touch.

Baby’s first pet friend, Lamaze’s Pupsqueak, is multi-sensory fun to explore. Soft to touch and cuddly, with lovely bright colours, baby will love to look at all of the contrasting patterns on his paws and ears, perfect for encouraging eye development and tracking.

Designed with development in mind, the Lamaze Tug and Play Knot is perfect for little hands to grab, hold, pull and tug to build coordination and strength. Baby can explore lots of bright colours, fun sounds and different textures to stimulate all the senses. The vibrant knot includes a baby-safe mirror that helps teach self recognition and offers fun peek-a-boo play. Discover surprise crinkles, jingle sounds, and a squeaker to help stimulate baby’s auditory development.

For your chance to win, comment on this blog post answering the following question AND fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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  1. Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding anyone professionally associated with Hello Baby Blog, Lamaze or Tomy.
  2. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  3. The prize draw starts at 12am on 9th May 2017 and closes at 12am on 31st May 2017.
  4. Entry is free and must be made by commenting on this blog post and filling in the Rafflecopter widget. Entrants can gain bonus entries by visiting Hello Baby on facebook, following @hellobabyblog on Twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, following Hello Baby on instagram, following Hello Baby Blog on pinterest, following @lamazetoys on Twitter, visiting LamazeUK on Facebook and then completing the Rafflecopter widget featured in this post.
  5. The names of the winners will be published on this website within 14 days of the competition closing.
  6. Hello Baby Blog’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  7. By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions.
  8. Hello Baby Blog reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and / or winner in its discretion and without any notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  9. Once the five winners have been selected at random using Rafflecopter, I will inform Lamaze of the winners’ names and addresses and they will then send on the prizes. I’m sure this won’t happen but I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post or arriving late.
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A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to leave the rather predictably chilly bank holiday behind over Easter and spend a week in Mallorca’s wonderful South-West corner with my sister and her family.

Easter Sunday couldn’t come soon enough as far as the children were concerned as they had spotted the chocolate stash very early on, and were keen for their detective skills to be put to the test so that they could gorge themselves silly.

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Boden were kind enough to sponsor our Easter wardrobe, so not to boast, but it was a lovely warm morning and dressed in their Boden towelling throw-ons (good job they wash well..) the children had the perfect excuse to eat all of their treasures before they melted.  Do they ever get too old to be thrilled by the chocolate chase? I hope not, it’s incredibly sweet to see them working as a team to find all of the eggs and share them out equally. (I’m pretty sure I scoffed everything I laid my eyes on before my sister could get her sticky hands on them when I was younger?!)

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Towelling throw-ons c/o Boden

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Easter is always a bit unpredictable in Mallorca, but we were very lucky with the weather and spent our days by the pool and the sea (both FREEZING!), while the cousins played happily, oblivious to the icebergs in the water.

Easter in Mallorca

Swimming outfits c/o Boden – you can find their individual outfits here – Phoebe / Jack / Bea / Teddy

Mallorca really is a wonderful island, we come here a lot and absolutely love it.  The sun shines, there are beautiful beaches and mountains and the food is delicious.  I’ll be putting up a Part 2 to this post over the next few weeks, sharing some of our favourite places on the island, including a few lesser known hidden gems, and also detailing a few fun things to keep you occupied when you’re not sunbathing such as the brilliant bike route in Palma complete with fun playgrounds en-route.

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Playsuit and statement sweatshirt c/o Boden

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Flowery dress c/o Boden

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Matching playsuitscardigans and pretty shoes (Bea / Phoebe) c/o Boden. 

A huge thanks to Boden for sending us all some lovely threads to wear on our jollies!
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  • Ah their swimming outfits are just the cutest! You can’t beat Boden for holiday clothes xReplyCancel

  • MariaMay 4, 2017 - 12:47 pm

    They look very cute in their Boden towels!ReplyCancel

  • KerryMay 4, 2017 - 1:12 pm

    Love your children’s outfits! I used to live in mallorca when I was little and I remember the sea was pretty much always freezing cold! xxReplyCancel

  • DonnaMay 4, 2017 - 4:17 pm

    Those throw ons are the cutest – I’ve been looking for something just like that for our summer holiday in August – off to their site to check them out. Love the stars! xReplyCancel

  • StevieMay 4, 2017 - 8:15 pm

    What gorgeous clothes and I am so jealous I LOVE Mallorca! Glad you had such a lovely time.

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  • SarahMay 5, 2017 - 7:37 am

    I went to Mallorca a few years ago and it was lovely. Looks like you had a great time – and some fab clothes to wear while you were there too :)ReplyCancel

  • Claire at Tin Box TravellerMay 6, 2017 - 10:49 pm

    What wonderful weather for Easter. It looks like you had a lovely time and those outfits are adorable!ReplyCancel

  • […] on from this post featuring our Easter holiday in Mallorca, I thought I’d share some of our favourite places on the island with you, including a few […]ReplyCancel

  • MariaJune 3, 2017 - 9:06 pm

    What a lovely location for an Easter Egg hunt! It looks like you had a great time.ReplyCancel