Mallorca is well known as a tourist hotspot in the Mediterranean. But coming to the island in the middle of April right before the tourist season it turns out to be a surprisingly calm place with a lot to discover and to see at fairly nice temperatures. Some impressions from 2019.
The town of Sóller is situated on the Spanish island of Mallorca. It is just a trip with the heritage train away from the main town of the island called Palma. Sunny Sóller is known for rich plantations of oranges and lemons. The trees and fruits can be seen from everywhere. It is also a nice place to relax and look around. The port area is especially nice and peaceful. There is also some interesting art nouveau architecture (modernismo in Spanish) to be found, a prime example being the front facade of the cathedral (picture 4). All in all a pleasant place to spend a few hours in.
Fuerteventura and the other islands of the Canaries are also called sometimes “Islands of the Eternal Spring” because the temperature around here stays constantly around 19 to 24 degrees. That’s precisely the reason why many Europeans like come here, especially in wintertime because the weather tends to stay pretty nice and enjoyable. Rain is very seldom and you can still go for a swim in November. Also the nature is just stunning.
The following pictures were shot on location in fall 2018.
There is more to the nature of Fuerteventura than you would think in the beginning. The land may be mostly dry and barren but some birds enjoy the fresh breeze on the island and certain type of plants like cacti dig the lack of rain.
El Cotillo is a pretty quiet town on the northwestern coast of Fuerteventura. The west coast in particular has the reputation of being very windy so the town is very popular with surfers, who take advantage of the high waves at the coast. In general the area is less touristy than other parts of the Canaries but nonetheless offers all amenities of modern tourism with great restaurants and nice little and more modern hotels. Also the town itself is just charming.
Travelling Fuerteventura you discover a mostly barren and dry land, but still there is a lot going on. The goats for example, roaming many parts of the island and providing milk for one of the culinary specialities here, goat cheese. Also there are beautiful old windmills to find and if you dig deeper the nature become more and more diverse with sandy beaches and more mountainous regions. It’s worth it to travel to the inner part of Fuerteventura as well, as enchanting as the coast often is.