This time around to Spain using a Train from Montpellier to Barcelona Sants to the BCN, and then fly to Mallorca. It was a great train ride. Making me wish, I hadn’t stayed at Montpellier, and could have split my time and stayed at Narbonne, and Perpignan. And of course between the three, I would now prefer to stay at L’Avignon, and if you have company then Nimes would also be great since it has much more rustic feeling, and much less urban. Being solo, L’Avigion it would be. However, this is all in hindsight, and my sights are not in the behind, so no regrets.
From a beach point of view, well the Spanish coast is the best.
Yes, I went off season near the end of May. The weather was very temperate and ever changing. From sunny warm to cloudy and rainy. I didn’t mind that. I kind of knew the water temperature was going to be cool, and it was cold. Almost, nobody was in the water except for one sunny warm day, with pretty much all the strong Germans in the water.
This time I rented a car. It was a VolksWagon (FolksVagon), and it was an automatic. Well, it was the European version of an automatic, and it was very funny ride. When I would come to a complete stop the engine would kind of shake as if to stop, however, it would just idle, and when I would move again, the engine would kind of shake and un-idle ready to go. A very fine looking new kind of a car, and I got curious looks from people.
The people of Spain especially Catalyuan and Mallorca have always been very friendly and easy going. When I say Mallorca I mean the Mallorcias or Spanish not the recent transplants from other European parts, although I didn’t mind them that much. Yes, I avoided the Playas de Mallorca because on my last visit I just got fed up of the European young adult tourists and teenagers just dumping bottles, and garbage onto the beach. They would make their efforts of going green look like going mutant green.
This time in Mallorca, I was staying at Cala D’or area. It has to my surprise also become a tourist oriented town. And for a few years I have been thinking to go to another island where UK, and Deutsch, and now Russian and Dutch tourists don’t over take the majority of the island and convert it to a big bar with awful food. The owners primarily cater and make food that tourists have no idea about. If you care to cook your own food then be wise and rent an apartment, it will serve you well.
I loved that I rented a car and went to places that I haven’t on the island, and also got to see the farm areas, and other eateries definitely more local than touristy driven. I visited the Botanicactus and pretty much spend about 4 hours here. Took me about an hour to get there, and I didn’t mind one bit getting lost. Getting lost was so much fun too, well I had GPS as well just in case. One other day, I visited the parc Modrago, and the awesome beach there (S’Amarador). I did notice quite a few bikers, in this entire part of Mallorca, so if you are a biker this entire area from Cala D’or to Modrago might be of interest to you. Yes, the scenery is amazing. The biking is not casual, it’s a mix of everything including hilly region. I did not visit the Coves Del Drach (Caverns), and forget the reason for not doing so.
All I can say to Espanya, y todos partes de Espanya (incluso Cataluyna) es Muchas Gracas de Nuevo.