I spent the last weekend in Mallorca. Yup. In January. At least there were not that many tourists! And I wasn’t there to bathe in the sun anyways, I was taking part into a Regional Selection Conference of European Youth Parliament España – EYPE. Don’t worry though, it wasn’t me under the pressure of getting selected: I was there as a chairperson of a committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and my delegates were the ones under observation. Even though it still meant long days and little sleep for me as well!
Now enough about that, I know your focus in here is on Mallorca. And I’m happy to tell you that this island is absolutely beautiful. Just stunning. Unfortunately I had no time to explore it further due to the actual work I went to do there, but even just after seeing Palma, I know I wanna go back. The city is a perfect combination of charming, archaic, timeworn buildings and more recently built ones, and they merge perfectly creating the most pleasant surroundings.
I was actually really happy to be there in January – even though I must say that Mallorcans are clearly not the ones to be trusted if you wanna come back to nice warm place in the evening – because of the lack of tourists. Mallorca is like the main tourist source, or at least one of them, to Germans and Brits and during the warmer months and holiday times, this place is packed. Just in 2014, there were over 23 million people passing through Palma de Mallorca airport. And trust me, this is definitely not the number one layover spot! My guess, at least 20 million were tourists, and that’s a lot for an island that has less than 900 000 inhabitants.
However, like I said before, it’s not hard for me to understand why all these people want to go to Mallorca. Flights were not overly expensive, and neither is accommodation nor food – as long as you stay away from the most obvious tourist spots, which is fairly easy if you’ve ever done any sort of backpacking.
Last weekend was definitely not one of the most relaxing ones, because I was honestly working, and I did get sick after it like I always do after a weekend of EYP, but it was soo worth it. Mallorca, I’ll be back! And definitely seeing the whole island then.
ps. There was a video made of the EYP session I was taking part in. Go check it out! (try opening on a computer if it doesn’t work on your phone)