There are not many things better in life as a single parent than spending a week with your teenage daughter in the sunshine, I actually can't think of anything better actually, I mean I could have taken them both along but this doesn't work because Looby likes pool, Abigail likes exploring and never the twain shall meet!
I was lucky that I got an absolute bargain with lastminute.com and we payed less than £340 for our hotel, the lovely Isla Del Sol apartments which are quiet, beautiful and set in a residential area, with Can Pastilla being only a couple of miles away from the airport it's a short transfer time, something I was pretty grateful for after travelling as it always makes me tired!
I had been to Mallorca previously but only for 5 hours, that might sound slightly odd but it wasn't an OAP bus trip, it was just the final day of a cruise so I saw a tiny bit of Palma de Mallorca and instantly fell in love, the city of Palma itself actually reminds me of Barcelona in many ways, maybe a touch less busy but still a big bustling and beautiful city, when you get away from the city though, there are miles and miles of beaches, you can walk 15k along gorgeous coastland paths and around small bays of sleepy villages with azure blue clear water from the Mediterranean Sea.
I'd always thought of Mallorca as a beach resort kind of a place but it is so full of cyclists and walkers, particularly at this time of year and there's plenty of things to do, places to see, you can quite happily spend a week there.
It's true we packed a lot in, the little train to Soller, Palma Aquarium, Palma Cathedral, the caves of Drach, a 12.5-mile walk from Can Pastilla to Palma and back, it really was the most glorious adventure, even on the day when it rained and was so cold I had to wear a jumper, cardigan and an emergency hoodie which cost more euros than I care to admit but I was very much a sitting target and in need, the shop in Soller I noted was doing a roaring trade in umbrellas, ours lasted approximately an hour before being so broken we had to throw it away!! Mallorca only gets 65 days of rain a year, if you're going soon, don't worry, there are only 64 to go and yes, you're welcome!!
We never really had what you would call a hot day, there was always a pesky breeze although we didn't mind too much and I did come home a much healthier colour than I was a few weeks ago and yes, I used my P20 every day, I am good at sun protection, I wore factor 20 and Abigail wore factor 30, all day every day!
I'd love to go back to Mallorca again, mostly to go to Soller in the sunshine, it was the most beautiful place with an awe-inspiring train and tram journey and I can only imagine what it looks on a glorious sunny day. I think though with all of the walking we did we definitely went at the right time of year, I can't imagine doing a 12-mile walk in 30-degree heat!