We stayed in the Daina Hotel (right in the centre of the the town at the roundabout).
It is very easy to do trips from there. Below are the ones we did:
1. Bus to Alcudia old town where there was a market (Tuesday) which was really nice as the market is around the old town and spread out. We also walked along the old walls. We then got the next bus to Port of Alcudia (has a really nice beach) and had Paella and then got the bus back.
2. Visited Cala St Vicenc
This is so idealic and peaceful and we absolutely loved it…. it felt like the Caribbean (although we haven’t been there). We looked around, had lunch in a restaurant which served the nicest squid rings and then swam in the sea which was clear blue.
We actually visited here twice and the second day the water was rough and we couldn’t go in the sea…. Was very funny though as the tide appeared to come in even though it was the middle of the day.
3) Visited Inca Market (Thursday).
This was a bit of a disaster in all honesty. We got the bus quite easily and were surprised when the drop off wasn’t at the bus station. We just followed the crowds and went to the market (was too hard to find).
The market was ok but the one it Alcudia old town was better. Then when it came to go back we seen the bus station and had a look. Sure enough the time table for Peurto Pollensa was there (so we waited). Unfortunately we didn’t realise that we should have been where we were dropped off as the bus station wasn’t being used at present. There was no signs saying this in English!
We got a taxi back with another couple and maybe an organised excursion might have been better as you get to go to a retail outlet place at the same time.
4) Soller to Palma by train.
First choice don’t offer this excursion and although another company did we thought we would do it independently as it would have been 49 euros otherwise. With hindsight I would use the other company (will get to that in a bit).
We went by bus to from Puerto Pollensa to Soller (which goes over the windiest round and I certainly wouldn’t drive it)… it goes right through the mountains and past Lluc Monastery (I believe organised excursions stop here). Then when you get to Soller it wasn’t easy to find the square (but we did)….
It is gorgeous in Soller, the market was nice… they have the cable car (from San Francisco) going right through the square and lots of little shops. Afterwards we went to Palma by train which is a old fashioned wooden train that rattles as you go. Really enjoyable and brilliant views. We were planning on spending some time in Palma and getting a late bus but I wasn’t feeling 100% so we just got the bus back. (Otherwise would have had to get a taxi to the centre and back again).
5) Pollensa old town.
We did this on a cooler day as it wasn’t really sun bathing weather. We got the bus, had a look around and looked at the shops and the square before walking up the 365 steps to the church on the top. (The steps are really small steps and didn’t feel that it was 365). There was a great view from the top. We had lunch in a restaurant I would recommend called La Font Del Gall which was gorgeous… in fact so nice that we came back for a special meal on our last night!
6) Caves of Drach through No- Frills Excursions
I’d definitely recommend this company as we did this trip with them and the one below. First Choice don’t go to this cave but go to Caves of Hams. They said this is due to the fact that Drach doesn’t have handrails (but it does).
The caves are very busy, in fact it is hard to imagine how busy it would be… each hour (and we get there at 11am there must be 1000 people going through the caves. You don’t get the best view as you walk through because you are about 4 people wide… but they are spectacular. When you get to the centre there is a large underground caves. Everyone takes a seat (on benches) and watch 3 men in boats come out playing classical music which makes you see how amazing the sounds are in the cave. Only thing is, it is spoilt by how many people are crammed in there.
Other things we did on this tour was going to the Authentic Majorca pearls factory… (Majorca pearls are basically plastic… was surprised about that). We went and had lunch at Puertocristo before going to an spirit tester place where you test about 30 spirits… with the hope you buy some!!
7) Valdemossa & Olive Oil tasting through No- Frills Excursions
This was probs the best trip we did although I didn’t think much of the olive oil tasting (it was just an outlet where theres a shop (and they show you the machine that’s used to make the olives).
We had 3 hours in Valdemossa of which this company took us around for an hour and give us information about the history etc. We then went to see the monastery where Chopin stayed and read a lot about the history (and listened to someone play his music in a 20 min concert. We had lunch here too. On the journey we stopped so we could see different sites and actually drove through Soller again.
Boat trips – unfortunately (despite out best efforts) we didn’t get on a boat trip. Basically, we wanted to do the trip to Cala St Vicenc (which set sail at 10.30, they stopped there for 30 mins swimming time) and then went back to Formentor beach where you have free time and can get a later boat back. Due to bad weather on both days we attempted it we were unable to go. We were quite disappointed except we got the bus to Cala St Vicenc and the sea was so rough we understood the reasons why it was cancelled. However I thought it sounded great trip and you book it at the pier. First Choice said that they book them but you need to make your way to the trips. Not sure where they would have been but the Cala St Vicenc one looked great!