Not surprisingly, it's all a bit depressing. Unless you have something booked on the horizon, then you just have a lot of winter looming ahead. One way to effectively avoid the winter blues is to have a holiday booked. I know this works because I do it myself. Come September I just have to get a flight somewhere. It doesn't matter much when, but it shines bright on the horizon, giving me something to look forward to.
But that's not the only reason I like to book my holidays early!
Booking in advance makes financial sense too. Holiday villas don't necessarily get let at lower prices if you reserve early, but you do get to choose from the whole selection of townhouses, country homes and fabulous villas and book the best possible deal. Leaving your holiday booking to later on in the year just means you will have to choose from whats left.
And other services; rental cars, airport shuttles, bikes, tours, classes etc,. are often cheaper if booked early.
The island is just perfect for holidays, summer holidays particularly, but really, it's great at any time of year, depending what you're after.
The summer is seiously hot. This year we had a full on heatwave, but most years temperatures reach up into the late 30s mark and stay high right until the beginning of September.
Autumn is wonderful in Mallorca. Quiet, still hot in the day but cooler now in the evenings and at night. Less crowded on the beaches and popular with cyclists.
Winter is a surprise. Not exactly what you would expect from a Mediterranean holiday island. It's damp and cold, sometimes there is snow on the mountains and when it rains it downpours, but the days are mostly clear with blue skies. This is a great time to visit the island for trekking.
Spring in Mallorca is a delight. Not as hot as you may want, but ideal for toddlers, young children and the elderly as well as the very fair skinned, spring is when the island wakes up after its winter lethargy, restaurants and cafes open again and the beaches are cleaned and made ready fo rthe summer holidays. It is also favoured by cyclists who enjoy the empty roads and mountain routes before the temperatures rise too high.
Summer is of course the time of year most people prefer to go on holiday, and Mallorca offers a huge choice in accommodation, services, activities, cuisine, culture and nightlife, relaxed and tranquil in some areas, bustling in others. The weather and beaches are a fabulous tandem, and this is best enjoyed on the extraordinary northern coast of the island.
Pollensa is a small town, with a medieval town centre, roman bridge and calvary steps, surrounded by hills and countryside, 6 km from the sea, in the north of the island. Renting a villa with a pool, or a townhouse in Pollensa is a great way to enjoy a break on the island. The village is laid back and full of eateries, shops and cafes and life revolves around a large central plaza. A short drive away you can access the area's two coasts; the northern side has the 4 small aquamarine coves of the tiny resort of Cala Sant Vicenç and to the east we have the Port of Pollensa, with its Pine walk, shallow beaches and bustling waterfront.
This is a traditional stone house set on the outskirts of Pollensa, up on the Puig de Maria hill, which presides over the town. One of the best locations if you want to be near the village and private at the same time. There is a main road between the hill and town centre but it is easily within walking distance and the house enjoys stunning mountain views.
The house is all on one level which is great for young children and people with mobility problems and can accommodate up to five people comfortably in 3 bedrooms.
The outside area, which is where you will probably be spending most of your time, has a barbecue next to the private swimming pool and a comfortable dining area with tables and chairs for meals outdoors. Plus a shower room and toilet.
The interior of the house is decorated with white walls, beamed ceilings, tiled floors and traditional furniture. The house has a warm, artistic feel to it. Lounge and dining room with TV, DVD, stereo and fireplace for the cooler months. The kitchen also has a dining table and chairs and is fully equipped with a dishwasher and a fridge-freezer. There are three bedrooms, 1 double, 1 twin and 1 single. The double and twin have air-conditioning and the single has fan cooling. There is a bathroom inside the house with a bath and shower.
There is an additional covered dining terrace overlooking the pool and an outside utility room with washing machine at the bottom of the garden.
To get to the beaches of Port de Pollensa and Cala San Vicente you will probably need to rent a car. Local buses do run regularly but are limited to these two areas and Palma. For Alcudia you would have to take two for example.
Tourist License Number: 0134
Pretty villa with pool set in breathtaking countryside only 500 metres from the golf course in Pollensa.
Set on two levels, the ground floor has a large living / dining area with comfortable sofas, wood burning stove, TV and DVD player. The spacious kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffee machine, oven, hob and fridge freezer. On this floor there is also a twin bedroom (bed size 0,90 x 1,90) and a shower room.
On the first floor there are a further three bedrooms, two double bedrooms (bed size 1,60 x 2,00) and a twin bedroom (bed size 0,90 x 1,90). The bedrooms are roomy and have air conditioning units and central heating.
Outside there is a spacious furnished covered barbecue area with dining table and chairs, large brick built barbecue and a shower room. The gardens are very well maintained and offer shady spots from the heat of the sun. A ping pong table is also provided for your entertainment. The pool is surrounded by sun beds in the grassed areas and there is also a shower to the side of the pool. Pool Size: 9,5 x 5,50 Depth: 2,20 x 1,10.
Tourist License Number: ET/1691