About Anna N
Lives in Soller, Spain
Since Jul 2011
I am a freelance journalist and author living in Mallorca.To date I have had seven books published, six of which are set in rural Mallorca. I have twice fact checked DK's Top Ten Guide to Mallorca and am a hotel critic for Telegraph.co.uk . I write a weekly column for The Majorca Daily Bulletin and travel features for different UK and US publications. Aside from that I love travelling around the globe and have undertaken some weird and wonderful scientific and charitable expeditions, the most bizarre of which was carrying a grand piano up a tributary of the Amazon to present to a remote Amerindian tribe. I like to blend in with the locals and prefer to eat what they eat and travel in the way they do. I've backpacked around Sri Lanka using the marvellous train system and enjoyed various roughing it trips around Eastern Europe. I run a marathon for charity in a different country each year.
There's nothing more romantic than a ride on Soller town's historic train. Think honey-hued quaint wooden carriages, spectacular views, and erratic lighting. Built in 1911, the sturdy veteran clanks along the 28km route from Palma to Soller, passing through deep, cool tunnels and over bridges, embracing verdant valleys, fields, and orchards bursting with fruit and flowers in the heart of the Tramuntana mountains.
Few walks can compare with a tranquil morning trek up the rocky, twisting path to the historic Alaro Castle – once a Moorish stronghold – which sits above the town of Alaro. The views from the top are breathtaking, and the best part is descending for lunch at the eccentric and rustic Es Verger restaurant.
This little half moon-shaped cove, tucked away down a steep and winding track, has become rather iconic over the years – not least because it was a favourite of Robert Graves, renowned Deia resident and prolific English author and poet. The lean strip of peaceful, pebbly beach is populated by laid-back locals and cognoscenti, who come to enjoy the crystal clear waters, heavenly views across the sea, and excellent diving off a nearby cliff. While perhaps not picture-postcard-perfect, it's still one of my favourite places to relax and soak up the sun and atmosphere.
Experience art and idyllic vistas In the beautiful mountain village of Deia with a visit to Belmond La Residencia. The sculpture garden, with contributions from a number of talented artists, is a must-see. From its beautiful grounds to its famed restaurants, this relaxed and historic gem sets a wonderful atmosphere.
For a completely memorable experience, soar over Majorca's azure waters and above the Tramuntana mountains in a helicopter. Enjoy an intimate picnic for two up in the hills, before whizzing back to base in time for sundown.
The Sunset Lounge of Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel has one of the most spectacular views, offering a near-360 degree panorama of the island and water. Perched high on a hilltop above the crescent-shaped port, the wide, shady terrace is an incredible place to watch the sun go down while sharing a cool cocktail with someone special.
This famed Baroque-style cocktail bar, situated in an elegant town house in Palma's historic quarter, is a mix of Gothic splendour, kitsch decor, and outrageous opulence. A spectacular entrance hall bursting with 18th century antique furniture, flower displays, portraits, and candelabras weeping wax, has you wondering if Miss Havisham from Great Expectations – or perhaps King Louis XV – will pop up at any moment. There are few candlelit hangouts for lovestruck couples that can rival this lavish local landmark.