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Travel Notes: Majorca

For our latest Style Guide, we ditched the East Coast cold for the sprawling vineyards, cobblestone streets and rocky views of the Spanish island of Majorca. Here’s a bit of what we saw—and drank, and ate—during our way-too-short Mediterranean escape.

“We chose Majorca for its romantic, old-European feel and dramatic landscapes. Not to mention it has some of the best hot chocolate in the world.”
Mark, art director

Majorca’s capital city, Palma, is famous for its historic architecture (think Renaissance cathedrals and "palacios" with secret courtyards) and winding cobblestone walkways.

Our model Inguna, and her son, Eden, 5, happen to live just a 30-minute plane ride away, and they popped over together for our shoot.

We stopped in the small mountain village of Valldemossa and made sure to pick up plenty of the locals’ snack of choice, "coca de patata" (a sugar-dusted potato bun). It’s especially good with a thick cup of cocoa.

The payoff for the steep and rocky descent to the small cove of Cala Deia? Perfectly clear water for swimming and snorkeling—and incredible light for sunbathing.

 We toured 400-year-old vineyards at the winery Bodegas Son Puig, a small family-owned estate that offers sweeping views of the mountains outside Palma—not to mention some of Majorca’s most delicious native varietals.

This idyllic island has been inspiring artists for centuries, including composer Frédéric Chopin, who had a Pleyel piano sent to the monastery where he was staying in 1838.

“I loved the combination of the intricate masonry walls with the olive trees and lush greenery… Pattern mixing at its very best!”
Gayle, head stylist
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