M A L L O R C A
Hola de Mallorca!

Mallorca the largest of the Balearic islands and part of Spain is located in the Mediterranean. Rugged cliffs, caves, mountains, hidden bays and some of most pictureque views I have ever seen. Just a 2 hour flight from London, Norwegian Airlines offer some great off-season deals!

The weather in January made for some dramatic photography and probably some of my favourite shots I have ever taken.

Places of interest in the North of the island:

• 365 Calvari Steps – Pollença
• Pollença old town
• Puig De Maria & Monastery – 330m hike
• Cap De Formentor – Most northerly point of the island
• Alcudia 


L a g o s
So Portugal in January was ... calm, bright blue skies and warm temperatures, a great start to the new year! We visited Lagos one of my favourite towns – wandered round some shops, stopped for a bite to eat and then onto Ponta de Piedade.

As it was so warm I could wear a dress and feel the sun on my legs – always important to keep the vitamin levels up! Easy, metallic gold pumps that are essential for exploring and walking but with a hint of sparkle. And my hair in space buns, a really simple but effective hairstyle using a few hairbands and pins.

Enjoy my day capturing the heart of Lagos…
Dress:  Zara
Sneakers/Pumps:  Stradivarius
Sunglasses:  Ray Ban Clubmaster Classic
Backpack:   Tk Maxx
BOM DIA LISBOA!

Visting Lisbon from the Algarve could not be easier.   Train tickets are available online at CP and 3 hours later...you are in Portugal's hilly, historic, coastal capital.  For a European city, accommodation for Lisbon is great value for money.  We booked an apartment right in the heart of Bairro Alto, which was perfect for a short city break.

Down past Elevador da Bica, past Pink Street and along to the iconic square of Praça do Comércio, we caught the tram to Belém. A "must-do" when visiting, the tram is relaxing, offers great views and saves your legs!  Belém tower (Torre de Belém) a UNESCO World Heritage Site was somewhere I particularly wanted to visit, as I didn't get chance on my last trip.   Recommended by my friends, you have to visit Pastéis de Belém!!  Founded in 1837, they bake the traditional pastel de nata from a secret recipe.   I can tell you...they are amazing!!   Hot, with cinnamon, they taste like no other pastel de nata!!

Check out my next post... day 2 in Lisboa.
 
T-shirt:  H&M
Shorts:  Pull & Bear
Pumps:  Stradivarius
Bag:  Boutique shop, Portugal
Sunglasses:  Ray-Ban