“I’ve visited Majorca about 15 times – the first time I was only two! It’s probably my favourite destination.
I go a lot now, largely because I know the island well and it’s an easy flight for my six-year-old son, Calev. He loves the beaches and often spends all day on them!
Last summer, we went to Alcudia, a large resort in the north. It has a fabulous 14km beach. We’ve been before but I like that – I don’t have to spend half the holiday working out where I am! We’ve also gotten to know the locals and have discovered some nice, traditional restaurants. Some are just a short walk from where we stay.
My grandparents used to have a villa in Alcudia in the Sixties. I often visited them when I was a child. The area was pretty much derelict then; it wasn’t built up at all. They used to go to a local bar where the owner spoke English. He helped them with all the legalities when they bought their villa, and ended up becoming a family friend.
I took Calev to his bar when we last visited. The owner gave him a lollipop and ice cream. His wife serves tapas which she makes early every morning. The locals come and order a few bites with coffee and brandy. You can have liver, squid, croquettes and mushrooms, all with fresh bread. Personally, I tend to have tapas with water. It’s too much to drink brandy at 10am!
There’s plenty to do in Majorca. Alcudia has a marina and Roman ruins and you can stroll along the beach in the evening. The town of Soller is also nice, on the other side of the island. There are honey-coloured trams, shops and cafes which serve ice cream sundaes in the square.
I find Majorca very family-friendly. Kids have a siesta in the afternoon then come out with you at night. Restaurants are usually full of children.
The weather is also fantastic. It’s lovely and warm which makes it easy for me with my asthma. I have no problems with my health whatsoever compared with when I’m in the UK, where I suffer quite a lot when it’s rainy and wet.
I used to run before I developed asthma (at 31) and now I’ve started again. In the UK I often end up wheezing, but in Majorca I run easily. I go out in the morning before it gets too hot, cut through the back streets of Alcudia then run along the beach.
I’m very reliant on drugs and have been seriously ill over the past few years, but running in Majorca really lifts my spirits. This year I’m training for the London marathon and will be running to raise money for the treatment of asthma.”
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