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J&S in Mallorca

We spent 5 days exploring the beautiful and diverse island of Mallorca. I'm not sure why we had never though of visiting Mallorca before, but I am so glad we did. We stayed with my family at the dreamy Finca Can Grenat, and hired a car with Hiper Rent a Car.

Finca Can Grenat Mallorca Rental Car Mallorca Selva Mallorca at Night

Here are my highlights of our trip (besides relaxing by the pool and barbecues at the villa) in chronological order, with a bunch of photos too:

Port de Pollença - A lovely drive along the coast from Alcudia beach alongside cyclists, windsurfers and kitesurfers.

Port de Pollença Port de Pollença Cyclist

Mirador Es Colomer - Spectacular views of the coast and the Tramuntana mountains, with dramatic cliffs and the ocean that stretches out as far as the eye can see. There is a car park which can get very busy but quick turnaround of cars means you shouldn't need to wait long for a space. There is a small cafe too.

Mirador Es Colomer Mirador Es Colomer Mirador Es Colomer

Playa de Formentor - A gorgeous narrow beach with mountain views and a backdrop of pine trees. Clear waters and a great spot for a dip in the sea to break up the drive on the way to Cap Formentor. We visited in the evening and it was pretty quiet. There are sun loungers you can hire or free gaps to set yourself up on the beach.

Playa de Formentor Playa de Formentor

Cap Formentor - Watching the sunset here at the northernmost tip of Mallorca is incredible. There is parking at the lighthouse but people ended up just parking in the road as it filled up. The drive is quite thrilling too and part of the experience - watch out for goats!

Cap Formentor Tunnel Cap Formentor Lighthouse Cap Formentor Cap Formentor Sunset

Cuevas del Drach - There are lots of caves in Mallorca and we visited the well known "Dragon Caves" on the East of the island. The caves are extensive and the walk ends at a large underground lake with a small classical concert. Just be sure to hold back when entering to avoid the crowds (it gets super busy).

Cuevas del Drach

S'Amarador - This gorgeous unspoilt white sand beach is tucked away in the wild Mondrago Natural Park. There are lots of walks you can take from here and there is a beach shack selling food and amazing fresh cocktails (the mojito was excellent). There is paid parking and you should avoid using google maps to get here (you reach a road sign that says 'GPS IS WRONG' and need to turn back) - instead follow the clear brown signs for S'Amarador.

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Cala d'Or - This resort is near to Mondrago park and we stopped at the marina here for dinner. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to chose from, and a nice place to wander around the big yachts. We ate at Aquarius looking out on to the marina. The food was good and prices decent, but the service wasn't the best.

Cala d'Or Cala d'Or

Valldemossa - A wonderfully picturesque village in the mountains. We wandered amongst the cobbled streets filled with plants and bunting, taking lots of photographs as every street was so photo-worthy. This was a definite highlight of the trip for me. Lots of great places for lunch and ice-cream here too.

Valldemossa Valldemossa Valldemossa Valldemossa

Deià - This village is just a 10 minute drive away from Valldemossa. There are fantastic mountain backdrops as you look across to the village, with more cobbled streets and pretty bunting in the centre.

Deià Deià Deià

Palma - Our last stop visit was in to the capital city. We didn't spend long here but had a nice wander around the impressive cathedral and ended the day with delicious ice-creams.

Palma Cathedral

S. xo

Coffee & Walnut Cupcakes

Coffee Walnut Cupcakes

I'm not a huge fan of drinking coffee. I'll drink it occasionally if we have some made up or if we're in a coffee shop, but generally I'd make a green tea if I'm having a hot drink. To be honest it's probably because of my laziness as I find green tea the easiest and quickest to make. But I do love a good coffee cake, especially the coffee flavoured buttercream icing.

I had a craving for that coffee icing and so after I rummaged through the cupboards I decided to get baking. A quick google search landed me with Nigella's Coffee and Walnut Layer Cake recipe that I used as a base. I made some amendments to Nigella's recipe based on the ingredients I had (eg replaced butter with coconut oil) and also chose to make cupcakes, simply because I find them easier to make and to eat (plus they are faster to bake ;)).

Coffee Walnut Cupcakes

The sponge was delicious and the icing was just what I was looking for - great flavours with a good amount of coffee. I froze half of them and took some out of the freezer to defrost a few weeks later and they were just as good, the nuts still crunchy and the sponge still moist.

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Coffee and Walnut Cupcakes (makes 18):


  • 50g walnut pieces
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g coconut oil
  • 200g plain flour
  • 4tsp instant espresso powder (I used Illy Classic Roast Ground Coffee)
  • 2.5tsp baking powder
  • 0.5tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-2tbsp milk

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 230g icing sugar
  • 115g soft unsalted butter
  • 1.5tsp instant espresso powder (dissolved in 2/3tbsp boiling water)
  • walnut pieces to decorate


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C and line a cupcake tray with 18 cupcake cases. I had to bake these in two batches as I only have one tray.
  2. In a food processor blitz together the walnut pieces and sugar to a powder.
  3. Add the butter, flour, espresso powder, baking powder, bicarb and eggs and process to a smooth batter.
  4. Add the milk and combine to loosen the cake mixture. It should be a soft dropping consistency, so add more milk if needed. (If you are making this by hand, bash the nuts to a powder with a rolling pin and mix with the dry ingredients; then cream the butter and sugar together, and beat in some dry ingredients and eggs alternately and, finally, the milk.)
  5. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for around 18 minutes, or until the sponge has risen and feels springy.
  6. Cool the cupcakes on a wire rack, and once cool you can make the buttercream.
  7. In a food processor (or by hand using a wooden spoon), mix the icing sugar with the butter to make a smooth icing.
  8. Dissolve the instant expresso powder in the boiling water and add it to the processor and blend.
  9. Spread the icing on top of the cupcakes and top with the walnut pieces.

Coffee Walnut Cupcakes

Hope you're having a great weekend!

S. xo

72 hours in Copenhagen: Day 3

Monday // Day 3

Our final day in Copenhagen began with more Danish pastries. We walked round the corner from our AirBnB and down a small alley to a Laura's Bakery - yum! We sat outside enjoying our last Danish breakfast, chatting about what we could do today (our feet were still tired from yesterday so we didn't want too much walking).

We decided on a visit to Nørrebro since we were recommended it as a different atmosphere to where we were staying, particularly Ravensborggade compared to Værnedamsvej. We hopped on a bus there (saving our feet). We wandered around the area - it has a more multi-cultural feel compared to Vesterbro, with a variety of shops. I think the area is also known for its nightlife.

Norrebro Norrebro

We walked along Ravensborggade which was filled with antique shops with shopkeepers sitting out in the street in the sun. It was around midday and as we passed some nice cafes I thought we could get away with an early lunch. We ate Smørrebrød (open sandwiches) outside at Cafe Gavlen. Very tasty and filling.


Back on a bus to our AirBnB we packed up our stuff and dropped our bags into a locker in Copenhagen central station. With no plans we walked towards the shops, passing by City Hall (Københavns Rådhus) where there were a load of plant pots placed on the floor. We rested our feet at a Joe & The Juice (they are everywhere here!) and eyed up an Italian restaurant opposite that we thought would be great for dinner.

Copenhagen City Hall Joe & The Juice

We fancied a hotdog at a hotdog stand but thought we'd need cash so I tried to withdraw some but kept getting declined and thought my card might've been blocked. (I use the Halifax Clarity card when travelling and try to avoid cash.) Thinking we'd be without money the rest of the day, we walked to Rosenborg castle which was close by. The renaissance architecture was gorgeous and was set in lovely grounds. We didn't go inside just wandered around outside and found a spot for a short nap. As I woke up there were two swans walking straight towards us. Thinking they were about to attack we jumped up, they had no fear of us and sat right where we were sitting!

Rosenborg Castle Rosenborg Castle Swans Rosenborg Castle Rosenborg Castle

After an hour we crossed over to the Botanical Gardens for more relaxing in lovely surroundings. There were red squirrels running up and down trees together. One stopped right by my feet as Jon was snapping photos of them. By the glasshouses there was an ice-cream van and I thought I'd try my card and hope for the best. Thankfully it worked and so we both went for chocolate and nougat ice creams - delicious - though the cost was crazy at £4 each!!

Outside Rosenborg Castle Copenhagen Botanical Gardens Copenhagen Botanical Gardens Copenhagen Botanical Gardens Red Squirrels Copenhagen Botanical Gardens Copenhagen Botanical Gardens Copenhagen Botanical Gardens

We were told the gardens would be closing soon so we made our way out and back toward the Italian restaurant we found earlier. We passed the organic hotdog stand (DØP - we heard about it before our trip) and noticed they accepted card so we felt we had to get one after our disappointment earlier. We shared a regular hotdog and it was so good! Something we noticed about Copenhagen is everywhere we went accepted card - all of the street food stalls/markets we visited did and they also offered some kind of phone payment too.

Hotdog at DØP Copenhagen

I called our shared hotdog a 'starter' so I didn't feel bad about going straight to the Italian restaurant. The restaurant was called Ristorante Italiano, and has been there since 1952 (apparently the first Italian in Copenhagen). We sat outside where there were blankets and heaters, though it was still sunny and warm when we were there. We both ate pizza and Jon had his last Danish beer of the trip.

Ristorante Italiano Copenhagen

Feeling like we'd eaten all we could during our time here, we walked for our last time through this wonderful city to central station for our train to the airport. We had a fantastic 72 hours in Copenhagen, Jon said it was his favourite city break so far and it was up there for me too. The public transport was easy and the people were lovely and friendly. The prices weren't as high as we thought they could be (depends where you go like any city), though we noticed desserts were ridiculous - in restaurants they were the same price as the mains.

Tivoli Entrance Copenhagen Trip

Thank you for an amazing break Copenhagen!

S. xo

72 Hours in Copenhagen: Day 2

Sunday // Day 2

After a little lie in and still feeling full from last night's meal, we shared a leftover danish pastry that we brought back from Laura's Bakery yesterday to start us off for the day.

The sun was shining and the forecast showed it would be warm all day so we planned to be outside till late. We walked through Frederiksberg to the Forum metro (we wanted to try the underground), and hopped off near Nyhavn.

Forum Copenhagen

Nyhavn was just like the postcard photos, beautiful brightly painted buildings and busy cafes along the harbour. We walked a slow loop around the harbour. The Copenhagen marathon was on too so it was very busy but there was a great buzz around.

Nyhavn Nyhavn buildings Nyhavn harbour

We started to get thirsty but thought it would be cheaper to avoid the expensive places on Nyhavn so we headed toward the Designmuseum cafe. We passed Amalienborg by chance, and were lucky enough to be there just as they were doing the changing of the guard. The Designmuseum cafe was a much needed break - a slice of chocolate cake and lots of water - and we sat outside in the gorgeous courtyard in the sun.

Amalienborg Copenhagen Marathon Designmuseum Copenhagen

Carrying on northwards our next stop was Kastellet. We had a sit on the grass by the water whilst watching the marathon runners go past. We walked through the star-shaped military fortress. The buildings were painted red which looked great against the blue sky and we stumbled upon the windmill which was cool.

Kastellet windmill Kastellet windmill Kastellet red building

Since we were so close to 'The Mermaid' we wandered over on the way back. It was as expected, with lots of tourists. Next up was Christianshavn - in particular the Copenhagen Street Food market on Papirøen (this was one of the first places I found when researching Copenhagen). We looked to jump on a boat bus across but it was a 40 minute wait so we walked most of the way with a one stop hop on the metro.


There was a LOT of choice at the market and we must have walked 5 laps before deciding on Korean food (bibimbap), followed by nutella cheesecake and vitamin boost juice. All very tasty! The prices were pretty high though, I think I slightly preferred the meatpackers market yesterday. We did get to eat the cheesecake sitting on the edge with our feet dangling over the water, watching the boats pass for around an hour. There was also a duck fight on the water which people tried to split up - they were vicious!

Korean Street Food Copehagen Copenhagen Street Food

Feeling rested and full, we were ready to move again and we wandered in to Christiana (aka Freetown Christiana). It was an interesting place to explore, with DIY houses and an interesting mix of people. Christiana is described as a large commune which is regulated by a special 'Christiana Law'.


It was now late afternoon and so we decided it was time to catch a bus to Tivoli. I was super excited about this part of the trip as I love rides and had heard this was a must-do when in Copenhagen. The tickets were quite pricey (we went with the unlimited rides ones), but I think it was definitely worth it. The first thing we did was find the nearest grassy area and had an hour long nap! We needed an energy boost before going on the rides ;). One of my favourite rides was 'The Roller Coaster' - one of the oldest running wooden roller coasters in the world. We went on the Star Flyer at sunset, which had spectacular views swinging round from 80 metres in the air! We ate burgers for dinner and went on all of the rides multiple times (no queues!). We stayed for the light show, which I think is run every night, it was a great end to a fantastic day.

Tivoli Tivoli Pirate Ship Rollercoaster Tivoli The Demon Tivoli Tivoli at Night Star Flyer Tivoli Tivoli Lights Light Show at Tivoli

Tomorrow was our last day, but since our flight wasn't until the evening we had a full final day of exploring to do (and of course more eating).

S. xo

72 Hours in Copenhagen: Day 1

Our long weekend trip to Copenhagen began with a flight from Edinburgh with Ryanair. The flights were under £50pp return, and took less than 2 hours (enough time for a couple of podcasts).

We arrived around 10pm and bought a 72 hour city pass, which came in really handy, and used this to get the train to Copenhagen central station. After a short walk, passing lots of restaurants and bars filled with people sitting outside, we arrived at our Airbnb in Vesterbro, just off the pretty 'small Paris' Værnedamsvej. The apartment was lovely and our host gave us some great recommendations. We crashed out not long after, looking forward to waking up here and dreaming of breakfast.

Saturday // Day 1

We started the day at Granola. It was at the end of the street we were staying at, and I'd read about it online and in the lonely planet guide so it seemed a good first spot for breakfast. It was pretty early and already very busy; we had seats at the bar with a view in to the kitchen. I went for Skyr with honey and granola and Jon chose scrambled eggs with rye bread. Since it was so busy we had a very long wait (even for our coffees), and when the food did arrive Jon was missing his bread and it wasn't till we'd finished eating that they brought it out. The food was great but unfortunately the service not so much.

Granola Granola Bar Granola Kitchen

After feeling fuelled up, we popped in to a couple of shops and took a stroll along the three lakes in to town. I've been wanting to buy a Fjällräven Kånken for a while, and planned a stop in to the flagship Copenhagen store for our trip. I came out with two rucksacks - the Kånken and also the High Coast 24 daypack (for light hikes). Jon encouraged me to get the second ;).

Vaernedamsveg Shops Three Lakes Fjallraven Bags

We were right by Trovehallerne and made a stop to wander around the stalls. Everything looked so tasty. We went for a coffee at The Coffee Collective and our first danish pastries (three Snegls - so good!) at Laura's Bakery. Wow Danish words are so difficult to pronounce!

Trovehallerne Trovehallerne Flowers Trovehallerne Bakery

With a caffeine buzz we carried on walking in to the centre towards Rundetaarn (the round tower). We paid around £5 for entry, and made the spiral ascent (no steps!) to the top for the views. On our way back down they were getting ready to close as there was a unicycle race to the top starting soon after. We wandered in to a few shops (Weekday, Tiger, etc) and jumped on a bus to the Meatpacking District.

Rundetaarn Views from Rundetaarn

It was around 4ish and we were getting hungry. The sun was shining and there was a great buzz in the market (Kødbyens Mad & Marked). We bought some drinks, Belgian fries and Vietnamese spring rolls from the stalls and sat on the benches listening to music and people watching. Our Airbnb host recommended this market and we were so glad we went.

Meatpacking Market Meatpacking Market in the Sun

A short walk back to our apartment and we ended up napping for an hour or so, before freshening up and catching a bus out to Höst for dinner. We made a reservation a few weeks ago and we were super excited to try new Nordic cuisine. We decided to treat ourselves to 'An Evening at Höst', which came with wine pairings and lots of surprise dishes in between courses. The food was incredible and the atmosphere was beautiful. We caught a bus back to our apartment and slept very well!

Hoest Vesterbro at Night

Tomorrow was a visit to the colourful Nyhavn, and a LOT of walking, food and spinning around in the air.

S. xo