This years holiday was to Santa Ponsa in Mallorca. This is our fourth time to this resort and the third time staying in the same hotel, the H10 Playas De Mallorca , formerly the Hesperia. The hotel is a basic three star hotel which is conveniently situated on the beach front at Santa Ponsa. The hotel is clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are very basic and to be honest really need some modernisation if they intend to continue attracting repeat visitors. This is not meant to be a review of the hotel , you can find out all you need to know online with a little bit of research.
While on this holiday i took some basic photography equipment with me, i took the following gear
- Canon 5D mkiii
- Canon 24-105mm F/4.0 L IS USM
- Canon 85mm F/1.8 USM
- Canon 580 EXii Speedlite
- Circular Polarising Filter
- Youngnuo YN622c Radio Triggers
- Gorillapod Tripod
- Black Rapid Strap
I also took a variety of batteries, memory cards and some cleaning equipment. As it turned out i never used the gorillapod at all on this trip so all the images you see were all handheld. There were a few times i thought i could use it or a full size tripod but just didn't want to be carrying it around all the time as i was on holiday with my wife and a friend so this wasn't really a photographic trip. Trying to enjoy the holiday and still capture some memories is still a balancing act, especially when i use a full size gripped DSLR. I can see why mirrorless or micro four third systems are so popular when travelling. I took a variety of Lowepro Street and Field AW pouches to transport the gear and give it some protection while i was away. I put the lenses in pouches as i did the camera body and transported them all in a regular backpack i carried on as hand luggage, this worked pretty well all in all.
During our holiday we took a boat ride to Croc Island where we were able to jump ship and snorkel for around half hour while they fed the fish from the ship. Then headed out to Camp De Mar, Paguera before returning back to Santa Ponsa, around a two hour round trip. Myself and Paul loved it, however the wife was a little sea sick!
We walked up to the Cross that is above the Bay of Santa Ponsa. Was good weather when we departed, however on arrival at the Cross the storm clouds began to emerge. By the time we headed back the heavens opened and thanks to a very kind local, who stopped by the roadside and gave us a lift back to our hotel, we didn't suffer to bad !
We walked around the side of the bay to Santa Ponsa Harbour, which really is lacking in any form of security at all, as we were able to just wonder around without having to go through any kind of gate or entry at al. Some of the boats moored there looked very expensive indeed and there was nothing to stop me from just boarding one if i chose to do so ! We found a very nice cafe in the harbour to sit outside and take in the views before heading back.
Took a Bus into Palma and from there a Train into Soller. Unfortunately we must have picked the worst day that year as shortly after departing Palma on the train to Soller the rain came and stayed all day ! Such a shame as i was looking forward to this trip. The journey was nice through the orange and lemon groves up into the Tramuntana Mountains. There was a nice passing point on the single track train ride where they stop for you to take pictures, sadly all i could see was clouds and rain.
Most other days were spent in and around Santa Ponsa on the beach, shopping, or drinking and eating in their many cafes and bars around the town. Our favourite restaurant to eat is El Balcon De Maria. The food is very good, the staff are very helpful and the views are spectacular over the bay and watching the sunset while you eat outside on the raised balcony. If you ever in Santa Ponsa you have to try it.
Here is a selection of the best images i took during the ten days we were there. I have also put together a book from Blurb using the book module in Lightroom CC so look forward to seeing that in print.
Just click on a thumbnail below to view full screen then either use the X to exit out and choose another image or just use the arrows to scroll through them.
Any questions about the images or Santa Ponsa itself please dont hesitate to get in touch , thanks..............