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The Main Points
Location – Santa Ponca, Majorca Spain
SUP – SUP – Own Fatstick Inflatables, Pink Panther* and Blue Lagoon (*Pink Panther now has a new design – check it out here)
Cost – Package deal from Jet2 holidays to Globales Verdemar (please note this is not a paid endorsement – this was a self funded trip that we found met our needs really well.
Conditions – Saltwater protected beach
Other users – Occasional swimmers paddlers and boats
Entry Point – Sandy/pebbly beach, gradual incline
Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- Hotels and restaurants line the waters edge
Getting There – We chose to go with Jet2 holidays as they include the 22kg checked in luggage required to take our boards with us. We paid for this holiday and are not getting any incentives to promote them.
Never having traveled on a plane with our SUP’s before I think we really lucked out with this location and hotel. From research using google maps I found the Globales Verdemar Hotel was beach front and appeared to have easy access to the waters edge. What I didn’t account for was the ease of access from our room to the ground level. Luckily there was a ramp from the airport shuttle into the hotel and then a lift to our room and then down to the waters edge.
When booking accomodation, the biggest challenge you might want to check is that you don’t have to contend with carrying your board up and down multiple flights of stairs to get from your room to the water as I have since found some accomodation do not have lifts.
The bay was pretty sheltered for the early morning but the wind picked up in the afternoon. We accommodated this by using some of our top tips for staying safe in challenging conditions (post to come). The life guard from the hotel pool told us of the sheltered marina over the other side of the bay which made for a great calm spot to paddle and also had a cafe. Ideally you’d paddle early morning if you wanted to explore further afield to avoid the wind.
We also hired a car while we were in Majorca which we’d also recommend which allowed us to explore some of the more difficult to reach places and revealed some truly stunning paddling locations. We also utilised public transport to take a day trip to Palma to explore the city which was really beautiful. Old buildings and castles and of course delicious food!
There are so many things to do in Majorca and we’ve only just scratched the surface. For more information on where else you can stay and what there is to do in Majorca (besides paddleboarding of course!) click here.