Our 2018 summer-ending trip to Europe was a journey from Northern Europe to the South logging hours on bikes and the Rafael Nadal tennis academy courts under blue skies and scorching sun. My first visit to Copenhagen was in 1990 and that was on a shoe-string budget as a back-backer after graduating Tulane.
We returned to Copenhagen 30 years later with the family to enjoy the colorful architecture, youthful city, bike-friendly avenues and enchanting waterways.
Here’s a taste of the stunning Copenhagen city that we fell in love with and scroll down to the end of the visual essay to view the tour guide of locations, restaurants, phone numbers and web addresses to help guide your visit.
Copenhagen was recently voted happiest city in the world. Half the city gets around via bicycle, and that plays a role in the general good feelings of its citizens. The architecture is both colorful and extremely modern – yet its classical architecture still shines bright. Food and drink are integral to the Danish lifestyle – coffee shops, treats, craft beer and seafood are everywhere. Danish people treat themselves as part of their happiness project.
Mallorca was just so charming and downright enchanting. We stayed in a Villa in the seaside village of Porto Cristo with many shops and cafes/restaurants on the water. The food was spectacular – seafood from right off the boat.
However the main event was experiencing the week training at the brand new Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy. Jonah training with Toni Nadal and I trained with Toni’s Spanish coaches.
The facility was state of the art, the cafe was stellar and featured open-air seating overlooking the main stadium court where top players train. I can’t recommend this experience enough. If you love tennis – get yourself to Mallora to train here.
The other bonus was the inspiration provided by Rafa Nadal. Touring his tennis museum, you see the staggering number of trophies he has won. Check out his statistics here – just mind blowing.
The mesmerizing Cuevas del Drach are located on the east coast of Majorca, specifically in the town of Porto Cristo. These caves are one of the island’s main tourist attractions, and are without doubt some of the most remarkable caves you will ever see. The caves contain a large underground lake, Lake Martel – feature a classical music performance on the underground lake. It’s spectacular.
We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment let us know if you’ve been to Mallorca or Copenhagen and tell us about it!
Biking: Christian Hougaard Cycling Copenhagen Tel: +45 2176 2829 Westend 4, 1661
Canal tour departure spot is Kvæsthusbroen at Ofelia Plads.
Amusement Park: TIVOLI
Seaport Dinner: Flæsketorvet 100
1711 Copenhagen V, +45 3215 5656
Shopping: Sankt Hans Torv
Tennis Academy in Spain: Rafael Nadal Academy by Moviestar – https://rafanadalacademy.com/en/
Dinner in Porto Cristo: Soma Restaurant & wine bar, Paseo Cap d’es Toll 25, Porto Cristo, Majorca
Spain, Phone: +34 971 82 04 50
Bike Tour along Spanish Coast: Rent a bike Sancho Paseo Marítimo, 13 · Cala Bona. Mallorca Take about a 2 hour ride w/ Paul (Miguel is the owner) 34 971 585529
Unforgettable Cave Tour (Do Not Miss!): Cuevas Drach cave tour – about an hour: http://www.cuevasdeldrach.com/en/
Hotel in Palma: ART HOTEL Costa d’En Sintes, 6, 07003 Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain