Because of all the tours we had planned, I knew we would be tired by this last port. I knew we just wanted a beach day, so I didn't do too much planning for this port. That morning I went to the internet cafe and looked up a few beaches. When we got off the ship, we approached a few taxi drivers with my list of beaches. These were all beaches right in Palma. Well, these taxis drivers all said these beaches would be crowded, touristy, rocky, or polluted. And, yes, one driver talked this weary traveler into an overpriced trip to a beach about 30 minutes outside of the city. Our driver stayed with us and drove us back.
Our taxi driver's name was Santi and he took us to Camp De Mar. It was a lovely beach...soft sand and clear water. My only complaint-no loungers to rent. We had our beach towels and just sat in the sand. After taking a walk along the beach and soaking up some sun, we went to the restaurant at the beach. Illeta is located across a short boardwalk/bridge and sits over the water. We enjoyed a nice pitcher of sangria. DD had the tuna tartar, DH had the sea bass, and I had a salad. After our meal, we stopped for ice cream at one of the shops, got back in our taxi, and headed back to the ship. It was a lovely and relaxing day, just a bit pricey!
Our flight was scheduled for 6:30 PM, so I scheduled a tour to Montserrat with Barcelona Day Tours to help pass the time. Our guide was scheduled to pick us up at 8:30, so we walked off with our luggage and met her outside. For us, disembarking was quick and easy.
Montserrat is about a 45 minute drive from Barcelona. It was an adventure on a narrow and winding road up the mountain. And there were plenty of people hiking and biking up the mountain! I was tired just watching them. The views from the top are breathtaking. The air was clear and cool. As it was a Sunday, we visited the church first as mass was scheduled to start at 11:00. The line to see the Black Madonna was very long, so we didn't wait. We also didn't take the cable car to the very top of the mountain. DH and DD are afraid of heights and the cable car went straight up the mountainside which was a little too much for me too! We walked through some of the exhibits, strolled through the gift shops, and grabbed a quick snack at the cafeteria. We rejoined our driver and began our journey down the mountain. We had time for a quick photo stop at the Saint Cecilia church.
We arrived at the airport around 2:00. We had to wait in the ticket counter area for about 45 minutes as the check in lines were not open yet. Again, we flew Norwegian. Our gate was SO far away for the ticket counter. I felt like we were walking forever! Also, there were limited food options after the second round of passport control, so if you are hungry, you may want to stop before you get too close to your gate. Yours truly got chosen for "enhanced security" measures and had the pleasure of being swabbed down by Spanish security officers. Other than that, our time at the Barcelona airport was uneventful.
We arrived back in the US around 9:00 local time and took a taxi to our hotel and collapsed into bed. We were back up bright and early for our 9:00 flight to Tampa. Our "Epic" European adventure had come to an end...just like this trip report! Thank you all for following along! Again, I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!