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If you like museums…

Posted on: May 10th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Besides the beaches, the coves and the picturesque villages, Majorca has an impressive culture and history that can be discovered visiting  its museums.

Museo de Mallorca
C/ Portella 5, Palma.
Tel:  (+34) 971 717 540
The Museo de Mallorca is housed in one of Palma’s palaces, the Palacio de los Condes de Ayamans, dating from the XVI  century and commonly known with the name of Ca la Gran Cristiana. It presents an overview of the history of Majorca.

 

Majorca Cathedral from Marina portCatedral and Museu Catedral
Cathedral Museum
Plaça de l’Almoina, Palma.
Tel: (+34) 902 022 445
Dating from the XVI century, the Cathedral is one of the largest and most beautiful examples of the Gothic style in the world.
Situated on the ground floor of the Cathedral belfry (XIII-XIV century) and in the two chapter houses, the museum houses Gothic and Baroque sculptures and paintings.

 

Es Baluard
Contemporary Art
Porta Santa Catalina s/n, Palma,
Tel: (+34) 971 908 200
Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani of Palma is located inside the perimeter of the bastion of Sant Pere, which is part of the Renaissance city walls which surrounded the city of Palma until the beginning of XX century.

 

Fundación March
C/ Sant Miquel 11, Palma,
Tel: (+34) 971 713 515
The Fundación March regularly organizes international exhibitions dedicated to artists and artistic movements, mainly of the XX century. Courses, lectures and concerts are also held here. 

 

The Arab Baths
Calle Can Serra 7, Palma
Tel: (+34) 971 721 549
The X century Arab Baths are one of the few survived monuments of the Arab city of Medina Mayurqa. According to historians, they were probably part of a nobleman’s house.

 

Museo Militar San Carlos
Dique del Oeste, Palma.
Tel: (+34) 971 402 145
The Museum contains a large sample of handguns, rifles, mortars, materials engineers, mapping  dating from the XIX century, uniforms, guns, and personal recollections of General Weyler.

 

Diocesan Museum
Carrer Mirador, 5 (Bishop’s Palace), Palma
Tel: (+34) 971723860
The museum, opened in 1916 and recently reopened after six years of rehabilitation, presents around 200 works of religious art and offers the visitors a historical overview of Christianity in Majorca.  

Top 7 Majorca

Posted on: May 8th, 2012 by admin No Comments
  1. Palma de Majorca

    Founded by the Romans in 123 BCE, Palma de Majorca is the capital of the Balearic Islands and the biggest city in Majorca. Together with beautiful sea, mild climate and entertainment, here you can visit impressive monuments which will remind you Majorca’s glorious past: Palma Arab baths, the gothic Cathedral and the Palau of the Almudaina.

  2. Majorca’s caves

    Majorca offers a natural spectacle of rare beauty, a number of caves formed by erosion due to the action of various agents. The most famous are the Caves of Drach, the Caves of Hams, the Caves of Artá, the Caves of Campanet and the Caves of Genova.

  3. Natural Parks in Majorca

    In Majorca the most beautiful natural parks are the archipelago of Cabrera, with one of the best seabeds of the Mediterranean and an unspoiled ecosystem; Albufera wetlands, where you can find lagoons, channels and canals; and Cala Mondrago with fine white sand beaches, dunes and cliffs. If you have time, the Serra de Llevant and the Serra de Tamuntana, whose valleys are rich in orchards, orange and lemon trees, are surely worth a visit.

  4. Beaches in Majorca

    The coast of Majorca has a varied landscape: on one side of the island there are the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains that plunge to the sea, while on the other coast there are the most beautiful beaches and coves in the Mediterranean. On the north coast, from East to West, you find areas of high urbanization, where you find crowded beaches that offer all types of services, like the bay of Pollença, followed by peaceful low and long beaches of the West, like Port de Sóller. On the South coast,  crowded beaches like Manacor (East) and Palma (West), alternates with little and quiet beaches and coves, perfect for those who want some privacy.

  5. Towns and villages in Majorca

    In Majorca you can visit a number of towns and typical villages where you can discover the historical and cultural traditions of the island. The stunning beauty of Estellencs, Valdemossa and Deià has inspired a number of artist and in these places it is still possible to see the traditional medieval structure of the local architecture with simple buildings. Soon after Deià, you find Lluc, where the patron saint of the island is worshipped, and, through Sóller and Pollença, you reach Cap de Formentor, known for its lighthouse.

  6. The Cap de Formentor lighthouse

    The Formentor peninsula is a spit of land that goes directly into the sea and forms the northern tip of Sierra de Tramuntana located North-East of Pollença. The route is not easy, but offers some beautiful views. From the Mirador des Colomer you have spectacular views of the sea and the island. Further on, you reach the rocky headland of Cap de Formentor, where the lighthouse is situated. Perched on a precipice of 200 meters, the lighthouse dominates the highest summit of the cliff offering a wide view of the island and the possibility to listen to the roar of the sea breaking on the rocky walls and the wind.

    Cap de Formentor - Majorca

  7. Nighlife in Majorca

    Although not as wild and frenetic as in Ibiza and Formentera, nightlife in Majorca is young and vibrant and fits all tastes and budgets. Whether you are looking for clubs, both indoor and on the beach, bars, cafes, pubs or theme nights you can find the right place for you. Most places are in Palma, but also in smaller towns like Pollença, Llucmajor, Magaluff, Alcudia offer their deal of entertainment too.

Shopping in Majorca

Posted on: May 4th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Shopping in Palma de Majorca

Going shopping in Palma de Mallorca is another activity you can enjoy during your holidays in the island. Here, in fact, there are good options for all tastes and shops to fit everyone’s budget.

Walking in the old town and stopping to look at the shop windows or going inside to buy a souvenir can be a really nice way of spending one of the afternoons during your holidays in the capital city.
Besides the traditional shops, there are also shopping centres and traditional markets which can be visited either alone or with your family.

The best areas to do some shopping are the trendy city centre and the Porto Pi shopping centre.
The streets with the best shop in the old city are Avenida Jaime III, Paseo del Borne (where you can find the most elegant boutiques), Via Sindicato and Calle San Miguel.
The Porto Pi Shopping Center is located at the end of the seafront promenade, towards Cala Mayor, has a big parking area and offers a variety of shops and many restaurants and cafes.

If you are looking for cheap products and second hand items we can recommend you to visit the market in Avenida Gabriel Alomar i Villalonga on Saturdays.
If you wish to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, olives or fish and sea food the best place for you is the Olivar Market in Palma’s city centre.

What to buy in Majorca

Ancient cultures and a long tradition of craftsmanship have led to the creation of unique products in Majorca which can be found among the stalls in the markets or in shops.
The island is known for the production of blown glass pieces, around which has rose the legend of a glass maker who went to Venice to learn the art of glass making and fell in love with the daughter of the teacher, managing to steal all his secrets.

In the town of Inca you can buy leather goods and traditional shoes. Other traditional products are baskets, hats and bags that are made ​​by cutting into small pieces the dried palm leaves. Other artistic traditions that are still alive on the island are those or old embroiderers and the production of pottery, ceramics and embroiderer.

Finally, the famous Mallorcan pearls are usually well made and have good prices. You can buy in Manacor, but be careful to buy only in with jewelries or factories to have quality products.