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Staying Safe in the Sun – Protect Yourself From the Spanish Sun

Posted on: November 21st, 2013 by admin No Comments

Staying Safe in the Sun

 

With cases of skin cancer on the rise around the world, staying safe in the sun has never been more important. To do this we have to pay attention to sun safety and take the appropriate precautions. The sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm, so this is the time when you are most likely to burn. Try to avoid being in direct sunlight during this time – sit in the shade or move indoors if possible.

If you are out in the sun at any time, then wearing sunscreen will help to reduce the risk of burning. Choose one that is at least SPF 15, and protects against both UVA and UVB. Reapply your sunscreen generously and regularly throughout the day. You should also cover up delicate areas such as the face, using a hat and sunglasses, and remember that clothes will also prevent the skin from burning, even if the fabric is really light.

Arabic Baths – An Amazing Historical Discovery

Posted on: November 10th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Arabic Baths

 

For three hundred years, from the 7th to the 10th century, Mallorca was occupied by the Moors. The Arabic baths, in the gardens of Can Fontirroig, are the only remains of the city of Medina Mayurqa and one of the island’s few surviving examples of Muslim architecture.

The most striking feature of the arabic baths are the domes, or cupolas. The twelve columns supporting the dome are of different construction and materials, and were probably reused Roman remains. The dome covered the caldarium, or steam room, and has six holes to allow steam to escape. Next door is the tepidarium, or warm room, where the bathers would have gathered before entering the caldarium. Unfortunately nothing remains of the frigidarium, where they would have finished their bathe with a plunge into cool water.

The surrounding gardens are a delight to explore, and the ruins are open all year round with an entry fee of 2 Euros.

Serra de Tramuntana – An Adventure You’ll Never Forget

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by admin No Comments

Serra de Tramuntana

 

If you’re looking for a stunning destination to visit that’s not quite mainstream, then consider visiting the Serra de Tramuntana. This mountain range runs across the north-western coast of Majorca, and has been awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO due to its significant physical and cultural importance.

Majorca is a highly popular holiday destination, offering great weather, stunning sights, and amazing culture. However, if you want a little more than the usual sights in Majorca have to offer, then the Serra de Tramuntana is right up your alley.

Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing drive to see the stunning mountain scenery and the coast, or you want to enjoy a spot of hiking, this area is ideal for you. You can stop in all the towns, enjoy a cup of coffee, visit the Monastir de Lluc, and generally immerse yourself in the culture of this amazing island. It will be a trip you’ll never forget.