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Visit Puig de Maria

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 by admin No Comments
Puig De Maria
Picture via Silar from http://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Pollenca

Puig de Maria is a famous hill that is located in the town of Pollenca which is part of the Mallorca island chain. Besides offering a truly balmy climate and an inviting sun that shines throughout the year, visitors are able to climb this hill and partake in the sights of the 15th century monastery that still dominates the landscape.

The timeless atmosphere that seems to saturate Puig de Maria can be seen in its lazy, rolling hills that offer a truly breathtaking vista of the Mediterranean shores that are to be found below. Should travellers work up a bit of a thirst, they will be greeted at the top with a bar and a restaurant; perfect for enjoying a cold pint or a plate of local tapas. There is also a hostel located atop the Puig de Maria. Therefore, an overnight stay is possible if one wishes to watch the sun rise early the following morning.

Adventures Abound – Hiking in Majorca

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 by admin No Comments

Hiking in Majorca

There is so much more to Majorca than just gorgeous beaches. If you choose to explore the island on foot, you can discover the surprisingly varied terrain, wildlife and small villages away from the bustle of the main resorts. Hiking in Majorca will be an experience you’ll never forget.

The Tramuntana mountain region offers a challenging series of hiking trails for the more adventurous walkers, who will need to have high levels of fitness. For a more leisurely hike, the coastal paths of the Cap de Cala Figuera will provide gentle exercise while you enjoy breath-taking views of Palma.

Hikers are well catered for in Majorca, where routes are marked out and experienced local tour organisers offer walks to suit all levels of fitness. If you do decide to hike, you can keep fit and get to appreciate some of the hidden treasures of this special island.

A Brief Majorcan History

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Majorcan History

Majorcan History twists and turns through many different rulings but to many, Majorca is a traditional holiday spot. This reputation for tourism began in the 1960s, but the Mediterranean island was first occupied as early as 6000 BC. Since then possession of the island has been contested frequently, passing through phases of occupation over the course of almost 2,000 years.

The Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals and Byzantines all laid claim to Majorca. The island was seized by the Emirate of Cordoba in 902 AD, and passed into a phase of Muslim and North African control. In 1229 Majorca was captured by King James I of Aragon, returning the island to European control. From this point on the rulership of Majorca began to settle.

The War of Spanish Succession threw the region into turmoil, but its conclusion brought Majorca under unified Spanish rule in 1716 where it’s remained ever since.

There is no better way to learn more about the country’s rich heritage than to visit the place itself! If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, why not take a look at the car hire service we have available. 

Winter Driving – A Guide to Staying Safe This Winter

Posted on: January 6th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Winter Driving

If you’re one of the unlucky ones staying at home this Winter you’ll know how important it is to know what you’re doing when driving in the British weather. Driving in snow and ice is an almost inevitable British experience, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep control when the time comes. Here’s a quick guide on how to maximise your winter driving skills.

As you begin driving, avoid using high revs and make sure you strike the right balance on the road. Going too slow reduces your momentum, while too fast means you have far less control. To ensure maximum safety, keep at least two to three car spaces between yourself and the vehicle in front. If you begin to lose control, it is vital that you take your feet off the pedals and begin steering. Only rely on your brakes if steering isn’t doing the job. Also, when going down hills, make the most of your brakes to keep your speed slow.

Other ways to stay in control include; Using high gears, avoiding slush, and using dipped headlights when snow is actually falling. All of these small habits make all the difference when driving in the snow and ice, reducing the risk of you crashing.

But, before you you even begin your driving trip make sure to pack and top up your vehicle with the essentials. Fill up your vehicle with enough screenwash to last, a sleeping bag for emergencies, at least 3mm tread on the tires, and, for worse case scenarios, a tank full of petrol just in case you get stuck and need to run the heater.

Of course, the best way to deal with horrible winter driving conditions is by avoiding them altogether and escaping to the lovely warm Spanish climate of Majorca. Get away and hire a car from us today!