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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Majorca

Posted on: August 26th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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Most travellers know the Balearic Island of Majorca boasts some of the best beaches, nightlife and seafood in Europe. However, there are quite a few things even seasoned Majorca tourists don’t know about their favourite holiday spot:

1. Majorca has been occupied by humans for several millennia, at least since 5,000 BC. There are several impressive archaeological sites on the island dated to Bronze-Age occupation. The first Roman “tourists” arrived in 123 BC, taking over the island. Package holidays to the island have been available since 1952.

2. Majorca was under frequent attack by pirates for several centuries. This led to the construction of a series of imposing castles, fortresses and a chain of Torres, watch towers, lining the coast. Only a handful of Torres remain today. One of Majorca’s biggest castles, the 700-year-old Castle Capdepera, is a fine example of this type of anti-pirate strategy. It lies some 48 miles/77 km distance from Palma.

3. Majorca regularly wins awards for its delicious and elegant wines. The vineyards grouped around the village of Binissalem in the interior of Majorca produce red varieties like Syrah Monastrell, Merlot, Manto Negro, Sauvignon and Tempranillo, while white wines include Chardonnay, Parellada and Prensal Blanc.

4. One of Majorca’s most famous home-grown dishes is a sweet pastry called ensaimadas, only available on the island, where it has been consumed since the 17th century, making it one of Europe’s oldest documented recipes.

5. Another favourite Majorca delicacy is the spicy sobrassada, a cured sausage made from loin pork and pork bacon and spiced with paprika, salt, pepper and aniseed. Boiled, they’re eaten with…pretty much anything that’s going, but are particularly good with seasonal salads made from locally grown tomatoes and peppers.

6. Majorca’s house prices weathered the European financial crisis far better than other parts of Spain because here demand for high-end properties always outstripped what was available. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to live in Majorca for most of the year?

7. Rural tourism is beginning to boom. The Balearic government now permits small historic farmhouses to be converted into charming guesthouses and B&Bs. If you love hiking holidays and want to escape the bigger beach resort’s hustle and bustle and have a truly relaxing holiday, stay in rural hamlets like Llubli, Costitx, Petra, Algaida and Sineu, which are being promoted by Turismo de Interior now.

Majorca is an island full of history and fascination and no visitor should simply restrict themselves to the beaches – glorious though they be.

Majorca – Good Beaches, GOOD Sports

Posted on: August 12th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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There is absolutely no debating that Majorca boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Europe, evidenced by the fact that so many tourists flock to the island every summer. What is perhaps less known, however, is the breadth of sports that are available to experience. Here is a handful of the best sports that Majorca has to offer when you don’t want to spend the whole day on the beach.

1. Jet Skiing

It is no surprise, given the lush waters that surround the island, that Majorca has a great reputation for jet skiing. There are plenty of places around the island that offer jet ski rentals for individual and large groups. Please note that the law in Majorca requires a boating licence for unlimited access, but you can still hire one with set boundaries.

2. Sea Kayaking

Another popular water based sport is sea kayaking, a very popular choice given the nature of the island’s crystal clear, calm waters. Kayaking is a great way to spend time on the sea for those who do not want to worry of handling a powerful jet ski or any other motorized craft.

3. Scuba Diving

Tourists who want to see what is underneath the surface can partake in scuba diving adventures. There are diving schools on the island that offer experiences for all abilities from novice to expert, and the island has a stellar reputation when it comes to the healthy and safety of its scuba diving excursions.

4. Golf

If you prefer to partake of sporting activities on dry land, then why not pick up a set of clubs and try your hand at a round of golf? There is nothing quite like hitting 18 holes in the glorious sunshine, and the Majorcan golf courses present fun sport among some of the most beautiful landscape that the island has to offer. Even if you don’t have the best handicap, you will certainly enjoy the scenery on the way round.

5. Cycling

Another popular land based sport in Majorca is cycling; a pursuit that has gained in popularity immensely over the past decade. Bicycles are easily hired on the island in various locations and going on a bike tour allows you to see much more of the island than if you were on foot. With activities for all fitness and cycling proficiency levels, there will be something on offer for everyone.