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Majorca’s 5 Best-Kept Secrets

Posted on: November 24th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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With the arrival of winter, Majorca becomes an even more popular destination for those seeking winter sun. Its popular location in the Mediterranean means tourists fill the beaches and coastline all year round. There are however still some hidden gems that haven’t been explored by many visitors. Here are Majorca’s top 5 best-kept secrets.

1. Port des Canonge

Port des Canonge is an enclave that’s secluded by nature. This small beach is fully accessible if you take the road from Tramuntana. Although Port des Canonge is protected and full of fishing boats, it is still the perfect place for a quick dip in the sea. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, consider taking a pony ride along the shores of this beautiful and peaceful beach.

2. Betlem, Bays and Escars

Betlem is a village where many locals own second homes with a low number of tourists visiting this coastal resort. The little stone bays with their odd shapes have managed to withstand many years of neglect, but this is still a great place to go for a swim. Your family will love hiking towards Escars, where they will come across the magnificent views of Betlem Chapel.

3. Coll Baix

Coll Baix is located on the northern coast of Majorca and is quite inaccessible on foot. However, this place is still worth the effort to visit as you can access the beach via Carrer Eclipsi. If you have hired a car, drive to the end of the road where you can park and walk the rest of the way. There are signs that lead the way so just follow the path and around half a mile, you’ll reach your Coll Baix. This deserted beach with clear blue waters has stunning scenery at any time of the year.

4. Arenal de ses Assussenes

The Arenal de ses Assussenes beach is not only sandy but it is also a historical site. Its ruins are scattered all over the resort, reminding visitors of Majorca’s pre-historic past. The most convenient way to reach this unique spot is to drive to Son Baulo beach and then walk the rest of the way.

5. Es Caló

At Es Calo, you can enjoy a swim in the clear waters of this cove with stunning mountain views all around you. This is the perfect spot to dive, as its waters are filled with interesting rock formations and marine life. The only catch is that you have to drive to Cala Mata (which is 1 mile east) and then walk a further 2 miles along the coast.

15 Handy Spanish Phrases For Beginners

Posted on: November 4th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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While the grammar may be fiendish (just ask an advanced speaker of Spanish to explain the subjunctive to you), beginners in this beautiful Romance language will be pleased to hear that, unlike in English, having a strong accent shouldn’t prevent native speakers from understanding you. And of course, having even a little Spanish will be seen in a very favourable light when you’re visiting any Spanish speaking country (or país hispanohablante). Read on for 15 easy phrases to get you going.

1. ¿Cómo se dice … en español?
A very useful phrase: it means “How do you say …. in Spanish?”.

2. ¿A qué hora abren las tiendas?
What time do the shops open? To ask about one shop, say la tienda rather than las tiendas.

3. ¡Hola! Buenos días/Buenas noches/Buenas tardes!
This means “Hello! Good morning/goodnight/good afternoon”. It’s important to note that in Spanish the word for “day”, el día, is masculine, so you say buenos, while la noche and la tarde are feminine, so you say buenas.

4. ¿Te gusta…?
This simply means “do you like…?”

5. ¿Hablas inglés?
“Do you speak English?” – not that you will be needing it, of course!

6. Hábleme en español/Puede hablar español conmigo
These are two different ways of saying “Speak Spanish to me”.

7. ¿Dónde está?
This means “Where is…”. For “where are”, say ¿Dónde están?

8. Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez.
These are the numbers one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten.

9. Dos cervezas, por favor
Two beers, please!

10. Me gustaría un vinto tinto/blanco, por favor.
I would like a red wine/white wine, please.

11. ¡No funciona!
It doesn’t work! This can be used in a variety of situations, it’s a great catch-all phrase.

12. ¿Cómo te llamas?
what is your name?

13. Yo necesito…
I need… . You can also just say “necesito” on its own, or “yo quiero”.

14. El hotel está al lado del bar
The hotel is next to the bar.

15. ¡Hasta luego!
See you later! You can also say Hasta la próxima.