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Historic Buildings of Palma de Majorca

Posted on: May 28th, 2016 by admin No Comments

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Historic Buildings of Palma de Majorca

The beautiful capital city of Majorca, Palma de Majorca, overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is home to a wonderful collection of spectacular buildings that boast some of the most astounding architecture in Europe.The city’s landmark is the magnificent La Seu, a Gothic cathedral located in the old quarter. The foundation stone was laid in 1230 by King James I of Aragon and work continued for the next 400 years. Following an earthquake, work was resumed in 1851 and as a result, the building has features from many different periods of history. In 1909, a wrought-iron candelabra, designed by the famous architect Gaudi, was erected over the main altar. It is also home to one of the world’s largest stained glass windows that was made from 1,236 pieces of glass and measures an impressive 12m across. Dedicated to San Sebastian, Palma’s patron saint, this masterpiece is a sight not to be missed.

Opposite the cathedral stands the immense Almudaina Palace. Built in the thirteenth-century, it was originally an Arab fortress and housed members of the Spanish Royal Family throughout the fourteenth-century. Elements of Islamic architecture can still be found with its Moorish arches, but it was later converted to demonstrate Gothic architecture. Surrounded by the stunning S’Hort des Rei gardens, exploring the grounds is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Built in 1309, Bellver Castle is situated on top of a hill and offers some of the most outstanding panoramic views of the city below. The unique structure is entirely circular and features both Moorish and Romanesque features. For many centuries it was used as a prison, but now houses the city’s History Museum where Roman, Spanish and Arab artefacts can be found.

The Arab Baths, located in the mediaeval quarter, is all that remains of the Moorish city of Medina Mayurqa, which was what Palma was once known as. Dating back to the tenth-century, this ancient building features a domed room that was once used for relaxation purposes. Spend an afternoon exploring the grounds and be sure to visit the courtyard for a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of hectic city life.

For more modern architecture, visit the old Gran Hotel. Opened in 1903, this breathtaking building is now home to the city’s most popular art gallery and many different exhibitions can be found here throughout the year. The sculptured façade, the intricate tiling, the ornate iron railings and the huge stone carvings make this building a wonder to behold.

Fishing Holiday to Majorca

Posted on: May 16th, 2016 by admin No Comments

 

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Fishing Holiday to Majorca

Even though the Balearic Islands are hugely popular with holidaymakers who enjoy beach and sun, fishing is an activity that has been attracting enthusiast from the UK and other countries for many years, and for good reason. The region has a rocky bottom that has an abundance of fauna which creates an ideal environment for a wide variety of marine life. Majorca has a terrific coastline, and here, there is the archipelago of Cabrera, which is a national park. The seabed in this area has been unaltered by the rigours of the modern world and in the water can be found scorpion fish, morays and congers along with sea bass and lots of other species. The south-east of the island is particularly amenable for fishing, as, in less than 20 minutes, a boat can take you out onto the high seas, which is only about a six-mile journey.
Deep sea fishing activity and trolling have a season, which begins in May. This is the time when there are enormous amounts of fish that can be caught in these waters. Fish like, the bluefin tuna, swordfish, albacore, and dolphin-fish. The bluefin tuna swim off the coast of Ibiza, pass through the Gulf of Valencia and spawn off the coastal waters of the Balearic Islands.
Between the months of May and August, the south side of the island sees an abundance of albacore that are prevalent in the famous region “Ses Mamelles.” At the end of July, these fish have moved off and can be fished for off the beautiful coast of Menorca.
The summer months are perfect for fishing in the sea off Majorca, and the weather is ideal, to ensure that every day can be spent on the water. The months of August and September are perfect for catching swordfish and the giant blue tuna, with swordfish catches being as big as 300kg. Chumming for the big fish has in the past been very successful in zones such as Cabo Formentera, Porto Cristo and east of Porto Colom.
Autumn makes it possible to do some spinning and trolling with the main catch being small tuna and the dolphin-fish. Dolphin –fish can grow up to 10 kg, but an average size is around five kg.
In this part of the world, there is fishing all of the year around, and anglers can practice their bottom and jigging fishing in the winter. With bottom fishing, it’s possible to catch, red scorpion and scorpion fish.

 

The Most Beautiful Places in the Balearic Islands

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 by admin No Comments

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The most beautiful places in the Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are a glorious Mediterranean archipelago nestled in the Balearic Sea, off the coast of eastern Spain. If you want to avoid the usual tourist haunts and see some jaw-droppingly beautiful places, you are going to be spoiled for choice!Mallorca
Pretty villages include Sóller, nestled within a lush green valley and majestic mountains, and Fornalutx with steep winding street, both perfect for hiking. For artistic inspiration, visit the charming village of Valldemossa where crumbling houses, a palace and a monastery are surrounded by romantic forests. Bellver Castle is a 14th century gothic castle on the outskirts of Palma. If hidden coves are more your thing, head to Sa Calobra beach for a lovely trek through a shaded gorge, underground tunnels and Torrent de Pareis (‘twin streams’). You can catch a boat across an underground lake in the Caves of Drach and admire stalactites and stalagmites in the Caves of Artà. For panoramic views, head to Cape Formentor which has a peak 384 metres above sea level and unspoilt, picture postcard beaches. Another beautiful beach can be found at Playa de Es Trenc; a two mile stretch of golden sand where the local speciality is freshly caught red shrimp.Menorca
One of the most photographed places in Menorca is Cala Turqueta, a beautiful cove with crystal clear waters. For history enthusiasts, Naveta des Tudons is a majestic Bronze Age monument best viewed at dusk. Favaritx Lighthouse, in the S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park offers a charming perspective for wildlife watching.

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Nestled in the hills of Ibiza’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Dalt Vila with medieval battlements, white washed buildings and a stunning cathedral. Just ten minutes away is Las Salinas Beach, a park of outstanding natural beauty with salt lakes and a wildlife conservation area. For lovely views of a nearby uninhabited island head to Cala d’Hort and relax by the towering white cliffs.

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Regularly making it onto ‘best beaches in the world’ listicles, Playa de Ses Illetes is the perfect place to get away from it all. For one of the most stunning sunset views on the island, head to Barbaria Lighthouse – if you climb to the top you can see Ibiza. You could also take a boat trip around the tiny island of Espalmador, just 50 metres offshore and paddle in the sea off Playa S’Alga.