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THE 5 BEST BEACHES FOR SNORKELING IN MAJORCA

Posted on: July 18th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Majorca has 262 beaches with a total length of 25 miles. Its beautiful coastline offers the finest beach activities such as surfing and scuba diving. To enjoy all that Majorca has to offer, take a look at these top 5 beaches for snorkelling and other recreational activities.

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Cala Varques
This beach is easily reachable by boat or foot and offers many water activities to adults and children. Cala Varques is in fact one of the most unspoilt beaches in Spain. It is the perfect snorkelling spot that provides a clear view of the Mediterranean. Perhaps the best time of the year for snorkelling here is early autumn when the water is calmer and there are fewer people about.

Puerto Pollensa
On the north-east of Majorca Island lies Puerto Pollensa, known as one of the most picturesque beaches. It is located in the curving bay of Tramunta and is ideal for families who love underwater activities. As this beach enjoys calm and clear waters, it is perfect for those who wish to learn how to snorkel. With stunning scenery, this is the place to visit with your family.

Cala Agulla
Cala Agulla is close to many major hotels and one of the most popular beaches for diving. The crystal clear waters offer divers diverse opportunities for exploring Aqua life. This beach is surrounded by tall pine trees and local mountains, but it can get overcrowded during the summer months.

Arenal Playa de Palma
Arenal Playa de Palma is a white sandy beach with shallow waters. It’s a wonderful resort for underwater exploring and is known for offering all-year-round diving opportunities. Taking a plunge into the deep blue waters is even more fun than before thanks to the brand new diving platform in place.

Cala Barca
This pretty but small beach is on the edge of Mondrago Park in Majorca. It is only 25 metres deep with golden sands and amazing scenery. Although the beach itself is small, it can still get overcrowded in peak season. Every year, thousands of snorkellers come to Cala Barca for a spot of underwater exploration. If you are an experienced diver, this is the beach for you, but as there is no lifeguard service, you should exercise caution. Unlike some of the other bays in the area, Cala Barca is developed for tourists and offers a scuba diving centre.

Beaches you should be visiting this Summer

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 by admin No Comments

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Mallorca is a perfect holiday destination and the wide variety of available beaches makes it easy to find a favourite beach close to holiday accommodations, whether you prefer sandy beaches, pebbles or rocks. Check out our listings of some of the best Mallorca beaches before you head off on holiday:

1. Es Trenc

The Es Trenc beach is one of the most popular in Mallorca, offering an expanse of shimmering white sand that’s perfect for play and relaxation. Es Trenc is located a short drive from the village of Campos in the south of the island.

2. Platja de Muro

The Blue Flag beach of Platja de Muro is situated between Alcudia and C’an Picafort and is a perfect beach for kids to play in the sand or sea, as its shallow waters stretch quite a way, due to the sandy shelving.

3. Port d’Alcudia

The beach of Port d’Alcudia was nominated as one of the world’s best beaches in 2012 and features expanses of clean sand and a gentle tidal current, making it ideal for families, swimmers and divers.

4. Cala Mesquida

The beach at Cala Mesquida is popular for surfing as waves are much bigger in this location. The beach is surrounded by sand dunes and situated in the north-east of the island.

5. Puerto Pollensa

The Puerto Pollensa beach is around 6km distance from the town of the same name and immensely popular with holidaymakers and tourists. The scenic mountains surrounding the beach and azure waters of the ocean give it a fairytale appearance that’s sure to be a hit with anybody.

6. Cala Formentor

The playa at Cala Formentor is over 1km in length, however, it’s only about 8m in width, so there’s not a good deal of room for lounging at the height of the season. The crystal clear sea water in this area makes it a wonderful place for swimming and snorkelling.

7. Cala Mondrago

The snorkelling fraternity in Mallorca appreciate all the benefits of swimming from the rocks at popular Cala Mondrago beach. There is a sandy beach for relaxing and playing, too. So this beach offers everything for a perfect day out. It’s located close to Cala d’or and can be accessed by train, bus or car.

8. Cala Agulla

The golden sands of Cala Agulla beach make it a perfect spot for relaxation and play. The beach is located in the north-east of the island, close to Capdepera.

Guide to Sailing in Majorca

Posted on: June 15th, 2016 by admin No Comments

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Mallorca is a beautiful place to go sailing at almost any time of year. Benefiting from the warm climate of the Balearic Islands, which also provides superb sailing winds, Mallorca possesses dramatic coastlines, secluded coves and excellent harbour facilities for sailors.While the ideal time to sail around Mallorca is May to October, when the warm summer sun and light breezes offer prefect conditions. This does, however, mean that the seas can be crowded at this time of year. Those visitors who prefer a less populated ocean may well prefer to visit during the winter or spring. The weather is still good for sailing during the winter months, and the Mediterranean region remains relatively warm, though it is necessary to take more notice of weather conditions and react accordingly at this time of year.

Many of the island’s bays and coves are well protected from harsher weather, providing an excellent environment for new sailors to learn in, and practice their skills. Due to the island’s geography, and the direction of prevailing winds, dangerous swells are rarely experienced by sailors who keep in relatively close to the shoreline.

Mallorca has 544km shoreline to explore, and there are many fine bays and harbours in which to anchor. Porto Cristo provides sailors with a very large marina and an easy anchorage in a sandy seafloor. The water is beautifully clear and perfect for swimming. If a visitor wants to spend some time soaking up the sun on a sandy beach while ashore, then anchoring at Colonia Sant Jordi is a good idea. Here, amidst the calm waters of the south east corner of the island, are located some of Mallorca’s finest beaches, in the shape of Ets Estanys, Es Trenc, Es Dolc and Es Carbo.

Of course, people do not just go on holiday for the sailing, and Port d’Andratx, on the island’s south western corner, has some fine bars and restaurants overlooking its marina. Just up the coast from there is the resort of Sant Elm, which, as well as its nightlife, is a gateway to the Natural Park of Sa Dragonera.

Overall, Mallorca is a superb choice of destination for the seasoned or novice sailor. Its gentle climate, beautiful coastline and excellent waters, as well as its onshore hospitality, make it one of the jewels of the Balearics.

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.

Ibiza
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.

About Cycling in Majorca

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by admin No Comments

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About Cycling in Majorca

With is dazzling azure ocean, beautiful sandy beaches and dramatic mountain backdrops, Majorca offers some of the most picturesque scenery in the whole of Spain. People who want to explore the area at their own pace while getting fit and having fun will find that cycling is a great way to get around. There are lots of impressive cycle routes to choose from in Majorca and renting a bicycle is relatively easy. here are some things to think about if you are planning to go cycling in Majorca.

When to Try Cycling in Majorca
The winters in Majorca tend to be rather mild and this is a great time of year to try cycling. One of the best things about choosing to go cycling in the winter is that the roads as well as hotels and restaurants tend to be less crowded and visitors should be able to score some great deals as they explore using peddle power.

Choosing the Right Route
There are lots of different cycling routes in and around Majorca to suit all styles and fitness levels. It is worth doing a little research in advance to make sure you know exactly what you are getting into with these cycle routes and will be able to go the distance. Even experienced cyclists would probably do well to start off on gentler routes and work their way up to the more challenging cycles when they have got a feel for cycling in this part of the world.

The Best Cycling Routes
The cycling routes that you choose will depend on the type of cyclist you are, the length of the cycling trips you prefer and your general stamina. Some of the most popular cycling routes in this part of Spain include the route that runs from La Victoria to Alcudia, the enchanting Bahia de Pollensa cycling route the main route that runs along the coast from Porto Cristo to Cala Millor.

Staying Safe
It is important to take along plenty of water, as cycling in Majorca can be rather hot work, even in the winter. Consider wearing a brimmed hat in the summer months as well as plenty of sunscreen so that you don’t even up feeling the burn too much. Remember that people drive on the right hand side in Majorca and the rest of Spain and consider taking along a map or a Smartphone with a map app on it to help guide the way.

Walking in Majorca

Posted on: April 8th, 2016 by admin No Comments

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Walking Mallorca; the Mediterranean’s gem

From pristine coastline to magnificent mountain ranges, Mallorca’s natural beauty is fast attracting keen walkers, and finding its way onto the ‘to do’ list of many more. Still, though, Mallorca remains a largely undiscovered paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering quiet trails, great scenery and close contact with nature. Mallorca’s best known trails are concentrated in Mallorca’s two mountain ranges – the Serra de Llevant in the East, and the Tramuntana range in the West. These two unspoilt areas have avoided the trappings of mass tourism, protected not just by the nature of their terrain but also government protection including national park status.

Mallorca offers walking experiences for all abilities, from gentle town and village walks to longer distance hikes. For cliffs and coastal views, the ‘Atalaya de Alcudia’ route is hard to beat, beginning in S’illot on Mallorca’s Easterly coast, gaining height to reach the Atalaya from where spectacular views are possible, before descending to Bon Aire through pine forest. Another highlight of the East is the Cala Torta route to Cala Rajada; expect Mediterranean flowers and scents in Spring.

If it’s peaks you seek, the Sa Retata ridge is an unbeatable choice, with three in store on this circular route. The views are, naturally, panoramic, and offer particularly good views of the islands interior reservoirs. The first viewpoint, L’Ofre, is noted for it’s distinctive cone shape, from where the route continues to Na Francesca and the sparse Sa Retata. Too, the Pilgrim’s Steps walk to the Lluc Monastery offers height on what is Mallorca’s most popular walk. A monastery is also on the menu on the ‘Sa Trapa’ route from the South-Western village S’Aracco.

The list of fantastic walks and possibilities on Mallorca is endless, so it’s lucky Mallorca is a true all year round destination. With mild, only occasionally cold winters, a warm Spring and Summer, and a relatively dry Autumn, the time is always right in Mallorca. Plus, travelling off-season offers additional peace and tranquillity, quiet accommodation, and lower prices. Whilst car hire offers additional flexibility, good public transport (including Mallorca’s famous histoirc railways) means Mallorcan walks are remarkably easily accessible.

Majorca’s Top 5 Indoor Attractions

Posted on: January 7th, 2016 by admin No Comments

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When it comes to finding indoor activities on your holiday, Mallorca will not disappoint as it’s riddled with many adult and kid-friendly attractions. From culture to sports, there is something to suit everyone. For some holiday inspiration, check out our selection of top 5 indoor attractions in Mallorca.

Nassau Beach Club
This indoor restaurant and club is world class and highly sophisticated. There is an outdoor terrace too, where you can enjoy the scenic views across the beach. Nassau Beach thrives on an urban setting, with a stylish and quality venue that will please your whole family.

Indoor concerts
Listen to great music on the hot summer evenings at the indoor convert venues. The annual Deia International Music Festival is held every summer, with a series of concerts by the talented pianist and composer David Gomez.

Dinner shows
Mallorca is home to some of the best-known professional entertainers who regularly take the stage at dinner shows. There is also a pirates adventure show for children, with the most thrilling acrobats, comedians, and gymnasts. For over 18s, there is the late-night Pirates- the Mutiny show where tickets include drinks.

Jazz clubs
You can find some of the most excellent jazz clubs on this Spanish island. The Saratoga Hotel Jazz Club offers great views of the town, especially if you stay on top floor. Listen to the finest jazz played every weekend while drinking a glass of wine on your terrace. This club is furnished with large sofas and comfortable armchairs, where friendly waitresses serve a fine selection of wines and spirits throughout the evening.

Virtual Club
Virtual Club is situated in the southwest of the island. It is a classy venue where you can soak up the sun and sip on your cocktails. This club is open all day and night, with a bistro and a unique nightclub that looks like a cave located within the building. The VIP area of this club includes parasols and large comfortable hammocks where you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon snooze or a glass of champagne.

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.