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The History Of Majorca In 5 Minutes

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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This stunning Spanish island with it’s 3,439 miles of picturesque coastline is far more than just a beach holiday destination. This part of the Balearic coast is steeped in a rich and intriguing history, that will leave you wanting to discover more than just the beach. The following is a 5 minute history on this sunshine filled land to really get you looking forward to your travels.

These picturesque islands are thought to have been naturally created over 150 million years ago; Majorca is presumed to have been formed as part of the Balearic mainland and eventually broke away. This particular group of islands have been ravaged by invaders and settlers throughout the years; On the plus side, it has left us with the incredible holiday destination that we enjoy today.

A Simplified History Of Invaders and conquerors through the years 700BC – 145AD; The Baleares Islands were largely dominated by the Phoentians, until the Carthaginians came along.

123AD; Majorca is conquered by the Romans, eventually turning the island into a Christian dwelling.

1203-1229; The Baleares islands are taken over by the Almohadian tribes from Algeria and Denia. Three months worth of battles finally lead to Catalan King Jaume I of Aragon taking the throne in Majorca.

1879- 1898; Skipping ahead, through many bloody battles and Majorca finally has a rest from the torrent of invasions. This period was known as ‘Gold Fever’ because of the increase of money coming into the country due to trading wine and almonds.

1935-1939 This time bought the devastating Spanish Civil War, The ‘Gold Fever’ was officially over.

2015 Majorca has finally been granted the peace that this stunning island deserves. With a maximum rainfall of just 55 inches for the whole year, this holiday destination is a favourite for travellers from all around the world.

Today, Majorca and its capital of Palma continue to grow year by year; In 2014 the main airport into Majorca saw 23.1 million tourists walk through on their holidays. As well as tourists, this fantastic holiday destination offers work for immigrants from all over Europe and Africa. The rich and chaotic history just adds to the draw of this island as a holiday destination.

Your 5 Favourite Things To Do In Majorca

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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Although a small island, Majorca is a veritable treasure trove of things to see and do. Let’s take a closer look at five of the best things to do in Majorca!

Ride the train to Soller.
Constructed over 100 years ago, the wooden railway was originally used by farmers to deliver citrus fruits to Majorca’s capital city of Palma. Today, visitors can board the train in Palma and take a 17 mile journey through mountain tunnels, past forests and groves, to arrive in the charming town of Soller. Take in an hour’s worth of the islands natural beauty, and do remember your camera!

Visit the Aquarium.
One of the most popular attractions on the island, Palma’s modern aquarium makes for a fantastic day out for visitors of all ages. Built in 2007 and home to over 7000 different species of marine life, the building itself sits just 50 metres from the sea. For the more daring adventurers, there’s even the opportunity to dive with the sharks!

Bask in Alcudia’s historic beauty.
Alcudia is a popular and modern resort, but for those of us who enjoy a little culture, the old town is well worth a trip. Ancient walls surround the maze of medieval paths and alleys, providing tourists with an authentic taste of Majorca. With pavement cafés, colourful fiestas, and a bustling weekly market, Alcudia’s old town is the perfect place to while away a few hours.

Experience the Wild West.
Western Waterpark is situated in the town of Magaluf. As a complete family favourite, the park has facilities for toddlers, kids, and adults alike. Alongside the obligatory waterslides, there are relaxing rides for some chill-out time as well as professional diving events. Plenty of places to eat and drink make Western Waterpark a full day of absolute fun!

Take in the City.
Majorca’s capital city of Palma is a must-see destination in its own right. La Seu Cathedral, particularly, is a breathtaking sight, especially by night. With tapas bars, chic shopping, and the bustle of city life, there is something in Palma to suit any taste. Football fans can take a look at the Iberostar Stadium, home to RCD Mallorca, the only Spanish league club on the island.

On Yer Bike: Cycling in Majorca

Posted on: April 22nd, 2015 by admin No Comments

Watch out for Mamils … one of Mallorca’s testing routes

Majorca is known by many as an ideal sun-drenched holiday destination and by a few as a place for intense physical training. Whilst a small trickle of tourists enjoy cycling in Majorca, during the island’s mild winters, many of the top European cycle teams descend for the start of their year-round training, favouring the range of terrain available, the bright and picturesque light and the pleasant winter conditions.

However, no Olympic medal is required to enjoy Majorca’s famous landscape. While the professionals arrive in January or February, the more popular time to arrive is in the spring. During March and April, the roads of Majorca see more cyclists than cars. This early spring is a great time to visit Majorca for a cycle holiday as the summer sun has not yet found the island, and neither have the package holiday makers.

The island boasts a number of fantastic base towns for cyclists depending on experience. Used to hard treks through the mountains and peaks? Then head to the North-West of the island to the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, choosing a hotel in nearby Soller or Inca with a specialized bike service for guests. Hoping for something a little more relaxed? Then look further south near the coast where the tracks are flatter.

Despite the island having a fantastic climate for outside activities, a few precautions are necessary when planning a holiday cycling in Majorca. The high temperatures in summer mean adequate water and heat protection is necessary, especially in the higher elevations as burning is a danger. As snow only occurs a couple of days a year near the tops of the mountain ranges, the risk is small but again adequate precaution is a necessity.

Majorca has made vast improvements in facilities for cyclists. Some hotels offer a combination service, partnering with cycle firms to provide the best experience, whilst others offer bike storage services for those who wish to bring their own. The variety and range of bicycle shops, the well-maintained tracks and detailed local advice mean that Majorca is not just the favoured destination for the professional cyclist, but also increasingly the amateur.

Take a hike! The most breathtaking places for a hike in Majorca.

Posted on: March 30th, 2015 by admin No Comments

There’s More to Majorca Than You Think
Majorca is widely perceived in the UK as a family holiday spot or a party destination, but once you get outside of the built-up resorts, you’ll be amazed by dramatic cliffs, deserted coves, and the lovely Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the “Cultural Landscape” category.

While in Majorca, make your life easy with your own set of wheels: hiring a car at Majorca Airport means you’ll have the independence to really explore the island for yourself.


Breathtaking Views
Puig de Massanella, standing proud at 1367 metres tall, is the island’s second highest peak, and it’s praised by Lonley Planet for its beautiful Alpine-style slopes and incredible panoramas.

There are many locally-based island companies who can help you find the right trek according to your levels of ability and adventure, with trails such as that of Banyalbufar ranked easy (it incorporates a wine excursion!) right up to the challenging” 3-hour climb up the slopes of Puig Galatzó.

Be Independent
If you feel more like striking out on your own, many local companies can offer lots of advice on places to hike. The walk from Camp de Mar to Sa Mola takes in delightful coastal views, a gorgeous beach, and a sunny fishing village. Following an 11km route, you can finish the day with a fresh, local seafood dinner in Port d’Andratx.

Port d'Andratx - Majorca
For something a little more strenuous, the Dry Stone Route around the western coast of Majorca is a popular 8-day trek. This 135km hike through the mountains includes hostels en route for tired walkers, and starts at Port d’Andratx, finishing at Pollenca.

Adventure lovers can also enjoy kayaking, caving, rock climbing, scuba diving, canyoning, and mountain biking on Majorca- it’s a perfect place for outdoor types, with a pleasing subtropical climate and lush green vegetation. While mountain treks are better avoided in the hotter months, hikers will find the off-season to be a more favourable time of year: accommodation is cheaper, the weather is cooler, and the summer crowds are nowhere to be seen. Perfect.

Ballooning in Majorca

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

Ballooning in Majorca

Taking a hot air balloon ride is one of the most magical ways to see all that Majorca has to offer. Ballooning in Majorca will give you a bird’s eye view of the stunning island and will enjoy an experience that they will never forget. People who have a real head for heights are treated to stunning panoramic views of the entire island as well as the surrounding area as they drive slowly through the air.

It’s best to start your ballooning adventure at dawn, this way you’ll get a chance to watch an impressive sunrise in a unique new way. As the balloon climbs slowly higher to reach 500 metres you will be greeted by the enchanting sight of the sun sparkling on the Mediterranean Sea, painting it with a broad spectrum of colours.

The impressive Serra de Tramuntana mountain range can be seen far below, and this is the perfect way to admire the mountains of Majorca in all their glory. The endless golden sandy beaches that surround the island can really be appreciated from this high and at this time in the morning there are few people stretched out on the sand.

Your balloon gently drifts across the island until it is directly over the table mountain of Puig de Randa. This mighty mountain is 542 metres high and can be admired from all parts of Majorca. However, taking a balloon ride gives visitors the unique opportunity to see the whole of the mountain from a lofty vantage point.

If the weather conditions are good, you will be able to see all the way to the island of Cabera in the distance. The ride is so slow and gentle that it almost feels as those you are gliding through the clouds as you take in the spectacular sights below and all around you.

This is an extremely romantic experience and taking a hot air balloon ride in Majorca is particularly popular among young lovers. As you touch down at the end of the balloon ride you will feel exhilarated and energised. Now it is time to enjoy a delicious Mediterranean breakfast before exploring Majorca’s other impressive experiences.

Grab a rope – Sailing in Majorca

Posted on: January 20th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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Majorca is without a doubt one of the most stunning locations within Spain. As this island is a refuge for countless thousands of tourists each and every year, it should be no surprise that there are a wide range of activities to enjoy. In particular, sailing is a popular pastime that offers anyone a truly pristine view of cerulean blue waters punctuated by a majestic coastline. So, what features enable sailing in Majorca to be such a frequent choice when on holiday?

Favourable Winds
A key variable to consider is that due to the position of Majorca within the Mediterranean Sea, the winds are generally calm during most of the year. The islands will actually block much of the inclement weather that can be found on the open ocean while reliable thermal winds provide adequate momentum throughout the day. Of course, the winter months can be a bit more unpredictable. Even so, Majorca is thought to be one of the best locations for those who are learning to sail.

Numerous Harbours
The natural geography of Majorca provides a host of excellent coves and bays to take shelter if the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worst. While excellent to afford a certain amount of protection, these formations are just as perfect if one wishes to drop anchor and spend a tranquil day relaxing underneath the inviting equatorial sun.

Countless Services
Due to the maritime nature of Majorca and all of the Balearic Islands, there are a host of sailing-related services to enjoy. From boat hire to sailing lessons and even chartering a private yacht for an excursion, the notion of “one size fits all” in reference to such activities is certainly relevant here. Most of these amenities are quite amenably priced.

These are a few of the reasons why Majorca is so respected within the sailing community. With a combination of calm waters, an inviting climate and numerous sailing services, both novices and professionals alike will make their way to this tropical paradise every year. When one is searching for an unforgettable experience upon the open water, Majorca is indeed an excellent choice.

The Top 5 Museums and Art Galleries in Majorca

Posted on: January 8th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Museums and Art Galleries

For those seeking an alternative experience of the largest Balearic island to the usual partying and sun worship, Majorca has a wide range of museums and art galleries to choose from.

1. Museu de la Mar
The Museu de la Mar, or the Port of the Sea, is situated at the Port de Sóller and is a celebration of that port’s maritime history. The museum resides within a medieval chapel, the Oratorio de Santa Caterina, and showcases a range of seafaring memorabilia in respect and remembrance of the settlement’s centuries old reliance on the sea for survival.

2. CCA Andratx Art Centre
The CCA Andratxt Art Centre is a must see for admirers of post-modern creativity. On showcase are a variety of artistic mediums, including installation, sculptures, paintings and photographs. Located in Andratx, near Palma, this gallery displays exquisite artworks from Spanish as well as international artists.

3. Museu de Fang (Majorcan pottery museum)
The Museu de Fang, or the Clay Museum, contains examples of Balearic pottery with an emphasis on local Majorcan items. This museum, housed in an old windmill, serves as a reminder of the thriving local pottery industry that has existed here for centuries. It is both an art gallery and a museum, in its way, because the often functional objects on display are works of art as well as cultural and historical artifacts.

4. Casal Solleric
Located in Palma, capital of Majorca and the Balearics, this art gallery resides within a magnificent 18th century baroque building and exhibits contemporary paintings and photography. Visitors may enjoy the contrast between the historical setting and the contemporary exhibits.

5. Es Revellar Art Resort Galleries
This art gallery resides in the magnificent Es Revellar estate, located in the municipality of Campos and dating from the 15th century. Serving as both a hotel and an art gallery, it practices the concept of land art, that is the use of beautiful surroundings to induce pleasant emotions. Works of art including sculptures as well as multicultural and historical artifacts melt into exquisite gardens and gorgeous stone villas.

The Perfect Putting Experience – Golfing in Majorca

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by admin No Comments

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Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Island and has long been a favourite vacation destination in Spain. The beaches and glorious weather are a big draw for those that visit although there are plenty of other attractions. This includes golf, with the courses on the island providing some of the best playing conditions around Europe.

Getting to Majorca is relatively simple. It is served by the Palma de Mallorca Airport, which is one of the busiest in Spain and many of the European airlines operate flights to it. The transport systems on the island are fairly good, but renting a car is the easiest way to getting to your chosen golf course or resort of choice.

There are plenty of destinations to choose from. This includes the Santa Ponsa Golf Club, which is situated close to the capital city, Palma, and has three different courses to play. The Arabella Golf Course & Spa has a similar set up, with this resort also located close to Palma and boasting three separate courses. Those that want to play a course designed by Jack Nicklaus can do so on Majorca by visiting Golf Park Puntiro. A golf academy at this resort also provides the chance for anyone to brush up on their skills, with instructors using some of the latest technology to help players get the best out of their game.

In total, there are more than 20 courses around Majorca and some of the others to play on a visit include Alcanada, Canyamel, Poniente, and Son Servera. Visit at the right time and it may even be possible to take in a professional tournament. The Pula Golf resort has hosted European Tour events on a number of occasions and the European Senior Tour has also staged tournaments on the island.

The warm climate of Majorca means that golf is a year round sport on the island. This makes it an ideal destination for golfers to take a vacation, with the sunny weather and beautiful courses ensuring they will have an enjoyable time.

A Truly Breathtaking Experience – Snorkelling in Majorca

Posted on: September 4th, 2014 by admin No Comments

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Going snorkelling can be a fun and unforgettable experience, and there are a good number of excellent spots for this in Majorca. This part of the world benefits from crystal-clear warm water. The marine life is not only abundant and fascinating, but these snorkelling sites tend to be free of any dangerous species.

Good Reasons to Go Snorkelling in Majorca

• It is one of the cheapest beach activities
• You don’t need to have any expensive equipment to enjoy some underwater delights
• Snorkelling tours can be a great way to explore Majorca
• It is something that families with children can enjoy together
• Unlike scuba diving, you don’t really need training to be able to snorkel – although you do need to be able to swim
• There is the possibility to explore underwater caves and see amazing things that you will never forget

Where to Go Snorkelling in Majorca?

Javea Arenal is one of the most popular beaches in Majorca, and it can also be a good choice if you want to go snorkelling. The water here is clean and shallow, and there is good visibility almost all year round. It’s possible to go snorkelling from almost any part of the beach, but there are a couple of bays (Portitxol and Tango) that are particularly good.

Cala Varques is an unspoilt beach that is usually free of crowds because it is more difficult to get to than the other beaches – you can either come by boat or via a twenty minute hike. The effort it takes to get here is well worth it because the water conditions for snorkelling are excellent. There can also be marine life here that you might not get to see at the busier beaches.

Puerto Pollensa can be the right option for children or those who are new to snorkelling. There are a number of places you can hire snorkelling equipment here, and there are also businesses offering snorkelling tours.

How to Get the Most out of Snorkelling in Majorca

• Don’t use cheap snorkelling equipment because it is going to be uncomfortable to wear and infective to use
• Make sure you stick to areas where it is known to be safe to snorkel
• Avoid snorkelling alone
• Make sure you apply plenty of waterproof sun protection

Jet Skiing in Majorca

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 by admin No Comments

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As well as offering visitors a great place to relax in the sun, the Balearic island is a hive of activities and a visit to  is sure to live long in the memory. One of the most popular pursuits on offer is Jet skiing in Majorca. The seas around Majorca are perfect for watersports and thousands of people flock to island to test the waters.

It’s easy to see why tourists love jet skiing so much. With the waves under your feet and the wind in your hair, it is a fun and exhilarating experience that simply cannot be replicated.
Watersports are on offer to people of all ages and abilities right across Majorca, but four of the most popular spots are found in Palma Nova, Magaluf, Pollensa Bay and the small town of Santa Ponsa.

All you have to do to get started is walk down to the beach and speak to a jet ski operative. If you don’t feel this adrenaline rush is for you just yet, then you can charter a sailing yacht and relax as you pass some of the most stunning coastlines in the world.