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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.

The History Of Majorca In 5 Minutes

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

Majorca

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.

How to Sunbathe Safely

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Sunbathe safely

Sunbathing can be good for you, but you should also not overdo it, and sunbathe at the best times of the day. Here are some tips on how to sunbathe safely:

1. In the summer months, sunbathing between 10am and noon is ideal. Though the sun will be fully out it also won’t be as hot as it’s likely to be in the early afternoon. In the wintertime, between 2pm and 4pm is the best time to sunbathe and the time that the sun benefits human health the most.

2. It’s important not to spend too much time continually in the sun, but to sunbathe in five minute spells, and to build up to an hour over the course of the day.

3. You should wear sunglasses to avoid the glare of the sun, when driving for instance, and sun block should be used if you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time.

A guide to SPF – How sun tan lotion Protects Your Skin

Posted on: May 28th, 2014 by admin No Comments

sun tan lotion

We all know we should put sun tan lotion on when we’re outside in the summer. Fewer of us understand exactly how sun tan lotion works. The sun emits radiation which damages the skin and increases your risk of skin cancer. These are called UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays cause sun burn and are carcinogenic, while UVA rays cause damage to the skin, increase signs of ageing, and also contribute to skin cancer. Sun cream works by blocking this radiation from being absorbed into your skin.

The higher the SPF rating, the more radiation is blocked by the sun cream. However, no sun cream will protect you completely. Most of us don’t use anywhere near enough sun cream when we put it on, so apply liberally. Make sure you reapply at least every two hours, as well as whenever you have got wet, sweated a lot or towelled yourself dry.

Easter Cuisine in Majorca

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 by admin No Comments

Easter Cuisine

During Holy Week, the people of Majorca prepare delightful Easter cuisine to celebrate the holiday.

Bakeries will compete to display the most spectacular ‘Mona de Pascua'; chocolate sculptures which can take many forms, from eggs to rabbits.

Families will also get together, preparing traditional dishes of Panades, Cocarrois and Robiols. Panades is a kind of edible pie-shaped basket, made with flour, and filled with lamb meat. A cocarrois is like a Cornish pasty filled with Swiss Chard or garlic. Robiols are a sweet food; crescent moon shaped pastries filled with marmalade or curd cheese.

All these pieces of easter cuisine are available to buy in bakeries as they are very popular during the Easter season, but many people prefer the communal spirit of cooking with friends and families.

Majorcan Road Regulations

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

Majorcan Road Regulations

As part of Spain, Majorcan road regulations follows the same road and driving regulations as the mainland. It’s essential to familiarise yourself with them before driving.

The most important factor to remember is that you drive on the right! It’s easy to forget if you pull out onto an empty road, so be careful! Speed limits are 50 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h on single carriageway roads, 100 km/h on dual carriageways and 120 km/h on motorways and there are plenty of speed cameras to enforce the limits.

When driving from a minor road to a major one, give priority to traffic on the major road. You must give way to vehicles approaching from the right and when entering a roundabout, give way to any vehicles already on it.

It should go without saying, but don’t drink and drive. It’s dangerous and the police take it very seriously.

If these rules don’t put you off driving through beautiful Majorca, you may want to consider our car rental service.

A Brief Majorcan History

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Majorcan History

Majorcan History twists and turns through many different rulings but to many, Majorca is a traditional holiday spot. This reputation for tourism began in the 1960s, but the Mediterranean island was first occupied as early as 6000 BC. Since then possession of the island has been contested frequently, passing through phases of occupation over the course of almost 2,000 years.

The Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals and Byzantines all laid claim to Majorca. The island was seized by the Emirate of Cordoba in 902 AD, and passed into a phase of Muslim and North African control. In 1229 Majorca was captured by King James I of Aragon, returning the island to European control. From this point on the rulership of Majorca began to settle.

The War of Spanish Succession threw the region into turmoil, but its conclusion brought Majorca under unified Spanish rule in 1716 where it’s remained ever since.

There is no better way to learn more about the country’s rich heritage than to visit the place itself! If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, why not take a look at the car hire service we have available.