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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.

10 Interesting Facts about Mallorca

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 by admin No Comments

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Well known for its glorious weather, fabulous beaches, vibrant night life and varied history, Mallorca is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. However, there are many intriguing facts about Mallorca that many people are unaware of.

1.) Mallorca is the largest island in Spain, so it comes as no surprise that its original name derived from the Latin term ‘insula maior’, which translates to ‘larger island’. Over the years the name has gradually changed to Mallorca, incorporating the Castellano ‘ll’ pronunciation.

2.) Mallorca’s history is fascinating. The first recorded settlement dates back to 3000 BC, but ancient burial sites have been unearthed that date back to 6000 BC. The island was invaded by the Romans in 123 BC and was subsequently conquered by the Byzantines, the Moors and King James I of Aragon. Because of this varied history, the architecture and ancient ruins found on the island are very diverse.

3.) Although Mallorca has a population of around 900,000 inhabitants, almost half of these people live in the capital city of Palma.

4.) Mallorca has two large mountain ranges: Serra de Tramuntana and Serres de Llevant. Serra de Tramuntana has recently been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status and its highest mountain, Puig Major, is the highest mountain in the entire Balearic region.

5.) It is estimated that over 6,000,000 visitors travel to Mallorca each year. However, it isn’t just holiday-makers who travel to this stunning island. Boasting a varied terrain and over 400km of hiking trails, hikers and cyclists visit Mallorca in vast numbers. In fact, recent figures suggested that over 35,000 cyclists visit Mallorca each year, including both professional and recreational cyclists.

6.) The island’s most spectacular and most visited tourist attraction is La Seu, a huge cathedral that dates back to 1230. A great deal of restoration has been completed over the centuries and recent additions have been created by famous architect Antoni Gaudi.

7.) Mallorca boasts a wonderful collection of cave systems, including Coves del Drach which can be found on the east side of the island. Visitors travel from all over to see the impressive underground lakes, stalagmites and stalactites.

8.) With a glorious Mediterranean climate and average temperatures of 21°c, Mallorca boasts over 300 days of sunshine each year, making it a year-round destination for holiday-makers seeking sun, sea and sand.

9.) There are more than 3,000 restaurants on the island of Mallorca so visitors can indulge themselves on traditional Spanish cuisine, freshly caught seafood and international dishes from all over the world.

10.) Mallorca’s largest nightclub, BCM, boasts the biggest foam machine in the world and is a great place to go to dance the night away and enjoy water, foam and popcorn parties.

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.

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.

Learn 10 Simple Spanish Phrases Today

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by admin No Comments

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When you’re visiting a country like Spain, it can be a little daunting if you don’t speak the native language. If you don’t understand the most basic words, your vacation may not be as much fun. It’s a good idea to learn a few phrases in order to develop your conversational skills. Communicating with people in Spanish will certainly make your travel experiences more memorable and enjoyable. To get you started, here are the top 10 most popular Spanish phrases that every traveller should learn.

1. If you get lost somewhere, you will need to ask a local some simple questions. Always start with the question “¿dónde está?” (where is). Some of the most common examples include: “¿Dónde está la estación de ferrocarril?” (Where is the bus/train station?) “¿Dónde está un restaurante?” (Where is a restaurant?) “ ¿La calle ” (the street).

2. “¿Cuánto cuesta?” (How much does it cost? Or what is the price?)

3. “¿Qué hora es, por favor?” (What time is it, please?)

4. “Yo entiendo, yo no entiendo” (I understand/ I don’t understand)

5. “Yo quiero un boleto, un hotel, un taxi” (I want a ticket for a hotel, a taxi)

6. “Necesito ayuda”. (I need help)

7. “¡Buen viaje!” (Have a good vacation!)

8. “¡Lo siento!” (I am sorry!)

An alternative way to apologise is saying Perdón. This is a more common way of saying sorry, however, if you are looking for toilets, you can use this phrase “Perdón, pero dónde están los baños? (excuse me but where are the WCs?)

9. “¡No se preocupe!” (No worries!)

10. “hasta pronto” (See you soon)

The top 10 phrases are not just helpful but they’re also most commonly used in Spain. If you make an effort and speak with the native locals, they will appreciate your attempts at becoming part of their community. It won’t be long until you are ready to learn more words and phrases and improve your Spanish.

5 Reasons To See Majorca By Road

Posted on: February 10th, 2016 by admin No Comments

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Take the car and explore Majorca’s hidden gems

Hiring a car and going on a road trip is an exciting way to see the nooks and crannies of somewhere new. Take a road trip around Majorca and take in incredible views, artisan markets and quaint villages with traditional restaurants.

Spend time exploring Majorca by car and you can:

1. Shop at a street market. Manacor is on the east side of Majorca and is the second largest town on the island. It is well-known for pearls and there are factories where visitors can go on a tour and see the production of pearl jewellery from start to finish. Along the streets of Manacor, two weekly markets are held – a local food market is open every Monday and an artisan market takes place each Saturday.

2. Sit by an underground lake. Head towards the town of Porto Cristo and you will find Coves Del Drach, some of the most incredible caves in Europe. The lit walkways take you past stalactites and stalagmites and onto a lake where they play peaceful music in a unique atmosphere.

3. Witness breath taking views. A drive along the coast from Palma to Deia reveals dazzling vistas across the Mediterranean Sea and the rolling countryside. The road gets a little hairy in some places, but the rewards are worth it. Stop a while at Valldemossa which has a church with a spire and terraced hillsides. Continue further along the coastline and you will reach the tiny village of Deia which is a favourite spot for A-list movie stars who want to get away from it all. As you wander the twisting backstreets look out for famous faces hidden behind large-framed sunglasses.

4. Tuck into to something different. Stop at cafes, restaurants and bars which offer traditional Spanish dishes and local wine. There a many places to stop along the roadside where you will get to try something new. Choose a place to eat with wide views in the countryside or fresh seafood next to the Mediterranean.

5. Explore the Tramuntana Mountain range. Enjoy cooler air by car by driving the M10 through Lluc and onto the Bay of Alcudia. Along the way you can spot sheep, goats, almond trees and olive groves. This area is a favourite with hikers, so if you can park up, get out to take in the fresh mountain air.

Sailing in Majorca – Balearic Bliss

Posted on: February 3rd, 2016 by admin No Comments

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One of the best ways to see all of the beauty that Majorca has to offer is on a sailing trip. While relaxing on deck you can soak up the warm sun and view the island from a whole new perspective. Sailing round the coast will show you the true variety of landscapes found on Majorca, from palm-fringed beaches to bustling fishing ports, tiny coastal villages and towering cliffs. Day trips are an ideal way to sample some of these hidden delights, but yacht charters are also widely available if you’d like to spend more time out on the waves.

Majorca is well known for its stunning beaches, many of which are not easily accessible from inland. A sailing trip allows you to visit remote and hidden coves, so you can enjoy some peace and tranquillity away from the busy tourist areas. Cala Boquer, on the north-west coast, is one such spot – only accessible on foot or by boat.

If you enjoy a more active holiday, most sailing trips will offer opportunities for swimming and snorkelling. Other water activities, such as water-skiing and wakeboarding may also be available. Fishing is another popular option, with a wide variety of fish found in local waters – including giant swordfish and bluefin tuna, which pass through at the end of summer.

The position of the Balearic Islands means that Majorca enjoys ideal conditions for sailing much of the time, particularly during the summer months. Reliable breezes and sheltered coves make the island an excellent spot for beginner sailors to learn some new skills. Port de Pollenca, on the north-west coast, is well-known as an excellent spot for this.

A sailing trip is also a wonderful way to see more of the local wildlife. Dolphins are regular visitors to the surrounding waters and keen birdwatchers will enjoy spotting the many different sea birds found in the area. In the south-east of the island is Colonia St Jordi, where boats trips can be taken to the Cabrera Archipelago, a collection of 19 islands that form a national park where lots of great wildlife can be seen, both on land and in the water.

Sailing trips are widely available and set out from many different ports all around the island, so wherever you’re based there’s sure to be at least one within easy driving distance.

How Majorca Does Luxury Accommodation

Posted on: January 13th, 2016 by admin No Comments

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Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, but the beauty of this resort is that it’s small enough to discover in a day. There is a vast array of beaches, caves, and sweeping bays, from green mountains to cobbled villages. If you are looking for luxury accommodation on this island, you will be spoilt for choice. Here are some of the examples of the most luxurious places to stay the next time you visit this island.

The Son Julia boutique hotel
This luxury hotel is the perfect getaway set in an idyllic countryside. The 15th century mansion has many facilities to offer families and couples. You can enjoy a good workout in the gym or pamper yourself in the spa. There are also 2 golf courses situated a few minutes from the hotel as well as tennis courts and state-of-the-art bicycles.

Belmond La Residencia
This charming residence is just a stone’s throw from the clear blue Mediterranean Sea. The hotel dates back to 16th century and comes as two characterful manor houses. The rooms are furnished in traditional Spanish style, with floating curtains and elegant armchairs. The timber shutters overlook the green landscaped gardens, where guests and staff can pick fresh flowers and fruits every morning.

Castillo Hotel Son Vida
This luxury hotel is located between two golf courses, 4 swimming pools, and 3 tennis courts. There is also a spa for guests to indulge in. Each room offers open views across the mountains and there is a state-of-the-art TV, CD player, and free Internet connection. Moreover, the hotel’s staff is on call 24 hours a day, or you can opt for a butler for an extra fee. The studios are equipped with plush bathrobes, slippers, fresh fruit and flowers to make your stay unforgettable. To truly enjoy your time at this hotel, consider taking part in the relaxing activities such as the indoor pool, sauna, steam bath, and fitness centre. Select an invigorating massage and many other beauty treatments that are offered at the hotel’s own salon. There are also 4 refreshing outdoor pools to enjoy, while the nearby golf courses and tennis courts await you. This hotel offers professional guest services to assist daily, from making restaurant reservations to delivering flowers and booking excursions. This is truly one of the most luxurious accommodations that you will find in Mallorca.