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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.

Cooling Off – Majorca In Autumn

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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Majorca in Spain is a year-round destination, with hot summers and mild winters. Autumn brings the much needed rain, and as it’s cooler, fewer visitors tend to travel to this resort from September onwards. This is the perfect time to take advantage of discount flights and low hotel rates. The temperature stays at a comfortable 25 degrees Celsius during the day, and at night, it gets down to 10 degrees.

Autumn is the ideal time for visiting some of the best museums in Majorca. Head down to Deia, a quaint village tucked away on the mountains, where you can explore the art galleries and take part in art classes. Across the island, there are many international concerts, which are always highly anticipated in Palma.

If you’re spending a week in Majorca, it would be a good idea to explore the Serra de Tramuntana by bike. This mountain range has been made a World Heritage Site because of the amazing techniques used to develop its farming sector. Take a ride to a few wineries in this area where you can enjoy local Spanish traditions.

This island always has something to discover, no matter how many times you have already visited it. There is a vast range of luxury and budget hotels scattered around the lush countryside as well as on the coastline. A day’s cycling will also take you to the olive farms and meat factories, where you can learn how to make the traditional Majorcan pork sausage.

The traditional recipes of Majorca are adapted to suit modern tastes. You can find many popular and chic restaurants on the island serving authentic Spanish dishes. In the mountain villages, you will come cross some of the tastiest delis in Palma. No trip to Spain is complete without sampling the local Majorcan dishes.

Once you’ve satisfied your taste buds, why not take a plunge into the deep-blue sea. In autumn, when olive and grape harvests take place, you will find lots of visitors heading down to hidden coves for a swim or taking part in the fruit harvests.
The best thing about Majorca is that it’s busy with tourists all year round. If you just want to relax on the beach, you can do so, even in autumn months. This is the perfect time to take advantage of low rates and get a feel of real life in the Balearics.

Authentic Majorcan Cuisine

Posted on: September 23rd, 2015 by admin No Comments

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The stunning island of Majorca has had tourists flocking to its golden shores for decades. Although famous for glorious beaches and exciting night-life, Majorca has so much more to offer those who want to explore its delights and indulge in the fantastic cuisine. Boasting a mouth-watering culinary heritage, it would be a wasted opportunity to venture no further than the all-inclusive resorts or spending balmy evenings searching for burgers and chips.

WHAT’S ON OFFER?

Many traditional dishes are enjoying a revival and for anyone seeking a real taste of the authentic, the local bars and restaurants will not disappoint. Fruits and vegetables bursting with flavour grow abundantly in the Mediterranean climate and are enjoyed at their best when used simply but lovingly to create the perfect accompaniment to local meats, cheeses and fresh fish. Rural tourism is on the increase in Majorca and farmhouse accommodation provides one of the best ways to experience traditional cooking.

SNACKS

Tapas bars are a great place to sample a range of tasty morsels, such as Calamares (squid rings in batter), cured hams and spicy sausages. Indigenous to Majorca is sobrasada, a spicy sausage made from cured pork and bacon, spiced with paprika, aniseed, salt and pepper – delicious with a salad of olives, tomatoes and peppers.
For something sweeter, another speciality from Majorca are ensaimadas, a sweet spiral pastry bun dusted with icing sugar and sometimes filled with a fruit jam. Perfect as a snack, dunked in coffee or even enjoyed as a dessert, they are quite irresistible!

MEALS

When something a little more substantial is required, there are many seafood dishes to choose from, such as sea bass baked in rock salt, or the timeless paella. Authentic Majorcan paella, fideua, is made with noodles instead of rice.
Pork is a staple of main dishes in Majorca and apart from a mouth-watering selection of sausages, pork parcels wrapped in cabbage and served with raisins and pine nuts – known as Llom amb col – are another favourite.
If you’re visiting Majorca in the Autumn when it’s a little cooler, you may feel inclined to tuck into tumbet, a rich ratatouille-style vegetable dish of aubergines, peppers tomatoes, garlic and potatoes. While this is sometimes served as an accompaniment to meats, it makes a hearty and healthy dish on its own. Wash down with an award-winning wine for a truly memorable taste of Majorca.

 

Majorca: The Weather & When To Go

Posted on: September 9th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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The island of Majorca, the largest of the Balearic islands off the coast of Spain, is blessed with a warm Mediterranean climate and enjoys average temperatures of 21°C throughout the year. The beautiful scenery, rich culture, vibrant party atmosphere and clement weather makes this island a popular place to visit and a dream location to live. The driest months are in June, July and August while the wettest months are in September, October, November and December.

The Winter season.

Majorca’s mild Winter is the time of the almond blossom that occurs in January and February, an event celebrated by the islanders because of the economic importance of almonds and an appreciation of the natural beauty of the blossoming trees. Winter sees the island’s lowest number of visitors so a number of bars and restaurants may be closed at this time. Daytime temperatures range between 15°C and 18°C while nighttime temperatures seldom fall below 5°C.

The Spring season.

There are a number of fiestas held in Majorca during the Spring, when average temperatures range between 20°C and 24°C, including the Fiesta de Sant Fransesc and Festa de Sant Jordi in April as well as the May Day celebrations in the following month which heralds the coming of Summer. As rainfall decreases and daylight hours increase, heightened numbers of travellers arrive on the island’s shores as the peak Summer season approaches.

The Summer season.

The warm and hot Majorcan Summer marks the island’s peak tourist season, when thousands flock to its pristine shores from throughout Europe and the rest of the world. The beaches are a major attraction for sunbathers and swimmers and the nightclubs and bars draw in crowds of party goers looking to have the Summer of a lifetime. Daily sunlight during the Summer months is between 10 and 11 hours while average temperatures rest in the late 20s and low 30s.

The Autumn season.

Autumn in Majorca may bring increased showers and fewer hours of daylight but the average temperatures remain generous, ranging between 20°C and 25°C, and the Mediterranean waters are still warm enough to bathe in swim in. A major advantage of visiting the island in the Autumn is that the Summer throngs are dissipating, meaning that the island is less crowded and accommodation prices decrease, allowing for a cheaper holiday with fewer people around.

 

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Majorca

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

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Most travellers know the Balearic Island of Majorca boasts some of the best beaches, nightlife and seafood in Europe. However, there are quite a few things even seasoned Majorca tourists don’t know about their favourite holiday spot:

1. Majorca has been occupied by humans for several millennia, at least since 5,000 BC. There are several impressive archaeological sites on the island dated to Bronze-Age occupation. The first Roman “tourists” arrived in 123 BC, taking over the island. Package holidays to the island have been available since 1952.

2. Majorca was under frequent attack by pirates for several centuries. This led to the construction of a series of imposing castles, fortresses and a chain of Torres, watch towers, lining the coast. Only a handful of Torres remain today. One of Majorca’s biggest castles, the 700-year-old Castle Capdepera, is a fine example of this type of anti-pirate strategy. It lies some 48 miles/77 km distance from Palma.

3. Majorca regularly wins awards for its delicious and elegant wines. The vineyards grouped around the village of Binissalem in the interior of Majorca produce red varieties like Syrah Monastrell, Merlot, Manto Negro, Sauvignon and Tempranillo, while white wines include Chardonnay, Parellada and Prensal Blanc.

4. One of Majorca’s most famous home-grown dishes is a sweet pastry called ensaimadas, only available on the island, where it has been consumed since the 17th century, making it one of Europe’s oldest documented recipes.

5. Another favourite Majorca delicacy is the spicy sobrassada, a cured sausage made from loin pork and pork bacon and spiced with paprika, salt, pepper and aniseed. Boiled, they’re eaten with…pretty much anything that’s going, but are particularly good with seasonal salads made from locally grown tomatoes and peppers.

6. Majorca’s house prices weathered the European financial crisis far better than other parts of Spain because here demand for high-end properties always outstripped what was available. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to live in Majorca for most of the year?

7. Rural tourism is beginning to boom. The Balearic government now permits small historic farmhouses to be converted into charming guesthouses and B&Bs. If you love hiking holidays and want to escape the bigger beach resort’s hustle and bustle and have a truly relaxing holiday, stay in rural hamlets like Llubli, Costitx, Petra, Algaida and Sineu, which are being promoted by Turismo de Interior now.

Majorca is an island full of history and fascination and no visitor should simply restrict themselves to the beaches – glorious though they be.

Majorca – Good Beaches, GOOD Sports

Posted on: August 12th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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There is absolutely no debating that Majorca boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Europe, evidenced by the fact that so many tourists flock to the island every summer. What is perhaps less known, however, is the breadth of sports that are available to experience. Here is a handful of the best sports that Majorca has to offer when you don’t want to spend the whole day on the beach.

1. Jet Skiing

It is no surprise, given the lush waters that surround the island, that Majorca has a great reputation for jet skiing. There are plenty of places around the island that offer jet ski rentals for individual and large groups. Please note that the law in Majorca requires a boating licence for unlimited access, but you can still hire one with set boundaries.

2. Sea Kayaking

Another popular water based sport is sea kayaking, a very popular choice given the nature of the island’s crystal clear, calm waters. Kayaking is a great way to spend time on the sea for those who do not want to worry of handling a powerful jet ski or any other motorized craft.

3. Scuba Diving

Tourists who want to see what is underneath the surface can partake in scuba diving adventures. There are diving schools on the island that offer experiences for all abilities from novice to expert, and the island has a stellar reputation when it comes to the healthy and safety of its scuba diving excursions.

4. Golf

If you prefer to partake of sporting activities on dry land, then why not pick up a set of clubs and try your hand at a round of golf? There is nothing quite like hitting 18 holes in the glorious sunshine, and the Majorcan golf courses present fun sport among some of the most beautiful landscape that the island has to offer. Even if you don’t have the best handicap, you will certainly enjoy the scenery on the way round.

5. Cycling

Another popular land based sport in Majorca is cycling; a pursuit that has gained in popularity immensely over the past decade. Bicycles are easily hired on the island in various locations and going on a bike tour allows you to see much more of the island than if you were on foot. With activities for all fitness and cycling proficiency levels, there will be something on offer for everyone.

The 5 Best Beaches in Majorca

Posted on: June 3rd, 2015 by admin No Comments

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Cala Deià, near Sóller

One of the few beaches situated on the rugged west coast of Majorca, its pebbles and coarse sand are sheltered by cliffs and pine forests. The beauty and special light quality of Cala Deià are celebrated by artists, who set up on the terraces above the secluded rock pools. The clear water is ideal for snorkelling and swimming – writer Robert Graves once lived nearby and visited the little cove for a daily dip.

Playa de Muro, near Alcudia

For something completely different, head for the north coast and its miles of golden sands. Watersports enthusiasts will love Playa de Muro, which boasts excellent facilities and disabled access. Edged by pine and juniper trees and backed by dunes, this Blue Flag resort is close to the Albufera nature reserve, the island’s largest wetland expanse. With its shallow waters and hotels opening on to the beach, the bay is perfect for families and young children.

Cala Torta, near Artà

If the thought of turquoise-blue sea and fine white sand makes you happy, choose the north-east side of the island. The intermittently windy conditions of Torta make it popular with surfers, and its deep crystal-clear water attracts snorkellers. You can strip off or not, as you prefer, as this destination is laid-back but not designated as solely a nudist area. Reach it by way of a bumpy car ride and a walk through the dunes.

Es Trenc

Make for the more sheltered south coast for this well-known strip with a Caribbean feel. Despite its isolation the natural beauty of this resort-free location attracts crowds, but in this protected zone you’ll find solitude among the sand dunes, tamarind trees and wetlands, home to marine vegetation and migratory birds. Windsurfing is the main activity, with facilities including lifeguards and disabled ramps, while others will appreciate its tradition as an unofficial nudist beach.

Ciutat Jardí or Ciudad Jardín, Palma

Combine the history, Art Nouveau architecture, elegant shops and general buzz of Majorca’s capital with breath-taking views of the Bay of Palma from this appropriately-named city garden. Stroll or cycle along the promenade as far as Arenal or act cool on rollerblades. The shallow sea is safe for small children who will also appreciate the large playground, while the extensive facilities on offer will suit families, with disabled members well catered for.

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.