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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Visit the Relaxing Es Trenc

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

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Often referred to as Balearics’ answer to the Caribbean, Es Trenc Beach is a popular, unspoilt sunspot on Majorca’s southern coast.

Es Trenc Beach has a slightly away-from-it-all feel, as it’s not attached to a resort like most beaches on the island. It’s a 2-kilometre stretch of white sand that gently slopes into clear, shallow water.

You’ll find plenty of sunbeds and parasols to hire along the 20-metre wide shoreline and lifeguards are on duty throughout the day. Plus, you’ve got a handful of seafront bars and restaurants.

Es Trenc is popular with naturists, which means the beach is a little quieter than most. That said, it’s still pretty popular and can get busy in the height of summer.

Backed by wetlands and sand dunes, Es Trenc Beach more than lives up to its title as one of the best in Majorca.