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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.

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.