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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.

Fishing Holiday to Majorca

Posted on: May 16th, 2016 by admin No Comments

 

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Fishing Holiday to Majorca

Even though the Balearic Islands are hugely popular with holidaymakers who enjoy beach and sun, fishing is an activity that has been attracting enthusiast from the UK and other countries for many years, and for good reason. The region has a rocky bottom that has an abundance of fauna which creates an ideal environment for a wide variety of marine life. Majorca has a terrific coastline, and here, there is the archipelago of Cabrera, which is a national park. The seabed in this area has been unaltered by the rigours of the modern world and in the water can be found scorpion fish, morays and congers along with sea bass and lots of other species. The south-east of the island is particularly amenable for fishing, as, in less than 20 minutes, a boat can take you out onto the high seas, which is only about a six-mile journey.
Deep sea fishing activity and trolling have a season, which begins in May. This is the time when there are enormous amounts of fish that can be caught in these waters. Fish like, the bluefin tuna, swordfish, albacore, and dolphin-fish. The bluefin tuna swim off the coast of Ibiza, pass through the Gulf of Valencia and spawn off the coastal waters of the Balearic Islands.
Between the months of May and August, the south side of the island sees an abundance of albacore that are prevalent in the famous region “Ses Mamelles.” At the end of July, these fish have moved off and can be fished for off the beautiful coast of Menorca.
The summer months are perfect for fishing in the sea off Majorca, and the weather is ideal, to ensure that every day can be spent on the water. The months of August and September are perfect for catching swordfish and the giant blue tuna, with swordfish catches being as big as 300kg. Chumming for the big fish has in the past been very successful in zones such as Cabo Formentera, Porto Cristo and east of Porto Colom.
Autumn makes it possible to do some spinning and trolling with the main catch being small tuna and the dolphin-fish. Dolphin –fish can grow up to 10 kg, but an average size is around five kg.
In this part of the world, there is fishing all of the year around, and anglers can practice their bottom and jigging fishing in the winter. With bottom fishing, it’s possible to catch, red scorpion and scorpion fish.

 

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.

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.

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’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.

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.

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.

Top 5 Majorcan Wines

Posted on: March 10th, 2015 by admin No Comments

In the past, Majorcan wines have been looked down upon as inferior to Italian or French varieties. In recent years, however, there has been a boom in Spanish wines, and the sunny Mediterranean island of Majorca can now boast many delectable vintages.

Majorcan Wines

Binissalem in Majorca’s central plain is now the most widely-known area for vineyards in Majorca, and was the birthplace of the new wine industry in the 1990s following decimation by pests and blight. Grapes grown here include Manto Negro, Callet, Tempranillo, Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot for the red varieties, and the whites include Moll, Premsal, Parellada, Macabeo, Muscat and Chardonnay.

1. Crianza
With more body than Merlot, this locally produced wine is most commonly aged in oak barrels, which lend their flavours to the wine. This type of red wine is the most common in the Binissalem area, and usually comes at an accessible price. It’s a high-quality wine for everyday drinking.

2. Manto Negro
This wine is almost exclusively found on Majorca, meaning it’s a must-try for travellers and holidaymakers. The wine produced is commonly light-bodied, soft, and fruity.

3. Muscat
There are various kinds of Muscat or Muscatel grapes grown in Majorca, and wines produced from Miquel Oliver’s bodega in Petra village are considered especially fine. These sweet white wines are perfect with cheeses or creamy Majorcan desserts after a meal.

4. Cabernet Sauvignon
One of the world’s most recognised red wines, this grape variety is also grown locally in Majorca. This wine is again known for its affinity for oak, where it is most often aged. In Majorca, the grapes are grown in the foothills of the mountains in Serra de Tramuntana and the Costa Nord.

5. Callet
This grape has been known in the past as a rustic red, best used for making rose wine, but the grape’s spice has more recently made it a popular blend with other varieties on Majorca. Bodega Miquel Oliver and Bodega Pere Seda both use this grape to add complexity to their reds and roses.

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