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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 Galatz√≥.

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.

Port d'Andratx - Majorca
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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