Category: Balearic Islands

Ibiza Creativity Festival

| August 19, 2012
Ibiza Creativity Festival

Artists from a variety of disciplines (painting, music, sculpture, theatre…) come together for over a week in Ibizatown. Dates from Oct 17, 2012 to Oct 19, 2012.
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Palma de Mallorca Fira del Ram

| February 14, 2012
Palma de Mallorca Fira del Ram

The Fira del Ram is an amusement park that brings together attractions by the hundred and visitors by the thousands every year. March/April.
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Santuari de Lluc, Majorca

| February 1, 2012
Santuari de Lluc, Majorca

The sanctuary at Lluc is the spiritual centre of Mallorca and has been a place of pilgrimage for over 800 years. The main point of interest is the little statue of the Virgin (La Moreneta de Lluc), which, so the story goes, was found in a cave by an Arab shepherd boy who had converted to Christianity. The image was initially moved to the church but it kept returning to the same spot. A chapel was built to house this miraculous object and this has since been decorated with precious stones. Thousands of pilgrims now arrive here every year to pay homage. Continue Reading

Santanyi, Majorca

| January 22, 2012
Santanyi, Majorca

Santanyi old town is full of stone houses built from the local honey-coloured sandstone. The same sandstone was used in the building of the cathedral in Palma and Castell Bellver. Continue Reading

Colonia de Sant Jordi, Majorca

| January 18, 2012
Colonia de Sant Jordi, Majorca

The town of Colonia de Sant Jordi lies on the southern end of the island. It has a handful of modest hotels, a few restaurants, a pretty beach and an interesting harbour. Continue Reading

Palma Cathedral

| January 13, 2012
Palma Cathedral

Palma’s cathedral, La Seu, is the most precious architectural treasure of the Balearic Islands and is regarded as one of Spain’s most outstanding Gothic structures. Continue Reading

Felanitx, Majorca

| January 9, 2012
Felanitx, Majorca

From a distance, the busy little town of Felanitx looks as though it is surrounded by a wall with many turrets. As you approach, it becomes apparent that these are windmills built on the outskirts of town. Continue Reading

Inca, Majorca

| December 31, 2011
Inca, Majorca

Inca is the third largest town on the island. A modern industrial place, visitors come here nevertheless, attracted by the cheap leather goods in Avinguda General Luque and Gran Via de Colon. Thursday, market day, is Inca’s busiest time. The stalls lining the streets and squares stretch over several districts of town. Here you can buy almost anything – souvenirs, household goods, flowers and food. Continue Reading

Train from Palma to Port de Soller

| December 30, 2011
Train from Palma to Port de Soller

The most enjoyable way to travel from Palma to Soller is aboard the “Red Arrow”, an electric narrow-gauge railway line, which opened in 1912. After passing through farmland, the 27-km (17-mile) route winds its way through the steep peaks and valleys of the Serra de Tramuntana. The line is justifiably regarded as one of the most attractive in Europe, and the narrow-gauge rolling stock, musty carriages and clanking engine only add to the experience. Continue Reading

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain: Ibiza town

| December 30, 2011
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain: Ibiza town

The capital of the island is situated in the municipality of Ibiza with its impressive walled centre which was named World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. This international distinction recognizes the historical, cultural and architectural importance of the best-preserved coastal fortress in the Mediterranean. The acropolis of Dalt Vila is full of narrow streets and monuments such as the castle or the cathedral. It has been a crossroads for different cultures for hundreds of years, nowadays the surroundings of the fortress are the stage for concerts, poetry events, exhibitions and cultural activities throughout the entire year. Continue Reading

Majorca tours: Palma, Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller

| December 29, 2011
Majorca tours: Palma, Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller

Valldemossa
Valldemossa lying 17 kilometres from Palma along the s’Esgleieta road, is famous, among other reasons, for the Carthusian Monastery, known as La Cartuja, where Frédéric Chopin and Georges Sand spent the winter of 1838-1839.

The monastery (closed Sundays), with its distinctive green-tiled belfry, rises head and shoulders above the town. In the church, there are frescoes by Miguel Bayeu, Goya’s brother-in-law. The cloister encloses a beautiful garden, where summer concerts are held, with famous pianists playing Chopin’s works. The “Pleyel” piano which the Polish musician caused to be brought from Paris can still be seen here. Continue Reading

Majorca caves

| December 28, 2011
Majorca caves

Majorca is renowned for its caves that are carved out of the island’s limestone rocks. Many of them were well-known by local people for centuries and they once offered protection for the earlier settlers, or functioned as hiding places from marauding pirates, dens for smugglers or religious sanctuaries. Continue Reading

Ibiza nature

| December 27, 2011
Ibiza nature

The natural surroundings of Ibiza make up its most important attraction. Without a doubt, its abundant forests of Mediterranean pine attract attention. In fact, it was the Greeks who called the Pitiusas “the islands of pine trees”, due to the green mantle that stretches over its fields and mountains throughout the whole year. The pines have typified the landscape of the island during the last 7,000 years, according to recent scientific studies. Continue Reading

Pollenca, Majorca

| December 25, 2011
Pollenca, Majorca

Founded by the Romans in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, Pollen has retained much of its old-world charm with narrow, twisting streets, some good restaurants and a lively Sunday market. The remains left by the town’s founders include Pont Romu, a bridge spanning the banks of the Torrente de Sant Jordi river, at the north end of town. After 1229, the Knights Templar began the building of the parish church of Nostra Senyora dels Angels. Continue Reading

Calvia, Majorca

| December 23, 2011
Calvia, Majorca

This quiet little town in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains is the administrative centre of Calvia Province, which includes the resorts from Ses Illetes to Santa Ponca. Continue Reading

Cabrera Island National Park

| December 21, 2011
Cabrera Island National Park

Cabrera (“goat island”) lies just 18 km (11 miles) from mainland Mallorca. A rocky, bare place and virtually uninhabited, it nevertheless has a rich history. It served as a prison camp during the Napoleonic War and was used as a base by Barbary pirates. Since 1991, Cabrera Island, together with an archipelago of 157 sq km (60 sq miles), has been designated a national park. This protection extends not only to rare species of plants, but also includes the surrounding marine life. Continue Reading

Ibiza gastronomy

| December 20, 2011
Ibiza gastronomy

The greatest pleasure that exists for the Ibicencos is the enjoyment of food. They feel genuine devotion to fresh and natural products and, in earlier times it was impossible to see a house that was not self-sufficient from its own garden, its fruit trees and its livestock. Even today, many homes keep this tradition alive. Continue Reading

Things to do in Alcudia, Majorca

| December 19, 2011
Things to do in Alcudia, Majorca

The wonderful city of Alcúdia, encompassed by 14th-century walls, is situated at the base of the peninsula separating Pollen Bay from Alcúdia Bay on the island of Majorca. Continue Reading

Arenal d’en Castell, Menorca

| December 17, 2011
Arenal d’en Castell, Menorca

Arenal d’en Castell is a laid-back, restful resort popular with British families and is a far cry from the over-developed, busy resorts of Majorca. Continue Reading

North western coast of Majorca

| December 15, 2011
North western coast of Majorca

The northern slopes of the Serra de Tramuntana provide some magnificent views and a wonderful sense of isolation. Andratx and Valldemossa have a number of interesting historic sights but it is the scenery of the rugged coastline, which manages to be both sinister and beautiful, that is most impressive. The route is dramatic, traversing tunnels and gorges, but it is not difficult, except for the approach to Port d’es Canonge and Port de Valldemossa. It can be covered in a single day. If you are fit, you could even cycle. Continue Reading