The 1912 palatial hotel was built on the former site of the palace of the Duke and Duchess of Medinaceli. A string of famous guests have stayed here from Salvador Dali to novelist Isabel Allende and movie director Richard Attenborough, but well-heeled business travelers tend to dominate. The entrance hall, decorated with murals of Italian […]
Ciutadella, Menorca’s former capital, is an ideal “base camp” for a number of side trips. The C-721 leads to Ferreries and, from here, one then takes the PM-714 to Cala Galdana, the chief tourist resort in the area. Continue Reading
Most tourists visiting the Balearic Isles arrive by plane. Each of the three major islands, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, is served by an international airport, linked by direct flights to Europe’s main capital cities. Palma Airport, Son Sant Joan, is not only the biggest locally but one of the chief tourist airports in Europe. It lies eight kilometres from the city centre. There is a bus (No. 17) to the airport every 20 minutes from the Paseo Mallorca. Continue Reading
Ciutadella had always been the capital of Menorca until the British, who held sway over the island during the major part of the 18th century, moved the capital to Mahón. The city lies 45 kilometres from Mahón and is still the official seat of the Menorcan bishopric.
It is well worth visiting the Old Quarter, with its medieval streets and noble palaces. As with the other Balearic cities, Ciutadella has to be seen on foot. The best advice is to lose oneself in the maze of narrow lanes and alleys criss-crossing the Old Quarter. Continue Reading
Each of the Balearic Isles has features that distinguish it from its neighbours and more than sufficient individual appeal to justify a visit. Mallorca, the largest, is home to Palma, Balearic capital and seat of the Regional Authority. Palma is a modern, cosmopolitan city, with its image as Spain’s summer capital reinforced and enhanced by the official presence, over the vacation period, of the Spanish Royal Family, as well as other leading figures in politics, culture and the performing arts. Continue Reading
The origins of the capital of Menorca are somewhat cloudy but tradition attributes the foundation of the first settlement to the Carthaginian general, Magón, brother of Hannibal.
Mahón lies at the innermost end of one of the world’s largest natural harbours. With its three-mile long channel and a width that ranges from 780 to 2,600 feet, it is one of the key strategic points on the Mediterranean. As with Mallorca, the Mahón city tour should be conducted on foot: all points lie close to one another and can be seen during the course of a leisurely stroll. Continue Reading
Menorca is part of the Spanish Balearic Islands. This group of islands are renowned for they’re natural beauty and warm Mediterranean climate, and Menorca is not short of any of it. Menorca has a vast historical and cultural interest and is a popular beach resort holiday choice usually for couples and families wanting a peaceful break. Continue Reading
In and around Mahón, one should take time out to visit the impressive natural harbour, as well as the Binibèquer and Cala en Porter residential developments. Inland, Alaior, es Mercadal (C-721) and of course Mt. Toro, are all worth the trip. The point to make for in the north is the portside town of Fornells (C-723). Continue Reading