Category: Balearic Islands

Majorca tours: Palma, Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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