Saturday, 4 August 2012


 A Week in April

Majorca is an island of contrast. The mountain range that runs from the north west to the south west separates the agricultural field of the centre of the island from the eastern rocky caves and secluded beaches to the beautiful sandy beaches and the bay of Alcudia in the north.

In the south, the island capital of Palma is a joy to explore, with its traditional Spanish architecture and modern city atmosphere almost complimenting each other amidst the abundance of palm trees which line the paved streets.

A short distance from Palma the tourist resorts of Magalluf, Palma Nova and Arenal provide the holiday atmosphere and home from home feel that many seek. The British bars and familiar brand names are a testimony to the number of British holiday makers who visit these isles.

The towns of Binnisalem and Felantix are noted for their wine production. You can also purchase Sangria and Hierbos as well as locally produced brandy and liquers.

In April the Majorcan fields are a picture of delight. The mediterranean summer sun has yet to scorch the fields and the tree lined highways feature a prolific growth of wild flowers against a backdrop of green fields. Suprisingly green and of great natural beauty, a tour inland is definately worthwhile.

Many of the side roads just peter out or end at a monastery. One in particular at Arta takes you through winding hilly roads with breathtaking views of the coast and the deep blue sea. It abruptly ends at a monastery within sight of the sea and a village nestling at the foot of the hills. One wonders why the road did not continue that little bit further to the coastal village only a couple of miles below.

In April many of the fields have already been prepared for the next round of produce. Bales of hay are dotted around the newly harvested fields. After a light rain the locals can be seen wandering the footpaths gathering snails, a local delicacy.

The dominance of the Catholic religion is apparent wherever you travel in Majorca. The most impressive buildings in every village and town are the churches and monsatries.

True Spanish architecture, culture and lifestyle is to be found in the villages and towns inland. If you get the chance be sure to visit the market at Inca. Several streets are closed off to traffic and traditional Spanish goods and fresh produce can be purchased at prices well under those of the shops and supermarkets.

Manacor, Majorca's 3rd largest town after Palma and Inca is also worth visiting. The factory shops are excellent for glassware, ceramics and leather.

Places to Visit

Situated on the outskirts of Porto Cristo they claim to have one of the largest underground lakes in the world. Martel lake certainly looks impressive and when the lights are dimmed the audience is treated to a classical music performance on board three well lit boats.

The caves are well lit and the tour takes about an hour. The caves are open all year round. Entrance fees are around 34 per person but with no discount for children. This is the most famous and well known of Majorcan caves. Others can be found at Caves d' Arta and Caves of Ham's.

Around Majorca you will see an abundance of windmills. These windmills were used either to grind corn or draw water from the islands underground reserves.

There are many types of windmills to be found in Majorca varying in size, design and beauty. Some are very basic yet functional and others are intricate and ornate works of art which are pleasing to the eye. The government have declared the windmills listed buildings in an effort to preserve the islands heritage.Alcudia

This is a popular resort in the north of Majorca. 12km of sandy beach await you. The harbour is worth a walk around and there is plenty of night life and entertainment.

The old part of Alcudia is typically Spanish with cobbled streets and local shops. There is a water park called Hidropark for a fun day out with rides and water slides.

Almudaina Palace

Once the seat of the Moorish rulers. This is now the Museum of the National Heritage.

Palma is a city of contrast with old and new fitting seamlessly amidst the palm lined avenues. As you enter the city on the port side, the massive Gothic Cathedral is an impressive sight.

It took 300 years to build having been started in 1229 by King Jaime I. The side streets around the cathedral provide an enjoyable walk through the real Spain and the Spanish lifestyle of a living city.

Castell De Bellver

Gothic castle on a hill overlooking the whole of Palma. Magnificient views and spectacular circular courtyard

Peublo Espanol

If you like traditional Spanish architecture and examples of Spanish historical buildings, this well build mock village within its own walled enclosure is a must when you visit Palma.

Examples of the buildings within the enclosure vary considerably. Although a mock village this is no lifeless shell and includes workshops for glassworks, rugs, tapestries and ceramics along with the chance to delve into Majorca's historical past.

Calas De Majorca

This is a new resort near the fishing village of Porto Cristo. It has two sandy bays and a nearby village centre with shops, bars and restaurants. The east coast of Majorca has rocky cliffs and walkways with secluded tranquil sandy coves.

Palma Nova

Palma Nova is on the south coast of Majorca. The nearest resorts are Magalluf and Costa den Blanes. This resort is quieter than its neighbours with plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and 3 sandy beaches. Ideal family holiday location.


Popular and lively holiday destination. This is one of the busiest resorts in Majorca. One of the favourite destinations of the British in Majorca. Beautiful sandy beach and a host of night clubs and entertainment venues. Blackpool with sun!.



A variety of shops and supermarkets provide for every day needs. Well known names such as SPAR, ASDA and LIDL can be found in Majorca alongside Burger King, Mac Donalds and a host of British Pubs and Restaurants.

Traditional handicrafts include embroidery, carved wooden goods, ceramics, leatherware and jewellery. The glassware and porcelain is also of good quality and original to the island of Majorca. The factory shops offer the best prices and Majorcan simulated pearls of exceptional quality.

San Salvador

San Salvador is situated near Porto Colom. A monastery and statue on top of one of the highest points on the east coast.

Breathtaking views from the top and an insight into the islands moastic history. Monastries can be found all over the island often in the most remote of localities.

Cigarettes, beer and the local Sangria are not expensive by UK standards.

Car Hire
Car hire is not expensive by European standards costing from around £14 - £20 a day which includes insurance. If you are intending to rent a car it is definately worth shopping around and prices are cheaper depending on the number of days of hiring. Petrol is cheaper than in the UK. You will need your driving license and passport at time of booking.


If you fight your way through the maze of British Pubs and Restaurants you can treat yourself to Paella which consists of seafood, meat and vegetables served with rice. Lechona is an island favourite which is roast pig.


Majorca caters for a wide range of sports. Golf courses are found all round the island, horseriding, windsurfing, tennis, squash, water skiing, paragliding, scuba diving, go karting, fishing, sailing and cycling.

Judging by the number of cyclists in April this would appear to be one of the most popular sports on the island.
Economy & Produce

Tourism is the main revenue for the island of Majorca. Agriculture comes second. The island produces almonds, oranges and lemons. Melons and potatoes are also grown here as well as many vegetables, olives and excellent cheeses.


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