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Holidays To Majorca by Lance Thorington
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Majorca (or Mallorca), in
Spain, is the largest of the Balearic Islands and is the most popular of
the Mediterranean Islands. This tourist mecca boasts beautiful beaches,
breathtaking mountainous views and a rich cultural history. The summers
are infamously swelled with an amazingly diverse crowd who want to spend
their holidays to Majorca: celebrities, food enthusiasts, and countless
European tourists. Once they arrive, visitors are greeted with quaint medieval
villages, top-notch food and wine, and a hypnotizing ancient landscape.
130 miles from Barcelona and 90 miles from Valencia, Majorca has a coastline
310 miles long. Although commercialization has resulted in overbuilding
along certain coastline, the island is charmingly picturesque in the interior.
The north coast is mountainous, while the southern region offers a flat
landscape of windmills and almond groves.
Majorca is studded with golden
beaches, with famous sands such as Ca'n Pastilla and El Arenal. However,
these can get overcrowded with tourists who booked package tours. Cala
Mayor and Sant Agustin are popular locales with notable beaches, including
Playa Magaluf, the longest stretch of shore on the Calvia coast. On the
northwestern coast, Cala de San Vicente is a beautiful beach bordered by
towering cliffs. And in the northern tip of the island, beachgoers flock
to the shoreline between Cala Pi and Cala Murta in Formentor.
Palma, Majorca's capital,
has experienced a recent renaissance and become one of Europe's popular
weekend destinations. The city's historic center was resurrected, along
with the myriad of ancient cobbled streets. Stone palaces and plazas were
also revived, helping to transform this formerly fading town. Travelers
can now enjoy the chic hotels, quaint restaurants, and the variety of old
and new shops in the area.
is highly recommended that visitors rent a car while in Majorca. The dramatic
mountainous scenery can be better appreciated if you have the means to
explore easily on your own. One well traveled route is a driving tour that
begins and ends in Palma. This 88 mile trip will take drivers west on C-719
passing through the most breathtaking area of Majorca, through towns such
as Santa Ponca, Port D'Andratx, and Andratx. Next, the route continues
on C-710 N which is a winding road that passes through Mirador Ricardo
Roca, Estallenchs, and Banalbufar. Some sights along the way include sea
coves, a 17th century belvedere, fishermen's houses, and a submarine base.
The tour returns to Palma following C-710 and local roads, through the
lofty mountain village of Fornalutx and the harbor village of Sa Calobra.
Over four decades of robust
tourism has built a solid infrastructure in Majorca. This equates to hundreds
of options for hotels, flights, and restaurants, at all price points. Some
visitors may want to splurge on yacht cruises or five star restaurants,
while others may want to enjoy the local establishments. The options are
seemingly endless in this one island, for entertainment, dining, and adventures.
Majorca is a destination
of improbable beauty and unbelievable sights. A vacation here can be spent
trekking through the jagged terrain, enjoying the authentic and local restaurants,
or lounging in the countless gorgeous beaches. There is no question why
the millions of tourists who visit these Islands keep coming back.
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