Calle Marbella 16, C'an Pastilla, Playa de Palma, Playa de Palma, Majorca, 07610, Spain
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Spring in Mallorca
Usually we seek some sunshine in the Med in September/October when the sea is warm and the resorts are quiet.
Next year we are thinking about seeing the Med in springtime, in particular the week before Easter.
I've seen cheap flights to Mallorca from the UK but wondered whether we should be staying in the mountains or near the sea?
There are some amazing properties for rent in the mountains, compared to the bland beachfront developments. Soller in particular looks remarkable and sounds like it should be lively, even in early spring. Will the mountain train to Palma be running that time of year?
We are not going to lie on the beach all day, but will want some sun! Is there much climate difference across the island? We like the idea of hiking the mountains, but would it be too chilly, wet or windy the last week of March?
Re: Spring in Mallorca
Spring in Mallorca will be great with lots of flowers and long evenings for strolls along the seafront wherever you decide to stay.
Soller and Puerto Soller are lovely destinations, I’ve only ever visited them on day trips so I bow to Barbara's superior knowledge there.
On the other hand I would suggest that if you stay in Puerto Pollensa you will be beside the sea and surrounded by mountains. A good introduction to hill-walking in the area would be to join a group walk with Englishman Richard Strutt who organises year-round trips, details on www.mallorcanwalkingtours.puertopollensa.com The company is based in Puerto Pollensa so all walks set out from there.
Lots of accommodation on www.puertopollensa.com
Puerto Pollensa has a good beach and access to the best beach on the island at Formentor is a bus, boat or car journey away across the bay.
Mallorca is a great destination at any time of thr year, I hope you have a great holiday. AM
Travel Tips for Palma de Mallorca
Years of research and development and endless hours of craftsmanship have contributed to Majorica´s international reputation. The creation of the Majorica organic man-made pearl begins with the preparation of its inner core.
By means of a process similar to that of the oyster, the core is covered, layer by layer, with organic marine elements, which give the pearl its exptional lustre and magnificent iridescence.
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Upon successfuilly completing the entire process, the pearl must undergo a series of strict quality controls. They assure the color, luster, and iridescence of the pearl as well as, its resistance to harmful external agents. Any pearl with even the most insignificant flaw is destroyed. Even pearls which seem perfect to untrained eyes are rejected by these strict quality controls. This ensures that the pearls that receive the international guarantee are prefect (from www.majorica.com).
An interesting Arrow Loop at Bellver Castle
For the women reading this tip, I am sorry but this is one point of interest that you cannot see for yourself. However, if you are a man going to Bellver Castle, take a side trip into the mens toilet to see a magnificently preserved arrow loop. I took this picture which plainly shows how much room the archers of the day had on their side of the arrow loop and how little exposure they suffered from attackers on the outside of the castle.
For those of you unfamiliar with these, an Arrow Loop is an opening in any type of fortification wall, usually shaped like a key hole, vertical slit or cross, that allows an archer to fire his weapon with a great amount of protection.
This was a spot from which the ancient citizens had manned these walls in times of war in defense of the castle.
Be sure to buy a Gelato treat on your vacation
The Gelato Story began a long, long time ago.
Arabs, Greeks, Romans and recently the Spanish have all claimed to be the first to make Gelato or sorbet. But the idea of refrigerating aromatic and sweet food with snow or ice probably came from the Chinese. The Arabs took the idea from China, and with the Sicilian conquest (AD 821) they introduced the “Sharba” (sorbet) which means “iced beverage” to Europe.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, Gelato began to be enjoyed in all European countries, thanks to the Italians. First to introduce it was the architect and chef, Bernardo Buontalenti (1500) who brought some of the new refrigerated dessert to the court of Catherine de Medici in Paris.
Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli opened the famous Cafe Procope in 1686 where he offered a wide variety of “iced water” or “acqua gelata” (actually granita, which in the USA is known as Italian Ice) as well as frutta gelata (iced fruits), crema gelata (iced creams) and sorbetto di fragola (strawberry sorbet). This cafe became the most famous meeting place of the literary elite and artists in Europe. Within a few years, many Italian artisans opened other Gelato shops in the major European cities.
Gelato is made with the finest and freshest ingredients available. The taste of gelato is more concentrated than regular Ice cream due to the machines used in its production. Gelato machines turn more slowly which makes for a much denser texture and more compact flavor.
Though lower in fat, often 6 or 7 percent, each bite of gelato packs a wallop of sensory stimulation that is second to none. American style ice cream, on the other hand, contains a greater percentage of air and ice. Although this creates more volume, there is less flavor. Also, heavy ingredients such as milk, with a butterfat content of 20 to 25 percent, are added. This not only makes for a more fattening end result; it also masks the original flavor.
I do not think that Mallorcan gelato is as good as Italian gelato but it still tastes great on a hot summer day!
Beautiful Rose Window
I love this picture my husband took! This is the oldest (I believe) rose window in Spain, or maybe in all of Europe. Or maybe it was in the oldest church? Anyway, old. This tourist group made perfect parishioner stand-ins.
The cathedral, La Seu, is 800 years old, and its interiors were restored by Gaudi.
The north end of the island is a lot more mountainous and rainy and full of beautiful towns built on steep hillsides. The most famous of these is the town of Valdemossa, where Chopin and George Sand lived for a winter to help Chopin with his health problems. Unfortunately they didn't count on unheated rooms, and George Sand kept a diary that chronicles a disastrous year. These little towns on the north are today more affluent and less trashy than the mass marketing tourist highrises on the south end of the island, but they are still overrun with tourists. Hanging out in Valdemossa is a pretty experience, and you can just have fun wandering down the twisty stone streets and having coffee in the small cafés full of German tourists. It would be nice to see the Spanish part of this town. But i'm not sure if Spanish people actually live here...
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Address: Calle Marbella 16, C'an Pastilla, Playa de Palma, Playa de Palma, Majorca, 07610, Spain