Paseo Maritimo 10, Palma, Majorca, 07014, Spain
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A couple of questions
Heading off to Mallorca next Monday, will be staying in l'Arenal and just have a few questions.
#1 Is the l'Arenal area safe?
#2 Are there good places to snorkle, with no jet-skis and tonnes of tourists and if so- where are they?
#3 Is a bicycle a viable source of transport around the island?
Re: A couple of questions
Cycling is big in Mallorca and bikes can be hired everywhere whether you want a basic model for local trips or something more sophisticated for longer more challenging trips. I don't know El Arenal at all but believe it is very built up and 'lively' so should suit you if you want plenty of bars and nightlife. The Tramuntana mountain range is popular with serious cyclists but the usual area for starting off is Pollensa/Puerto Pollensa which is a fairly long way from where you're going. There is a train from Palma to Sa Pobla which you might consider, you might be able to take a bike on the train but I'm not sure.
If you fancy some hiking check out www.mallorcanwalkingtours.puertopollensa.com, they put up a list of organised walks for each month and there might be something down in your area to suit.
There are tons of quiet safe coves where you can swim/snorkle in peace but you'll need to get a map and seek them out for yourself. Mallorca ia a really beautiful island, so I hope you can get out and discover some of it off the beaten track. If you hire a car you could cover a lot distance very easily.
All the best,
Re: A couple of questions
Thanks Anne Marie!
Travel Tips for Palma de Mallorca
Mallorca actually is really...
Mallorca actually is really German what a lot of people don't like!
It's affortable to get there and the weather is great!
Some people call this island 'little Germany' because you don't really see Spanish people there. Everywhere German tourist, German food and Music....
Anyways, it's a really nice island and has a lot of attractions (besides the German 'Ballermann-parties':-) ).You can relax on the beach or at the pool, but also do advanture stuff like all kinds of sport-activities, walking in the mountains, visiting Palma or the non-tourist areas in the middle of the island.... Had a good time there with my family, also met some friends!
Many people when they think of...
Many people when they think of Palma, they think mostly of nice beaches.
Well, there's much more to Palma than that...it has some fantastic mountain landscapes, especially Formentor (not in the pic)
pick out a pizza the action you want!!
A small friendly pizzeria with high bar tables or standard tables out the back. The unique quality here is the concept of choosing a combination of different pizza slices with your favourite toppings... so, instead of one pizza with the same toppings you can choose eight different slices each with their own separate toppings to make up a whole pizza!! Of course you can also choose more, or less... depending on your hunger and how many of you are there to share :) Either Datiles Con Bacon (Dates with Bacon) or Brocoli Al Pesto (Brocolli with Pesto) are my favourites so far... unusual pizza toppings, and very very yummy indeed!!
You must visit Formentor...
You must visit Formentor which is about 5 miles from Puerto Pollensa,
there is not much there, but you can just laze on the beach and relax, not too many people
go there as it is a bit of a trek. Drive there and you encounter very winding roads which are bit dangerous at times,and if you go a bit further along you reach the lighthouse where there is also a restaurant. Or you can also get there by boat.
Great for snorkling.
Location: To the north of the island
Joan Alcover Fountain & Gardens Memorial
After leaving the Placa de Cort and stopping by the Jardins March, we descended some wide stone steps to the Plaza Reina where we ended at the Joan Alcover memorial. It was just a small triangle of land but beautifully landscaped with a memorial fountain, palm trees, potted ferns, giagantic marigolds, urns, deep green trailing vines and ornamental lamplights. Winding walkways were dotted with benches providing shady seclusion.
But who was Sr. Joan Alcover?? Joan (Juan) Alcover was an eminent poet, essayist and politician of Palma 1854 - 1926. His poem, "La Balanguera," was set to music by Amadeu Vives and 40 years after his death it was declared the official hymn of Mallorca in 1966.
Mr. Alcover believed in a literary theory where poetry was based on sincerity of feelings in a clear poetic form. He wrote poety in both Castilian Spanish and Catalan, but apparently his poetry in Castilian had more impact. It is said that the tragic deaths of his wife and 4 children greatly influenced his poetry. Other works he is known for are "La Serra" and "Desolacio."
The beautiful fountain and exquisite gardens which overlook another large, circular fountain on the Placa/Plaza de Reina speaks volumes about the regard in which Sr. Alcover is held by the people of Mallorca.
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