This is a picture of Marivent Palace,the place where the Spanish royal family spend their summer holidays every year.
The very thing that most strikes me about the island of Majorca is how wonderfully it can fit within its miniscule territory so very different kinds of visitors, ranging from royals and global A-listers to factory workers from Sheffield or Castrop-Rauxel, including eco-travelers and sophisticated city-weekenders. Despite its awful press, so many people cannot be wrong, especially when one remarks that so many first-time visitors become totally addicted to the island and keep on returning as often as they can.
There is one celebrity story that really illustrates the passion with which Majorca-lovers return to their island regularly. Michael Douglas, a Hollywood celebrity, and ex wife of 18 years Diandra time-share a historic property on the West Coast called S'Estaca, formerly owned by Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria -even Empress Sissi had vacationed there. During their marriage years, they extensively renovated the property to the 20th century standards. The views, gardens and the history that the mansion oozes are frankly incomparable. Apparently, when they divorced in 2000, of all the properties they owned, none of them was willing to give up S'Estaca and that is why they still time-share and keep on coming back regularly with their new families during their time allowance; so addictive Majorca can be. Even in far less glamourous residences, Majorca has had the same effect on me.
We always try to get to the opening of the Arta Festival.
You will not find it advertised in the papers.
Early August for 2 weeks. Fireworks, audience participation, music.
Don't wear your best clothes they 'will' get burnt.
This festival shows you the true spirit of Majorca.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Is the Siesta coming to an end ?
In Spain you always had to plan quite carefully for the Siesta with virtually everything except restaurants closing downs for three to four hours in the heat of the afternoon.
I however noticed on this visit to Majorca that more and more places are opening all day. The small shops seem to keep the tradition but shopping centres, other air-conditioned shops and transport companies are increasingly ignoring it.
Perhaps this is due in part to the vast numbers of visitors from Northern Europe who can' quite get the hang of latin ways.
The land of windmills
Majorca has sometime been called the ´land of windmill´, and there are perhaps up to 2,000 of them scattered throughout the island.
Many are brightly colouredand well maintained in their appearance whilst others are falling into disrepair quite rapidly.
They were orginally buily to draw water out of the ground to aid irrigation for farmers - and as such the plains are littered with them due to the lack of natural rivers and streams on the Island.
We found on of the best places to see them in abundance was behind the airport on the main Palma to Manacor road.
I believe that some people have been encouraged to convert their windmills to electricity generation. On the figures I have seen it would only take 8 years for profit to be shown on the investment. I rather hope this interesting example of ´green power´ can be subsidised in some way to encourage more owners take up the idea.Related to:
Mallorca 95.8 - Das Inselradio
to all the German-speaking people: if you like listening to the radio, there's a German radio station in Palma called: Mallorca 95.8 - Das Inselradio. Besides the latest songs from the charts they do also play Spanish music and give tips for tourists (for instance about what is going on on the island, which places to visit,...., and a lot more). It's really cool and you can learn a lot about the culture!!! For those who've become curious now I've got some good news: It's even possible to listen to Mallorca 95.8 over the internet --> http://www.inselradio.com So check it out!
Spanish newspapers online
to all those who speak Spanish: if you want to know what's going on in Spain and the rest of the world I recommend to visit one of the following pages: http://www.abc.es, http://www.elpais.es or http://www.el-mundo.es
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