Watchtowers of Majorca
The two photos where taken of the remains of the watchtower at the entrance to the cove of Cala Pi.
When driving around the island you will find these ancient towers,or 'Torres',which were constructed between the 16 - 18 th centuries.They were used to guard against any unwelcome pirates that were spotted out at sea.
Around 50 towers out of about 85 original towers still stand today.
The best viewpoint on the entire coast is probably from the top of Torre Verger,which you can climb,just as watchman did centuries ago.You will find this tower close to the village of Banyalbufar,which is on the west coast.Related to:
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La Reserva / 1: Fantastic Birds of Prey Show!
At the nature reserve LA RESERVA PUIG DE GALATZO they have an interesting show with birds of prey that you shouldn't miss.
Watching it is included in the park's entrance fee of about 10 euros per adult.
When I was there in February, the show began at 1.30 pm. I was told that during the summer season they run two shows each day.
During and after the show they give you opportunities to photograph the birds from close range. I liked it very mucho!Related to:
Visit a Majorcan mansion
It is possibly to visit a stately townhouse right in the middle of Palma.
The Can Marques is open10-15hrs every day, but at the weekend you will need to be in a group of 30 or more.
We were lucky enough to visit the place in the week, and for less than 10Euros each had a personal guided tour of the turn-of-the-century mansion.
The manision is on Zanglada in Palma, near the Cathedral.
Some of the arefacts have been brought in later, but many are original to the house. For part of the 20th Century some of the residence was turned into a restaurant - but great resortation efforts are now virtually complete.
We were especially intrigued by the last of the recieving rooms which had a large bed off to one side. It was used for recieving guests after births and deaths (even if they didn't actually give birth or kick the bucket in situ) in the family- such a sense of occasion, but also perhaps a little creepy.Related to:
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Another Church tip - but worth it.
Most tourists will be quite happy to visit the 'Must see' of the Cathedral in Palma, but be aware the whole of the old city is full to bursting with churches and chapels, many of them converted from Synagogues and Mosques once the Jews and Muslims moved on to pastures new.
I especially liked the Church of San Francisco which featured a wildly painted altarpiece toped with a depiction of St George.
I always like to mention him on my wedding anniversary. After all, he did manage to finish off a fire-breathing old dragon (sorry just like the joke, I don't mean it really)
You can find out more about the Gothic cloisters and Baroque masterpieces here via the website I've listed below, although you will have to wade through turgid prose like this :
"First, the façade: rebuild rose window surmounting a superb portal. This door is considered the baroque masterpiece of Francisco Herrera the Younger, who conceived it at the end of the 17th century as a curious and phantasmagorical mélange of plateresque style most certainly influenced by Bernini, offset and toned down by sharp excesses of pure baroque."
During the day when the buses and hoards of tourists on their package tours surround Lluc it's hard to see why it's so special, but if you stay in one of the campsites (only camping ground left on the island), or in one of the hundreds of rooms there, you can discover the real lluc, the nuns come out of hiding and you sometimes see them walking around the gardens, the sun sets and very rarely do you see another tourist. eat at the restaurant, with the locals (one bare-foot bloke eats there every night with 2 or 3 collies and his mum or brother, it his modified pick-up). We camped on the site nearest the monastery and there were 3 other tents there, on the weekends people from Palma and Inca etc. come up to the campsite and there might be 10 or 11 tents. We were the only people who did not live on the island who were staying there. the pitches are in the woods, separated by massive boulders, so you get some privacy, the only facilities are a bit tired, toilets with broken toilet seats, showers with no heads and a couple of sinks. But hey, its free.
The only problem with Lluc is that the TMSA buses leave from Inca and they are at 2 hour intervals, the last leaving Lluc for Inca at about 5.Related to:
Our lady of the Angels Parish church- Pollensa
This particular church on the main square in Pollensa if often over-looked when most tourist head straight for the little chapel with the impressive flight of steps (All 365) leading up to it.
The Parish church was impressively full for the Easter Mass which we dropped in on, and I'm told it's like that most Sundays.
The Church is light and airy (unusually in Spain) and is 18th Century in origin.
The stations of the cross that are painted on the chapel bows by Boveri and Mossgraber in the early 20th Century are probably the most noteworthy feature, although I found the vault paintings in their child-like simplicity depicting scenes from the life of Christ to be more striking and interesting.
Also note the chapel dedicated to Catalina Thomas the patron saint of Majorca.Related to:
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It's amazing what you can find on your own doorstep.
Just sat having coffee at breakfast and saw this local waiting for his.
There are no snakes in Majorca (which I still cannot belive).
But there are allsorts of other things to see.
Scorpions, tortoises, rabbits, birds of prey the list goes on.
I didn't realise how much there was to see.
This is a small cove used by smuggelers in years gone by. Probably still is.
Located at 5 o'clock in the bay of Alcudia near Betlem. It is actually a national park.
You cannot drive there. You have to park in Betlem and follow the dirt track out of the area, following your nose as it is not signposted. I suggest you park near the 'Casablanca' restaurant as I have seen cars broken into if parked near the start of the track. It takes about 45 mins to get there, nice and peaceful. You walk alongside the sea but unless you are a mountain goat, it remains out of reach until the end of the track. Early morning or early evening before dark are the best times to go to miss the heat. A lot of the way is in the shade of trees. Take provisions as Betlem only has 1 shop and that shuts when he runs out of bread. Time it right and you could just get back for lunch in the 'Casablanca' (recomended)
enjoy the mountain villages
bored of the day to day tanning i decided to rent a moped and headed for the beautiful mountains surrounding palma-nova. There is a wonderful town called Calvia which has a really breathtaking monestary. Access is permitted to tourists all days except sunday.Related to:
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Most people are coming near this picturesque yachting port because of the nearby Coves del Drac, the most popular caves on Majorca....
My friend and I were here one evening searching a nice place to dine out, and we thought well let´s go to the sea somewhere to have some yummy fish....
First we were disappointed, cause the restaurants on the beach promenade all looked like tourist traps and they all said, no we are not open to public or no, for eating you have to go inside........
Well we wanted a dinner with a seaview.....
So we walked a bit further and came to the yachting port. There were two lovely restaurants and we were really lucky to get the last free table, all others were reserved...
The food at Bar Sciroco was fantastic, well not too cheap too.... But at least we had a lovely dinner with the view over the yachts and sailing boats.Related to:
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As we stayed only 6 km away from Majorcas second biggest city we also had a look at the the "centro". The highest point here is the church of Dolores de Nostra Senyora, which is build on the ruins of an old arab mosque... Maybe that´s why the huge tower remembers me of a mosque tower... If you see the city from far away it really looks like a mosque I think....Around this church there is a little pedestrian zone with some cafes and restaurant...
We often came to Manacor to shop at the Caprabo Supermarket here which is open until 9.30 in the evening!!! And we took the train to Palma from here twice, a good idea as I think, because of the many traffic jams in Palma.
Manacor is also home of furniture factories and what is very important for tourists the perls factory Majorica, if you are interested in buying a necklace for your wife!!!
Binissalem is a small country town quite in the middle of the island. It´s the wine capital of Majorca. It´s known for its few Bodegas, with the best Majorcan wines. Otherwise not much is happening here and the Majorcan people live here in their usual way. I liked the peaceful atmosphere around the main placa next to the church L´Ascuncion. The old men were sitting there talking about the latest news and drinking a cup of coffee. The women sat one cafe further and were having small talk too.....Related to:
- Wine Tasting
Cala Murada - a secret place
Cala Murada is a quiet holidays place on the southeast coast of Majorca between Porto Colom and Porto Christo, approximately 60 kms away from Palma. With its country houses and villas it lies in a picturesque landscape between rocky coast, little stone pine forest and green zones. In the direct neighbourhood you find other sights of the island, as for example the monastery San Salvador and the city Felanitx.
The urbanization area Cala Murada disposes of several bars, restaurants, car hire, supermarkets, banks, crazy golf and tennis courts. In direct nearness there are 2 small sandy beaches with beach restaurant.Related to:
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Drop anchor at Cala Pi
Sailing fans often drop anchor at Cala Pi. Navigators who come from the east Mediterranean will feel at home here. The cove is long and narrow, there is not too much protection. The scenery is very pretty, although sometimes it is a very crowded spot. There is a restaurant, a supermarket, apartment complexes, etc.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
Menorca has not suffered from a massive tourist development as Majorca or Ibiza. I do not mean by that that there are no tourists, but it is certainly much more quiet and unspoilt as the other islands. The beaches and the wonderful colour of the water are,however, as beautiful here as in the other sister islands.
You can see more pictures in the Minorca page.
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