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August 15, 2010

A Guide To Mallorca

The largest island of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea, Mallorca is part of the Balearic Islands. Located off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea of Spain, the Balearic Islands are an archipelago including the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and Cabrera.

The Island’s name, “Mallorca” is derived from Latin insula maior, “larger island,” and later Maiorica. Mallorca is called Majorca in English. Situated on the Bay of Palma, on the south coast, Palma is the capital of Mallorca and of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands.

The Island of Mallorca has two mountainous regions occupying northwestern (Serra de Tramuntana or Tramuntana range) and eastern thirds of the island. Puig Major (1,445m) is the highest peak in the Serra de Tramuntana of the Island. The Alfabia Mountains and Els Cornadors are the mountain ranges in Mallorca located in the municipality of Fornalutx.

Mallorca has two bays, the Badia de Pollença and the larger Badia d’Alcúdia, on the northeast coast. The northern coast of the Island is generally rugged and has many cliffs. Extending from Palma, the central zone is generally flat fertile plain known as Es Pla. Cap de Formentor forms the eastern end of Mallorca’s Formentor peninsula. Two uninhabited small islands of Cabrera (southeast of Palma) and Dragonera (west of Palma) surround the island of Mallorca.

Catalan and Spanish are the official languages of Mallorca. Mallorquí, often referred to as Balear or Balearic, is the local dialect of Catalan, which is spoken by indigenous population. Though most of the Mallorcans are bilingual in Catalan and Spanish, they do have knowledge of English or German as a foreign language. The foreign languages have come to the Island with the large number of tourists and foreign residents on the island.

Mallorca Island has earned a reputation of a coved tourist destination. It’s become one of the most celebrated and esteemed destination of Spain. The package tourism to the Island of Mallorca began in the early 1960s in Germany and the United Kingdom. The Island has been a popular destination since then. The island has been attracting volumes of tourists from all over the world.

Mallorca has been a great attraction the Hollywood stars and Celebrities. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have maintained a residence on the Island since the late 1990s. Likewise, Michael Schumacher, Claudia Schiffer, Annie Lennox, Julian Lennon, Cynthia Charles, Boris Becker, etc. also maintain residences on the island.

Mallorca enjoys Mediterranean climate, with higher precipitation in the Serra de Tramuntana. Summers are hot in the plains. The winters are cool and chilly and get freezing colder in the Tramuntana range. This area experiences brief chilly interludes of snow in winters.

Mallorca is a beautiful playground for the tourists. It’s an ideal destination for all types of vacation. Surrounded by beauties of ocean, the island offers rich treasure of land beauties, and mountainous exquisiteness. A perfect place for eating, drinking, and merrymaking, the island of Mallorca is known for a wide variety of its typical cuisine. Typical Mallorcan dishes include ensaïmada, a pastry made with pork lard (saïm), and sobrassada, sausage with lard and paprika.
Mallorca is the potpourri of joy, happiness, recreation, pleasure, and beauty. The island has a number of museums, art galleries, parks, theaters, shopping malls, beaches, bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, etc. The island is full of tourist attractions including Palma de Mallorca (the capital), Playa de Palma, Bellver Castle, Santueri Castle, Palma Cathedral, Cuber Lake, Mallorca Caves, Aquacity, Marineland, Placa Major, Soller, Mallorca Harbour Front, Placa d’Espanya, Valldemossa, Serra de Tramuntana, and lot more.

Bellver Castle is a circular castle on a hill near Palma de Mallorca, and La Seu is a Roman Catholic Cathedral located in Palma de Mallorca. Playa de Palma is the most well-known destination on Mallorca. Mallorca Caves are wonderful and extremely popular tourist attractions for tourists.

The Dragon Caves (Coves del Drach in mallorquin) are the most visited caves. Situated the resort of S’Arsenal in Mallorca, Aquacity is the place with several large pools, fast and exciting slides and playgrounds. It’s a very popular tourist attraction for children. Marineland is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Mallorca. It’s the only amusement park in the Balearic Islands featuring performing dolphins and sea lions. The dolphins are always the “show stealers” at the Marineland.

Large 19th-century square, the Placa Major is packed with a number of restaurants, cafés and interesting tourist souvenir shops. Soller is a beautiful town in the mountains, which can be accessed via a scenic train journey that leaves from Palma. Overlooked by the grand La Seu Cathedral, Mallorca Harbour Front at Palma is a busy with yachts, boats and fishermen. The place offers captivating views of ocean. Placa d’Espanya is the transport hub of Mallorca. Valldemossa is a beautiful village where Georges Sand and Frederic Chopin spent some time. Serra de Tramuntana is wonderful rough mountain scenery on the Island.

Palma de Mallorca airport is the major entry point to the Island of Mallorca. The airport receives frequent flights from many European cities. There are many discount airlines offering daily flights to the Island. The island also gets flights from Menorca and Ibiza. Mallorca also receives ferries from the other Balearic Islands, and several points on the Spanish coast, including Barcelona and Valencia.

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