If you are looking for a memorable experience to start the new year on a high, head to Palma in mid-January to visit the Fiesta of Sant Sebastia.
Void of the crowds of the summer months, winter on the Balearic Islands reveals its natural beauty, rustic charm and old traditional ways. The average temperature is around 10 degrees, but can rise to 15 degrees at midday, providing a comparatively warmer climate to escape to. This is the time of year for hiking, renting a bike or just exploring these wonderful islands in a car. The orange and lemon trees are heavy with fruit, and something in the region of four million almond trees blossom into flower, along with valleys of wondrous wild flowers. It is still possible to have a picnic in a t-shirt on top of the higher mountains, if you get the right day.
July and August are great months to go on holiday to Mallorca. Not only is the weather sizzling hot, the sangrias and cervezas ice-cold and the beaches in tip-top condition, but a string of music greats are lining up to join in the ‘Mallorca Rocks 2012” event, guaranteed to rock the island and its inhabitants and visitors.
Check out some of the biggest artists and bands that are heading to the stunning island of Mallorca this summer for the fabulous Majorca Rocks 2012 which, after all, has a history of attracting on the biggest names in rock and pop…
Plan B July 3, 2012
The London born and bred lyrical genius made a groundbreaking opening performance at last year’s Mallorca Rocks and is back to deliver another electrifying set on the island this year. Although Plan B made his name with his soul tinged ‘The Deafmation of Strickland Banks’ album, he has reverted back to his hip hop roots.
If you are a fan of Plan B, then be sure to head to the Mallorca Rocks Hotel in Magalluf this July 3rd!
Kasabian July 10, 2012
What could be a bigger band to help celebrate ‘Mallorca Rocks’ second birthday than Kasabian? This award-winning, stadium sell-out, chart-topping, or whatever you want to call them band, are heading to the Mallorca Rocks Hotel in Magalluf this July for what promises to be a phenomenal gig.
The lads from Leicester have sure done well, so why not join them and witness history in the making in Mallorca this summer?
Professor Green July 17, 2012
One of the hottest new talents making his mark on the music scene is Professor Green. The London rapper played a legendary set at last year’s Rocks where he debuted and promises to rock the Magalluf venue with even greater passion this year.
Professor Green’s presence at Mallorca Rocks 2012 will be during the Fresh/Live Show, one of Rock’s most popular nights. The incredible DJ Fresh will join the London rapper for a night in Magaluf not to be missed!
Paulo Nutini August 7 2012
The global superstar who is notorious for his crowd stirring performances is also heading to Mallorca this summer.
The Scottish-born singer/songwriter rocketed to worldwide fame since his fantastic debut album ‘These Streets’ was released in 2006.
For what promises to be an unforgettable night of music under the hazy Mallorca sun, join Paulo Nutini in Magalluf this August 7.
To check out the other artists making their way to Mallorca this summer visit the Mallorca Rocks website at mallorcarocks.com
According to the Spanish National Airports Authority (AENA), in 2011, approximately 22.7 million tourists flew to Palma Airport throughout the year, a 7.6% increase compared to 2010.
Given this significant rise in the number of travellers visiting the island of Mallorca in the last 12 months, it stands to reason that tourism in Majorca is thriving.
In the present economic climate, unemployment is unfortunately affecting most countries, with Spain being no exception. Although a report issued by the Majorcan Hotelier’ Federation confirming that, in 2011, the hotel industry employed 18% of Majorca’s population, is not only proof of the thriving tourism scene on the island, but also brings a glimmer of hope to Spain’s otherwise gloomy unemployment situation.
According to the Federation’s report, last year 63,791 people on Majorca had found work either directly or indirectly in hotels. In a detailed analysis of Majorca’s hotel industry, the Federation highlighted that the hotel business accounts for 21.2% of gross regional product, with a gross added value in the excess of 4,614 million euros.
The report went on to give a breakdown of regional growth in the hotel industry on Majorca. Playa de Palma, the Federation claim, at 19.1%, accounts for the largest percentage of the amount the hotel business contributes to Majorca’s gross regional product, which hardly comes as a surprise given that Palma de Majorca is one of the most famous beaches in the whole of Europe!
Another popular region that contributed heavily to Majorca’s thriving hotel scene, were the hotel resorts of Palmanova-Magalluf, which accounted for 11.47% of the industry’s contribution to Majorca’s gross regional product of 2011, whilst the resort of Cala Millor on the east coast of Majorca and Alcudia on the north coast, jointly contributed 8.5%.
The Majorcan Hotelier’ Federation also remarked that about 1,500 million euros in tax was generated by the hotel industry on Majorca last year, bringing multiple benefits to this hugely popular island.
New research has uncovered that the best value villa holidays are in Portugal and Spain. According to the Self Catering on a Shoestring Report, which was carried out by the Post office and Meon Villas, Spain and Portugal offers the best value for money in terms of purchasing food and drink from supermarkets on self-catering holidays.
The report investigated and compared the cost of 16 common purchases from supermarkets, such as milk, eggs, bread, water and vegetables, in 13 different popular European holiday destinations. The research found that Mallorca was the most cost-effective destination where 16 supermarket items cost £44.23.
The Algarve proved to be the second cheapest country for food and drink, with the 16 items costing a marginally more £44.36. Whilst third place went back to Spain with the Costa Blanca’s supermarket forage totalling £47.28.
Vintage Travel’s outstanding portfolio of self-catering accommodation includes many villas, ranging from the magnificent and modern to the traditional and rustic and includes many properties in Mallorca, the Costa Blanca and Portugal. For example, in the Algarve, a beautiful region in southern Portugal, we have plenty of villas offering sensational views, first-rate accommodation, all with their own private pools.
One such property is 2 bedroom Algarve Villa Gazeio, a beautifully maintained large detached house less than five kilometres from the interesting and historical maritime town of Lagos. Gazeio has been decorated and furnished to an extremely high spec and this welcoming and unpretentious villa is the perfect place to enjoy a ‘budget conscious’ self-catering holiday.
Whilst over in Mallorca, the most economical destination for a self-catering holiday according to the report, Vintage Travel’s portfolio of villas covers many of the stunning island’s diverse towns and villages.
For example, the two bedroom Mallorca villa of Serelleta (pictured) tucked away in the wooden and tranquil slopes of the Ca’n Bosc valley, provides the perfect accommodation for a peaceful, rural getaway in the least expensive European holiday self-catering destination. Serelleta is blessed with sensational panoramic views of some of the most varied and picturesque landscapes on Mallorca.
This two bedroom, two bathroom villa is located several kilometres from the town of Pollenca which is plentiful of bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets, enabling guests to take advantage of buying the most inexpensive produce in European holiday destinations.
Andalucia has played an essential role in the most spectacular chapters of Spanish history. It is a region characterised by extreme variables in landscape and climate. But what really makes Andalucia stand out from other Spanish regions, is the tasty snacks they compassionately provide for free in many of the bars when you order a drink – universally known as “tapas”.
The Spanish word “tapa” actually means “lid” or “cover” so how does this relate to food? There are several interesting accounts…
There are many highlights to holidaying in Majorca, but one of them has to be the remarkably juicy fruit the island produces, which is notably better than the fruit we buy in the UK. Tomatoes, peaches and melons have to be the fruit which is considerably tastier on the island of Majorca or anywhere else in Spain for that matter. In producing such quality fruit in such large quantities it is of little surprise that a ‘melon festival’ is held in Majorca each year.
Held in the central plain lands of the island in a small village known as Vilafranca de Bonany, or the ‘melon capital of Majorca’ as it has been referred to; the watermelon festival is an annual event to celebrate the end of the harvest. The festival has been taking place for more than 40 years and the locals take it extremely seriously, growing and nurturing their melons with the ‘Festo de Melo’ in mind. Judges weigh the competitor’s melons and naturally the biggest and heaviest melon wins, with the winner taking home a cash prize and a trophy. In 2007 the winning melon weighed in at a whopping 17,780 grams.
If you’re seeking a perfect mix of some of the most tranquil beaches, countryside, culture and entertainment then Majorca could be the ideal destination for YOU!
Don’t worry; we’re not going to sell it too hard (the island does that for itself)… but we are going to share our top 5 things to do in Majorca with you. The island is only 80km from one end to another and it’s very easy to explore with lots on offer.
Without further ado…
No 1. Visit the Cabrera Marine National Park. You’re going to need to hire a boat or jump on a tour to get there… but boy it’s worth the effort. You’ll discover hidden coves, crystal waters, beautiful fish and possibly the odd dolphin.
The park consists of a small island, which has a dramatic history to say the least. It’s been a reclusion camp for French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars, a military zone since the 1980’s is now an agricultural haven for locals.
Bad news for divers however, you will need a licence granted by the Government, which will last for just one day. But fear not… hiking is available and you’ll also find a museum, a 14th-century castle as well as a gift shop and café.
We discovered a fantastic walk on nymcam.co.uk around the stunning Boquer Valley in Majorca and felt the urge to share it with you.
It’s a 4 mile ‘off the beaten track’ walk with some breathtaking views.
The walk starts just outside the Oro Playa holiday apartments, Puerto Pollensa, along an avenue of ancient pines interspersed with tamarisk trees – the wide pathway was once part of the entrance road to the Boquer finca (farm).
Passing through the gates you’ll soon arrive at the castellated front of the farmhouse buildings.
From the farmhouse courtyard you will enjoy spectacular views south-east back towards the resort of Puerto Pollensa and in the far distance across the Bay of Pollensa, to the popular coastal holiday resort area of Alcudia and south-west along a fertile valley towards the ancient town of Pollensa.