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We say... “It is said that "home is where the heart is" and having lived on Mallorca for over 40 years this is very true. I love this beautiful island, the sea and coastline which has such a calming effect, the spectacular Tramuntana mountain range and the "real" Mallorca - those unspoilt pockets of traditional island life which are still found in abundance.”
Gill Chater
Island manager Mallorca

Explore... the Coves de Campanet, discovered by a shepherd about one hundred years ago. This small but impressive complex of beautiful caves generously bestowed with impressive stalactites and stalagmites is surrounded by tropical gardens.

Wander... around the old Roman town of Alcúdia. Attractively restored, it is encircled by ancient walls penetrated by the vast Porta de Moll. Within is a network of narrow streets opening onto large squares. Stop here for a coffee and a pastry or try one of the many restaurants for dinner.

Sample... local wines fromthe José L Ferrer distillery in Binissalem, one of the principle wine producing areas of the Balearics. The interesting tour of the premises offers a chance to witness the production and storage process.

Discover... Palma. This city offers so much: a grand sweeping promenade along the seafront, lined with restaurants; the imposing Gothic cathedral which dominates the city; the Castell de Bellver, situated on a pine clad hill overlooking the port, it is moated and features a circular courtyard enclosed by a two storey arcade; or visit theMuseu d'Art Espanyol Contemporani where artists such as Picasso, Miró and Dali have works exhibited.

Visit... Llucmonastery, the spiritual centre of Mallorca and a place of pilgrimage for the last 800 years or so. If you're lucky you may catch a performance in the church by the Blauets school choir (the name derives from their uniform of blue cassocks). The drive leading up to the monastery is surrounded by greenery and provides a wonderful view of the Tramuntana Mountains.

Enjoy... delicious Mallorcan cuisine at La Granja, a finca near Esporles. The estate is now a museum of folklore and the restaurant serves irresistible homemade jams, 'sobrassada', fig cake and cheese.


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Mallorca Area Information


Balearics, Mallorca - Central plains at dusk
Tranquil, relaxing, full of striking landscapes and surrounded by sun dappled Mediterranean waters, this magnificent island has a unique charm and casts a spell that has captivated visitors for centuries.

The limestone peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range on the west coast never fail to impress. Small settlements with their neatly terraced gardens sit haphazardly between fields. Arriving in spring you will be greeted by a sea of white almond blossom stretching across the central plain while later in the year the colours metamorphose into the shimmering gold of wheat fields, the rich dark green hues of maize crop or the vibrant, dayglow yellow of sunflowers.

Much of the unspoilt arable interior is a microcosm of a bygone age. Medieval market towns are surrounded by their patchwork fields of olives and citrus fruit groves, each has its own charm and individuality with the majority offering few concessions to progress or the modern age of consumerism. The windmill pumps of old water wells still litter the terrain.

Centuries old allure

Moving eastwards across the Serra de Llevant the skyline is dominated by the ridge of coastal hills, several of which have monasteries clinging precariously to their summits. The eastern seaboard is an inviting stretch of small sandy 'calas' or fjord like inlets, sometimes totally rural, sometimes a haven to a fishing village. All are just waiting to be discovered.

Balearics, Mallorca - Narrow fine sand beach
In the rural south-east, not far from these unblemished coves of turquoise water, our restored farmhouses are part of the natural landscape and way of life. A number lie secluded in the sparsely populated valley by the farming community of Ca's Concos, others are scattered on the ridge overlooking that valley.

A little to the south, Santanyi is a small picturesque Roman town of narrow alleys and houses built from its own famous, light golden stone.
Beyond can be found calm straggly inlets of beautiful aquamarine water ending in narrow fine sand beaches with just the mandatory beach bar. The one at Cala Llombards serves fresh fish and some fine chilled whites ,whilst by S'Horta the pretty, rural cove of Sa Nau is found at the end of a lane that twists through carob trees.

The striking beauty of Cala Figuera adorns many a postcard with its narrow harbour lined with higgledy-piggledy fishermen's houses. By contrast, the sheltered sandy cove of Cala Mondragól is ideal for swimming. Tiny sheltered bays lie beyond the quaint, old fashioned fishing village of Portocolom, where the fishermen's homes are as they would have been a hundred years ago.

A little further south, Porto Petro is another unexploited fishing village with a picturesque yacht harbour, a smattering of water front cafés and excellent seafood restaurants. To its north, for those with teenagers, Cala d'Or provides the necessary entertainment while at the same time remaining more relaxed than other better known resorts.

Balearics, Mallorca, Evening - Outdoor restaurant
Heading northwards, many of our properties nestle in or near to the scenic foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana or close to some very local towns such as Selva, Costitx, Lloret de Vistalegre, Campanet and Búger.

For lovers of old world charm, cobbled side streets of traditional shops, sophisticated restaurants and a swarming Sunday market, a visit to the old Roman market town of Pollença must be included in any itinerary.

Close by, along a vast sweep of bay, lies the port of the same name with safe bathing, yachting, fishing, beachside cafés and the curve of a pedestrian palmlined promenade. Along the western shoreline of the Alcúdia peninsula are some sleepy country coves that take a little finding.

Nearby you will discover the sand dunes, pine woods and salt flats of S'Albufera bird sanctuary, rugged mountains to explore and aged market towns such as Santa Margalida. From Pollença take the scenic drive to the stunningly beautiful towns of Soller, Deiá and Valldemossa.

Balearics, Mallorca - local cuisine

Cuisine

Pork, lamb, chicken and rabbit are favourite staples in dishes such as 'Frito Mallorquin', 'Lomo con col' and 'Espalda de Cordero'. Across the island, small market gardens or 'hortas' produce all manner of fruit and vegetables, with the emphasis on flavour; the traditional 'Sopes Mallorquines', combines cabbage and bread in a tasty soup. Onions, aubergines, beans, peppers and tomatoes are turned into a rich vegetable 'stir fry' that is a meal in itself.

'Tumbet', containing courgettes, peppers and aubergines, is often served in restaurants as a starter or vegetable accompaniment. The full flavoured, robust wines of Binissalem make an excellent accompaniment to this traditional fare and the locally produced Cava is excellent with fish and seafood dishes.

Fiestas

All across the island, Saints' Days and feasts are an outstanding feature of a Mallorquin summer. Normally such an occasion unites the whole town in an exuberant celebration of street dancing, eating and drinking.

One of the most notable 'fiestas' is held in Pollença in early August when the locals re-enact a battle between Christians and Moors, complete with costumes, props and war paint. The famous Pollença summer music festival held over several weeks in the open air of the old cloister is attended by some of the most notable performers in world music and is one of the major dates on the European music calendar.

Climate

Mallorca enjoys a temperate, Mediterranean climate. The spring and autumn months will be comfortably warmduring the day and cool at night, whereas the summer months, particularly July and August, are likely to be hot and dry, offset by mountain breezes.

Getting there

At the time of writing, virtually all the 'no-frills' operators, in addition to British Airways and British Midland offer departures from the London airports to Palma as well as from most UK regional airports.

Mallorca News and Events For Mallorca
Many visitors to Mallorca are surprised to find the island shedding its reputation as a cheap-and-cheerful package resort and surging upmarket. Centuries-old farmhouses have been beautifully restored, with new houses built in traditional styles. We have a selection of villas in the most desirable areas of Mallorca, including Pollenca in the north, S’Horta and Santanyi near the unspoilt beaches of the east coast, and in charming spots such as Sencelles and Selva. All of our villas in Mallorca have private pools.

Pollenca Half Marathon
The 8th Pollenca Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 6th April 2014. The start and finish line is located at Polideportivo de Pollença and the route takes in a number of the cobbled streets in the old town of Pollenca before moving onto Pouerto Pollenca where runners will take in the sea view from the promenade. The course record was set in 2011 of 1 hour 3 minutes and 28 seconds, if beaten there is a prize of €1000 and if the course is completed in under an hour the prize increases to €2000! By Steve Eccles,
07/04/2014

Dine at the Yacht Club
If you are on holiday in the Pollenca area of Mallorca, why not go for lunch at the Yacht Club in the marina. It feels exclusive and as you approach it you can’t help but think that it is only open to private members – but it’s not, anyone can frequent the place! The lunch (or dinner) experience is great; good food, excellent service, chic setting and importantly it is inexpensive. By Steve Eccles,
04/04/2014

Pollença Wine Festival – Fira del Ví
Numerous wine cellars from the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza present their wines at this popular and buzzing event held in the Sant Domingo Cloisters in April each year. Many wines have won medals locally and abroad. A time to enjoy the free-flowing local wines! By Lauraine Pearl,
from Laura and Gill, our Mallorca representatives
01/03/2013

Castell de Bellver concert programme
During July and August, lovers of classical music flock to evening concerts featuring the Balearic Symphony Orchestra and held in the peerless setting of the round courtyard of the Castell de Bellver, the city's most emblematic building. The entire castle was built in 1300, which gives it a very beautiful and unified appearance. The view from the battlements is spectacular and its circular form make it a unique example of European Gothic civil architecture. By Lauraine Pearl,
from Laura and Gill, our Mallorca representatives
21/02/2013